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Capital Grille bar

Capital Return

A fire last year at the Capital Grille on the north side of the Somerset Collection in Troy, which closed the restaurant for nearly a year until it reopened in June, is proving to...
Anna Bissell Portrait

Seminal Leader

One of the oldest companies in Michigan and the United States grew out of a couple’s frustration with cleaning sawdust and straw trapped in the carpeting on the floors of their crockery and china...

Mulligan Rhapsody

After enduring a 15-year purgatory in Grand Traverse County, the High Pointe Golf Club — once one of the state’s most iconic golf attractions — is experiencing an unlikely revival.Things got so bad at...

Ottoman Empire

In more than a century of selling home goods in metro Detroit, Gardner White Furniture Co. in Warren has racked up a number of firsts in the industry: the first retailer to provide free...
Man in front of machine

Scherer Force

Unlike many inventors whose patents never earn them lasting fame or fortune, Robert Pauli Scherer revolutionized the pharmaceutical industry in the 1930s with his rotary die encapsulation machine that manufactured soft gelatin capsules for...


For more than 400 professional golfers around the world, the confidence they need to make that one crucial putt to win a tournament and millions of dollars in prize money comes from a pastoral...
Old picture of woman using toaster

Let’s Toast

For thousands of years, ever since bread was first made in the Middle East, bakers from the Stone Age up through the 19th century have been fascinated with inventing different ways to serve what...
The Hand Rail System patented by Frank Venegas Jr. // Courtesy of Ideal Group

Profit Code

As the holder of several dozen patents for inventions that helped the Ideal Group of companies reach nearly $500 million in revenue in 2022, Frank Venegas Jr. credits two simple rules for his success. “I...
Lode Central - Near the Menominee River in Lake Township in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Gold Resources Corp. of Denver seeks to mine deposits of gold, silver, zinc, copper, and other minerals, pending various government approvals. // Photo by Ruffa Villota

Prospecting for Gold

Despite a $100 million loss suffered by a Canadian company in its decades-long efforts to open a gold mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a Denver-based mining group is taking on the challenge of tapping...

Resort Country

The world’s largest privately-owned resort company began as a startup in 1947 in northern Michigan’s Charlevoix County when the owner of 40 acres of scrubland with a modest hill sold the parcel he said...