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...

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...