Leelanau tourism: Many businesses left without a voice or choice

The Leelanau Peninsula is one of Michigan's jewels. Just ask anyone who lives there. Those who visit marvel at its beauty and unique character. Yet the Peninsula's tourism based economy has been challenged in recent years.The reason?The Leelanau Peninsula lacks leadership in the tourism industry....

Leelanau Wine Cellars to triple space

OMENA - Leelanau Wine Cellars is poised to upgrade and then move into the former Northern Michigan Fruit Co. facilities in Omena, more than tripling the space available for its winery, according to state and county documents.Robert Jacobson, president of Leelanau Wine Cellars, recently told...

Winery boards businesses until they’re ready to fly

LEELANAU COUNTY - To the casual observer, Don Coe, co-owner of Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, is a gentleman farmer. Ask Don what he does, though, and he'll tell you that he's in the business of "destination marketing." Pry a little further, and you'll...