• Maintaining Fine Quality and Fair Prices

    For 115 years, the owners of Utermalen Furniture, at 921 North Johnson Street (now), Bay City, have insisted on offering their customers fine medium- to high-end furnishings and unique items at fair prices. In 1990, the Utermalen family sold the store to current owners Jay and Mary Lynn Pearsall. Mary, who has an interior design […]

  • Giving to the Community from the Start

    Philanthropic and charitable giving is off to a strong start at the Midland office, which opened two years ago, of the longtime statewide law firm, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. Executive Partner Jeffrey A. Ott says, “Our philosophy is that to get involved in our communities is fundamental to the way we do business.” Hometown […]

  • Message Received!

    When you’re sending an email—whether it’s to a colleague, a client, or a prospective customer—you want your message to get through the clutter and get a response. Two things can keep email from being opened and answered quickly: It doesn’t look relevant, or reading the message seems as if it will be time-consuming. “We don’t […]

  • Growing Stem

    For several years, the term “STEM”—an acronym for “science, technology, engineering, and math”—has echoed through business and education alike. There’s a pressing need to fill STEM-related jobs and, as a result, the need for STEM education to train workers has become crucially important. The Great Lakes Bay Region is positioning itself to compete in this […]

  • Expand Your Network

    Sometimes the best investment you can make is an investment in yourself. Because of the invaluable resources and networking opportunities it can provide, becoming a member of a professional association may be one such investment. A professional association is an organization that supports people employed within a particular career field. “Being a member of a […]

  • Play Ball!

    Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Rick Glaza is living proof of that old adage. After working in the radio industry for 10 years covering basketball and football games for WLEW in Bad Axe, the Ubly native saw a need for sports coverage in […]

  • Bay City Freezer, Inc. Parade Float, 1928

    An enlarged viewing of this summertime 1928 photo reveals at least three young women seated atop the Bay City Freezer, Inc. self-propelled parade float that advertises “Pure Ice.” The float is decorated with ice blocks, an igloo, a polar bear, and Eskimo-like figures and is passing by Bay City Decorating Co., 410 Washington Avenue, Bay […]

  • An All-day Affair

    Downtown Midland has a new place to dine: State Street, a restaurant that is located within the new development complex across from Dow Diamond. “We’re in a great central location downtown,” says Kurt Silvis, State Street general manager. “We’re right in the heart of the action for all of the new businesses downtown, we’re across […]