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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New salon offers glamour photos

Erin Crowell - January 7th, 2013  

For one hair or wax appointment, clients at the Hair Lounge in downtown Traverse City are transported, for a moment, to the urban feel of a city landscape. With just the tops of buildings—including nearby businesses and churches—in view, the hair studio gives the impression of a city loft.

With the grand opening just a couple weeks prior, Foiled is just introducing its services to the public, one of which includes a photography studio.

Foiled owner, Audrey Cole, says a photographer will be available to bring out the ‘best’ in her clientele. Her salon area includes a 15-foot-wide seamless white wall for taking photos.

“It’s going to be used for fashion for girls who want to do Vogue type shoots or before and afters. Anything a woman would want for a photo, she can do here. You can’t beat this natural light,” said Cole, gesturing to the six large windows that reach the 13-foot ceiling.

Groups such as bridal parties can rent out the space for such activities as pre-wedding prep, bachelorette fun or makeovers.

“We’ll also be bringing in clothing that will be available for under $50,” said Cole. “You can clothes, hair and a picture all in one spot.”

Sounds a bit like Glamour Shots. “But with way more class,” Cole laughed. “It’s also a space for events and women to get ready for weddings, parties, special occasions, or just a night on the town,” she adds.


Clients aren’t the only ones going through makeovers. What used to be a haven for kids and teens to play video games is slowly turning into its own revitalized business nook. “They’re re-doing the whole old arcade,” Cole said about the two-story space. “There are new businesses coming in and I’m really excited to be part of this group of up-andcoming entrepreneurs.”

At just 26-years-old, Cole was inspired by her mother (who owns the French Bulldog in Charlevoix, along with a photography business).

“It’s a lot of work but its no comparison when it comes to deciding what you want and how you want to do things,” said Cole, a Traverse City West graduate who started working at Valerio’s before managing the salon at Macy’s.

Cole was originally going to open her own salon at the space above Hannah Bistro (now Bistro Foufou), before a fire started in the kitchen. The damage and repair meant raising the rental rate for Cole’s salon space.

“I decided I was going to find a normal job,” she said. “I wasn’t giving up on my dream but instead I worked at Macy’s. It was just too corporate. Not for me.”

Cole purchased her current space, formerly the home of Collective Ink, this past August where she spent months pulling layers of tile and drywall to reveal the building’s wood floors and brick walls.

The end result is a classic, yet modern looking salon. There are three stations available for other stylists but for now, Cole said it’s just her working the scissors.

“I just want to get the stuff figured out before bringing others on board,” she said.

Foiled Hair Lounge is located at 140 E. Front St. (upper level) in Traverse City. Visit foiledhairlounge.com or call 231-633-6140.

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