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Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center has announced the business launch and opening of Traverse Beauty Bar, a beauty and brow studio at the corner of East Front and Park streets in downtown Traverse City.
This sister location provides brow sculpting and brow tinting, men’s and women’s facial service offerings, full body waxing, and retail medical grade skincare product lines with professional advisement.; 231.346.8222.


Manpower, a provider of workforce solutions, has relocated its Traverse City branch to 502 W. Fourteenth Street in the Hickory Corners retail market.

“We are very excited for our new location and the opportunity to continue working with job seekers and employers,” said branch manager Carol Ross (right), pictured here with employee Sarah Lafkas. “As we celebrate 35 years in business here in Traverse City, we want to thank the community for the opportunity to do business here and help keep people employed.”


Simply Cupcakes in downtown Traverse City is transitioning ownership to Sarah Steele, who is reopening the bakery as Sweet Tartlette. a small, independent pastry shop focusing on artisanal, hand-crafted pastry and chocolates using local ingredients. The shop will also continue to offer cupcakes. The reopening is planned for early December.

Len Mayhew, who started Simply Cupcakes five years ago, is leaving the business to pursue other personal and family interests.


Chateau Chantal on the Old Mission Peninsula is opening a remote wine tasting room in partnership with the Olive Vinegar store in downtown Rochester, Mich.

The store will initially carry a selection of the many wines produced by Chateau Chantal including its Late Harvest Riesling, Celebrate sparkling wine, and a few Reserve wines with limited availability in other stores.

Olive Vinegar offers the try-before-you-buy concept, serving complimentary tastes of their oils and vinegars from around the world.

“We’re thrilled to have found a partner with the same zest for the good things in life – food and wine,” said Chateau Chantal CEO Marie-Chantal Dalese. “The Loffredo family is a joy to work with and are equally as excited to expand their selection into wine.”


J.D. Byrider in Traverse City has been selected as the top franchise in the country. The local franchise was chosen as the top single-point dealership and was selected to receive the company’s President’s Award.

J.D. Byrider has 168 franchises in 34 states and specializes in helping to resolve credit problems for car shoppers. Single-point dealerships are those that only have one J.D. Byrider franchise. The selection is based, in part, on customer satisfaction for both sales and service.

“Our goal all year has been to be in the top ten in the country,” said general manager Tedd Pless. “To be selected as tops in the country shows what we can do when we all work together to achieve a common goal.”

The Bill Marsh Auto Group opened the J.D. Byrider franchise in Traverse City in 2009.


Qik Smartphone Repair has opened at 1010 S. Garfield Ave., Suite 201 in Traverse City. It offers iPhone service, with all repairs done within one hour and backed by a 90-day parts and labor warranty. Repairs include screens, batteries, power buttons, charging ports and cameras. 231.463.6869;


Morsels Espresso + Edibles specialty bakery in Traverse City is now shipping the bite-sized treats via The morsels are available in three packages: Choice Chocolate Collection, Best of the Holidays, and The Morsels Classics. Each box contains five morsels in five different flavors.

Morsels are shipped via FedEx Second Day or Overnight Delivery to maintain their freshness, and can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States. Each shipment is baked to order, includes instructions for how to handle the morsels upon arrival, and can also include a hand-written note if being sent as a gift.


The Miller Snowden Development Group in Traverse City recently purchased 13.5 acres from Bill Marsh Auto on U.S. 31.

The developers had already acquired the adjacent Alpha Center from Munson Medical Center last year and wanted to “increase its footprint in this core commercial area,” according to partner Jerry Snowden. Miller Snowden now controls nearly 750,000 square feet of commercial space and 650 feet of U.S. 31 frontage – the largest piece of commercial land north of the Grand Traverse Mall.

“Due to recent developments along U.S. 31 … and the lack of availability for any large commercial sites over many years, we are very excited to have the opportunity to begin our development plans on this main corridor to Traverse City,” said Adam Miller, a partner in Miller Snowden.

The sale of the property, which currently houses Price Point Used Cars, Bill Marsh Hyundai and J.D. Byrider, will allow Bill Marsh to expand its dealership facilities on South Garfield in TC. The company will expand the Price Point location to accommodate a “significantly larger new and used car selection,” according to a Bill Marsh news release announcing the sale. The Hyundai dealership will move into an existing facility adjacent to Bill Marsh Chrysler on South Garfield while J.D. Byrider will move to a new location.

“This move will make is easier for customers to find a large selection of used cars in one location, rather than having to travel between two campuses,” said Bill Marsh Jr.

Bill Marsh is not expected to move facilities until mid- to late 2016.


Century 21 Northland owner/brokers Jason Kudary, Brad Platt, and Julia Lilley recently attended the Century 21 Leadership Conference in San Diego. Platt was a featured speaker, presenting on hiring and supporting the millennial generation in real estate.


Dingeman & Dancer, a full service law firm in Traverse City, has launched a new website, providing an expanded view of all legal services offered. The firm specializes in real estate law, residential and commercial development, estate planning, zoning and tax law, oil and gas, as well as personal injury and wrongful death.


Press On Juice, producer of cold-pressed juices made from fresh, organic raw fruits and vegetables in Traverse City, is bringing more products to market for people looking for quick, healthy, grab & go food options. New items include smoothies and bowls (smoothies topped with gluten & nut-free granola and fruit) and salads. Coming soon is a line of soups. Press On Juice can be found at 1125 E. Eighth Street.


