Finger Ring? Earpiece? TC Inventors Build Phone of the Future

TRAVERSE CITY - Two local entrepreneurs, Joe Thiel and Ryan Wells, are hoping to revolutionize the mobile phone industry with a sleek new invention that has already won "Best of Innovations" at the Consumer's Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The O.R.B.-aka Orbital Ring Bluetooth-is...

Old Town: Special charm but empty storefronts. What’s next?

TRAVERSE CITY - It's been a challenging year for the block of Old Town on Union between 7th and 8th streets. T Moeggenberg Professional Menswear closed in early November after 13 years. Across the street, specialty maternity/infant shop Preggers will close by mid-December. Look north...

Downtown TC developer Jerry Snowden talks the three Ds

TRAVERSE CITY - Jerry Snowden has had his finger on the pulse of development in downtown Traverse City for the last decade. The BN caught up with the developer of TC's Radio Centre and the Brownstones on Boardman to find out what's up with...

Start up of the Month: Studio S Fitness

Traverse City-area Realtor Sherry White always has been passionate about three things: dancing, teaching and fitness. With her new business venture, Studio S, White's about to indulge those passions in a one-of-a-kind way-offering a variety of all-women workouts that center around sexy. Think: classes...

Higher Grounds Eyes Expansion into Olive Oil

TRAVERSE CITY - At Higher Grounds Trading Co. it's always been about more than just a hot cup of joe. The company does not run on caffeine alone, but also a healthy dose of social responsibility. Continuing under that philosophy (and thanks to strong growth...