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...

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...

Detroit company buys Benzie shops, retains workers

BENZIE CO. - A Detroit-area company has purchased HW Jencks, a privately-held, family-run machine shop with two Benzie County locations, Frankfort and Benzonia, keeping all of the approximately 25 employees.Troy-based Ross Controls, an international manufacturer of pneumatic valves, control systems and safety products for the...

Betting on the Small-Town Office Store

BUCKLEY - There are certain businesses you expect to find in small, rural towns. Office supply stores aren't generally among them.Yet Kelvin Shaw, who owns the Traverse City Cartridge World franchise, which remanufactures printer ink cartridges, is betting that enough people will appreciate the convenience...

Genius in a Bottle

TRAVERSE CITY - Who cares that Greg Lobdell and Jon Carlson had been friends since their kindergarten days at Old Mission Elementary. When the longtime pals decided to embark together into the very grown up business of real estate development in 2005, they heralded ...

Restaurateurs’ Sante eatery to anchor $12M development

BOYNE CITY/TC - The Traverse City company that brought Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen and Red Mesa Grill to the region is embarking on a new adventure: a European-style bistro on Lake Charlevoix in Boyne City. Magnum Hospitality's Santé will anchor Catt Development's $12 million One...

Roundtable: The Restaurateurs

Owners of some of northern Michigan's most recognizable restaurants gathered for another TCBN roundtable discussion. Attendees included Jeff Wiltse of 310 and Bubba's; Andy Case of The Cherry Hut; Barry Haven of Bowers Harbor Inn, North Peak Brewing Company, and Blue Tractor Cookshop, and Skip...

New flavors heading downtown

TRAVERSE CITY - Pizza from around the world and fish from the Great Lakes will be two new options for hungry downtown workers and shoppers. Scalawags Whitefish & Chips is eyeing a late April/early May opening, and will be followed by Pangea's Pizza sometime in...