Beyond Local

Traverse City's Cherry Capital Foods is at the forefront of local food distribution in Michigan and is poised to take on the Great Lakes region.TRAVERSE CITY - It started with a great concept: make it easier to get local food off the farms and into...

Traverse City Business Hall of Fame

Traverse City Business Hall of FameHonoring TC's past and present movers and shakersBy Gayle Neu Ever since Hannah, Lay & Co. purchased an "inefficient saw mill" from Captain Harry Boardman at the mouth of the Boardman River in 1851 and built a steam-powered mill, Traverse...

Sign of the Times

Sign of the TimesBy Becky KalajianA cottage industry once run by artisans who painstakingly cut, pasted, and painted by hand has exploded across the country.No longer the domain of artists consigned to the darkroom with 10 fonts to choose from, more than 20,000 sign companies...

TCBN: 40 Under 40

Tonia BaileyPrincipal, 7th Legacy Consulting, LLC"Elitnaurrsteq (A Sharer of Culture)"Good deeds: Invested countless hours of volunteer work for the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center and through her board leadership has helped the TBCAC develop professionalism and policies around cultural competency. "Tonia inspires others to...

Napa of the North

Napa of the NorthLocal winemakers and other industry pros look into their crystal balls and envision northern Michigan's wine region 20 years from today. Here's a look at vintage 2033.REGION - Larry Mawby's Suttons Bay vineyards turn 40 years old this year. As one of...

King of Cherry Country: Shoreline Fruit

King of Cherry Country: Shoreline FruitBy: Beth MilliganAmong crops in Northern Michigan, cherries reign supreme. While there are over 200 cherry farms in the five-county area, holding the keys to the agricultural kingdom is Shoreline Fruit, a cooperative between two area families - the Gregorys...

Organic Certification: Worth it or Not?

Organic Certification: Worth it or Not?Some believe it is the only way to go, while others maintain it's not worth the time and money. Becoming an organic food producer has sparked controversy in its own right.This month, the TCBN takes a look at organic certification...

Old Mission Wineries Get Seriously Green

Old Mission Wineries Get Seriously GreenWineries of Old Mission implement complex pollution prevention practices.The seven wineries on Old Mission peninsula have plenty of gold adorning their walls, but now have bragging rights about their green, too.Governor Rick Snyder, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural...

Against All Odds, Mom and Pop Hardware Stores

Maxbauer Ace HardwareOpened 1954Three locations: Front Street, Chum's Corners, AcmeCo-owned by:Joan Boyd and Don Maxbauer'If you're smart, you adjust.'In the months before Lowe's and Menards opened their doors in 2005, the co-owners of Maxbauer Ace Hardware buckled down and strategized."We'd been through it before," said...