Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Diamonds sparkle for gemologist Nesrine Hamati

Al Parker - November 2nd, 2009
Diamonds Sparkle
for Gemologist Nesrine Hamati

By Al Parker 11/2/09

Nesrine Hamati, owner of Diamond Galleria, the elegant new jewelry store at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, remembers clearly when she first broke into the jewelry game.
“I was nine years old and my dad used to take me on the floor of his shop,” recalls the 27-year-old entrepreneur with a smile. “I’ve had a passion for the business ever since.”
For many years her family has operated several MJ Diamonds stores across the Detroit area. Born in Lebanon, she was a three-year-old when her family came to the U.S. in 1985. She’s one of four daughters and the only one to follow in the family business.
Now the energetic Hamati provides quality diamonds, elegant Swarovski Crystal, fine watches and other elegant items to visitors and customers at her cozy 900-square foot shop, tucked just inside the main entrance of the resort in the Gallery of Shops.
Since opening in June, she’s filled the place with sparkling gifts of all types, including diamond rings, earrings, necklaces and wristwatches, including the high-end Deachi diamond watches.
“We have a real nice assortment of everything from $50 to $10,000,” says Hamati, a Michigan State University grad who later earned her certification as a gemologist at the Gemological Institute of America. “We offer things that are unique, but affordable.”

The Swarovski Crystal display is particularly impressive, taking up much of one wall. It’s perhaps the only Swarovski assortment in Northern Michigan and it’s filled with dozens of glittering pieces of the sought-after crystal.
Swarovski’s figurines are highly collectible, with a stylized mouse being the very first figurine created. A smaller version of this mouse, now labeled the “replica mouse” is still available to purchase. There are many types of figurines from ladybugs to limited edition Disney collectibles.
“Swarovski is very prestigious and they’re a big part of our inventory,” explains Hamati. “They’ve come out with a new contemporary line that is very beautiful. And they are reasonable, ranging in price from $75 to $200. They make wonderful gifts.”
If clients are interested in selling their any of their gold pieces, Hamati is currently paying cash for gold items.
Since opening, Hamati has already been visited by a number of repeat customers who are always greeted with a smile.
“Once they come in, they’ll be treated like a precious gem,” she says. “To us, every customer is a gem.”

Diamond Galleria, located at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa on U.S.-31 in Acme, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call
(231) 534-6722.

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