Spirits Revolution: Scootch over, wine and microbrews.

REGION - Three years ago Kent Rabish opened northern Michigan's first micro-distillery and started making vodka. It is small craft operations like Rabish's that are leading the boutique spirits movement across the country. To his flagship product, True North Vodka, Rabish has added wheat, cherry,...

Northern Michigan’s Movie Moguls

It used to be that if you Googled the phrase "film industry in northern Michigan" you'd get back no more than a handful of responses. And most of those would bring up Rich Brauer's name.Times have changed. While Brauer remains the constant, several other filmmakers...

Cherry Harvest Comes Quick For Local Growers

REGION - An early, warm spring put cherry harvest on the fast track for northern Michigan growers. "Dramatically warmer than average temperatures for a prolonged time brought an earlier harvest," says John Kroupa of Kroupa Orchards on Old Mission Peninsula. "Not just a freak day...

Start-up of the Month: Wiggle Wags

Ten years ago (that's 56 canine years) Chandra Peffers graduated from the Michigan School of Canine Cosmetology in Lansing, hoping to make a career of her life-long love of pets and newly acquired set of scissor skills. She has managed salons and worked for veterinarians,...

The Right To Work

What can be done to turn Michigan's economy around? There are plenty of theories, but theories are just ideas with nowhere to go. Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich laid out a few bold ideas during a May visit to Mackinac...

Food & Drink News

Big Money for Manistee's Douglas ValleyDouglas Valley, the residential community being developed on an historic farm and vineyard in Manistee, which was profiled in the TCBN's June issue, just received some good news: it received a $150,000 grant for business development assistance from the USDA....

Biggest Energy Loser Contest: And the Winner Is

REGION - The Biggest Loser is the biggest winner.Not just on the tacky NBC reality show about people losing weight, but right here in northern Michigan, where three companies took on the challenge of lessening their energy consumption: the Betsie Bay Inn in Frankfort, the...

Q&A with Carrie Jones

Carrie Jones is the new director of the Michigan Film Office. Given that our issue is devoted in part to the burgeoning film industry here, we caught up with Carrie for some reel talk.BN: What does the Michigan Film Office do?CJ: It was actually...