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...

Quantum weighs anchor for new East Bay facility

TRAVERSE CITY - The Quantum Sails Design Group is consolidating its manufacturing capacity in a new $1.4 million, 22,400 square-foot office and production facility on International Drive in East Bay Township.The sail maker expects to move into the structure this month and gradually absorb operations...

Area restaurants fare well during inspections

TRAVERSE CITY - One unfortunate day last spring, a customer at a Traverse City eatery sat down at a table and ordered a bowl of soup and half a roast beef sandwich.After taking a couple bites, she "discovered a dirty Band-Aid inside her sandwich, which...

Signs of spring

Sure signs of spring: Bardon's is open for ice cream in Traverse City, the robins and warblers have returned, and gas prices are up. Any day now a Washington politician will call for an investigation into price gouging by Big Oil.There have been more...

Has the subprime crunch hit Traverse City?

REGION - When Mr. Jones (a fictional name used by request) found a job in Traverse City, he and his family put their Colorado house up for sale before moving. Within a month they had a pre-qualified buyer. As the closing date grew close, Jones...

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...