The Fossil is resolute: They still use a VHS player, their 1980s Tom Petty shirt is thin enough to be used as cheesecloth, and they love to whine about the rise of technology. While we might sigh and roll our eyes at their archaic ways, we also find the Fossil charming. They’re our own mini time capsule and a constant reminder of the past.
Nick Fink’s is filled to the brim with history (and probably ghosts) going all the way back to 1888. Fink’s legacy began as a hotel, becoming a bar, barber shop, post office and more before becoming a bar and restaurant again. The Fossil will find cheap drinks, delicious food and 130 years of stories at this Gilmore Collection spot — a veritable feast for the venerable senses.
3965 West River Dr. NE, Comstock Park
No surprise here, the Fossil LOVES looking at old crap — er, we mean, important artifacts of the past. The Grand Rapids Public Museum features an incredible collection of the local furniture industries’ history, among many other exciting exhibits. Next time you see the Fossil at a party, they’ll be using all the facts they learn as conversation starters.
Grand Rapids Public Museum
272 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids
New music? Autotune? 808s? It’s all garbage to the Fossil. The only acceptable music is anything created before 2000, preferably older. Bob Seger fits the bill perfectly, and the gravel-voiced singer is sure to play old classics like Night Moves, Old Time Rock and Roll, and Hollywood Nights on this farewell tour.
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Nov. 21 & Jan. 5
Mid-Century is in and the Fossil has always known that. For years, they’ve had an Eames chair in their house, which they bought on Craigslist for $30 in the mid-’90s. But that doesn’t stop them from appreciating high-quality, curated collectibles. Everything falls apart these days except for antiques. Plus, the vintage clothing selection in the back of Lost & Found is basically the only place the Fossil buys their clothes.
Lost & Found Treasures of Old and New
445 Century Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
The Fossil loves old-timey traditions, like getting dressed up in your finest and going to the ballet at Christmas (not that the ballet is only for seniors). The beautiful performances of the Nutcracker by the Grand Rapids Ballet are a great gift for anyone who enjoys going to the theater, or as the Fossil would say, “the theatre.” Stop by any of the bars in the area for an Old Fashioned or Whiskey Sour before you make your entrance.
Grand Rapids Ballet
341 Ellsworth Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Nothing says Fossil like the year 1927. Known for casual charm and down-to-earth atmosphere, the Cottage Bar is one of Grand Rapids’ oldest. You won’t need a reservation to enjoy the best burger in Michigan while washing it down with one of your favorite suds.
The Cottage Bar
18 La Grave Ave. SE, Grand Rapids