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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Repeat business

Erin Cowell - July 5th, 2010
Repeat Business: Everything old is new again for 3 recycling entrepreneurs
By Erin Crowell
Call it the economy, call it sentiment – whatever the reason,
businesses are growing in the consignment and antiques industry.
Whether it’s a great discount price or a great story, businesses are
offering items from musical instruments to collectables, the practical
to the impractical.
The Express talked with a few Traverse City locals in the
“re-business,” to find out what people are looking to buy…again.

ZAMAR GUITAR
Dave Eickenroth, owner of Zamar Guitar in downtown Traverse City, has
been in the music business for nearly 40 years – including founder of
The Rainmakers, TC’s first rock and roll band, which started in the
1960s.
While he still performs today, Eickenroth has put considerable time
and effort into the used guitar and merchandise sales store, recently
re-located to East Front Street.
“We needed a space with pretty high ceilings for hanging two rows of
guitars,” says Eickenroth. “We also wanted to get into a high-traffic
area.”
Since the store’s relocation in May, business has been good.
“It’s like coming out of the desert into the promise land,” says
Eickenroth, who also serves as a worship leader in his church.
Zamar Guitar offers everything from the old and acoustic guitars to
the new and electric axes. You’ll also find new and used banjos,
along with accessories and sound equipment.
“We have a 5-string American Made signed by Abraham Laboriel… a Hot
Rod ’57 Fender Stratocaster… an ‘80s Japanese version of a ‘60-Strat,”
Eickenroth lists. “It has what we call ‘mojo.’”
Used guitars sell anywhere from $100 to $2,000.
“Right now, I have a gentleman from England who is looking at an
$1,800 guitar,” says Eickenroth.
Zamar Guitar aims for a selling price that is good for the seller,
customer, as well as the company, with 25% going to Zamar. “It can be
a back and forth process,” he says.
One major reason people are buying used guitars is because of history.
“A lot of people go that route because there’s a story behind the
guitar.”
Don’t know how to play? The business also offers lessons from local
instructors including Angelo Meli, Greg Seaman and Eickenroth.
Zamar Guitar is located at 322 E. Front St. in downtown Traverse City.
Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturday, 10
a.m.-5 p.m. Call them at 929-0097 or find them online at
zamarguitarinc.com.

SOUND IT OUT RECORDS
Also in the music industry is Sound It Out Records – which has also
moved to a new location in Old Town.
Sound It Out sells everything from CDs to LPs, with an emphasis in
vinyl – the store’s hottest-selling item.
“People are going back to listening to records,” says owner Aaron
Gooch. “I don’t want to say digital music is soulless, but it’s not
physical like listening to a record. With digital you can plug in a
playlist on your iPod. With a record, you have to sit down and listen…
it’s a much more intimate experience.”
Recently, artists have been releasing songs on vinyl – which
contributes to some of Sound It Out’s stock. However, used records
prove to be the dominant item on the shelves.
“We have everything from The Doors to The Carpenters to the Beatles.
We’ve been getting a lot of Beatles albums lately, which is great
because people will always buy them,” says Gooch.
Prices range anywhere from a few cents to a few bucks for purchase.
While Sound It Out regularly gets consignment CDs, LPs and records,
generally the payout is low.
“But, many people are just grateful to not have to throw out their old
records,” explains Gooch. “Sometimes they’ll even do it on trade.”
Gooch opened Sound It Out in 2007, along with several friends and
boyfriend Kyle Weeks.
“We actually bought the store—it was called Vinyl D&D Records—from an
acquaintance because he was moving. We totally remodeled and bulked up
the inventory, and changed the name obviously, before we reopened it,”
says Gooch.
Gooch says New Moon Records of Traverse City was a major influence in
purchasing her own records store.
“I spent a lot of time as a teenager (there),” she says.
Sound It Out Records is located at 418 S. Union St. in Traverse City.
They’re open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m-8 p.m. Call 922-1599 or visit
them online at sounditoutrecords.com.


CHERRYLAND ANTIQUE MALL & CONSIGNMENT CENTER
What do you do with an abandoned shopping plaza? Recycle it into an
antiques mall.
In May, Adair Correll and his business partner Doug Burkhead, moved
into a 15,000-square-foot space across from the Cherryland Mall in TC
to launch the Cherryland Antique Mall & Consignment Center. The
business offers everything from furniture and household items to pipe
collections, wood ducks and antique gas pumps.
“I felt there was a need to open this place,” says Correll. “Antiques
are growing in popularity.”
“So far, the comments have been very positive,” adds Burkhead.
The name for Cherryland Antique Mall is fitting, considering the
business rents out 72 display cases and 88 booths to collectors near
and far. Each booth and case has its own unique collection of goodies.
“We’re somewhat selective. The antiques have to be at least 25 years
old,” says Correll. “Also, we keep nothing. What (the collectors)
sell, they keep.”
While most antique stores maintain a dark, musty odor about them —
it’s common, seeing as most items are decades old — Cherryland’s space
is wide open, bright and “airy.”
“It’s one of our biggest compliments,” says Burkhead.
When the two started the project back in October, collectors were
already signing leases.
“We have people selling their stuff from places like Cadillac,
Charlevoix, Grand Rapids and Detroit,” says Correll. “Many of them
travel to places like Florida for estate sales and bring the items
back with them to Michigan where we display them here.”
“It’s amazing what people collect,” adds Burkhead.
Some of Cherryland’s stock includes items such as an old turntable
rack for sewing thread, a 1946 Wurlitzer Jukebox (which sells for
$11,000) and an old gas station pump.
Nostalgia is one thing that always comes up with customers, says Correll.
“Oh, we always have people commenting on certain items saying, ‘I
remember when my grandparents had one of those,’” he laughs.
While the big draw is antique items, Cherryland also offers
consignment furniture – which is currently still in the development
process. The business duo plan to fill a 2,000 square foot space soon.
“People are already asking what they can bring in for that space,”
says Burkhead.

Cherryland Antique Mall & Consignment Center is located at 1719 South
Garfield Rd., across from the Cherryland Mall. They are open
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Call 944-1980
or go to cherrylandantiquemall.com.

 
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