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Jillian Manning | Author

The Old Mission General Store's Pizza

Jan. 8, 2022

The Old Mission General Store cooks up some of the tastiest pizza in town … 15 miles out of town, on Old Mission Peninsula. (Trust us — it is well worth the drive!) Their New York-style pies have a perfect blend of cheese, sauce, and thin, crispy crust that can be finished wi... Read More >>

Right Brain Brewery to Host NM E3 Book Fair

Jan. 8, 2022

There’s nothing we love more than a great team-up. Northern Michigan E3, the Traverse City region’s antiracism taskforce, has partnered up with Right Brain Brewery to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend with good books, good cheer, and good changes for our community. On... Read More >>

Cider Centerpieces

Nov. 14, 2020

Hold my beer (and my wine) because autumn is cider time. Truly, could there be a better place to enjoy cider than the apple Mecca of northern Michigan? You probably know one of the farmers whose apples made it into your glass. You get all the inside jokes that cider makers include when na... Read More >>

Flying Noodle: Launched In A Pandemic, And Going Strong With Gusto

Sept. 19, 2020

Is it a bird? A plane? No — it’s a flying noodle! And it landed in downtown Traverse City this summer, at 136 E. Front St., the space formerly occupied by eateries like Gaijin and, before that, Harvest). The aptly titled “Italian Pasta House” offers a delightful ar... Read More >>

The Dish's "Heat At Home" Meals

Sept. 19, 2020

The convenience of takeout and the comfort of a home-cooked meal meet at The Dish Café in Traverse City, now offering “Heat at Home” meals Monday through Friday. Intended for two — with the promise of yummy lunchtime leftovers — these hearty dishes include an entré... Read More >>

No Barriers

Sept. 12, 2020

Since 2017, Wells Fargo bank and No Barriers — a nonprofit whose goal is “to fully unleash the potential of the human spirit” — have teamed up to offer a unique program: the Global Impact Challenge. The program is focused on diversity and inclusion and is open to e... Read More >>

The Den

Sept. 5, 2020

Axe throwing. An escape room. Mini-bowling. An upscale bar. It’s all at The Den — located inside Grand Traverse Resort and Spa — a petite entertainment center-slash-eatery that packs a grizzly-sized punch.

Golfers will ...

The Couple who Turned One Hotel into an Up North Hospitality Dynasty.

July 11, 2020

Stafford Smith is known as one of the region’s foremost hospitality professionals, with iconic Northern Michigan properties like the Bay View Inn, the Perry Hotel, and the Weathervane Restaurant under his umbrella. But his nearly six-decade career wasn’t planned; it was built ... Read More >>

Designer Christopher Ciccone

July 11, 2020

In Northern Michigan, the last name Ciccone usually brings to mind a famous pop singer or a Suttons Bay winery. But in 2019, another Ciccone arrived to make his mark Up North.

Christopher Ciccone, younger brother of Madonna and son of Tony, proprietor of Ciccone Vineyards in Sutto... Read More >>

Opa! Grill & Taproom in Traverse City

July 4, 2020

Opa! Grill & Taproom — it’s impossible to say the name without the exclamation mark, or without imagining the savory taste of fresh tzatziki sauce. One of the few Greek-inspired restaurants in northern Michigan, Opa! has been serving up authentic gyros, spanakopita, falafe... Read More >>

Drive It Like You Stole It — er, Rented It

July 4, 2020

’Tis the season for summer cruisin’. With gas prices still hovering around $2 in most of Northern Michigan, there’s never been a better time to go for a drive … especially if you’re taking a trip back in time.

No, we’re not taking a DeLorean, b...

Gaylord’s C.R.A.V.E.

June 20, 2020

Opened in May of 2018, C.R.A.V.E. Pasta Pizza Pub serves up creative pizzas and pastas in one of Gaylord’s most iconic Main Street buildings. For the history buffs, The A.B.C. Comstock Hardware store was built in 1878 — that’s 142 years ago — and housed the well-kn... Read More >>

McGee’s 72

May 23, 2020

When John McGee and Glen Harrington met working at Apache Trout Grill, they had no idea a friendship would one day turn into a multi-restaurant partnership. Today, the duo owns and operates McGee’s 72, McGee’s 37, Harrington’s by the Bay, Sorellina, Slate, and Grand Trav... Read More >>

The Dish Cafe

April 18, 2020

For 14 years, husband and wife duo Randy Waclawski and Patty Hickman have owned The Dish Cafe, located steps from the busy corner of Front and Union streets in downtown Traverse City. The bright, intimate space offers a healthy take on fast-casual dining, featuring crowd-pleasing salads, ... Read More >>

Fried Chicken Po’ Boy

Jan. 25, 2020

Perfectly crisp fried chicken. Fresh warm bread. Honey jalapeno mayonnaise. (And then lettuce, onion, and tomato, because vegetables are supposed to be important.) This is the Fried Chicken Po’ Boy at Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen in Elk Rapids. For those who haven’t been,... Read More >>

Snowbelt Brewing Co.’s Pie Pants Cider

Dec. 7, 2019

Imagine if two favorite northern Michigan ciders — Tandem’s Smackintosh and Left Foot Charley’s Cinnamon Girl — had a love child. That baby would have bright, tart notes of apple paired with the perfect amount of holiday spice, begging to be enjoyed alongside a Chr... Read More >>

A Present and Your Presence

Nov. 30, 2019

’Tis the season for holiday parties! As you run to and fro in the snow, you’ll need the perfect gift for your hostess, and while there are dozens of great bottles of wine to choose from around town, we challenge you to get a little more creative. Below, check out seven gifts y... Read More >>

Fishing, Fashion, and Family

March 2, 2019

You can take the girl out of northern Michigan, but you can’t take northern Michigan out of the girl.
At least, that’s the case for Cara Summers Smith, creator of Summers&Co, a line of feminine fishing apparel and accessories that launched this past winter... Read More >>

Made in Michigan: Blunt Swimwear

Aug. 4, 2018


Do you know where your swimsuit was made? If you check the label, you’re likely to find China, Vietnam, or Sri Lanka listed on the tag. You probably won’t see “Made in Michigan” or even “Made in America.”

Unless you’ve been ...

Jennifer Shorter: Changing the Face of Petoskey Retail

May 26, 2018

This month, Jennifer Shorter opened her family’s fourth store in downtown Petoskey. No, she doesn’t manage a fast food franchise or a tourist chain — she’s the third-generation proprietor of Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts, and present-day owner of J.W. Shorter &... Read More >>