Local Auto Sales: On the Rebound?

REGION - Over the last several years in northwest Michigan we've seen the rise of full-size SUVs; Tahoes, Escalades and Hummers were all the rage. Today, none are among the top 15 sellers locally. We also witnessed the booming of Kias (two years ago, three...

Who will Claim Ford Country?

TC's long-established Bill Marsh auto family has purchased a Ford dealership just 27 miles away from powerhouse Fox Grand Traverse. As Ford's fortunes rise, is this town big enough for both of them?REGION - Just three years ago, General Motors and Toyota were the giants...

2008: Year of the Used Car? Local auto dealers see shift in sales

Traverse City - Overall car and truck sales were down 35 percent July-September in Traverse City, according to industry numbers compiled by the TCBN. But you won't find local dealers driving off a cliff, particularly those dealers who specialize in used car sales. Our annual snapshot of...

Q&A with TC auto dealers

Otto Belovich, Cherry Capital/Traverse MotorsWilliam Chichester, Williams Chevrolet and Williams KiaMike Marsh, Bill Marsh Automotive GroupGary Moss, Grand Traverse AutoQ: Is anyone buying cars in this economy?Marsh: To date they have been. Our year-to-date is down very little. However, with all the news, you always...

The Roundtable: The Builders

The building market might be down significantly, but there's plenty going on. Increased material prices, the green building movement, the arrival of downstate builders on the scene, and more. We tapped a diverse group of area construction leaders to talk through the issues.Included in the...

Q&A with Alex Rheinheimer

Alex Rheinheimer and her husband Dean own and operate Horse Shows By The Bay, an annual equestrian festival based in Traverse City. The event continues to grow in size and prominence. Rheinheimer met with TCBN Publisher Luke Haase in June.BN: Your event is the...

The Foodies

The Grand Traverse region is home to scores of small, successful fruit, coffee, salsa, tea, bread, and other food entrepreneurs. TCBN publisher Luke Haase sat down with four leading foodies on a recent wintery afternoon. Included in the roundtable were:Melissa Ewing, Undercover Vegetable CompanyJeff Hughes,...

TC auto sales stay on pace

Our annual review of Traverse City auto sales is in and, though there are mild surprises in the details, two facts appear unchanged from last year: the local car market is relatively healthy, and northern Michigan is still Kia country. The new car and truck...

The Winemakers

Wines from Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas are no longer secrets. They're winning international awards and selling by the tens of thousands of cases. TCBN Publisher Luke Haase sat down with four leading winery owners days before the 2007 harvest. Included in the roundtable were:Bob...