Phat Kat

Posted on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 by

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.

This is one of the albums that Paul bought.

This is one of the albums that Paul bought.

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.


  1. Mike says:

    Huge selection but I thought the guy running it was a condescending jerk. He reminded me of Comic Book Guy on the Simpsons- major attitude problem, ask him a question and he’d talk to you like you were a complete idiot.

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I’m Dan. I am a Spanish major after studying music education for two years, and I am in the class of 2015. Being a newfound Spanish scholar after training to become a teacher shows my diverse interests—I love languages, I love music, and I love learning. Most importantly, I get a lot of fulfillment from advocacy. Most recently, I have been assisting the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired communicate via the telephone. My favorite things to do at Concordia are the CEC events like grocery bingo, theme dances, and trivia night. I grew up as the youngest of three children in the metropolitan town of St. Anthony Village, Minnesota. My house is literally a mile away from the city of Minneapolis, and I love every aspect of the city–unique shops, diverse people, and amazing arts.

When I’m with my friends, I enjoy playing board and card games (though they can get intense), watching TV and movies (I’m a huge fan of 30 Rock, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and reality TV), thrifting, and spending hours just chatting. Meeting friends who have these same interests as me has been one of the best parts of being at Concordia!