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Providence Organic Farm: A Story of Faith, Family and a Love of Fresh, Organic Food

Julia Child once said: “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” When it comes to fresh food, we have an abundance of riches here in northern Michigan.

Much of that food is produced on small, family run farms using organic and sustainable farming techniques. All year round we enjoy perusing and purchasing the fresh produce available at the Sara Hardy Famers Market in Traverse City....

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Traverse City Startup Story: Inspiration, Conspiracy, and Introducing Susie Q

When Ignorance is Bliss

The “rose colored glasses” phenomenon is probably a good thing when it comes to entrepreneurship. If someone could have perfect foresight and know what they’re getting into before starting something new, they may never move forward in the first place. It’s only after taking a leap of faith, when you’re knee-deep in the muck and have crossed the point of no return that the difficulty of the path usually becomes clear. One of the biggest lessons we’ve learned during our startup journey so far is how much there is to learn! The learning curve is steep, and...

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Traverse City Startup Story: Be Afraid, Then Do it Anyway

Fear is a paradox. On the one hand, it’s what prevents some people from living out their dreams. On the other, it’s fuel for a life well lived. We’re biologically programmed to run from fear. But the truth is that many of the best things in life happen when we run straight at it.

Overcoming fear is one of the fundamental threads of the hero’s journey. This construct – recoiling from fear, then overcoming it – is woven into the fabric of almost every great work of literature and cinema. It’s a powerful and compelling storytelling device because it’s a pervasive condition of...

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Simple Question – What’s the Best Thing That Happened to You Today?

We're thrilled to bring you an awesome guest post by Casey Petz

Shortly after the doors locked shut on another day at the family business, I often wandered up to my dad’s office in search of something, anything, to eat. A seemingly tireless work ethic often meant my dad could be found in his office well past dinnertime. Perhaps he would have something extra left over?

I would approach his desk with caution, so I wouldn’t disrupt the countless piles of paperwork, stacks of boxes full of new product ideas, and knick-knacks scattered about. Desperate for food, I would slowly sink into...

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Five Winter Activities for the Whole Family in Sleeping Bear Dunes

Faced with an open schedule on a Saturday afternoon, our family’s consensus was to head to one of our favorite place on earth: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The temps were cold, but not too cold. Everyone was in the mood for some outdoor fun.

With its soaring dunes, endless Lake Michigan views, and sugar sand beaches, there’s no better place to spend a Pure Michigan summer day than Sleeping Bear Dunes. But the magic doesn’t need to end when the snowflakes start flying. Sleeping Bear is a year-round wonderland for those with an adventurous spirit and a passion for outdoor...

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