Horse Shows gives legs to region’s tourism base

WILLIAMSBURG - Carrie Gunst will log about 20,000 miles this year traveling across the country on the horse show circuit, selling and promoting her equestrian-based apparel and embroidery.After being in business for 21 years, she's seen just about everything a competitive horse show has to...

‘Luxury items’ dealers work to keep heads above water

TRAVERSE CITY - Consumer spending on such items as hot tubs, swimming pools, billiard tables and similar amenities has plunged across the country as discretionary income continues to dwindle. Traverse area retailers have been similarly hit by current economic challenges and are responding with shifts...

Doorstep delivery: Family rolls out bike rental business

TRAVERSE CITY - For the Bork-MacManus family, good things come in twos. This summer, two sons and two daughters, ages 9 to 19, are balancing a new two-wheeled business, Bay Bike Rentals LLC, with guidance from Mom and Dad.The company rents single-speed cruisers for adults...

Major expansion will give motorcoaches s’more room

EMPIRE - Sleepy Bear Campground isn't so sleepy anymore. Not with major construction designed to entice the highest rollers in the RV milieu. The campground just east of Empire is undergoing a huge facelift to accommodate luxury motor coaches. The new development, Indigo Bluffs, will...

‘It’s all local’: Big Box managers sound off

TRAVERSE CITY - "Buy Michigan First," "Buy Michigan Now," "Take The Buy Michigan Pledge," "Think Michigan." With our state's economy now ranked 33rd in per capita income, it's hard not to argue with those slogans initiated, respectively, by state government and public relations firms. The...

Cloud computing: What it means, why it’s important

When the going gets tough, the tough seek productivity gains through the adoption of new information technologies. Well, that might not be how the saying goes, but it is sound advice for the times.Cloud computing is the latest buzzword in information technology. Its basic premise...