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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Bead Hollow

Kristi Kates - October 18th, 2010
Jewelry begins at Bead Hollow
By Kristi Kates
Buffy Monahan ‘drew a bead’ on a new profession after getting yelled
at one too many times serving legal papers on people in Minneapolis.
“Before we decided to do the bead store, my husband and I owned and
operated our own legal processing company in Minneapolis,” she says.
“It wasn’t a difficult decision to make considering the line of
business we were in - it’s not fun serving people papers. Basically
you drive all over the cities going door to door, making people angry.
It’s so much nicer being a bead store owner,” she laughs.
Before opening their Bead Hollow shop in downtown Petoskey on May 1,
Monahan and her husband also owned a bead store in Duluth, Minnesota,
for a couple of years.They made a decision to move to Petoskey in part
for personal reasons.
“I am a Michigan native, and I wanted to move back closer to my
parents who live in Alanson,” Monahan says.  “My mom convinced me and
my husband that Petoskey would be a great place for our store.
Petoskey has such a unique collection of shops that I knew there was a
good chance we would fit in.”
Located in Petoskey’s Gaslight District, Bead Hollow is a riot of
color, grouped by shades, with brightly-lit strands of beads hanging
from the wall and in bowls. The shop is often abuzz with crafty
activity, things Monahan has enjoyed since she was a kid.

“I have been interested in making jewelry ever since I was little,”
says Monahan. “I used to go to the local craft store and buy wire and
beads to make my own earrings.”
“If a person has never been in a bead store, then it can be a little
overwhelming at first,” Monahan says. “The beads on the wall already
appear to be necklaces and bracelets; but these are just strands of
beads waiting to mixed and matched with others to create a unique
piece of jewelry. There are strands on the walls, and individual beads
in dishes.”
Customers are assisted in crafting their own jewelry from Bead
Hollow’s extensive selection of beads and findings (the hardware and
clasps). And if customers aren’t as crafty as they might like to be,
no problem - Bead Hollow can put together the design for them.
“We’ll mix and match with the customer until they’re happy with the
design, and then we build it for them; we can usually do this within
the hour while most people browse the other downtown shops,” Monahan
says. “On the rare occasion that it’s really busy for some reason,
they can pick it up the next day.”

The designs that customers can make are endless. Monahan purchases her
beads from vendors all over the world, as well as from local artisans
who have brought in what she calls “an awesome assortment.”
“As far as the beads, we have the popular Czech glass, German vintage
glass, Chinese crystal and Swarovski Crystals, Tibetan beads, African
beads and a few strands of South West Turquoise,” Monahan says. “We
have silver that’s made right here in the U.S., as well as from Bali
and Thailand. We also have a wonderful collection of beads, pendants
and findings from the Philippines, Greece, Italy, France and Japan.”
Finished jewelry pieces are also available in the shop, for those who
want to acquire their jewelry a little more quickly; and Monahan has
plans in place for the fall/winter season in downtown Petoskey.
“We’ll be participating in just about all the downtown Petoskey events
throughout the fall and winter,” she says, “I’m really looking forward
to Halloween and the Holiday Open House.”
Monahan will also be offering classes this fall; jewelry-making
classes for starters, and some other classes that will teach
participants how to make their own felt beads (“felt beads are so cute
when mixed with other beads,” she says) and house decorations.
And guys, don’t feel left out - Monahan has plans for you, too.  “I’ve
found that a lot of men like to come in and make something for their
girlfriends or wives,” Monahan smiles, “they pick out and arrange the
beads - and we’ll put it together for them.”

Bead Hollow is located at 218 Park Avenue in downtown Petoskey,
telephone 231-347-BEAD (2323); they may also be found online at

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