Briefly: Big News In A Small Format


Traverse Reproduction & Supply, a leader in wide-format printing and imaging in northern Michigan, has acquired Copy Central in Traverse City.

“Copy Central is a strong company that holds a special place in this community,” said Traverse Reproduction & Supply President Sean Skarshaug. “We look forward to carrying on the legacy that Mark & Pam Bonter created.”

Copy Central will continue to operate at 314 E. Eighth Street and retain its staff.



Priority Health has recognized several local health insurance agents as part of its Elite Agent program. The agents are honored for exemplary client service and achievement across multiple categories in the industry. They include: Raquel Paulus of Peterson McGregor & Associates, Terry L. Roote and Walter J. Hooper of Great Northern Benefits; and Jim McDonnell and Laverna Witkop of Ford Insurance.



A new location (and final destination) is marking the 20th anniversary for Leelanau Cheese owners Anne and John Hoyt. The creamery and cheese cellar are now located inside a remodeled church on M-22, south of Suttons Bay.

The Hoyts started Leelanau Cheese in a garage in the village of Omena. They then moved operations to Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, where they remained for 15 years.

Since 1995, Leelanau Cheese has made 45,000 wheels of raclette and hundreds of thousands of pounds of its spreadable cheese. The company won Best of Show at the American Cheese Society in 2007 for its raclette.

Leelanau Cheese Co. is planning a grand opening and celebration in June.



Traverse Watch & Clock Repair has opened at 2016 S. Airport Road W. in Traverse City. Owner and horologist Mike Bishop was trained in the Navy and brings 35-plus years of experience. Services include watch batteries, watch bands/straps/bracelets, watchband adjustments, watch crystal replacement, pocket watch service, routine service and repair of high-end watches such as Rolex, Omega, Bulova and Movado. Also, a selection of clocks and watches are available for sale.

All repairs are done on-site; house calls available for grandfather clocks.  Store hours are Monday-Friday, 10am to 5pm, Saturday by appointment; 231-633-TIME (8463).



Ranieri Hanley & Hodek, PLC, a law firm focused on health care and personal injury law, has opened in Traverse City. The partners, all who previously worked at Dingeman Dancer in Traverse City, include:

Eric Ranieri – areas of practice include health care, appeals, oil and gas services, and general commercial  and civil litigation.

Matthew T. Hanley – areas of practice include health care, personal injury, business, and probate litigation.

Heidi M. Hodek – areas of practice include personal injury, nursing home and day care negligence, criminal, and family law.

The new firm is located in the Copper Ridge complex at 4020 Copper View, Suite 22.



Neuco Seating Inc. has opened its new location inside Wuerfel Park, 4177-A Village Park Dr., in Traverse City. Its headquarters includes a commercial seating showroom featuring more than 100 different styles of new chairs and barstools for restaurants, hotels and offices.

The company continues to offer upholstery services, onsite vinyl/leather repair and restaurant design, which it’s been doing since President Bryan Neu founded the company in Traverse City 22 years ago.

Last year, Neu rolled out a vinyl maintenance kit called Finyl Fix, a unique line of upholstery maintenance products designed to prolong the life of vinyl upholstery and keep it looking like new.

The showroom is open Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm;



Custer recently completed an interior renovation project for iNDIGO Health Partners in Traverse City, involving Custer’s furnishings, technology and architectural products divisions.

iNDIGO Health Partners sought a space with flexibility for rapid growth and adjustable conferencing solutions. Additionally, the firm desired a smart environment that would attract its many telecommuting staff members. Custer provided custom solutions for iNDIGO Health Partners’ open office areas, private office areas, enclaves, meetings rooms, and the reception and kitchen areas.



Grand Traverse Distillery’s Ole George 100% Straight Rye Whiskey was awarded its third set of medals from the American Distilling Institute’s Craft Spirits Competition held recently in Louisville, Ky.

Ole George was awarded “Silver – Best in Class “as well as “Gold – Best in Category” for a Craft Rye Whiskey. Lead Distiller Landis Rabish was on hand to accept the awards for the distillery.

Grand Traverse Distillery is Michigan’s oldest “grain to bottle” craft distillery and the only one to have every whiskey, vodka and gin it produces “Pure Michigan” certified.



Traverse Bay Marine is celebrating 29 years in the industry this year and has once again been ranked a Top 100 boat dealer in North America by Boating Industry, the leading trade magazine for the marine industry. The Traverse City company is also now the only dealer in Michigan (and one of just five in the country) selling Jeanneau models. The French maker has been producing yachts since 1957 and has been part of the Beneteau group since 1995.



