Finger Ring? Earpiece? TC Inventors Build Phone of the Future

TRAVERSE CITY - Two local entrepreneurs, Joe Thiel and Ryan Wells, are hoping to revolutionize the mobile phone industry with a sleek new invention that has already won "Best of Innovations" at the Consumer's Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The O.R.B.-aka Orbital Ring Bluetooth-is...

Nation’s Dairy Industry Sinks: Shetlers Rises to the Top

The U.S. dairy industry is in a tailspin. In the first half of 2009, pricing for Class III milk-that is, milk used to manufacture hard products like butter, nonfat dry milk and cheese-reached nearly its lowest level since 1978. Price per hundredweight, or one hundred...

Pay the cable bill, or get your prescription refilled?

REGION - The current recession is forcing area residents to examine their dollars and prescription drugs more closely. Local trends show patients leaning toward generics and alternative forms of treatment. Although sales of prescription drugs typically are unaffected by the ebb and flow in the economy,...

High-tech turbine catches on

TRAVERSE CITY - "Power to the People!" is the slogan for Garth Ward's Traverse City-based company, Michigan Wind Power (MWP).Ward has become one of the first dealers in the country selling a more advanced form of wind turbine to individual households. With Ward's help, individuals...

Company looks to pave the way to more earth-friendly asphalt

TRAVERSE CITY - In a business that's considered far from green - black, in fact - one company in the Grand Traverse area is leading the way with an earth-conscious philosophy. For 14 years, SureSeal has been using an environmentally-friendly asphalt emulsion sealing product. The most...

Wind & Wine: Turbine, solar to power up vineyard

LEELANAU CO. - Randy Woods has the perfect property for installing a wind turbine. Woods built Wooden Fish Vineyard six years ago on a high ridge off Hohnke Road in Leelanau County. He had always envisioned the land to be perfect for growing grapes with...

Bird-level businesses share their views from the top

For bohemians and business people alike, downtown is the downbeat of Traverse City. The beat plays well into the wee hours of the morning on weekends and within each patron's footstep throughout the workday. For this reason, a lot of people think it's a pretty...