Ripe For Competition

With another large supermarket chain coming to town and a retailer now offering groceries, TC's small food markets are fighting to competeBy Mardi LinkREGION - Paper or plastic? That now-familiar question at the grocery checkout was really just a warm up for the shopper of...

Readers Weigh In On Gender In The Workplace

Is Traverse City a "sexist" town?Forty percent of 294 respondents to a recent TCBN/The Ticker survey believe the area is "sexist," though only 26 percent believe it's more so than the rest of the country. Forty-nine percent of women and 13 percent of men...

Real Men Shop

How local retailers market to menBy Karen JohnsonTRAVERSE CITY - Marketing to men is not a new concept; the birth of the automobile spawned a new era of advertising targeted toward men. The key to understanding what men want is to understand how men see...

Less is More

Less Is MoreFor some families, exchanging salaries and pensions for home time is worth itBy Samantha TengelitschWhile some people are forced to take part-time work while they seek full-time employment, others are choosing to reduce their hours. In some cases, they're giving up salaried positions...

On or Off? Inside Michigan’s Motorcycle Helmet Law

By Aaron BowronOn April 12, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation into law conditionally abolishing mandatory helmet use for motorcyclists and their passengers who are 21 years and older. A radical departure from past legal and policy considerations, the new law allows motorcyclists to indulge in...

Critical Condition

By Al ParkerTRAVERSE CITY - Uncertainty is the only certainty.That might be the motto of the Traverse Health Clinic when it comes to funding its operations.Up to 75 percent of the clinic's $2.9 million budget could be affected by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable...

Labor of Love

Young couple reopens assisted living homeBy Samantha TengelitschKALKASKA - An assisted living home reopened last year by Dignity Home Health Care is a labor of love for president and CEO Nathan Moore. Moore's uncle was involved in a low-speed automobile collision in 2008, resulting in...

Commission Approves Treatment Center for Women

Commission Approves Treatment Center for WomenTRAVERSE CITY - In May, the Traverse City Commission approved a special land use permit that will allow Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) to open a second residential care and treatment facility at 445 East State St. Phoenix Hall will provide...

Managing Student Debt

Managing Student Loan DebtBy James M. TaylorAs costs for higher education continue to rise, so does the demand for student loans and other financial assistance. Student loan debt in the Unites States currently exceeds $1 trillion and continues to rise, while parents, students and new...