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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Ring those bells/ To Have & To Hold Bridal

Erin Cowell - January 25th, 2010
Ring those bells:Optimism boosts business at To Have and to Hold
By Erin Crowell
For the owners of To Have and to Hold Bridal Boutique in Traverse City,
2010 is looking like a busy year.
“A lot of people put their wedding off until this year,” says co-owner
Toni Javin Liles. “Because of the economy at the end of ’08 and ’09,
things were just uncertain. People felt like they needed to wait until
things were safer, secure. Everyone just kind of pulled back and slowed
Regardless of the economy, Liles—along with sister-in-law Janice Javin and
mother Terri Javin—knows there will always be a demand for weddings.
Just like marriage, it’s simply a matter of riding the ups and downs and
adapting to change.

“In terms of wedding trends, a lot of it is tied to the economy. Many are
looking at not-so-fancy engagements,” says Liles. “A lot of weddings are
still very elegant, but a lot more on the simple and fun side.”
Other trends include longer engagements, brides spreading the purchases
over a period of time, like buying the wedding gown one month, booking the
hall another, says Liles.
And it’s all about the green, including the environment.
“Really, we’ve seen, especially up here, the green idea. The whole idea of
eco-friendliness. We have some dresses made out of cotton. It’s more of an
organic material, less synthetics. They’re comfortable, but they blow you
away. They don’t look like a little white t-shirt or anything.”
To Have and To Hold features bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses from top
designers, including Jim Hjelm and Edric Woo. It’s the only bridal
boutique in the area that carries Hjelm and Watters Brides.
“I was familiar with the two, and they are both well-respected,” says
Liles. “We wanted to find up-to-date and affordable designers. We’ve gone
through a couple different lines that just didn’t work out, either because
of reliability or customer service. They have to be up to our standards.”

Liles got started in the wedding industry on a whim when she and her
husband moved back home after living out West.
“I had worked in the corporate world for a long time,” says Liles. “I was
the director of human resources for a company and I didn’t want to
continue doing what I was doing.”
With a little experience helping friends plan their weddings, Liles
presented the idea of a bridal boutique to her mother and sister-in-law.
“I kind of roped them in,” she says.
To Have and to Hold opened in September 2004, just under a year after the
initial idea. Since then, they have stayed busy providing gowns, dresses
and emotional support to brides all over the area.
“My mom is kind of the constant. She’s a comforting figure for (the
brides),” says Liles.
At one point, Liles needed comfort when a bridesmaid’s dress shipped to
Italy had failed to make it through customs.
She found comfort through an unlikely source.
“My heart fell to the ground when I found out it was stuck, so I called
the bride and she was just so sweet and was calming me down,” says Liles.
“You always hear about the crazed brides and bridezillas, and she was the
opposite. She made me feel so good.”
Liles says she enjoys sharing that story, reminding people what the
wedding business is all about.
“I just love the brides that understand things happen, even with your
wedding. Life goes on. When you just roll with it, it makes the experience
so much more enjoyable.”

To Have and to Hold Bridal Boutique is located at 516 E. Front Street in
Traverse City. Store hours are Tuesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wed. & Thurs., 11
a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and on Saturday by appointment only.
Visit them online at www.ToHaveAndToHoldTC.com.

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