August 4, 2020



Six Northern Michigan businesses finding a way to survive and thrive
By Craig Manning | Aug. 1, 2020

Which northern Michigan businesses are best positioned to thrive in the aftermath of COVID-19? While the pandemic has been devastating for many industries, it has also created opportunities elsewhere. Northern Express flagged four local businesses that are poised for growth going forward because of smart business pivots or simply being in the right industry at the right time.  eFulfillment Service — which stores and ships products for hundreds of online businesses — ... Read More >>

Feed Your Brain

Time to fire up your other synapses
By Ross Boissoneau | Aug. 1, 2020

You know what they say about all work and no play, right? If you agree, consider pulling your nose off the career grindstone and give your brain a little license to relax, learn about something entirely new (or just a bit outside of your wheelhouse), and get creative in other ways. For the overworked, stressed, or otherwise stuck among us, we offer you this roundup of performances, presentations, and classes — both ... Read More >>

Building Bonds and Climbing the Ladder — Even When the World is Closed

Region’s young (and other) professional groups soldier on.
By Ross Boissoneau | Aug. 1, 2020

  No matter the field, career growth is challenging. For younger professionals without the benefit of decades of experience — or contacts — it can be even more difficult. Couple that with starting out in an era when face-to-face work and in-person networking is increasingly rare, and well … a crew of peers in similar straits, with similar drive, seems more critical now than ever. From Cadillac north through Traverse City to ... Read More >>

Jobs Across the Region

Help Wanted
By Northern Express Staff & Contributors | Aug. 1, 2020

HagertyTraverse CityArt Director and ManagerHagerty, the leading provider of classic car insurance, valuation tools, and roadside service for people who love cars, has an opportunity for an Art Director and Manager. He or she will complete design work for high-level initiatives based on brand direction and business objectives; collaborate with copywriters and project team to ensure that project is created with the big picture and enterprise strategy in mind; review concepts and ... Read More >>

Not just a job — an adventure

Four cool jobs we wish we had.
By Ross Boissoneau | Aug. 1, 2020

No matter the work, fulfillment is about the enjoyment, the challenge, and the satisfaction of a job done well. That’s why Brian Kozminski, Scott Koontz, Russell Ferrill and Leslie Latham Schutte love what they do. What do they do? Their jobs couldn’t be more different, depending on the individual. Sometimes on the season. Maybe even the country.  Brian KozminskiWinter Rafting GuideBrian Kozminski has done a lot of different things, but it’s his ... Read More >>

Chasing Deals And Changing Lives With Jason Hoffer

13 Questions [Sponsored Content]
July 27, 2020

Jason Hoffer is CEO of B2 Outlets, stores with a mission like no other: they sell new merchandise at lower prices, and then also give back about half of their profits to nonprofits or families in need. And now they’re in northern Michigan, including a new Traverse City store at Cherryland Center. Jason shared some amazing stories of impacting lives. 1. First of all, congrats and welcome to Traverse City!Thank you very ... Read More >>

Northern Michigan’s Most Iconic Eats, 2020 edition

Legendary dishes to put on your must-eat list.
By Craig Manning | July 25, 2020

Even in the best of times, a remarkable dish from a local restaurant is a joy, a comfort, and a reminder of the best that life can be. It’s safe to say that 2020 has not been the best of times, but in an odd way, that’s only made the bright spots feel that much brighter. Suffice to say that, when you’re stuck at home and facing a historic pandemic, few things ... Read More >>

Escape to Al Fresco

Idyllic outdoor dining around the region
July 25, 2020

During the past several months, we have all been spending a lot of time inside our homes. And when the weather began to warm up, we were grateful to be able to move outside to our porches, patios and decks, enjoying lunches, dinners and cocktail hours with family or a few close friends. But now that summer is in full swing, and we have adapted to the “new rules,” many of us ... Read More >>

Pop Goes the Dinner

From a pizza pickup truck to a Friday fish fry picnic, to a once-a-summer lobster party — it is open season for these six pop-up suppers. Feast while you can.
By Emily Tyra | July 25, 2020

S2S 2Nite1371 Gray Drive, Traverse City, www.sugar2salt.comCouple Stephanie Wiitala and Johnathan Dayton helm the kitchen at the breakfast restaurant and catering company S2S | Sugar 2 Salt. Inspired, not soured by seeing their catering business all but dissolve this summer, they are now dabbling in dinner, too. “We call it S2S 2Nite,” said Wiitala. “It gave us a chance to explore.” The special window walk-up and call-ahead menu, offered 3pm to 8pm on ... Read More >>

Three Races to Watch

Antrim and GT county sheriffs & Emmet County prosecutor face off within their own party.
By Patrick Sullivan | July 25, 2020

Across Northern Michigan, sheriffs and prosecutors are facing challenges from within their own party. Perhaps the most dramatic of the races, at least in terms of backstory, is in Emmet County, where a former chief assistant prosecutor has challenged his one-time boss for his job. In Antrim County, a conservative state representative said he was recruited to run against a long-time incumbent sheriff. And in Grand Traverse County, another long-serving incumbent sheriff ... Read More >>

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