New wineries sprout among Old Mission’s vineyards

TRAVERSE CITY - Old Mission wineries have been in a state of ferment lately, and their winemakers are ready to savor the new flavor of their local industry. Peninsula Township is getting a Black Star Farms winery in the old Underwood Farms facility on McKinley Road,...

Builders Exchange, Chamber partner: Seek to boost area development

TRAVERSE CITY - The Builders Exchange of Northwest Michigan and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce have formed a partnership to promote commercial development within the city.The Builders Exchange, a TC-based nonprofit organization for local commercial contractors, was contacted by the Chamber in February...

No Grease Allowed…and other rules of a Garage-Mahal

TRAVERSE CITY - Bill Lee is a dentist-not the most au currant profession that comes to mind-but still, he has loads of chrome-plated style. That's because Dr. Lee is also a car enthusiast. More specifically, a British car enthusiast, and he has the garage to...

Company launches green-built products for the health of it

TRAVERSE CITY - The line between green building and traditional building continues to fade as green building practices become more and more mainstream. No one knows this better than Jim Anderson, a 35-year veteran of the building industry and CEO of Architectural Elements of Michigan....

Our housing and construction market…what lies ahead

Home sales and new home construction turned in a sub par performance during the final three quarters of last year, which helped contribute to the decreased annualized growth of the real gross domestic product (GDP). The five-county area essentially mirrored the national performance. ...

Builder hopes to generate interest in turbine

TRAVERSE CITY - A new generation of wind power technology is ready to propel northern Michigan homeowners to greater energy independence, and Traverse City entrepreneur Garth Ward wants to sell it to them.Ward has become one of the first dealers in the country selling a...