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...

Roundtable: The Judges

It's not often one gets to have a candid conversation over lunch with three judges. But that's precisely what we're bringing to you with this month's Roundtable. Judges Philip Rodgers, Michael Haley, and David Stowe sat down with TCBN Publisher Luke Haase for a fascinating...

Roundtable: The Restaurateurs

Owners of some of northern Michigan's most recognizable restaurants gathered for another TCBN roundtable discussion. Attendees included Jeff Wiltse of 310 and Bubba's; Andy Case of The Cherry Hut; Barry Haven of Bowers Harbor Inn, North Peak Brewing Company, and Blue Tractor Cookshop, and Skip...

Banking on Traverse City: Sixteen banks now compete here

TRAVERSE CITY - An increasingly crowded Traverse City banking scene has some crowning us the Financial Capital of The North, while others wonder if the region is officially 'overbanked.'The arrival of Bank of Northern Michigan, First Community Bank, and US Bank in Traverse City this...

Williams drives the market in third quarter

TRAVERSE CITY - Welcome to Kia Country. The latest auto sales data for the Grand Traverse area shows that car buyers are bucking national trends and prefer the affordable imports over other models that sell better throughout the nation. For the third quarter (July-September), the...

Is Traverse City union-friendly? It depends on whom you ask

TRAVERSE CITY - While numbers show workers at the area's largest employers are represented by labor unions, union reps insist that locally-based manufacturers have a zero tolerance policy for unionization. Workers at four of the five largest employers in Grand Traverse County and eight of...