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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Experience the Glow, The Bullfrog Light Company

Kristi Kates - June 8th, 2006
There’s a real art form to creating quality candles, and few people realize that there’s a company right here in Northern Michigan that crafts beautiful candles from scratch.
Bill Stewart, who was living near Saginaw at the time, started Bullfrog Light Company in 1981, after playing around with making candles as part of a school project he was doing with his kids.  His kids soon became distracted and moved on to other endeavors - but Bill, fascinated by the process, continued his pursuit of the perfect candle for several years.
Working with high-quality wax, he soon developed a method by which he could make candles that would glow from top to bottom, unlike most candles which primarily glow only where the top of the wick is located.  Succeeding at this twist on the traditional candle was all it took for Stewart to decide that his creations might make a great commercial venture. 
But, of course, a new candle company needed a standout name.
“Since it was spring, the bullfrogs in the nearby Shiawassee Flats Game Refuge were very loud,” chuckled Betsy Stewart, “so that seemed the natural name for the company.”
And so Bullfrog Light Company was born.  The company started off slow but within about four years, it was obvious that the original manufacturing site was too small, so Bullfrog Light Co. moved up north to Charlevoix.

25 YEARS
Celebrating 25 years in business this summer, Bullfrog Light Co. has an outlet store at their factory in Charlevoix, and also have a website via which Bullfrog Candle fans can purchase candles right online.  They also wholesale their wares to gift and candle shops around the nation. 
So what makes Bullfrog Candles so sought after?
Well, once again, it’s that Bullfrog
“secret candle glow.”  But they can’t show you how they get it, or... well, you know the drill.  Although it’s definitely an appealing thought, especially for the crafty, customers aren’t allowed to tour the candle factory due to safety reasons, so you’ll just have to rely on Betsy Stewart and Jane West’s explanation - they call it “scientifically developed magic.” 
But while the science may be a trade secret, the beauty of the candles is obvious - they are quality-made, unequalled in “glow,” and come in a wide range of designs, something for just about anyone. 
“Some of the most popular designs are the holiday collections,” Betsy explains, “and the pineapple design is very popular as a hostess gift, as it is an early American symbol of hospitality. We are especially excited about our newest custom candles - the Great Lakes Lighthouse Collection and the School Emblems/Logos Collection.”
The School Emblems Collection is pretty nifty, whether you’re in high school, an alumni, or are simply a fan of a certain university.  Bullfrog Light Co. can customize one of their white candles with any school logo - and, in fact, can customize candles with just about any design by special order. 

READY TO GO
But you’re just as likely to find something you like simply by browsing their already-available candle designs. Some of the standouts include the very unusual Marble Cubes, which glow with an artistic cracked-stone look;  the Botanical Garden Collection, which features handpicked pressed flowers; the Nautical Images Collection, which includes images of signal flags, fish, and the aforementioned Lighthouses; the elegant Classic Pillars, which are offered in Ivory and White versions as well as in various colors; the Wilderness Collection, which features intricate renderings of moose, pine trees, wolves, and more; and the Geometric “Suits,” perfect for a night of card-playing with friends. 
None of the candles are scented, both because of allergies and to improve burning quality - but you won’t miss it once you see how gorgeous these candles are.  They’re not your typical store-bought candles, that’s for sure - and you’ll also be surprised to find out that although the candles may be quite upscale in looks, their prices are wallet-friendly.
“The prices vary from around $11 to $35,” Jane West says, “and at their slow-burning rate, they are what we like to call affordable luxury.”
 
Check out Bullfrog Candle Company online at www.bullfrogcandles.com, give them a call at 800-499-3332, or stop by their great outlet shop on M-66, just off of US31 in Charlevoix, across from KMart.
 
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