Sled Mania!

By Mike Terrell Snowmobilers from all around the Great Lakes come to ride thousands of miles of groomed trails crisscrossing the Wolverine State, and in turn support many small businesses that depend on that infusion of cash during the slower winter months to survive. It’s a win-win...

Bikes Mean Business

ELK RAPIDS - Wanted: TART Trail expansion to Elk Rapids. Needed: Direction, connections and cash.The Rotary Club of Elk Rapids has been looking at a connection to the TART Trail in Acme for years. Heading from Traverse City, the TART Trail currently ends at Bunker...

Trophy Taggers on Target for Big Money

What do you get when you mix an outdoor gear superstore and social networking? You get Trophy Taggers, an online association of hunters and fisherman that buy their gear, share their pictures from deer camp and recruit their friends to join to do the same.Trophy...

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...