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Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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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.

NO WATERING REQUIRED
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.”

BEYOND THE PETAL
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.

JUST GETTING STARTED
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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