Electric cars for rent, sale at train depot

TRAVERSE CITY - Picture a hustling and bustling transportation center with a full fleet of electric vehicles in every color of the Lifesavers roll available for sale or rent. They are sporty, roomy and they don't pollute.The former train depot at Eighth and Woodmere...

Fresh faces bring new life to Benzie buildings

BENZIE COUNTY - The Mayfair Tavern, a Benzie County restaurant and gathering place since the 1930s, is reopening this month under new owners.Long part of the restaurant business, Heather and Bill Frary bring new energy to the Elberta establishment, while keeping the menu and d├ęcor...

Michigan Grapevine: Vineyard management, property both hot

Both the regional and statewide real estate market has been in a long slump, but vineyard real estate is proving to be a small but notable exception.With comparatively cheap land prices and a burgeoning reputation as a wine region second to none, northwest Michigan is...

Locally-produced vodka to hit shelves in June

TRAVERSE CITY - Kent Rabish can't keep his enthusiasm bottled up any longer.As it turns out, the owner of Grand Traverse Distillery won't have to.His first product-True North Vodka-will hit store shelves in early June.He's calling True North Vodka a "super premium spirit" because...

You can have fun at work…and live to tell about it

Brace yourself-the words "fun" and "work" are being used together, right here in the same sentence: "What can we say; we just like what we do. There's work and then there's fun, but sometimes, they're one and the same. Sometimes, work is fun." That bit...

Micro financing helps local investors maximize social impact

Many people have heard of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank he founded that gives small or "micro" loans that help impoverished people start businesses. Winning the award attracted much needed limelight to micro-financing, an industry that...

Many area banks now offer remote deposit

It's five o' clock, time to close up shop and run to the bank-right? Not necessarily. A relatively new and popular service from area banks is bringing an end to this well-established routine. Most people have heard of direct deposit, but have you...

No baby steps for creator of map business

TRAVERSE CITY - Nine-month-old Everett Elkins is known by name to more Traverse City shopkeepers than residents many times his age. From February to April, he accompanied his mother, Karley Elkins, as she solicited locally-owned businesses for her new children's map project."Everett and I...