The Aging Hipster loves to hate the holidays. The chilly weather makes their arthritic hands ache as they type away at their latest op-ed piece. But staying indoors creates the perfect scene for endless cups of coffee while reading a new biography about their favorite late-’80s indie band.
Speaking of coffee, the Aging Hipster could use another one. Don’t ask if that sixth cup of coffee at 7 p.m. keeps them up at night; caffeine doesn’t even affect them at this point. The Aging Hipster fits perfectly with the crowd at the Bitter End — a collection of tortured artists taking advantage of the “Open 24 Hours” policy, perfecting their Master’s thesis on B-movies from the ’90s. Get them a gift card, so they can stay there for all 24 hours.
The Bitter End Coffee House
752 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
If it’s old, the Aging Hipster will wear it. Even better if it has a funny political slogan from the Reagan era. The newly opened Elevated Antiques in Grand Rapids is a marketplace featuring booths from an assortment of antique vendors, including Love Charles Vintage, which has been selling vintage clothing online through Etsy for years. Their booth in Elevated makes it even easier to score a new pair of high-waisted Levi’s.
Love Charles Vintage
(inside Elevated Grand Rapids)
1750 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Retro arcade games, earsplitting music and pre-millennium TV shows create the perfect atmosphere for the Aging Hipster inside Stella’s Lounge. They can swing for a slightly unhealthy option with one of the best burgers in town or opt for a modern-hipster meal with a vegan or vegetarian dish. The Aging Hipster will also appreciate the cheap beers and
incredible whiskey selection — the best of both worlds.
53 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Every Tuesday at the Wealthy Theatre, the Meanwhile Movie Series presents B-movies from the ’80s and ’90s, making a perfect holiday date or get-together with a friend who pines for the past. Previous films have included Spaceballs, Jawbreaker and Silence of the Lambs. Check the website for event details. You could even buy the Aging Hipster a Community Media Center membership, which allows them to get tickets at a discounted price and buy alcohol in the theater.
1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
For the Aging Hipster, happiness is digging through the new and used bins at record shops. At Satellite Records in Kalamazoo, you’re sure to find a golden indie limited release to give your friend who loves nostalgia. Browse the selection of new and used rock, jazz, indie and show tunes, or at least pick up a gift card if you’re not so musically knowledgeable. Satellite is filled with enough records from every era to keep the Aging Hipster combing for hours.
808 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo