Tourism Update

Last month at the Governor's Conference on Tourism, Michigan's tourism industry received great news about the impact of the state's popular and award-winning Pure Michigan campaign: In 2011, it drew 3.2 million new visitors to Michigan - visitors who generated $1 billion in spending and...

Past, Present, Future?

TRAVERSE CITY - Raymond Minervini II is angry. He believes the state has reneged on a promise to him and other Renaissance Zone developers, a move that could affect growth at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons."I understand the state is going through a lot...

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...

Trading spaces: Vacancies not such a bad thing, says DDA

Traverse City has long been noted for its vibrant downtown. Residents and visitors often point with pride to the unique collection of shops, restaurants, offices, venues and pathways linking Front, Union, Cass and beyond with an eclectic energy that is uniquely "TC." Considering the...

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...

Specialty toy stores see surge in sales

TRAVERSE CITY - Toy manufacturers have recalled 61 toys so far this year compared to a total of 40 last year. The recalls mean huge financial losses for large companies such as Mattel and Baby Einstein. But for area toy shops that specialize in...