Heartbreak Hotel: TC’s Whiting

That recent blow dealt to The Whiting? Nothing this hard-luck hotel hasn't seen before.TRAVERSE?CITY-When Howard Whiting first opened the doors of his eagerly anticipated downtown hotel in 1894, the solid brick exterior was its biggest selling point. Countless elegant wood hotels in Northern Michigan...

‘It’s all local’: Big Box managers sound off

TRAVERSE CITY - "Buy Michigan First," "Buy Michigan Now," "Take The Buy Michigan Pledge," "Think Michigan." With our state's economy now ranked 33rd in per capita income, it's hard not to argue with those slogans initiated, respectively, by state government and public relations firms. The...

Survive and thrive: Fewer jobs mean interesting work for some

REGION - Looked at a certain way, Oryana Natural Foods Market is a great big laboratory. Just not the kind of laboratory store manager Jody Gagnier went to college to work in. Gagnier graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Environmental Policy and...

Construction: Lumber prices down, optimism up

REGION - Just in time for the summer building season, the mood exchanged over the sales counter at Northern Lumber in Suttons Bay is a little brighter these days than owner Ed Beuerle says he has felt in months. Prices are low enough, he said,...

Bankers and the badge: Longtime collaboration fights fraud

On the third Thursday of the month, in a non-descript conference room on the second floor of Traverse City's Hannah & Lay building, local bankers are fighting crime. They've been at it for more than two decades and are the anonymous catalyst behind as many...

Employee Free Choice Act looms

A "drastic realignment of power" in favor of labor over management will result if current labor legislation known as the Employee Free Choice Act is passed, warned one local employment attorney. "Usually when you have new legislation, it's to fix something that's broke," said Allen...

Layoffs create new set of legal worries for employers

TRAVERSE CITY - It's not called the WARN Act for nothing. If the recession has forced your business to lay off workers, the economics behind that decision, however sound, could be the least of your worries, say local employment attorneys. A variety of state and...

Health Plans for One: BC/BS losses make coverage complex, expensive

TRAVERSE CITY - These days when someone knocks on insurance agent Mark Irwin's door, chances are good that they've come looking for an individual health insurance policy. As job losses mount, insurance agents throughout the area report a dramatic rise in both inquiries and purchases...