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July 2003
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4th of July Festivities

BITA - BIBCO Reach an Agreement

Environmentally Sensitive Areas Ordinance on the Agenda

Vanishing Sturgeon

PABI's 1st Annual Goofy Golf Tournament

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

Tara runs like the Wind

News from Beaver Island Hospice & Helping Hands

On This Date

Rutan Experimentals Fly-In at the Township Airport

Annual Firemen’s Picnic

Barry Pischner's New CD: Sailing On

The Island Welcomes New Sheriff Jim Campbell

The Bike Path: an Unqualified Success

Museum Week 2003 Schedule; Museums hold Open House

Some interesting occurrences at Meetings

A Solstice Celebration: The Second Annual High Tea

Whiskey Point Restoration; Rectory Auction

Camp Quality does Beaver Island

Charlevoix County Commission Meetings

Celebrating Flag Day

Charlie's Model A: on the way to the Shop

One Hundred Years Ago

The “Seven Sisters” Opens

BIRHC Board has Opening

Sunset Cruises available Once Again

Bob Hannon: 1950-2003

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The “Seven Sisters” Opens

A new business is opening on the King's Highway this summer. Sisters Sheila Evans and Cindy Ricksgers are opening a shop that reflects their interests and concerns, as well as filling a need for visitors and residents. "Seven Sisters," on the west side of King's Highway north of Four Corners, will offer earth-friendly products for kitchen, garden and bath.

It has been a long time in the planning. Sheila and her husband Bob bought the home from Ailene Maudrie several years ago. It was unused, which caused lots of speculation over what could be done. Both sisters are experienced in retail business. Cindy owned and ran an art gallery in Lapeer before moving to Beaver Island, and has worked in customer service for 25 years. Sheila managed a Hallmark Store in Waterford for many years. Her products and displays brought customers from far away. But when her store earned Gold Crown Hallmark status, the company began to dictate what products were carried, and the creative potential was lost. So Sheila moved into her present job as a title examiner for the city of Pontiac. The women tossed ideas around whenever they were on the Island together. Sheila wanted useful items for the home as well as gift items; Cindy wanted products for gardeners. After much discussion and input, they determined the format. When they found that Bob had taken several steps toward turning the building into a garage, they knew they had to act quickly. Deadlines were set and a flurry of research, construction, and ordering followed.

Products range from towels, table linens, soaps and candles to bird houses and wind chimes. There are items for children, too, and books on a variety of topics. “Our product line is diverse,” says Cindy, “because it reflects our interests. Also, this year we'll be learning what is wanted or needed here. I'd like to think we have something for everyone!”

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