New businesses settle into Elk Rapids

ELK RAPIDS - In the not-so-distant past, once the tourists had packed up their beach bags and the snowbirds had flown the coop, you'd be hard pressed to find a whole lot going on in the bayside berg of Elk Rapids. Not so anymore, say...

Couple puts money where their mouse is

ELK RAPIDS - Ten Keys, a new business service firm based in Elk Rapids, bucks all of the pencil-pushing, number-crunching stereotypes associated with accounting services. Office visitors are greeted by Zeke and Buffy, the resident terriers, and a framed picture of John Lennon. In the...

Sponsorships add one-two punch to companies’ marketing mix

TRAVERSE CITY - Corporate sponsorship of sports, the arts, and special events and causes, is the fastest-growing form of marketing, according to numbers provided by Chicago-based IEG Corporation's sponsorship report. All you have to do is attend a logo-laden concert, charity event or sports match...

Preggers delivers number two

TRAVERSE CITY - The Preggers family has expanded. Preggers II debuted in October at the former Shag space on Front Street in Traverse City. Its mother-store, Preggers, a maternity and infant clothing store, opened in March on Union Street. The new store touts itself as...

New phase for New Designs, Guidebook

TRAVERSE CITY - This month marks the beginning of a new season for New Designs for Growth (NDFG), a grassroots initiative working under the auspices of the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce to promote smart residential and commercial growth. Several new programs and resources will...

The business card is changing with the times

Imagine conducting business without the Internet. We have come to rely on email as a primary form of communication and on websites as destinations for researching products and services. Still, not all business is conducted in cyberspace. We are human after all, and we continue to...

Chef brings Windows’ reputation to Glen Arbor restaurant

GLEN ARBOR - Windows restaurant, located between Traverse City and Suttons Bay, has been an area fine-dining standard for decades. Now, those looking to experience the exquisite menu, impeccable service and striking view offered by the original can do so at Windows' recently-opened second location. The...

Sound system gets rave reviews

TRAVERSE CITY - Those who attended any of the May performances of Fifth Third's Jazz, Blues and Tango Series at the City Opera House were treated to an auditory delight as the City Opera House Heritage Association (COHHA) debuted the venue's new sound system. The $40,000...

Company keeps cartridges from gathering moss

TRAVERSE CITY - If you could save money and help save the environment at the same time, would you? Most would answer "yes." After all, it sounds like a win-win situation. However, when it comes to printer cartridges, many of us are ignoring an opportunity...