Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Financial Advisors From All Walks of Life - ]]> Wynder had considered finance in high school before following in his father’s vocational footsteps. Presented with the chance to do something completely different, he leapt at it.]]> <![CDATA[The Skinny on Short’s fat Bike Series - ]]> Rollin’ on the Snow What is fat bike racing? Well, it’s actually just like mountain bike racing except that it’s done in the winter — on snow. It also requires specialized bikes with wider tires and offers tests of terrain and temperature the other three seasons can’t even begin to meet.]]> <![CDATA[Offbeat Investments - ]]> Stocks, IRAs, mutual funds, real estate, precious metals, corporate shares — you’ve probably heard of these in your quest to grow your financial portfolio. But, if you’re feeling like taking a little risk, here are a few offbeat investments you might want to check out.]]> <![CDATA[Rethinking the Nest Egg - ]]> Bucher thinks Americans are too preoccupied with their nest eggs, those savings plans or accounts that are designated for the later years in life.]]> <![CDATA[National Treasures - ]]> The renovation of an Earl Young home on a block filled with the celebrated mushroom houses has people talking in Charleviox. The once low-slung home now rises over the Park Avenue block. A modern addition is sandwiched between Young’s original first floor stone walls and a fantastical, flowing roof that’s being hand woven by a Scottish thatcher.]]> <![CDATA[Inside Northern Michigan’s Chef-Making Machine - ]]> “That whole system was kind of outmoded,” Laughlin said. “I think in the late ‘60s and ‘70s, more things were processed. The trend was — with a lot of restaurants, except your very high-end ones — that you had a kitchen manager that scheduled lowskilled line cooks that were basically preparing almost prepackaged stuff, heating things up.]]> <![CDATA[Where Should We Dine Tonight? - ]]> .]]> <![CDATA[Behind the Chefs: What They Cook at Home - ]]> Favorite Thing He Cooks at Home: “Unless I’m working on a new item for the restaurant, I rarely cook Asian food at home. My pizza stone, however, gets a lot of use. I keep preportioned dough in the freezer and always have San Marzano tomatoes, fresh moz zarella.]]> <![CDATA[Health Matters in Michigan - ]]> he Mitten State is exporting health -- supplements, technology, and ideas -- and as such has emerged as a leader. Michigan ranks in the top 10 states for manufacturing medical devices, and its leading companies stretch from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids to northern Michigan.]]> <![CDATA[Still Pure Michigan - ]]> The East Lansing native assumed brand leadership of Pure Michigan on Dec. 1, following a 15- year career teaching at Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management in Philadelphia and serving as vice president of marketing for the Pocono Mountains Visitor Bureau.]]> <![CDATA[Making Vape at Purebacco - ]]> Purebacco of Gaylord is one of two Michigan companies responsible for making Michigan third in the nation in e-liquid manufacturing, with products in nearly 700 retail locations nationwide.]]> <![CDATA[Gaylord: Cross-Country Skiing Paradise - ]]> Gaylord is arguably one of the best cross-country towns in the lower peninsula. The village has a charming alpine motif with mansard roofs, textured stucco and shake shingles alongside balconies, painted flower boxes and A-frames that bring a bit of Switzerland to northern Michigan.]]> <![CDATA[Michigan Products Go Global! - ]]> WE CHOOSE TO STAY IN MICHIGAN BE- CAUSE: “As a kid, my father (Spoon Foods co-founder Justin Rashid) summered at a farm in Wildwood, 12 miles east of Petoskey. When it came time to figure out where to settle, he remembered what a wonderful childhood he’d had here, so that’s where he and my mother ended up, and that’s where Spoon Foods began.]]> <![CDATA[2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival - ]]> From one of the country’s biggest political comedians to a blockbuster film director to a roster of returning standup favorites and up-and-coming comedic talents, the 2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the star-studded lineup of guests stepping up to the mic Feb.]]> <![CDATA[Are You Kidding? - ]]> Local improv group Good On Paper offers workshops in on-the-spot performance and two standup comedy promoters, Falling Down Stairs and Rotten Cherries, run open mic nights that give would-be wags a chance to test their stuff. Now, locals can watch comics take to the stages around town several nights each month.]]> <![CDATA[February Festival - ]]> <![CDATA[Skating is Great! - ]]> Got a chill? Warm up in the lodge’s cafeteria or snag pizza in the Slopeside Lounge. COST: Complimentary COOL FACTOR: The ski hill towering above the rink as you skate is as close as you can get to an alpine feel without heading to the U.P. It’s got the highest vertical drop in lower Michigan at 552 feet.]]> <![CDATA[A Freshwater Valentine - ]]> Boyne City’s popular Chocolate-Covered Boyne event takes place Valentine’s weekend (February 13-14) and, in addition to all of the shop sales and foodie fun, the city’s Freshwater Gallery is putting on its annual themed concert to amp up the holiday..]]> <![CDATA[Everything You Need to Know About the Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival - ]]> Princess Bride. And, in case you didn’t get your tix quickly enough, the State will air a simulcast of Bill Maher’s performance. Also returning to Comedy Fest are Doug Benson and his roster of guest comedians in the must-see “Doug Loves Movies,” a hilarious podcast all about movies that’ll be recorded live at the Old Town Playhouse.]]> <![CDATA[Discomfort in the Spotlight - ]]> Fisher: I’m a dock installer. I have not been in trouble in 20 years. I do my job. I go home every night. I raise my son by myself. My ex-wife, we raised one 50-50; I raised one all by myself. He turned out to be a great kid. Graduated high school. He’s now playing junior hockey.]]>