Building 50’s North Wing Poised for Rebirth; Open House this Weekend

Beginning in 2003, The Minervini Group made a symbolic decision to re-roof the entire length of Building 50. The $1.5m investment put a pause on nature’s slow decay of the then 120 year old building and demonstrated the group’s commitment to a grand restoration. In the subsequent years the south wing developed steadily, serving as the de facto hub of the booming Village. The north wing sat patiently waiting for its next owner. Read more


UCC in the Mi Farm Market Family

The Underground Cheesecake Company (UCC) has been a Traverse City staple for 27 years. Back in 2007 the company was featured in an episode of “Food Finds,” a television show on the Food Channel that highlighted small, unique ‘mom & pop’ businesses worth visiting. To this day, visitors arrive to The Village naming the Underground Cheesecake Company as a must-see (and taste!) on their list of Traverse City destinations. Lori Dawson & Mary Vickerman have spent many years building the company’s reputation. When they began considering retirement it was very important to them that the company be left in the right hands. Read more


SNAP Benefits at The Village Farmers Market

Farmers Market EBTThe Village at Grand Traverse Commons Farmers Market embarks on its sixth indoor season this Saturday, November 1st 2014. The Mercato within Building 50 will be filled with local food vendors, selling everything from fish, beef & poultry to culinary oils, dairy products and fresh produce. This year will be packed to the brim with new and exciting things, but one of the highest on our list is the opportunity to accept SNAP benefits in exchange for locally produced goods all year-long.   Read more


Liana’s Boutique

Darla Stites, owner of ‘What to Wear’ in Downtown Traverse City has opened a new boutique called Liana’s in the Mercato of Building 50 catering to both Women & Children. Stites has considered The Village for a couple years now as a great location to expand her business. As a result, when Libby & Michael Robold of Yoga for Health Education approached her to take over the organic clothing lines carried in their retail store Green Canopy, Stites jumped at the opportunity.  Read more


Art on the Walls: Southview

Throughout the years Building 50 has been brought back to life. The thick brick walls, once crumbling with paint have been restored to their intended grandeur. The windows once dark have brightened. And the campus left desolate is now filled with people. 

“Put art on the walls, music in the halls and the people will bring this Building back to life,” said Ray Minervini. And trust him, as we do, he was right.  Read more

Sandy's Kitchen

Faces & Spaces: Sandy Miller

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is considered home to many interesting people. Their unique experiences & living spaces help tell the story of what makes the Village a community…

Sandy Miller’s apartment in Building 50 exudes absolute tranquility.  It can be felt whether morning fills the windows with natural light or the warm glow from a lamp lights the room in the evening. Sandy’s personality certainly reflects this same peaceful nature, with an appreciation for life and a friendly smile that’s sure to rub off on you. Read more


The Observer Exclusive

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is home to over a hundred different businesses. From retailers, professional services, dining, wineries and more, the variety is what makes us unique. In our Village Business Spotlight we highlight these businesses and their owners, a group of passionate entrepreneurs. These people and their amazing work are what sparked our newest addition, The Observer Exclusive. Read more