Doorstep delivery: Family rolls out bike rental business

TRAVERSE CITY - For the Bork-MacManus family, good things come in twos. This summer, two sons and two daughters, ages 9 to 19, are balancing a new two-wheeled business, Bay Bike Rentals LLC, with guidance from Mom and Dad.The company rents single-speed cruisers for adults...

Fleet owners drive to keep insurance costs down

REGION - Insuring multiple vehicles is a necessary cost of doing business for contractors, service trades and numerous other companies that sell product or deliver merchandise. Tack on the highest gas prices in years and business owners in the Grand Traverse region are making sure...

The DTCA: What it does, who leads it

TRAVERSE CITY - If you've ever wondered who conjures up the 23 or so annual activities that attract after-hours shoppers and curious onlookers to the sidewalks beneath the business district's glowing street lamps, it is the Downtown Traverse City Association.Nearly 200 downtown retailers and restaurants...

Michigan bakeries share social model for success

TRAVERSE CITY / DETROIT - Two thriving bakeries, one in Traverse City the other in Detroit's Cass Corridor, are worlds away in terms of who they serve, yet they use similar recipes to measure their success. The main ingredient is a mindset that has...

No baby steps for creator of map business

TRAVERSE CITY - Nine-month-old Everett Elkins is known by name to more Traverse City shopkeepers than residents many times his age. From February to April, he accompanied his mother, Karley Elkins, as she solicited locally-owned businesses for her new children's map project."Everett and I...

Late harvesters enjoy the county’s bounty

CEDAR - Leelanau County's newest winery, Longview Winery, has already won 22 medals in state, regional and international wine competitions for 11 wines in its 2005 vintage. But winemaker Alan Eaker isn't done yet. His 12th offering, a cherry mead (an alcoholic beverage made...

Merchants weigh in on bayfront planning

TRAVERSE CITY - What to do with approximately 13,000 linear feet of shoreline along West Grand Traverse Bay has been the topic of discussion ever since the Power Plant was removed and City Commissioners decided to close the zoo.With the November hiring of consultant...

New weight-loss surgery available at Munson

TRAVERSE CITY - A new surgical option for patients who are morbidly obese is now available through Munson Medical Center's Bariatric Surgery Program. "We believe LAP-BAND® is the right alternative for some of our patients," said Dr. Michael A. Nizzi, D.O., one of three bariatric surgeons...

Study tests effect of cherry properties on brain disorders

TRAVERSE CITY- Research will begin this month on the effects of concentrated amounts of tart cherries and essential fatty acids on brain disorders like Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's, thanks to a $100,000 marketing and research grant awarded to Ray Pleva's company, Cerise Nutraceuticals.The grant will...