One Small Business, One Smart Idea

One Small Business - One Smart IdeaPatent awarded to Northern Michigan roofing companyBy Karen JohnsonKINGSLEY - Springfield Commercial Roofing was recently awarded a patent for a breakthrough roofing system that removes the greatest threat posed to modern commercial roofs - water. The Springfield SmartShield™ -...

Real Men Shop

How local retailers market to menBy Karen JohnsonTRAVERSE CITY - Marketing to men is not a new concept; the birth of the automobile spawned a new era of advertising targeted toward men. The key to understanding what men want is to understand how men see...

Good Eats on the Horizon

Five new restaurants to whet northern Michigan appetitesREGION - Northern Michigan will soon have five new answers to the eternal question: "Where do you want to eat?" Ready your palates for a Florentine-style trattoria in Lake Leelanau and a comfort food hangout in Lake Ann,...

What’s Hot – and Not – in Home Design

In recent years, new home sales have taken a hit,and the home design industry has been able to capitalize on the growing sect of folks staying in place and renovating their existing homes. The TCBN checks in with local designers and retailers to find out...

Profile: Shane Inman

TRAVERSE CITY - The only one of eight siblings to go to college, Inman's career started with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design from Michigan State University. After graduation, he moved to the nation's hotbeds of art and design: first San Francisco, and...

Gone to the Dogs

When the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa closed its floundering pet-friendly "hotel," The Dog House in 2010, there were howls of protest from dedicated clients. Several banded together to save it, but as often happens, the best-laid plans don't always pan out. Nevertheless, Liz Ascione...

The Free RX Discount Card: That nobody’s using

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY- Health care is a hot-button issue these days, and many local residents find it increasingly difficult to address rising medical and insurance costs. Yet most of GT County citizens are unaware that help is readily available in the form of a prescription...

Pilot Project

TRAVERSE CITY - Shares in private jets, you've heard of. But fractional ownership in helicopters? The quiet contender is gaining altitude in professional circles. According to Kevin Nelson, founder and president of Nelson AerodynamiX, there's good reason for that.While owning a private jet might prove...

Start-up of the Month: Healthcare Coordinates, LLC

One of the fastest growing health care fields is patient advocacy and medical care coordination. With that in mind, MaryPat Randall and Evelyn Richardson founded Healthcare Coordinates, LLC. The business uses skills culled from their combined 65 years in the medical field and aims to...

Munson Healthcare Breast Health Center Receives Accreditation

The Smith Family Breast Health Center at Copper Ridge, which is part of Munson Healthcare, has achieved national recognition for excellence: an American College of Radiology accreditation in stereotactic biopsy. The accreditation was the last step in the facility's quest to become a Breast Imaging...