New restaurants, retail coming to downtown TC

TRAVERSE CITY - Uncrowded sidewalks usually signal summer's end, but what do empty storefronts in September mean? The months of September and June typically see businesses moving to different downtown locations or leaving, according to Rob Bacigalupi, deputy director of the Downtown Traverse...

Perserverance pays off for Quiznos operators

TRAVERSE CITY - The TC Quiznos has much to toast, besides its sandwiches. It's currently No. 2 in the Michigan region in sales, out-sold only by the Quiznos inside the Detroit Metro Airport, and the owners are currently working on opening another shop. "We were...

Seung-Ni moves to larger quarters, expands programs

TRAVERSE CITY - Most of us have dream job fantasies tucked away, requiring only the gut-wrenching first step of leaving your safe paycheck and insurance plan to pursue. Kevin Shoults, owner of Seung-Ni Martial Arts Academy, took that first step five years ago, leaving his...

Ideas to break through advertising clutter

It used to be that getting the word out about your product or service was easy. You had newspapers, magazines, radio and only three networks of television. Today, however, the options are many. What's more, consumers are literally bombarded by an increasing number of advertisements...

Crystal buys wind energy credits to power chairlift

THOMPSONVILLE - Crystal Mountain Resort of Thompsonville will further its commitment to renewable energy by purchasing wind power to run the resort's high-speed chairlift this winter. The plan has met with approval from the Michigan Land Use Institute, (MLUI), an independent, non-profit research...

State helps lodges get with the (green) program

REGION - The next time you go to Crystal Mountain or the Bayshore Resort, you might not notice right away you're in a certified "green lodge."But both resorts took part in a pilot program earlier this year to help a establish a statewide Green Lodging...

Segway dealer chooses TC over Ann Arbor

TRAVERSE CITY - It's not every day that Traverse City beats Ann Arbor as a location for a new retail business. But that's exactly what happened with Segway By KAR, thanks to what the owners call "an incredible community effort" by area officials and organizations....

Great Wolf, Tamarack condo projects move ahead

TRAVERSE CITY - Expansion plans at the Great Wolf Lodge are moving forward, although a fall construction start could not be confirmed.Company spokeswoman Jennifer Beranek said in mid-September that the Traverse City resort is still planning an expansion that includes the addition of 64 private...

Is Traverse City union-friendly? It depends on whom you ask

TRAVERSE CITY - While numbers show workers at the area's largest employers are represented by labor unions, union reps insist that locally-based manufacturers have a zero tolerance policy for unionization. Workers at four of the five largest employers in Grand Traverse County and eight of...