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Folk Fanatic Gift Guide

Written by  Elma Talundzic
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The Folk Fanatic loves Americana, folk, roots — just about any music that features an acoustic guitar and songs about the wilderness. They're here to throw on a record, sip some beer, and munch on classic American comfort food. 


Here’s a perfect place to stock up on favorite Americana and indie folk albums. The shop is filled wall to wall with used vinyl albums, CDs, cassette tapes and vintage audio gear. You can never add enough music to the Folk Fanatic’s killer collection.

Corner Record Shop
3562 Chicago Dr. SW, Grandville, (616) 531-6578


Pick up a new outfit matching the folksy vibe at Flashback on Leonard. The store houses a large selection of vintage clothes at a great price. You can easily spend hours looking through great finds that’ll have you and the Folk Fanatic feeling your best. 

Flashback on Leonard
1136 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids
(616) 821-9487


The Folk Fanatic will feel right at home at Craft Beer Cellar. Housed in the
historic Klingman Furniture building, the space feels cozy with its exposed brick and warm, inviting atmosphere. With more than 800 craft beer bottle options and a full bar with 20 taps, the Folk Fanatic is sure to find the perfect drink to wet their whistle while having a chat with friends. Or you can just head here to pick up some rare bottles as a gift.

Craft Beer Cellar
404 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, (616) 350-9170


The Folk Fanatic doesn’t just want to listen to music; they want to make it! Pick up a new or used acoustic guitar so they can learn the sounds of their favorite Americana or indie folk musicians. Rainbow Music will help you out every step of the way, from choosing the right guitar to repairs and lessons.

Rainbow Music
1148 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids, (616) 774-0565


Local musician Mark Lavengood has been called the Prince of Roots, Bluegrass and Americana. His skills on the dobro guitar will have you toe-tapping for the whole evening. Lavengood picked up the instrument in the mid-2000s and has since played on local, regional, national and international levels. Send the Americana lover to his Listening Room show for some intimate inspiration.

Mark Lavengood
The Listening Room at Studio Park
123 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 22, $15, (616) 900-9500


The Electric Cheetah offers a variety of homestyle American comfort food with a unique twist. As you glance at the menu, you’ll see familiar dishes with an
Electric Cheetah flair, like the I’m Not My Brother’s Mac. The plate is more than your classic mac and cheese: It’s a seven-cheese blend with tomatoes, thick-cut bacon, provolone, pickle-brined fried chicken, dill buttermilk dressing and chives. Along with the delicious food, the restaurant is well-known for its extensive craft root beer selection. 

The Electric Cheetah
1015 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, (616) 451-4779 

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