First Woman of Wine: Amanda Danielson And Her Lifelong Labor Of Love

“If I know the owner is doing the wine list, my little ears perk up. At Stella, the list is Amanda’s definitive statement of taste … it’s accessible and stylish.”  -- Madeline Triffon, Master Sommelier What wine would you pair with alligator tail or chicken heart? Amanda Danielson...

Book Review: The Gen Z Effect

By Thomas Koulopoulos and Dan Keldsen Published by Bibliomotion, Nov. 11, 2014 256 pages, Hardcover $22.95, e-read addition $9.99 In a Nutshell - Throw away your biases about the generational differences in the workplace. With evolving technology and demographics, all of us will soon be working in a...

Where to Invest? How About Northern Michigan

In an increasingly volatile and unpredictable global economy, investors these days are faced with difficult choices to the most basic of economic decisions: where to invest and grow their capital. With strained financial markets from the Far East to Europe to our own shores here...

Briefly: Big News In A Small Format

MANUFACTURING SUMMIT: MARCH 1 The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Summit and Northwestern Michigan College will host the second annual Northern Michigan Manufacturing Summit on Tues., Mar. 1, in Traverse City. The summit is designed for any and all manufacturers in the region. Organizers are specifically encouraging food manufacturers...

Newsmakers: People On The Move

ACCOLADES/APPOINTMENTS Lee Biladeau, Coast Guard aviation maintenance technician 2nd class at Air Station Traverse City, was recently named the Navy Times' Coast Guardsman of the Year for 2015 for his exceptional work as an MH-65 helicopter flight mechanic, as well as his off-duty volunteer work. Lauren Harris...

Just What Is Experiential Marketing and How Can I Use It?

So, experiential marketing: what even is it? At its most basic, experiential marketing is when the experience itself serves as the marketing platform. It’s a marketing message you can physically see, hear, touch, taste, or smell. Want examples? We came prepared. It’s free salsa samples driving...

Who’s Coming In 2016? The Year In Group Business

The region continues to attract visitors to the area for business purposes as well as vacationers and new residents. And the reasons are not that different: Natural beauty, a welcoming atmosphere, and space to do what they like, or at least what they need to...

Food Hub Filling Up

Early most Monday mornings there’s a delightful aroma emanating from suite 108 at the Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub (GTFA). It tells us that Courtney Lorenz is busy in the kitchen brewing up something special. Her business, Cultured Ferments, occupies two small rooms inside this...

Genetic Engineering: Mandatory labeling movement gains ground

Genetic engineering is moving into our lives and on our dinner plates at lightning speed. Businesses are quickly taking sides and Congress is getting involved as consumer demand for natural food continues to accelerate. A collision is in the making. Transgenic engineering – less accurately referred...

Creating the ‘Ferrari of Grills’

After returning from living overseas in early 1970s, Charles Eisendrath went looking for a serious outdoor grill he could cook on at his vacation home near East Jordan, a farmhouse estate that had been in his family since the 1880s. He quickly became disappointed with what...