July 2018 Issue
From Motel to Hotel: Downstate developer reveals $5M reno of iconic Charlevoix spot
Renovating an iconic 1950s-style motel in Charlevoix and staying true to the original architect’s vision isn’t easy. And it doesn’t come cheap.
Rendering by Shoreline Architecture and Design
Paul Silva, downstate businessman (and summer resident of Charlevoix), plans to invest around $5 million to dramatically update The Lodge, a square, two-story, 40-unit motel designed by local insurance agent, real estate developer and amateur architect Earl Young located at 120 Michigan Ave. in Charlevoix. Final transfer of the property is pending.
If and when the deal goes through, The Lodge, which opened in 1959 as the Weathervane Lodge, will be renamed …
New Incubator Making an Impact
20Fathoms, our community’s new business incubator and center for entrepreneurship, opens its downtown office at the corner of Front and Park streets this month. Its mission is to cultivate a thriving community of entrepreneurial start-ups and growing companies.
It’s all about impact.
The young companies working at 20Fathoms will be full of creative thinkers who live here year-round raising their families and forging personal commitments to our community. Their intense intellectual efforts will drive their …
A Brewing Niche: Insurance agencies adjust to suit craft beverage market
When the craft beverage industry exploded about 10 years ago, it led to some big changes in another industry: insurance.
Mark Irwin, agency principal for Bellaire’s Fischer Insurance Agency, happened to be in the right place at the right time in 2004. Short’s Brewing Company opened its doors down the road and the brewery approached Fischer for coverage.
“In those early days of Short’s, breweries were rare,” said Irwin, a 2002 graduate of Central Michigan …
Munson Clinic Wages War with Ongoing HIV Epidemic
The opioid crisis ravaging northern Michigan – and much of the country – could result in an outbreak of HIV. According to Victoria Cammarata, a licensed master social worker and medical case manager with Munson’s Thomas Judd Care Center, the growing trend of intravenous drug use in the area could lead to problems that go beyond addiction.
That particular fear relates back to 2015, when an unprecedented HIV outbreak struck the small rural community of …
Concierge Medicine: A trend that's arrived in northern Michigan?
Lots of one-on-one time and same-day visits are the promises concierge medicine docs say have personalized patient care.
So far, four area physicians have affiliated with MDVIP, a Boca Raton, Florida-based primary care concierge service that links affiliated physicians in a network spread across the country.
To join, patients pay …
Boyne Goes Big: Revised debt structure enables reacquisitions, upgrades
Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Montana
It started with a one dollar bill and a young man's dream to own a ski hill.
Boyne Resorts, North America's third-largest mountain resort company, was founded when 30-year-old Everett Kircher bought 40 acres of barren property near Boyne Falls for darn near …
'Everybody Wants to Save a Dime': Companies self-insure to thwart health care costs
Ever-rising costs are prompting more employers to consider ditching their health insurance providers and paying the medical claims of their employees themselves.
Self-insurance was once mainly for large corporations that could afford the risk of potentially expensive claims. But benefit consultants say self-insurance can work for smaller employers hoping to …
Survey Reveals Top 10 Destinations, Transportation Challenges of Area Businesses
The results are in! We know where you want to fly.
Cherry Capital Airport recently surveyed northwest lower Michigan businesses about travelers' air service development needs. (Thank you to Kent Wood, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and Tom Rockne, Tom Rockne Travel Resources for assisting with gathering this information.)…
Complacency is Our Fork in the Road
There’s a consistent – and important – message emanating these days from business and political leaders across the state: Keep Michigan’s economic comeback moving forward.
Michigan’s economy has gotten to a much better place in the past decade. It’s evident in traditional barometers like economic growth, jobless numbers, property values, …
Book Review: The Arsenal of Democracy
The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War - By A.J. Baime
364 pages, published by Mariner Press September 2015; softcover $14.95; E-read edition $9.95
Reviewed by Chris Wendel
In a nutshell: The background story of the U.S. auto industry’s role in …
The Influencers Up North: Who's making business happen in Emmet, Antrim and Charlevoix
For some, living the relaxed, Up North lifestyle is just not for them. The movers and shakers in northern Michigan are not content with a book on the beach; instead, they're making things happen in their communities in all kinds of ways. Here are a few influencers who have …