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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Forever Flowers/ Lilies of the Valley

Erin Crowell - January 24th, 2011
Forever Flowers: Lilies of the Alley offers silk & dried flowers
By Erin Crowell
Planning a wedding? More than likely, flowers are on the list –
somewhere between reception location and music for the evening. And
like everything on that list, there are options: outside or inside? DJ
or live band? Chicken or fish?
Not only do you decide the type and color of your flowers, but their
makeup in general.
At Lilies of the Alley in Traverse City, you have three options for
your florals: fresh, silk and dried.

Cindy Hardy — who, along with husband Scott owned Hibbard’s
Flowers—started Lilies of the Alley in October 2010 after noticing a
lack of business in the dried floral department of area flower shops.
“I really started focusing more on silks and dries because there
really wasn’t anybody around here who specialized in them,” Hardy
said. “Some people dabble, but we like to think we carry a larger
option and higher quality.”
Hardy added that any flower can easily be ordered if they don’t
already carry it in stock.
“While many brides would prefer having real flowers, there are
benefits to having silk or dried flowers,” she explained. “They’re
less expensive and readily available if out-of-season. For a wedding
we booked recently, the bride wanted spring flowers, which obviously
aren’t available right now.”
Another unsaid bonus for going faux? Silk and dried flowers last
forever, making your special day a truly memorable one.
Having flowers with no expiration date translates into the everyday
decorating world, as well.
“Real flowers have a shelf life,” said Hardy, “but gee whiz – keep
your silk flowers around until you get tired of them.”
Choose from a variety of wreaths and bouquets arranged by Lilies of
the Alley employee Beth Hoffman.
“(Beth) used to be at Hibbard’s and has been doing this for around 30
years,” said Hardy. “She’ll sit down with the brides and help them go
through books and browse online for ideas.”

Lilies of the Alley goes beyond the standard flower shop while keeping
it simple.
“That’s another reason why I started this business,” Hardy explained.
“Running a full-service flower shop is demanding.”
Hardy refers to her shop as a home décor and accent store. Along with
floral arrangements, Lilies offers a variety of decorating goods such
as consignment furniture, antiques and custom magnetic chalkboards,
the popular American folk collection CowParade—small cow figurines
inspired by the life-size cow statue collection in Chicago—as well as
items to decorate one’s self.
Hardy created a felt hat line called Hatty Matty Hats, available in
adult and children’s sizes. The store also carries wooden rings,
hand-crafted by 85-year-old Neal Kretchman of Indian River.

With a business barely three months old, Hardy is looking forward to
what the coming bridal season and beyond holds for the downtown store.
“The downtown association is already referring to us as their floral
store,” said Hardy. “So, it’s exciting to see what is coming.”
As the name states, Lilies of the Alley is located in the alley just
off Union Street, next to the City Opera House. The high-ceiling,
narrow décor shop welcomes visitors with its dried eucalyptus and
splashes of floral color.
“It’s a really fun space,” said Hardy. “It’s even really fun to decorate.”
So let Lilies of the Alley decorate your special day, whether your
floral needs are fresh, silk or dried. Because chances are, you’ve got
a guest list to tackle, honey.

Lilies of the Alley is located at 112 A. Front St., behind Votrubas’s
Leathers, in downtown Traverse City. They are open Monday-Saturday, 10
a.m.-5 pm. For more information, call 231-360-3620.

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