Big Dipper hits retail milestone

TRAVERSE CITY — Big Dipper Cookie Dough Co. announced its edible raw cookie dough is now available in more than 3,000 stores.

The Big Dipper Cookie Dough Co. began in 2015, founded by 20-year-old Austin Groesser in Traverse City. The product is now available in retail stores in 18 states.

Some of the stores that carry Big Dipper Cookie Dough include Meijer, Kroger, Fresh Thyme and Woodman's.

Land Bank launches new website

LANSING — The Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority launched a new website designed to increase efficiency and improve the user experience for those searching for property in Michigan.

The site is intended to be a streamlined, one-stop shop for people searching for Land Bank property in Michigan. The redesigned site increases ease of access to information for property search, news, events and other resources.

The site's Engage with Us section provides information of interest to developers, contractors, vendors, residents and local government. The Available Properties section lists the 2,500-plus residential, commercial, industrial or agricultural properties available for purchase through the Land Bank. Its Featured Programs and Promotions section highlights available programs and promotions related to blight, housing development, and property disposition.

The Michigan Land Bank also plans to begin featuring properties on its Facebook page.

The agency since 2010 has demolished more than 3,000 blighted structures and returned almost 2,000 properties back to productive use. More information is available at

Benzie Chamber After Hours June 20

THOMPSONVILLE — The Benzie County Chamber of Commerce will hold its June Business After Hours on Thursday, June 20, 5-7 p.m., at The Thompsonville Airport, 13531 Lindy Rd., Thompsonville.

The event will feature a demonstration of remote control aircraft and radio-controlled vehicles at play.

There will be hors-d'oeuvres, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a $150 member raffle. Designated member representative must be present to win. Donation/admission is $5 per person.

The Business After Hours is sponsored by The Benzie Area RC Club (BARC), KK Builders, Inc., Geno's Sports Bar & Grill, and Archer Country Store.

Shady Lane Wine Club event June 22

SUTTONS BAY — Shady Lane Cellars will begin observing its 20th anniversary by uncorking two new wines — a 2017 Gruner Veltliner and a 2016 Cabernet Franc Reserve — on June 22 during its annual Wine Club Dinner.

The Shady Lane Cellars Wine Club event features hors d'oeuvres from 4-7 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Cost is $45 per person.

Gruner Veltliner will be distributed throughout the state by Woodbury Wine of Troy. The Cabernet Franc will only be available in the Shady Lane Cellars tasting room at 9580 E. Shady Lane Road in Suttons Bay.

Financial fitness workshop slated

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency's Financial Fitness series continues on June 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The workshop is the third in a series and is titled Protecting Your Assets and Fair Housing. Topics include insurance, consumer protection and fair housing and lending.

The workshop will be held at the NMCAA's offices in Traverse City (3963 Three Mile Road), Cadillac (1640 Marty Paul St.) and Petoskey (2240 Mitchell Park Drive, Suite A).

Cost is $20 per household which includes a light meal and a budget binder. For more information or to register for the class, call (231) 947-3780 or log on to

Habitat, SolaRISE team to raise funds

TRAVERSE CITY — Habitat for Humanity-Grand Traverse Region is working with the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities' SolaRISE online crowdfunding site to raise money for a net zero energy home in Kingsley.

The Habitat home will be the organization's first net zero home, according to a release. Habitat will use Groundwork's site (, which is designed to assist nonprofit organizations, schools and churches to raise money for clean energy systems.

The goal is to raise $15,500 for the project, according to the crowdfunding site,

PB&J receives campaign recognition

TRAVERSE CITY — PB&J was featured in Lürzer's Archive, a publication based in Austria about advertising.

The Traverse City firm of PB&J was recognized in the publication for its Thirlby Automotive poster campaign. PB&J's campaign was listed as one of the "best print campaigns, TV commercials and digital designs," according to the Lürzer's Archive. The campaign is featured alongside work from agencies based in Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid, London, Dubai and other cities. Work featured in the magazine includes some of the world’s most recognizable brands: Coca-Cola, Jeep McDonald’s and Nike, among others. The publication is a special edition distributed at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France.

More information on Lürzer's is available at

Homebuyer class set for June 29

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency will hold a homebuyer education class on June 29 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The class will be held at the NMCAA offices in Traverse City (3963 Three Mile Road), Cadillac (1640 Marty Paul St.) and Petoskey (2240 Mitchell Park Drive, Suite A).

The workshop is taught by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) certified Housing Coaches. Those who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate that is valid for one year that is required for some local and national mortgage products.

Cost is $75 per household and includes lunch and a workbook.

For more information or to register for the class, call (231) 947-3780 or log on to

Brew Fest East Jordan set for July 13

EAST JORDAN — The Rotary Club of East Jordan will host its annual Brew Fest East Jordan on Saturday, July 13, 2-9 p.m. The event will be held in downtown East Jordan in Memorial Park under the big tent. The Brew Fest will feature craft and domestic beer, wine, live music and food.

There will be live performances by Lou Thumser (2-3 p.m.), Tom Zipp & The Bullpen (3:30-5:30 p.m.), and Full Circle (6:00 to 9:00 p.m.).

Admission is $5 per person. Children under 12 are free. Kids of all ages are welcome during the family-friendly event.

All funds raised from this event will be used towards supporting Rotary Club of East Jordan projects. Learn more at

Brew Fest East Jordan is being held on the same day as the Sweaty Yeti Run and the South Arm Classic Car and Boat Show.