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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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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