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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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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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