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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Tampico offers a touch of Mexico & the southwest

Erin Crowell - June 14th, 2010
Tampico offers a touch of Mexico & the Southwest
By Erin Crowell
Cris and Kathy Telgard have made a living out of travel shopping. It’s a job most people dream of and it has proven to be quite successful. The Telgards own Tampico, an eclectic boutique of jewelry, folk art and furniture, located on Main Street in downtown Leland.
The Telgards never intended to make a business out of their regular travels to Mexico. But soon after the couple started bringing back treasures, friends were sending them on their way with shopping lists.
“On one trip to Oaxaca, it was a revelation,” says Cris. “We had all our goodies spread out at our hotel room and we thought, ‘Wow, we could really make a living out of this.’”
So, the couple purchased a small building in Fishtown to sell their purchases.
“We started out in a building the size of most people’s bedrooms,” Kathy laughs.
At first, the Telgards sold only Mexican goods such as weavings, pottery and jewelry. After eight years, they decided it was time to expand.
“There were many people waiting to buy the building that we are in now,” Kathy says. “The people selling it gave us 24 hours to decide.”
“It only took us a half hour to say yes,” Cris says.

SOUTHERN CONNECTIONS
Some 24 years, a new store location and an added warehouse later, the Telgards have put Tampico on the tourist destination map, expanding their retail with goods from all over the world.
“Our primary source is Navajo,” Cris says. “We use a silversmith in New Mexico.”
The Telgards also use New Mexico as a home base during the winter months.
“We spend a month filling up a semi truck with all our purchases and then drive it back to Michigan,” he says.
Regular trips to these small towns have allowed the Telgards to develop a relationship with the local artisans and their families.
“We’re buying from artists who were just ankle biters when we met them and their parents,” Kathy says.

THE GOODS
It’s hard to pin the specialty good that is sold at Tampico – the store is known to sell all sorts of items, including jewelry from Michigan and around the world, colorful folk art from Oaxaca and the Navajo, rustic furniture, rugs, copper and hand-painted sink basins, metal-framed mirrors, hats and—most recently—a larger selection of authentic, vintage cowboy boots.
“We have over 300 cowboy boots—cleaned, waxed and refurbished—from New Mexico,” says Cris.
The Telgards scoured estate sales and flea markets, finding a variety of boots – some dating back to the 1950s.
“The first year we brought back around 100 boots – and sold all of those. Last year we had 180 – and sold all of those, too,” says Cris.
The Telgards say this year’s stock is already going fast. It’s proven to be one of their hottest items.
Of course, there’s always something fun and unique to find at Tampico.
“If you want to be a successful business you have to keep the entertainment high,” says Cris. “And that’s what we’ve done. People are always asking us, ‘what did you come back with this time?’”

Tampico is located at 112 N. Main Street in downtown Leland. Current hours are weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; weekends, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 4-Labor Day, store hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Call them at 231-256-7747.






 
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