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Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

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What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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Shop Celtic at Emmet County

Kristi Kates - March 7th, 2011
Shop Celtic at County Emmet
By Kristi Kates
“Everybody’s got an Irish, Scottish, or Welsh connection,” explains Ed
Karmann, owner of one of downtown Petoskey’s newest stores, the County
Emmet Celtic Shop.
“You know - people want to identify with a group, or a nationality,”
Karmann continues, “and the Irish, Scottish, and Welsh are all fiercely
loyal to their countries.”
Loyal to their countries, and, on a lighter note, often nearly as loyal to
the products of those countries, as well, from clothing to candy bars.
That was part of the impetus for Karmann and his wife, Linda (and, of
course, “The Boys“ - their two dogs, Scottish Deerhound Hamish and Irish
Wolfhound Saoirse) to begin their new Celtic venture.

FACES OF IRELAND
The doors to County Emmet Celtic Shop swung open on October 22, the result
of plenty of preparation plus longtime retail experience - and a bit o’
Irish influence - on Karmann’s part.
“I’ve been in retail for 30, 35 years,” he says, “and I have an Irish
background on my mother’s side. My wife and I travel to Ireland fairly
often, both to visit and to find products for the shop.”
When they do go to Ireland, he explains, they typically land in Dublin,
rent a car, visit some relatives, and then explore a different part of the
country each time they visit. He’s reluctant to name favorites, though, as
he says that Ireland has so many different faces.
“Dublin’s a very cool city,” Karmann enthuses, “it’s got lots of history,
and lots of things to do. While up in the northwest, Gaelic is spoken, and
it’s a very remote and very beautiful part of the country. So it’s all
very different.”

SWEATERS TO SODA POP
Part of the Karmanns’ travels, as mentioned earlier, include finding items
for their store.
“Because we’re a new shop, we’re trying pretty much anything,” Karmann
explains, “if you own a Celtic shop, there’s a trade association you can
join. So most of our merchandise is from trade shows, and from our trips
to Ireland. I was in Dublin for a trade show just a month ago.”
The shop, which carries everything from DVDs and CDs, greeting cards,
books, art, and souvenirs to home décor, clothing, and jewelry, also
offers foodstuffs and even drinks for those familiar with Irish, Scottish,
and Welsh products.
“We may have gone overboard in the food department,” Karmann laughs, “a
lot of the foods we carry might be recognized by those who have spent a
lot of time overseas.”
Bewley’s teas, Oatfield-brand candies, and the very popular bright-orange
soda known in Ireland as Irn-Bru (pronounced “iron brew”), are only a few
of their food and beverage offerings.
Karmann says that other great sellers include the Celtic jewelry and the
thick-knit Irish-made sweaters.
“Novelty and rugby t-shirts have been selling more lately, too, as we get
closer to St. Patrick’s Day,” he says.

CELTIC CONNECTIONS
With the current County Emmet Celtic Shop taking up about 1,100 square
feet, Karmann says they have no plans to expand the physical building any
time soon, but they do plan to continue expanding their product line.
“We have a lot of merchandise arriving very soon from the last trade show
we went to in Ireland,” he says.
But as much fun as that international shopping may be, Karmann says what
he enjoys most are the customers themselves.
“What I still like best is just talking with the people and hearing all of
their interesting stories and Celtic connections,” he says, “and I like
seeing people get a kick out of certain products - some of them will walk
out of here with an entire handful of candy bars, saying, ‘I haven’t seen
this candy in years, since I was last in Ireland - I can’t believe you
carry it here!’ It’s just fun.”

County Emmet Celtic Shop is located at 221 East Lake Street in downtown
Petoskey, telephone 231-753-2027. They are open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 am-6
pm, Sundays 11 am-4 pm, and are closed Mondays, and may also be found
online at www.countyemmet.com.

 
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