Traverse City’s Private School: ‘Doing Great’

The recession and emergence of publicly funded alternatives have not diminished area demand for private education. Instead, Traverse City’s five private schools report waitlists and growing student populations, with little marketing on their part. Whether it’s faith-based education, developmental learning, or a combination of both,...

Chasing Paper

In a profession that for hundreds of years has relied on pieces of paper, Enrico Schaefer of Traverse Legal is an anomaly. The Internet and intellectual property lawyer runs his practice unburdened by paper files and the myriad filing and management headaches that accompany them. In...

Fudgies of the South

Fudgies of the SouthSnowbirds cause the same sort of excitement (and grief) in Naples as fudgies do here. By Becky KalajianThe same group that spends millions crowding Traverse City hotels, shops and restaurants during the summer heads south as soon as the leaves hit the...

New Biz? This is Where the Money Is

New Biz? This is Where the Money IsBy Becky KalajianEveryone agrees: Your widget/idea/service is sure to be the Next Big Thing. But when it comes to getting the cash you need, those same people won't put the money where their mouth is.The search for funds...

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...

Home Health Care Explodes

Home Health Care ExplodesAn increase in demand coupled with technology, cost containment has sparked a mini-industry in Traverse City.By Becky KalajianTen years ago, those needing a little more care had little to choose from: rely on family, or move to an assisted care or...

Beyond the Golden Years

Beyond the Golden YearsNational press has lavished attention on Traverse City being a great place to retire, but is there enough real estate, assisted care and other services to support the Baby Boomers 15 years from now?By Becky KalajianTraverse City has enjoyed a wave of...