Posted on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 by Dan Loyas
After an early morning band rehearsal at Oak Grove Lutheran School due to Memorial Auditorium’s temporary closing, my good friend Paul Zeller and I had lunch at The Maize. We were then joined by our friends Hannah and David. One thing led to another, and we were driving west on Main Avenue. Our destination: Phat Kat antiques.
Paul, an avid collector of albums on vinyl, claims that he had not been able to find any good record stores in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Phat Kat advertises that they have the largest selection of vinyl in the city, so we decided to test that statement. We walked in and were appalled by the literally thousands and thousands of LP albums. They even had a back section that had even more vinyl albums. Paul ended up finding a lot of good works in the large collection of vinyl. For example, he found Woody Guthrie on original Folkways Records. Folkways was a record label founded in the early 20th century that is now defunct. I think it is pretty safe to say that there is a lot of rare music in the giant collection at Phat Kat.
I was also impressed by their large selection of kitchen items, clothing (like a 400 dollar fox coat), and kitschy novelties. Phat Kat is not too far away, has a huge selection of anything you’re looking for, and is a large store. I could have easily spent all day there. The verdict on Phat Kat? It is worth a trip.