June 9, 2023

Jillian Manning | Author

Highs and Lows of the High Season

May 20, 2023

We’re approaching the most wonderful time of the year in northern Michigan. Summer can be downright magical, with quiet morning hikes, afternoons at the beach, and endless entertainment opportunities for a night on the town. But all that fun in the sun also means increased traffic, ... Read More >>

Building Blues

April 29, 2023

The construction industry has been on a roller-coaster ride for the past three years, from an all-time low in jobs and projects in spring of 2020; to a flurry of building activity to meet pent-up demand; to frustrating snafus with supply chain issues.

And that’s to say nothi...

Will Travel for Weed: The Growth of Cannabis Tourism

April 15, 2023

Each year, thousands of visitors flock to northern Michigan for our beaches, our wineries, our trout streams, and our Nordic ski trails…just to name a few.

But are they also coming for our cannabis?

Canna tourism has taken root in states like Colorado, Oregon, and C... Read More >>

10 Years of Fascinating People

March 4, 2023

2023 marks the tenth year of the Northern Express Fascinating People list, and as we looked back through the archives, we were blown away by the 180 people we had featured over the years. (Plus 20 more in this issue!)

While we can’t go back and interview each of the... Read More >>

The Accidental Novelist

Feb. 25, 2023

You can take the girl out of Interlochen, but you can’t take Interlochen out of the girl.

Perhaps that’s why New York Times bestselling young adult author Brittany Cavallaro set her hugely popular Charlotte Holmes series in a boarding school. Or why Hello ... Read More >>

Wing Women: Beside Every Great Woman Is Another Great Woman

Jan. 28, 2023

Friends. Mentors. Colleagues. Sisters, moms, and cousins. No woman is an island, and this week we’re celebrating the wing women who help us become our best selves at work, at home, and in our communities.

We asked several NoMi women in leadership who their wing woman is&mdas... Read More >>

Funny in February

Jan. 7, 2023

Here are five words you’ve probably never heard before:

“I cannot wait for February.”

But so says comedian Mike Geeter, one of the guiding forces behind the 2023 Traverse City Comedy Fest, which comes to stages in downtown TC Feb. 2-4. Geeter and business... Read More >>

Striking Back Against Chronic Pain

Jan. 7, 2023

The ache in your lower back that just won’t go away. The unexplained inflammation or skin sensitivity. The chronic illness you’re living with, but only barely.

These are a few of the reasons folks seek out alternative therapies after they’ve left the doctor&rsquo... Read More >>

Deck the Halls with Decadent Drinks

Dec. 10, 2022

We all know we can get a good box of wine for everyday occasions, but around the holidays, we feel compelled to step up the game. When you want to give the perfect gift or impress your guests—all while supporting local makers—here’s what we recommend.

SPIRITS

A Collective Collage

Nov. 26, 2022

We so often think of art as a solitary pursuit, done in the quiet of a studio with only a paintbrush or a potter’s wheel or a pair of pliers for company.

But all artists great and small need community. All need feedback and encouragement and a burst of inspiration. Enter: Th... Read More >>

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Nov. 19, 2022

In 2020, U.S. nonprofits and charitable organizations saw a record of $466.23 billion in charitable giving, largely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy—an arm of Indiana University—2021 topped the charts again with $484.85... Read More >>

Sticks and Stones...and Cyberbullying

Nov. 12, 2022

For those of us in the Millennial through Silent Generation brackets, getting picked on looked a lot different when we were kids. Without the full force of technology and social media, bullying was based on physical acts of aggression and cruel words at school. Once we left the building, ... Read More >>

Pickleball Mania Hooks Players of All Ages and Skills in Northern Michigan

Nov. 5, 2022

According to a 2022 report from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America, with 4.8 million players nationwide, up 40 percent from 2020.

Northern Michigan is one of the hotspots for the sport, and was in fact one of the very ... Read More >>

Of the People, For the People, By the People

Oct. 29, 2022

What were you doing in your late twenties? While many of us were hoping to get a promotion, leaving graduate school, or trying to figure out our first life insurance policy, Katie Fahey was quite literally changing the Michigan constitution.

Fahey, an Aquinas grad who studied sust...

Athleisure Is the New Black

Oct. 15, 2022

The last few years have had more than their share of woes, so it’s only right we get a win: the rise of athleisure.

These are the clothes that can go from bed to the gym, Zoom meetings to errands, and heck, even a night out (or in) with friends. There are no buttons or zippe... Read More >>

Fab Furnishings

Oct. 15, 2022

There’s a special kind of magic involved in finding the furniture and décor for your home. Pieces need to be functional, stylish, comfortable, and ready to stand up to whatever your household throws at them, be it weekly dinner parties or 100-pound dogs. Most importantly, the... Read More >>

Fall Birding: Making the most of the migration season

Oct. 8, 2022

Spring is usually thought of as the high season for birders, with the return of our feathered friends not only marking the end of winter but also bringing us bright plumage and beautiful songs to enjoy while the world wakes up.

But according to Brian Allen of the Manistee Audubon ... Read More >>

Two K Farms' Macoun

Oct. 1, 2022

This Suttons Bay cidery has just announced its fall release of new ciders, and we were thrilled to see Macoun on the canned list. (That means we can bring more of it home!) While Macoun isn’t new to Two K, it’s not always in cans, and we are firm believers that just one glass ... Read More >>

“Cherrishing” Northern Michigan

Sept. 17, 2022

Sara Harding is perhaps best known in NoMi for her role as the studio director of Yen Yoga & Fitness (which is now in their new digs at the Delamar Traverse City), but she’s also a curator and founder of TEDx Traverse City and a board member for Traverse Connect, TART Trails, an... Read More >>

Cider Season

Sept. 17, 2022

This time of year, cideries are hard at work harvesting apples and getting all that magical fermentation going. They’re announcing carefully-aged concoctions and on-tap-only batches that are packed with flavor. Perhaps because so many of us grew up eating donuts and drinking NoMi ap... Read More >>