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Benishek Inching

Regarding “Benishek No Environmentalist” I agree with Mr. Powell’s letter to the editor/ opinion of Congressman Dan Benishek’s poor environmental record and his penchant for putting corporate interests ahead of his constituents’...

Climate Change Warning

Currently there are three assaults on climate change. The first is on the integrity of the scientists who support human activity in climate change. Second is that humans are not capable of affecting the climate...

Fed Up About Roads

It has gotten to the point where I cringe when I have to drive around this area. There are areas in Traverse City that look like a war zone. When you have to spend more time viewing potholes instead on concentrating on the road, accidents are bound to happen...

Don’t Blame the IRS

I have not heard much about the reason for the IRS getting itself entangled with the scrutiny of certain conservative 501(c) groups (not for profit) seeking tax exemption. Groups seeking tax relief must be organizations that are operated “primarily for the purpose of bringing about civic betterment and social improvements.”


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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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