LAKE LEELANAU — Wine tasting usually is a social affair, an elbow-to-elbow group of people sipping together and sharing thoughts in a tasting room bustling with human traffic.

TRAVERSE CITY — Friday’s Downtown Development Authority meeting will be held online. Michigan COVID-19 guidelines discourage large in-person meetings, including governmental bodies.

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance President Andy Hayes is retiring from his position at the end of 2020. Hayes has served as president of NLEA since 2005. In partnership with the Michigan State University Extension office, the NLEA serves Antrim, Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties. According t…

We’ll all breathe a collective sigh of relief when the current craziness tapers off, when the dangers caused by COVID-19 are in the rearview mirror instead of in the road ahead.

Massage North (formerly Free Rein Therapeutics) owner Jessi Wallington completed a two-week volunteer rotation at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

JACKSON — Two cities and one village in northern Michigan are among the 10 finalists in the “Put Your Town on the Map” competition.

Q: Our Association has had a debate as to what are observable versus non-observable disabilities and how that relates to requests for accommodations to allow emotional support animals. We know if it’s observable that we aren’t supposed to ask for proof of the disability, but can you please c…

I woke up Sunday morning feeling refreshed. I got a good night of sleep despite the fact that the night was an hour shorter than usual — according to the clock, which sprang forward as Daylight Saving Time kicked in.

Top of mind for many in our region today remains the threat of COVID-19, the illness driven by a new virus that continues to generate concern and drive headlines around the globe.

Karen McCrary has joined Events North as project manager. The Traverse City native has more than 25 years of professional experience managing clients and providing project management, at private and nonprofit organizations. In her role at Events North, McCrary will manage client meetings and…

Supply chain disruptions happen all the time. Transmissions arrive late at an auto assembly plant. Size 2X T-shirts are in short supply for screen-printers. A weather irregularity bumps the avocado market. Most such problems are short-lived and affect a relatively small portion of the overal…

Paige Lee Interiors won a Best of Houzz award for customer service from the platform for home renovation and design. Paige Lee Interiors is owned by Paige Mauer. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University with a major in interior design and a minor in business and art. Be…

TRAVERSE CITY — A pilot is necessary, but eventually businesses in the world of Industry 4.0 need to land the plane.

TRAVERSE CITY — U.S. cherry growers will not appeal a Jan. 14 International Trade Commission ruling that unfairly priced imports of dried tart cherries don’t cause harm to the domestic industry.

WILLIAMSBURG — The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians inked a long-term partnership with sports betting company William Hill to open a William Hill Sports Book at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel.

HomeWaters Real Estate added Joe Van Antwerp and Michelle Millikin to the firm’s team of Realtors. Van Antwerp will service Traverse City’s west side lakes and neighborhoods while Millikin will be responsible for the Grayling and Higgins Lake markets. A Traverse City native, Van Antwerp is t…

TRAVERSE CITY — National businesses with local locations are having some fun with the No. 29 for Leap Day.

TRAVERSE CITY — The Soo Locks and the Ambassador Bridge play major roles in the connection between Michigan and Canada. That affiliation is strong, Canada Consul General Joe Comartin told the Economic Club of Traverse City on Friday.

Q: We are trying to remove the present board of directors, but the board members have refused to give us any recognition. They come up with excuses as to why they don’t have to call a special meeting. What do we do?

Jamie Grace of Century 21 Northland was named president of the Northern Great Lakes Realtors Multiple Listings Service at the organization’s awards and installation of officers ceremony at the Park Place last month.

Downhill ski enthusiasts pump a whole lot of cash into northwest Lower Michigan’s economy. Skiers ski — but they also eat, drink, sleep and consume.

Pier 1 Imports Inc. — the once-trendy supplier of home goods like papasan chairs and throw pillows — filed for bankruptcy protection Monday after years of sliding sales.

ELK RAPIDS — Al and Elaine Vasquez built their lives around Vasquez Hacienda. Loosely translated from Spanish, the business name means “Vasquez house.”

Casey Kiley-Terzano is a new real estate agent in the Traverse City office of Century 21 Northland. The Traverse City native has a bachelor’s degree in social work and worked in the field for more than 10 years before making a career switch.

TRAVERSE CITY — United Way of Northwest Michigan announced the launch of this year’s version of the website.

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