NMC has achieved its highest ranking yet for veterans services, named as the fifth best community college nationwide on Military Times 2016 “Best for Vets” list.

Military Times, an independent print and online newspaper that reports on military issues, used a 120-question survey to evaluate schools. In addition it reviewed data from the Veterans Affairs Department, Defense Department and Education Department for information on everything from veteran-related policies to average salaries after graduation. Last year, Military Times ranked NMC 68th on a list of four-year schools, since the college does offer one bachelor’s degree.

Besides Military Times, NMC has also been recognized and ranked as a military-friendly college by GI Jobs and Military Advanced Education for the last four years.


The Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge is ranked among the top law firms in the United States in “The Best Law Firms in America 2016” list published by U.S. News & World Report. The Traverse City office was recognized for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, trusts & estates law and insurance law.


The Acme Business Association presented a portion of proceeds from its Fifth Annual Acme Fall Festival to five area nonprofit organizations. The recipients are: Rail & Trails Rider 4-H Club, $520; Classic Country 4-H Club, $520l Country Cousins 4-H Club, $520l Yuba Historic Society, $2,220; Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation Area, $2,220.

The 4-H groups, which all assisted in the Acme Fall Festival children’s area, a plan to use the funds to support club programs. The Yuba Historic Society intends to use the funds to continue restoration and preservation of the historic Yuba School and Mt. Holiday will use the funds to help underwrite equipment rentals and outerwear for economically disadvantaged youth.


Traverse City’s Hagerty has added 15,000 square feet of office space to its downtown headquarters – through a long-term lease of the former Bank of Northern Michigan/Chemical Bank building at 130 S. Union Street. The company has relocated its IT and security departments, approximately 70 employees, to the office.

Of the 700 employees Hagerty employs worldwide, 600 are located in Traverse City. CEO McKeel Hagerty said the lease “allows us to meet our growth objectives and maintain our commitment to the economic development of our region.”

Chemical Bank announced the purchase of Lake Michigan Financial Corporation (holding company of The Bank of Northern Michigan) in January 2015. Bank of Northern Michigan customers are now served at Chemical Bank’s two downtown offices, 203 S. Union and 107 E. Front.


Mary Marois has been hired as interim director of Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA). She takes over from Tom Menzel, who was recently named administrator for Grand Traverse County. Marois brings more than 40 years of community and organizational experience to the post, most recently retiring as director of the Grand Traverse/Leelanau Department of Health Services in 2008.

BATA’s board of directors hopes to have a permananet executive director in place by early 2016.


Rex and Jill Holden, owners of FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers of Traverse, are celebrating 10 years in business. Formerly FAST Physical Therapy, the name change represents a new focus of the practice. In addition to traditional physical therapy, there is also an emphasis on balance and vestibular rehabilitation, helping clients with vertigo, dizziness, fall risk, gait training, head injuries and more.
In addition, members of the physical therapist staff, Rex Holden, Jill Holden, Jamie Bush, Amy Anderson and Mitch Tallent have completed the evaluation and treatment of vestibular disorders courses.


The Traverse City Beach Bums’ first league title in 10 years of professional baseball capped off a 2015 season that brought over 140,000 fans and several new events – including community concerts and a weekly Farmers, Flea and Craft Market – to Wuerfel Park.
A new Community Impact Report released by the Beach Bums highlights the economic activity produced by summer baseball in northern Michigan. Among the findings:

– More than $1.2 million has been generated back to the community through Beach Bums donations, fundraising activities and charitable initiatives since 2006.
– More than $55,000 in tickets were donated by the Beach Bums to local charities in 2015.
– The Beach Bums invested over $100,000 in area lodgings this season to accommodate visiting teams and personnel, who spent 50-plus days in the Grand Traverse region.
– The Beach Bums employ eight full-time, year-round employees and an additional 100-plus seasonal workers during the baseball season.
– The new Farmers, Flea and Craft Market drew an average of 500 to 1,000 attendees weekly, or roughly 13,000 for the season. The park hosted seven postgame concerts that brought in 20,000 total attendees.
– The organization’s “Read Around the Bases” program reached more than 12,000 students at 50 schools across the region in 2015.

In total, the report estimates that the Beach Bums organization generates more than $13.5 million for the local economy annually, including payroll, taxes, utilities, insurance and more.


The new location of the Basic Communications Sprint store in the East Bay Plaza announces the hiring of two wireless advisors, Nicole Wolf and Emily Jones. Ben Teeter has been named store manager. The store is located at 748 Muson Ave. and can be reached at 941.6630.


Nominations are now open for the 2016 ATHENA Grand Traverse Award. The award honors any individual who strives for the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, devotes time and energy to their community and forges paths of leadership for women to follow. Last year’s recipient was Connie Deneweth of Traverse City State Bank.

This year’s recipient will be celebrated at a luncheon in late April. The nomination form can be found on the Athena Grand Traverse website,


Kuhn Rogers PLC in Traverse City has once again received a Tier 1 ranking in real estate law from U.S. News and World Report’s “The Best Law Firms in America 2016.” Selected firms are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.