New Venues Ride on Event Wave

Numbers don't lie. Last year, more than 3.3 million visitors made trips to the region, many of them here to attend events. It's a number that has grown a steady 4.5 percent annually since 2006. It's no surprise that new event-friendly venues have popped up to...

Inside NMC: Drone Home

Drone HomeNMC's leading edge in the unmanned vehicle industryBy Gayle NeuTRAVERSE CITY - At Northwestern Michigan College, students can explore the land, sea and air with unmanned vehicles, walking away with a degree and, more importantly, a job.NMC is one of only a handful of...

25 Years and $25 Million of Caring

25 Years and $25 Million of CaringFather Fred celebrates its silver anniversaryBy Ariana HendrixFor 25 years, thousands have been touched by one priest's simple idea: Nuture hope when all seems hopeless.From its humble beginnings at Dill's Olde Towne Saloon, the Father Fred Foundation has extended...

Beyond the Golden Years

Beyond the Golden YearsNational press has lavished attention on Traverse City being a great place to retire, but is there enough real estate, assisted care and other services to support the Baby Boomers 15 years from now?By Becky KalajianTraverse City has enjoyed a wave of...

Farm to Taproom: Brewery Terra Firma

Farm to Taproom: Brewery Terra FirmaBy Beth MilliganIn the midst of a brewery boom in northern Michigan, entrepreneur and brew master John Niedermaier is plowing new ground.Brewery Terra Firma is the state's first "farm brewery" which will use the surrounding land to cultivate crops and...

Great Northern Roasting Company Perks Up

Great Northern Roasting Company Perks UpBy Beth MilliganThe next big thing in coffee is brewing right here in northern Michigan.Jack Davis, owner of Great Northern Roasting Company in Traverse City is determined to elevate the way people think about - and consume - coffee. Since...

Traverse City Business Hall of Fame

It might be hard to imagine, but Traverse City hasn't always been all beaches and pie. Just a few generations ago, it was a hardscrabble, sparsely populated frontier scored with lumber-choked rivers and bays.Like many 19th century American towns, Traverse City's first business community rose...