Architect recycles warehouse into new live/work space

TRAVERSE CITY - Ken and Joan Richmond are keen on recycling, be it cans, plastics, newspapers, particularly old buildings. So when the opportunity came to renovate an old warehouse to create four live/work studios for area artists, they were more than intrigued by the idea. Located...

New juice cups prove to be a boon for Cherry Growers

TRAVERSE CITY - Incorporated in May, 1939 by the shareholders of the defunct Cherry Growers Packing Co., Cherry Growers, Inc. is a major fruit packer specializing in frozen and canned fruit and juices. Not only is Cherry Growers the oldest cooperative in Michigan, but also...

Auntie Pasta’s has new owners; but menu unchanged

TRAVERSE CITY - Auntie Pasta's Italian Cafe in Traverse City has new owners. Wife-husband team Lyndsay Hicks and Tariq Javed took possession of the restaurant in early March. Both have hotel and restaurant management backgrounds and worked for the Marriott Corp. in Washington D.C. before...

Boomers will make waves as retirement nears

Baby Boomers are a demographic marvel. They are members of the generation born between 1946 and 1964 when post-World War II parents decided it was time to procreate in large numbers. The boomers saw the dawning of the Age of Aquarius and now they're...

Designing a performance feedback system that works

True or False? Every employer wants his or her people to be as effective as possible. Employees want to improve their performance, and need timely and honest performance feedback to do so. Every manager should be setting goals and expectations, providing feedback, and documenting and monitoring...

Tour showcases businesses built with reused materials

GRAWN - Odom Reuse Co. has taken recycling to a whole new level by offering a retail outlet for reusable building materials. From doors, windows, sinks, faucets, lighting and cabinets to paneling, framing and flooring, the materials save money and natural resources while reducing waste....