Rolling up business for Meijer

TRAVERSE CITY - Around Traverse City he's known as the "the sushi guy at Meijer." But to his employees, he is known as "The Best Sushi Chef Ever." Tucked in the back of the store, in a white chef's hat and apron, you'll find soft-spoken...

Wine firsts for region this fall: female winemaker, organic wine

For the first time in northwest Michigan wine industry history, a woman is in charge of winemaking- and she's taking over at the top. California native Nichole Birdsall has taken over winemaker duties at Leelanau Cellars, the state's largest winery, succeeding Shawn Walters who moved to...

Mexican restaurants ‘muy caliente’ in TC

TRAVERSE CITY - Judging by the number of independent Mexican restaurants in northern Michigan, one might say that area diners and south-of-the-border food go together like rice and beans.But it's more than a hill of frijoles that's kept four local restaurateurs in business for a...

The Winemakers

Wines from Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas are no longer secrets. They're winning international awards and selling by the tens of thousands of cases. TCBN Publisher Luke Haase sat down with four leading winery owners days before the 2007 harvest. Included in the roundtable were:Bob...

Members-only practice to take over Bay Point

TRAVERSE CITY - When MembersHealth Medical Center opens Nov. 1 it will accept patients, but not insurance.Dr. Jason Myers is the founder and president of MembersHealth. The new medical center will open its doors where Myers' Bay Point Family Care practice has been for the...

Doctors Feel Good: Physicians stay true to their workouts

Sure, doctors are good at doling out advice to exercise and eat right. But do they take their own medicine? These six doctors do. They have a regular exercise routine, ranging from mountain biking to mountaineering, and are prime examples of the life-altering benefits of...

Grant will help care workers find affordable training

REGION - They spend their days caring for individuals for whom health is a daily challenge or who require some assistance meeting their daily needs-nursing home residents, adult foster care homes, homebound seniors and persons with disabilities. Now, with the help of a $500,000 grant...

Business transition from the passenger seat

Every business transition has two sides: those who are staying, and those who are moving on. Often the transition has contractual requirements that help determine the future state of the company in order to assure stability and growth for all parties involved. But what can't...

NW Michigan real estate: price reductions should spur market

As news of a rapidly-deteriorating national housing market continues to sweep across the country, northwest Michigan real estate agents remain hopeful and say our region is generally in better shape compared to others."Southeast Michigan is really suffering, but we've kind of got the best of...

Impact of school closings on market to be determined

How a local school board's decision to close three elementary schools could potentially affect the regional housing market-if at all-is not yet clear, say area Realtors. "I've always been a believer that schools have a big impact on the housing market," said Matt Case, president-elect...