By: Benjamin J. Gohs, News Editor
Fresh Christmas Trees, gift wrapping service, hand-made ornaments and gifts you won’t find anywhere else are just the beginning of what Boyne City merchants have to offer this holiday season.
When it comes to holiday plants, Christmas centerpieces and even fresh Christmas Trees, Sydney Wormell of Upsy-Daisy Floral has you covered.
“We’re doing blue spruce, Norway spruce, black hill spruce, Fraser and Douglas firs,” Wormell said. “They’re priced by size and start at
around $25 and go up from there depending on how tall.”
In order to help assure customers get what they need right up until the big day, Upsy-Daisy will be open later—until 7 p.m.—and trees and flowers will be available right up until Christmas Eve.
“We’ll get a few different loads of trees in so we always have fresh ones,” Wormell said. “We also have poinsettias, Christmas cactus,
handmade gifts, jewelry and hand-painted signs.”
Upsy-Daisy Floral is located at 5 W. Main St. Suite 2B in Boyne City. They can be reached at (231) 582-0972.
When it comes to decorating you can do it yourself with CindiFranco’s Cool Stuff—or let owner Cindi Malin do the work for you.
“We have the same amazing array of items we always do plus right now we have a lot of Springbok puzzles, cookware, dish towels, home linens,” Malin said. “For decorating we have beautifully mouth-blown ornaments, pre-decorated lit garlands—we probably have around 70 kinds of ornaments.”
She added, “You can hire me and I can use the customer’s ornaments or we can supply them.”
And, whether you buy your presents at CindiFranco’s or elsewhere, Malin offers a gift-wrapping service. “People can drop them off and we negotiate a price,” Malin said.
Malin said people can drop gifts off for the wrapping service up until Dec. 22. CindiFranco’s Cool Stuff is located at 309 South Lake St. in Boyne City. They can be reached at (231) 582-0526.
If one-of-a-kind gifts are what you seek, Boyne’s Beyond Borders has everything you could imagine—and everything you cannot.
Owner Jon Bautel helps ensure his line-up of hand-crafted art, jewelry, knives, apparel, handbags and more stay unique by selecting
only top products by local and international craftsmen.
“We have a Michigan Memories line of jewelry made with different Michigan stones like Petoskey, Dolomite, Rainbow, Silk,” he said. “We have bracelets, necklaces, pendants.”
Beyond Borders also offers men’s jewelry in stainless steel on tungsten carbide starting as low as $16 and $18.
“I have tons of stuff for kids, too,” Bautel said. “I have Furry Bones, miniature straw ornaments from Sweden, colored giraffes and
elephants carved out of Kisi stone from Africa.”
Beyond Borders also carries hand-crafted jewelry boxes, furniture, trivets made of barn wood and cork and much more.
Beyond Borders offers a gift-wrapping service and a gift registry service called “Santa’s Box” wherein people can list desired items,
making it easier for loved ones to do their Christmas shopping. Boyne’s Beyond Borders is located at 120 Water St. in Boyne City. They
can be reached at (231) 582-1063.
Gifts for kids and ladies, stocking stuffers and decorations galore can be found at Country Now & Then and Up the Lazy River in Boyne
City. Owner Karen Guzniczak said her store will be open as late as shoppers keep coming through the door this holiday season.
“We have a lot of Michigan shaped pot holders, kitchen gadgets, puzzles for any age, nice jewelry and Slap watches for the ladies,”
She said. “We have a lot of Christmas related products, Christmas books for the kids and we do gift-wrapping.”
You can also find ladies’ shirts and Baggallini purses. But, Guzniczak said, she has so many great items you just need to come see for
yourself. Country Now & Then and Up the Lazy River is located at 211 East Water St. They can be reached at (231) 582-2355.