The Hospitalist Will See You Now

The Hospitalist Will See You NowRising costs and increasing federal regulations have spawned a new kind of inpatient care.By Beth MilliganLess than 20 years ago, the term to describe the career path of Dr. David Friar hadn't yet been coined in the medical field.Today, Friar...

Classic Cars Help Fuel Local Auto Economy

Classic Cars Help Fuel Local Auto EconomyBy Beth MilliganWhile the U.S. economy continues to recover from the crippling effects of the 2007-2009 global recession, 2013 has been an economic bright spot for at least one industry: the automotive market.National automakers saw new car sales jump...

Get Well Soon

Get Well SoonEmployers spring for preventative healthcare now to reduce costs later.By Beth MilliganWhen President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, he - in addition to requiring all Americans to secure health insurance coverage by 2014 - enacted a series of...

Millions Poured Into Hotel Makeovers

Millions Poured Into Hotel MakeoversBy Beth MilliganIn 2012, a record-breaking 1.5 million visitors came to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore after it was declared "the most beautiful place in America" by Good Morning America. The designation was good business for the park, but it was...

Moving Up: Century 21 Northland Targets the Top

Number One Up North? Century 21 Northland Targets the TopBy: Beth MilliganWhen Brad Platt moved back to his native Northern Michigan in 2006 from Chicago, he and his wife Julia Lilley had been "saving every nickel " they earned for years to fulfill their dream...

Farm to Taproom: Brewery Terra Firma

Farm to Taproom: Brewery Terra FirmaBy Beth MilliganIn the midst of a brewery boom in northern Michigan, entrepreneur and brew master John Niedermaier is plowing new ground.Brewery Terra Firma is the state's first "farm brewery" which will use the surrounding land to cultivate crops and...

Great Northern Roasting Company Perks Up

Great Northern Roasting Company Perks UpBy Beth MilliganThe next big thing in coffee is brewing right here in northern Michigan.Jack Davis, owner of Great Northern Roasting Company in Traverse City is determined to elevate the way people think about - and consume - coffee. Since...

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...

Big Brothers Blindfold

It's officially illegal: Michigan employers can no longer request access to the private online accounts of potential or current employees as part of hiring or review practices.This past December, Governor Rick Snyder signed House Bill 5523 - also known as the Internet Privacy Protection Act...

Old School No More

It may have taken a little while, but some of the area's most venerable institutions - such as tourism, governmental and public safety agencies - have turned to Facebook as a primary source of customer engagement.Once the stomping grounds of in-the-know 20-somethings, having a...