June 2023 Issue
Spartan Strong: The special bonds between the Cherry Capital and Michigan's biggest university
One hundred and eighty miles stretch between downtown Traverse City and the main campus of Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing. Increasingly, MSU’s presence and investment in northern Michigan is shrinking that distance for students, alumni and community members alike.
Today, MSU has numerous ties to Traverse City, ranging from the well-known MSU Extension program to an increasingly robust bridge between northern Michigan and the MSU medical school.
The MSU Extension dates back more than 100 years. It was 1907 when MSU – then Michigan State College – hired its first livestock field agent. That staff member was technically …
TC manufacturer Promethient eyes deals with stadiums, boats and electric vehicles
The Greek god Prometheus tamed fire and gave it to humanity. Traverse City manufacturer Promethient, named after him, does even more than that. It keeps individuals as warm – but also as cool – as they like.
As company CEO Bill Myers puts it, “We bring climate control to a human scale.”
Promethient’s personal heating and cooling system, marketed under the trademark Thermavance, has hundreds of potential applications, including clothing and office seating.
Myers says …
Retail Legends Talk Shop: Long-time store owners weigh in on the ups and downs of generational retail
Making it in retail is tough. Surviving and thriving for decades is a testament to persistence and changing with the times.
Long-time store owners and managers share their history, their challenges, what the future may hold and why they do what they do. Whether purveyors of clothing, appliances, sporting goods or a little bit of everything, they are all looking forward, while taking a fond backward glance.
Max’s Service, Traverse City
Jeff Owens' grandfather opened …
From Flooring to Pets...Naturally: Kathy and Tim Hyland broaden their entrepreneurial scope
What do flooring, metalsmithing/design and pet food have in common?
If you answered Kathy and Tim Hyland, you’re right. They are the owners and moving forces behind Bayview Flooring, Bayview Displays and Pets Naturally.
It all started 40 years ago when a young Tim Hyland got his start in the flooring business. Ever the entrepreneur, he struck out on his own just two years later, at age 26.
“I found a building and went to …