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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Tattoo Leads to Western Wear Store

Ross Boissoneau - March 17th, 2014  

Gary Taylor had long considered the idea of creating a Western wear shop, where fellow enthusiasts would be able to buy shirts, boots and other gear.

When he went with his girlfriend Shellie Milhone to Pour Boiz tattoo shop in Traverse City, he noticed they were moving out of their Cedar Run Road location.

It dawned on him that he could possibly move in.

A few months later, Ironhorse Western Wear is now open for business. Taylor, Milhone and partners Pat and Lee Winfrey converted the storefront to a renovated retail shop.

“We gutted it,” said Taylor. They had the front counter crafted to resemble a western bar, which they also used to display jewelry.

Lee Winfrey did the bulk of the drywalling, and all contributed their time and taste.

“We ground, polished and waxed the [concrete] floor,” Winfrey said. “It gave it a rustic look.”

Taylor says he believes the area is ripe for a store featuring Western and motorcycle-oriented clothing, and has stocked a variety of boots, hats, clothing and accessories.

“If you want a $20 pair of boots, I can help you. If you want a $500 pair with ostrich leather, we’ve got that too,” he said.

“You can get a hat for $6, and we have some for over $100.”

Taylor says he believes a variety of people will end up shopping at the store.

“This area needs something like this, blue collar to white collar,” he said. “I’ve got some doctors from Munson coming in and farmers. Someone will pull up in a Beemer, and then a 1970 Ford pickup.”

Taylor said in addition to giving certain groups 10 percent off, he will also work with area charities such as the Make-A-Wish foundation.

They say the idea is to provide Internet pricing in a brick-and-mortar store, where people can actually try on the items they are interested in.

“My intent is to do volume,” he said. “There’s not a lot of mark-up, so I am passing the savings on.”

Additional stock is arriving daily, both western-style and for motorcycle riders, from brands such as Rampage Western boots and jeans from Rock and Roll or Ely and Walker.

“I think we’re one of the only stores in the area with kids boots that aren’t plastic,” said Taylor.

Ironhorse is open Mon. through Fri.10am- 7pm; Sat. 10-6; and Sun. 11am-4pm. Taylor said the store’s website is currently under construction; but they are on Facebook. Call (231) 932-0095. 4125 Cedar Run Road, Traverse City.

 
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