Century 21 Northland is opening its ninth office in the Grand Traverse region, this time in the Village of Empire. The new location will operate under the Sleeping Bear Real Estate brand and will be the company’s fourth Leelanau County location.

“We’re excited to continue our growth in Leelanau County by establishing a year-round presence in Empire, which will establish Century 21 Northland as the only brokerage with an office servicing the Empire area,” said co-owner Brad Platt.

The addition of Empire is the eighth expansion since Century 21 Northland was founded in Traverse City in 2006 by Platt, Jason Kudary and Julia Lilley.

Northland Vacation Rentals, a sister company of Century 21 Northland with offices in Traverse City and Glen Arbor, is also expanding its Leelanau County portfolio.



Arbors of Traverse is expanding. The apartment complex on Hartman Road off of U.S. 31 is adding 108 units to the 360 units it opened in 2004.

Property Manager Kelly Thomson said the addition “represents exciting housing opportunities for newly hired employees relocating to Traverse City.”

The new floor plans, available this spring, include one to four bedrooms that range from 597 to 2,148 square feet and rent from $890 to $1535 per month. They feature modern finishes, fully-appointed appliance packages and views from spacious patios or balconies. Some units also have a laundry room and walk-in closets; loft-style units feature attached garages.



PB&J, a Traverse City-based creative agency that provides services to ad agencies and direct, local clients, has received one Gold and two Silver Awards at the 2015 District 6 ADDY Awards, presented by the American Advertising Federation.

The work, created for billboard and poster campaigns for Traverse City’s Maxbauer Specialty Meat Market, now moves on to the national competition.

“This is a big honor to be recognized with some major players in advertising,” said Karl Bastian, agency owner. “Our work was up against multi-million dollar projects created in Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit.”



Safety Net in Traverse City has been recognized again as the only IT managed service provider (MSP) headquartered in northern Michigan to be included in the distinguished MSPmentor 501 Global Edition for 2015.

The eighth annual list, produced by Penton Technology Group, is a ranking of top MSP technology providers. It is developed using a range of metrics, including total revenues, annual recurring revenues, managed services offered and client devices managed.

Safety Net specializes in helping businesses run better by providing a highly -killed team and process-driven approach to managing IT systems.



Prout Financial Design in Traverse City has launched its new website, Created by Proof Positive Design, a creative studio also based in Traverse City, the site’s purpose is to serve as an online educational hub as well as to offer clients direct access to their accounts and helps them manage their finances more successfully.



ManpowerGroup has been named the HR Official Premium Partner of the 2015 Universal Exposition taking place in Milan, Italy between May 1 and October 31 2015 and creating some 13,000 new jobs.

More than 850 candidates are being hired for the Exhibition site itself, but ManpowerGroup will also fill at least 5,000 more positions for associated companies and suppliers. ManpowerGroup will fill a variety of roles including; team leaders, technical support workers, safety workers, international relations executives, hostesses /stewards, pavilion managers, waiters, chefs and many others.

The Traverse City Manpower office is located at 3135 Logan Valley Road; 947.3840.



JC Penney at the Grand Traverse Mall in Traverse City was recently recognized by the parent company with a Founder’s Award, its highest distinction for leadership excellence. The Founder’s Award is presented to teams that truly excel in the areas of financial performance, customer and client service and business expertise. Thomas Stone is the store manager.



Illinois-headquartered Spring Brook Marina has opened a new office with broker representation in Traverse City. Spring Brook has represented the Prestige Yachts line in the Great Lakes region for three years and has expanded its broker network to include Bill Allgaier of Harbor View Yacht Sales in Traverse City. Allgaier has more than 25 years of industry experience as a broker and surveyor in the northern Michigan market.

The Traverse City office is located at 12935 West Bayshore Dr., Ste. 105; 933.5414.



Acme-based Ascomnorth engineers and technicians were recently certified by Dukane Carehawk to sell, install and service the Dukane Carehawk School Intercom Systems. The intercom/paging system integrates .wav files, telephony integration, IP-based access and master clock functionality onto an educational, healthcare, corrections, or industrial/commercial facilities existing data and cabling infrastructure. Ascomnorth Inc. has represented Dukane since 1983.



Peterson McGregor & Associates (PMA) in Traverse City is the recipient of the Citizens Excellence award from Citizens Insurance Company of America. The award recognized Peterson McGregor’s successful growth and partnership with Citizens Insurance Company. PMA was selected from more than 400 independent insurance agencies in Michigan.



