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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Copy Queenz

Anne Stanton - November 3rd, 2008
With the name “Copy Queenz,” this new business is proud to declare its female ownership.
But the name has caused some awkward moments with a few people, said owner Cindy Lyskawa.
“A man, from another shop, asked us if we only wanted female customers because we’re doing the ‘female thing.’ I thought, ‘What is he talking about?’ Then I realized, it must be our name. Other people have walked in and said they were expecting to see two big guys dressed in women’s clothing.”
The truth is, Lyskawa isn’t a drag queen and would never turn a male customer away. Lyskawa and co-worker Gayle Gallagher just consider themselves royally experienced in copying, collating, and designing all that is paper. After all, they’ve worked a combined 30 years in the business.
After Lyskawa set up her shop on 14th Street in Traverse City a year ago, the two women feminized it with wooden blinds, new carpeting, paint and pretty flowers. The store feels relaxed with Buddy, a yorkie-poo, greeting customers as they walk in. The women say they’ve been together so long, they speak their own language—and sometimes they don’t need to speak at all, as they quite easily read each other’s minds.

DISCOUNT FOR FUN
Lyskawa’s husband jokingly calls himself the bookkeeping servant of the Copy Queenz, (the slave!) and they all seem to have a great time—think Car Guys without the radio show.
“One customer told us, we should give a discount for fun people, and sometimes we do! ‘Hey, that’s a great joke. By golly, here’s 20 percent off,’” Gallagher said. “Um, don’t write that. Okay, go ahead—we can always use a joke.”
So what’s special about Copy Queenz?
Lyskawa said there are a lot of talented people who want to showcase their creative art with their special greeting cards or note card. Others, who haven’t yet discovered their inner artist, come in with beautiful photos, drawings or other creations, be it their own or their children’s.
“They aren’t quite sure of what to do with it... so we show them. You can take this art and put it on a note card, in a calendar, or on a placemat. I feel like I’m helping people put their dreams into print,” Lyskawa said. “They love It!”
In her new role as owner, Lyskawa holds to one principal for success—treat all people with respect, no matter what their station in life.
Gallagher and Lyskawa themselves rarely disagree.
Gallagher handles the copy and production work, while Lyskawa designs business cards, flyers, posters, invites, you name it, on the computer. She’s self-taught, having made up her mind several years ago to become proficient with desktop publishing.
More challenging has been her new role as a business owner. The stress, responsibility, hours and the bills were initially overwhelming, and the hours still are. But it’s ultimately been very satisfying. She has three words of advice for any woman—or man for that matter—who wants to open their own business: “Go for it.”

 
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