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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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Me Style: Rooted to Nature

Robert Downes - April 28th, 2008
Walk into Rooted to Nature and you’ll be overwhelmed with the rainbow of creative, fun clothing made from organic materials and natural fibers.
Located two miles south of Elk Rapids at 11672 US 31 South, Rooted to Nature is packed with clothing options from around the world, with fabrics made from renewable resources such as bamboo, soy, hemp, cotton, merino wool and other natural fibers.
But that’s not all: natural materials are married to artful, imaginative ideas, such as as line of t-shirts died with different colors of clay. And you’ll find children’s clothing, including wool-knit sweaters in earth tones that are adorable as well as durable.
“We’re also bringing products from India and Nepal,” says Cody Montgomery, who backpacked through both countries recently, bringing back exotic hand-made apparel with workmanship that’s impossible to mass produce.
A recent photo school graduate, Cody is the son of Buck and Cathy Montgomery who run the store with nephew Nick Cassell. Rooted to Nature opened in February of 2007 and is a family effort that combines many talents.
“Nick was the one with the idea for the store,” Cathy says. “He had been working in outdoor retail for eight years and thought the time was right for an outdoor casual apparel boutique in Northern Michigan.”
Originally from Royal Oak, the Montgomery’s have summered in Northern Michigan for years on Deepwater Point in Acme and Torch Lake. “We always wanted to come back here to live and thought that this would be a good area for this kind of concept -- natural fiber clothing made from renewable materials,” says Buck, who was formerly a consultant in the Detroit area for family-run businesses.
Buck is an ardent booster of the merino wool products at the store. A cyclist, he says nothing beats the sheer, silky wool from New Zealand for sports apparel. Product lines include SmartWool, Ibex and Icebreaker. “Merino wool is antimicrobial and wicks water away,” he says. “It does everything that polyester synthetics do, only better.”
Cathy says the family would like to create a scene of like-minded retailers at their location south of Elk Rapids, “kind of like an eco-mall.” In the meantime, the family is doing their best to spread the word on the value of renewable, natural fiber clothing, including a website at www.RootedtoNature.com.


 
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