About Us


Our Mission:  To provide area visitors with useful information and directions for local restaurants, attractions, activities and day trips in Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie counties, with colorful, portable and convenient pocket-cards and interactive web advertising to promote a unique and authentic visitor experience.


Meal Tickets & Unusual Ideas strives to build connections between the hotels and tourism-based businesses with year-round service, quality products and a creative approach to marketing and advertising for distinctive local businesses.

Advertising Opportunities

We are a marketing service for local restaurants, attractions, activities and day trips in Grand Traverse, Benzie and Leelanau county. If you would like to market your business to Traverse Area visitors we’d like to help.


To advertise in our card displays and on our website contact Brandy Wheeler:


To own a Meal Tickets & Unusual Ideas service in your area contact Staton Lorenz:


Our History

On the morning of 9/11/01 Brandy Wheeler, a graphic designer for a local marketing firm, was en route to the Miami airport, returning from vacation. Less than a month later the aftermath of tragedy hit home. Wheeler suffered a layoff in response to the sharp economic decline experienced by many of the firms’s clients; especially in the travel industry.


Instead of seeking another design position Wheeler chose to start up the first branch of a new business, Meal Tickets & Unusual Ideas developed by her father, Staton Lorenz.

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Brandy Wheeler

Traverse Area
Meal Tickets & Unusual Ideas®
office: 231.275.6105
cell: 231.313.6633
email: info@mealtickets.com

A Traverse City graduate Brandy Wheeler earned her degree in Visual Art from Albion College. She began work as a graphic designer for a museum exhibit design and fabrication firm in Midland, MI.

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Staton Lorenz

Meal Tickets & Unusual Ideas®
office: 231.421.1818
cell: 231.492.2121
email: info@unusualideas.com

After graduating from Cornell University Staton Lorenz returned home to Plymouth, MI to run the family business, The Mayflower Hotel. An entrepreneur at heart, he chose to pursue interests in the wine industry, and ended up following another passion: motorcycles.

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