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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Cabin Fever Offers a Cure in Honor

Danielle Horvath - March 24th, 2005
Do you wistfully stand at the window and watch it snow while imagining a beach volleyball game? Are you watching way too many Friends re-runs? Does it seem like everyone but you is going somewhere for spring break? It might be the dreaded Cabin Fever Blues, a common affliction in Northern Michigan this time of year.
But in the village of Honor, there’s a place called Cabin Fever, and it might offer some relief. Full of one-of-a–kind toys and games, a full cappuccino and espresso bar and featuring their own homemade fudge, it just might make you forget it’s the middle of winter.
Rachel Black relocated her unique store from California to Benzie County three years ago. She started the concept shop nine years ago with “cool games for cold nights.” “These are not games you will find at Wal-Mart or Target, there’s no Hasbro toys here,” Rachel said. “I like to think we offer different things from mindless to mensa.”
From the board game “How to Host A Murder” to “Toxic Teddies” to Elvis, Simpson’s or Mickey Mouse Monopoly to Lord of the Rings Backgammon, there’s a variety of party games, playing cards, brain teasers and puzzles. They carry the popular line of ” Cheap Ass Games,” with most under $10, including “Give Me The Brain,” Devil Bunny Needs a Ham,” and “Unexploded Cow,” to name a few. She also carries a selection of bumper stickers, buttons and posters that she refers to as “politically progressive ephemera.”
When she moved east, she kept her Internet accounts and found a spot in downtown Beulah. Two years later she moved on US 31 in the village of Honor and business has grown steadily since. When she began offering her some 25 flavors of homemade fudge, she won over the locals and tourists alike. All made in house, in small batches, the flavors include cappuccino, with four shots of espresso in each batch; Michigan cherry with amaretto, and dried local cherries; heath bar crunch; maple walnut, using real local maple syrup; and her popular summer favorite, shagadelic sherbert, a three-layer fruity mix.
“I didn’t realize before I moved here that fudge was the state food and that euchre was the local pastime,” Black chuckled. Her summer business has grown since she moved on the main highway, and visitors now seek her unique shop out as a destination stop. ”My local customers moved with me, and many more have stopped since we opened here. Mornings are busy now and summer is crazy. I work 14 hour days. I don’t make what I would in the city, but I get to live here and raise my daughter, so it’s worth it.”
A professional musician for 15 years (she plays piano), Black would like to expand into more locations and be able to have managers at the stores so she could play music on the side. “I haven’t had time to play since I’m always here. I’ve learned that the notion of doing everything yourself is overrated.”
Does she see more Cabin Fever stores popping up? “Oh yes, I’d like to open at least two more in the next few years and am looking at a spot near Petoskey.” Winter hours are M-F, 7:30 am-2:30 pm; Sat., 9:30 am - 4 pm. They are open seven days a week in the summer. Located at 10715 Main St., Honor, 231-325-4041 or check them out at www.damnedgames.com.






 
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