Eastend Pickers 2016

Vendor space available. We have 25 spots at approx 10’ X 10’
Vendors may sell thrift/vintage/antique, craft, produce and art.
Sale is the 2nd Saturday of each month April – October from 8am – 4pm

Location: Fat Chix, Electric Hero and Erickson’s parking lot.

Email us or call 846-7480 to reserve a spot or if you need more details. Calling or stopping into the store is preferred as you will get a faster response. We’re oldschool like that.

Please make checks payable to Eastown Association.

Shop Update and Flower Pre-Sale

An Update from shop owner Mary:
It’s another surgery for my husband Jamie. We’re blessed in that we will be at the Cleveland Clinic which ranks #1 in the nation for Aortic repair. Because we will be out of work for a length of time, I need to be proactive with the Fat Chix bills. So, we are doing a flower PRE-SALE.
We have a very sweet little planter on a stake that will be filled and ready for pick-up the 3rd week of April. These will retail for $7.95 each. They will be filled with missed annuals, a vine and look fabulous in a grouping. They also provide a little needed height if added to a patio planter. (Planter is pictured below but will of course feature different flowers. These were staked along Beechtree with our galvanized planters last summer.)
**Our special offer will be 4 filled planters for $25 (basically buy 3 get one FREE). I have 200 to sell. We also have a limited amount of twig wreaths for sale. These are gorgeous and sell for $45 each. We only have 15 of those on hand. Thanks in advance for your continuous support, especially over the next two months. We’ve been hanging around on this corner for 12 years and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. Remember, we are in the back of the green house with the lizards next to Electric Hero. Just walk on in!
Your continuous stream of good wishes and spiritual support matter immensely to our family. You are loved.
Please share and help get the word out if you don’t mind doing so. It’s very much appreciated. Thank you everyone!

New Glass and Window Art

Owner Mary Mitchell is hard at work again on her quirky and lovely glass and window art. Each piece is unique and many sell fast! There is also a lot of other hand made art pieces in the store right now, including that awesome tank light in the photos! Fat Chix has always been known for having a lot of one-of-a-kind items.
Remember, we have moved the shop to the back of the green house next to Electric Hero sandwich shop on Beechtree. Pull into the parking lot for Erickson’s Electric or park along side the road. Look for the bright blue and orange shed and you are in the right spot!

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Bolt Park Lights

In case anyone wonders about those pretty lights in Bolt Park along Beechtree Street in Grand Haven, Mark Brooky at the Grand Haven Tribune got a question about them in the mailbag.

Bolt Park lights?

Mark Brooky • Feb 1, 2016 at 5:00 PM

mbrooky@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 243

Lou of Grand Haven asked, “I have a question about the lights on the tree at Bolt Park. Who is behind it? And who turns them on every night?”


Those lights that turn colors every couple of seconds are the brainchild of Mary Mitchell, owner of Fat Chix Gifts on Beechtree Street. She’s a big supporter of Grand Haven’s Eastown.

Mary worked with the city to string up nearly 20 lights on the tree in Bolt Park, the little city “pocket” park at the corner of Beechtree and Pennoyer Avenue.

“The city has been super-supportive of all the fundraising efforts Fat Chix Gifts has done over the years to help spruce up and revitalize Grand Haven’s east end,” Mary said. “Matt Holzinger of Holzinger Electric worked hard to install underground electricity to go to the tree.”

The nearly 20 lights are LED, so they are designed to last a long time. Still, they do burn out, as one already did since they were first turned on late last fall.

“Bulb replacement is one of the few maintenance things, along with cleaning them, when we take them down in the spring, but that’s about it,” Mary said.

There is a remote control to turn them on and off, but the color sequence has to be reset each time if the remote is used, so the lights are on 24/7, Mary explained.

“Which is nice because you can start to see them as the sun sets,” she said.

The plan is to change the colors for Valentine’s Day and then when spring rolls in. Mary plans to take them down in the spring and put them back up again every holiday season so they remain a special thing and are not there all of the time.

For the past few summers, Fat Chix Gifts has been holding Eastown fundraisers to generate funds to decorate Beechtree Street for the holidays. Most of the fundraising cash was generated by hosting a monthly dinner in the Fat Chix parking lot in the summer. One of the best dinners, Mary said, was the “Brinner” (breakfast plus dinner), when local restaurants and chefs like Electric Hero, Meals for a Week and even Mayor Geri McCaleb contributed their best pancakes.

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Consolidating Stores

Fax Chix customers and friends!

Hey everyone, here’s the Fat Chix update. We have decided to consolidate the shops and close Templeton’s (former Aluminum Mule.) This will be an exciting endeavor for all of us in the two shops. To prepare for the merger, we will be running sales from now until after Christmas.

Nov. 14-20 – 10% off
Nov. 21-Dec. 4 – 20%
Dec. 5 – Dec. 18 – 30%
Dec. 19- Dec. 24 (open half day) 40%
Dec. 26-Dec. 29 50%

Wow!! Come shop and help us create a new, shiny adventure. We love you all!

Open House November 14

We will be having an open house at Fat Chix and Templeton’s Treasures on Saturday November 14 from 10-2pm. Refreshments, drawings and take home a Thanksgiving pumpkin centerpiece for every $15 you spend. Find unique vintage and one-of-a-kind items at Templeton’s and shop Fat Chix to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

It’s Almost Halloween!

We have a lot of fun, unique and one-of-a-kind items stocked at Templeton’s and Fat Chix. Stop by for super cute Halloween hand towels or Day of the Dead dishware and other items. Don’t forget Templeton’s features many vintage things so you never know what you will find stocked in there!

We are just waiting for the vintage folk art of George and Martha Washington to find the perfect owner. They are too cool!

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Fall Wreaths & Catwalks

Come get your corn husk wreaths before they are gone! We will be limited on wreaths this year due to a lower corn crop from our source.
Wreaths are $18 and swags are $9 apiece. Swags looks great horizontal or vertical. We can tie the bow up anyway you like.

Also, keep a look out for the Catwalk Pumpkins showing up at Pfaff’s Pharmacy, Righteous Cuisine and other places around town. Our goal is to move all of our pumpkins this week so if you haven’t picked one up yet, please help out and stop by!
Pumpkins are $5 each and all proceeds benefit the Catwalk Restoration Project in Grand Haven.


Pie & Pumpkin Fundraiser

A pie and pumpkin fundraiser will be held next week on Thursday, September 17 from 7am to 7pm at the Aluminum Mule/Templeton’s. Proceeds go to the Grand Haven Pier Catwalk Project.

Buy a pumpkin anytime during the day for $5.00 each. Pumpkins will be painted with a cat face (get it? Cat Walk?:), or buy a pie for $10.00 to take home.
Additionally, we will be serving slices of pie with coffee from 5:30-7pm for a donation. Our goal is $2,500.00. Checks may be made out to: City of Grand Haven, memo – Catwalk Repair.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see a good turnout next Thursday!