Traverse Traveler, a 14-year-old marketing service launched by Brandy Wheeler, has merged with Visitors Media, creator of ExploreTC and publisher of the Traverse City Dining Guide. This merger unites two media companies with a shared mission to provide hotel guests with entertaining and educational information about the best restaurants, wineries, breweries and attractions in northwest lower Michigan.

“We identified expanding our creative services as a key to taking care of customers. Traverse Traveler has an excellent reputation for complimenting customers brands and aligns perfectly with Visitors Media’s approach to the market,” said Jay Gorter, CEO and founder of Visitors Media.

Visitors Media began by providing digital video solutions for retail and hotel customers in 2011. In 2013, relationships in the hospitality industry lead to the development of ExploreTC, a local travel channel broadcast in nearly 2,500 hotel rooms. Visitors Media then purchased Traverse City Dining Guide and published its first issue in 2014.

Wheeler has joined Visitors Media as partner and creative director.



EXIT Realty Paramount in Traverse City was named the top office in sales volume for January by EXIT Realty North West U.S. Division. EXIT Realty Paramount also has four of January’s top five agents – Tom Alflen, Jennifer Blain, Nicole Philibosian Gentry and Chuck Gollay.



Two Traverse City professionals were recognized during the recent Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

Brad Van Dommelen, president/CEO of Traverse City Tourism, was named a “CVB Star of the Year” by the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association for his “industry knowledge, determination, attitude and imagination” in bringing Traverse City to the attention of new national and international markets as well as his leadership at the state level.

Also, Marc Pritchard, executive chef at Traverse City’s Park Place Hotel was named the “Culinary Star of the Year” by the association. He was cited for being a “consistently creative chef with a passion for food, presentation and attention to detail” and a leader who inspires his team.



Entrepreneur magazine has ranked the Comfort Keepers’ franchise as #1 within the senior care category for the third year in a row in its annual Franchise 500 rankings. Overall, Comfort Keepers placed 57 among the top 500 franchises.

“We are thrilled to have achieved this honor for the third consecutive time,” says Leslie Knopp, owner of Comfort Keepers of Northern Lower Michigan. “Our team, and the Comfort Keepers of the 700-plus locations around the world, are very proud of this accomplishment. We are being honored for doing what we love; helping seniors to continue living independently within the comfort of their own homes.”


Kingsley Club Lands On Prestigious List

Kingsley Club has landed on Golfweek’s Top 20 Best Modern Courses. The private golf retreat first opened in 2001and has earned a national following – more than 80 percent of the club’s 200-plus members are from outside Michigan.

Golfweek’s hundreds of course evaluators nationwide determined Kingsley Club’s #18 ranking. They submitted ballots grading courses on factors such as routing of the course, feature shaping, greens, variety and memorable holes, conditioning, maintenance and landscape management.

Kingsley Club is owned by Traverse City businessmen Ed Walker and Art Preston. The course was designed by architect Mike DeVries – his first ever design after working at nearby Crystal Downs Country Club. DeVries also worked for nationally-rcognized golf course architects Tom Fazio and Tom Doak.



Einstein Cycles in Traverse City now features a coffee shop with a full espresso bar, tea and pastry menu. Owners Jason and Kristie Lowetz took over the space formerly occupied by Crow About It Coffee and Cakes.

“It’s something that has been on the radar for us, and adding the coffee shop really enhances the experience for our customers, and lets us meet new people as well,” said Jason Lowetz. “It also gives us a great start and end point for group rides, for people to meet up and chat, and to incorporate more people from our community without having to leave the east side.”

The Ec Coffee Bar offers Higher Grounds coffee, Light of Day Tea, as well as baked goods from local bakeries.

Einstein Cycles is located at 1990 US 31 North and is also accessible via the TART Trail.



Anavon Technology Group in Traverse City has opened its new retail Technology Center – putting all aspects of business telecommunications under one roof for customers.

Company President Russ Madsen said the new store is a unique concept in the marketplace.

“There are wireless stores that sell cellular phones and service, and there are companies like Staples and Best Buy that cater to the home business and residential markets,” said Madsen. “But currently you can’t buy a real business communication system over four lines, get real commercial communication products, order local service, schedule, add, move or change business telecommunication services, and get high speed internet access all in one location” – until now.

The Anavon Technology Center is located at 1133 W. South Airport Road in Traverse City.