Exciting Books about Battle Creek Cold Cases, Crime King, and History

Books about Battle Creek, Michigan

We’re pleased to announce that we have Battle Creek books by Blaine Pardoe and Victoria Hester in stock at the store. Along with copies about the compelling cold cases of the murders of Daisy Zick and Maggie Hume, we have the writing team’s new release The Original Battle Creek Crime King: Adam “Pump” Arnold’s Vile Reign.

Packed with historical photographs and thorough research by Pardoe and Hester, The Original Battle Creek Crime King will introduce you to a Victorian era citizen of this town known as an assassin, pimp, bootlegger, arsonist, and loan shark. This book will relate the terror he inflicted on the residents of the town and then let you experience his public trial for the murder of his own son.

In the other titles, Murder in Battle Creek: The Mysterious Death of Daisy Zick and The Murder of Maggie Hume, you’ll get to examine the evidence and reach your own conclusions. The cold case about Zick is very vexing whereas the evidence in Hume’s murder points strongly in one direction although charges were never made against the suspect.

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Battle Creek: Postcard History Series

Carol Bennet and Kurt Thornton have created an interesting collection of postcards that show how the town developed from its frontier origins in the 1830s.

Also find at the store, another pictorial history of Battle Creek by Kurt Thornton.

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Whether you’d like to know about your home town, pick up a cool souvenir during your visit, or simply enjoy a good read, visit the store and buy one of these books.

The Battle Creek Gift Shop is located at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. We’re open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 269-753-1793

Swords for Sale in Battle Creek, Michigan

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Collectors, cosplayers, Renaissance festival performers, and people in need of edgy decor can find an expanding selection of swords at the Battle Creek Gift Shop. We’ve been selling knives since we opened in 2014, and we’re working on adding more swords to our inventory.

Why?

Because people like to buy them, and we think they look cool.

Good News on Prices

We don’t put crazy numbers on the price tags. We want you to be able to buy these fun items so you’ll be ready for an orc ambush on your way home.

As of today, we currently have in stock:

  • Sword with 23″ blade and brown sheath for $32.99
  • Napolean sword with 29″ blade for $29.99
  • Alien sword (48″) inspired by Klingon bat’leth for $59.99
  • Japanese katana with sharp 29″ blade and faux snake skin sheath for $29.99
  • Medieval broad sword with black sheath for $34.99
  • Eagle dagger with 11″ blade and decorative sheath for $18.99

The store is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. We’re located at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. on the corner of 28th Street in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Click here for directions so you can come see all of our knives. We also sell unique local gifts, hand-poured 100% soy candles, and concealed carry jackets.

Coin Rings and Coin Art

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At the Battle Creek Gift Shop, you can select a handmade coin ring made right here in our shop. Half dollars, quarters, and Sacagawea dollars make sturdy and attractive rings. We even have a few rings made from old silver coins.

We also make coin art by carving designs into a coin. The half dollar jigsaw puzzle ($30) is a popular gift for the person who has everything.

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Custom Work

If you’d like a coin carved into a design of your choosing or a ring made to order, then come on in and talk to us. We can size your finger for a ring. If you want to surprise someone, try to sneak one of the person’s other rings into the store so we can size it.

Most projects will only cost about $20.

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What Else Do We Have?

Scott hand pours soy candles and wax melts. We have many scents available in the store. Next time you want a candle, choose ours because they are local made and affordable.

Our shop also stocks a large selection of knives, survival and camping supplies, backpacks, paracord, Petoskey stones, hats, and concealed carry jackets.

The Battle Creek Gift Shop is located at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. on the corner of 28th Street. We’re open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 269-753-1793

Get Your Gear for the Battle Creek Field of Flight 2016

The Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival is coming up on June 29 through July 4, 2016.

Our store is conveniently close to the action when you need to get something for a long day of fun outside. We’re at 1778 W. Columbia on the corner of 28th Street (first light east of Helmer Road).

Hats

Protect your head from the sunshine and heat with one of our Boonie Hats. They have a broad brim, vents, and chin strap to keep your hat on your head when the U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds go roaring by.

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Boonie hats available in multiple camo patterns plus solid colors olive drab, black, khaki, and navy.

Backpacks and Bags

Are you in charge of carrying everything? Get a nice backpack or shoulder tactical bag to keep your things organized.

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We have a large selection of Rothco backpacks and bags in a variety of sizes.

Michigan Souvenirs

If you’re visiting from out of state, you can find some souvenirs at our store. We carry a variety of Petosky Stone (state stone) items, including refrigerator magnets and jewelry. We also have some Battle Creek T-shirts and local-made items like coin art and tie-dye T-shirts.

Vintage-style Leather Aviator Skullcap

Show off your enthusiasm for aviation with one of our leather avaitor’s helmets. It might just be the thing to have during a balloon ride. We also have a selection of goggles too, including a pair that fits over glasses.

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Choose from black or brown. $26.99 each.

We’re open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about the air show and balloon festival visit the event website.

Have fun and we hope to see you in the store. We’re just down the road from the airport.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

You might think that men are hard to shop for. Maybe you don’t know what to get them because they never indulge themselves. And there are those Dads out there who have everything they need or want.

At the Battle Creek Gift shop, even men such as these are easy to shop for.

We have gifts for the man who has everything…or nothing.

Shop here for:

  • Pocket knives
  • Wallets
  • Packable hammocks
  • Slingshots
  • Camo T-shirts and hats
  • Concealed carry jackets

Here’s an example of one of our nice hunting knives. It’s from the Buck USA line.

Buck USA hunting knife

For the man who is impossible to buy for, consider getting him a hand-cut half dollar coin puzzle. He surely does not have one, and this gift is local made. If that’s not good enough, how can you go wrong with a 13-inch alligator head? We still have one left.

hand cut half dollar coin puzzle

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If your dad likes Ford Mustangs, we have some cool collectible prints and posters from the 50th anniversary of the car. We have an 8-pack of hero cards for only $4.99. Or get a poster that shows every Mustang model for only $4.99.

50th anniversary Ford Mustang collectibles

The Battle Creek Gift Shop is located at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. on the corner of 28th Street. We’re open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Shop Father’s Day gifts here.

Graduation Gifts at the Battle Creek Gift Shop

Find your grad something useful or sentimental that will help him or her travel through the next stage of life.

Medium transport pack from Rothco

At the Battle Creek Gift Shop, we have a big selection of backpacks in different sizes. Pictured above is the Medium Transport Pack from Rothco. It’s one of our most popular styles for $48.99.

If your grad is going away to college, this durable bag will offer years of utility. The backpack features:

  • 600 denier polyester construction
  • Large main compartment with zippered pouch and mesh pocket
  • 3 additional zipper pockets and storage compartments
  • MOLLE loops for adding accessories
  • Hydration bladder compatible (bladder sold separately)

If your grad would like something smaller, consider the versatile MOLLE Tactical Tech Bag. It’s only $19.99.

Tactical Tech Bag

The Tech Bag features:

  • Padded interior for carrying tablet or small laptop
  • MOLLE loops for adding accessories
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Interior zippered pouch
  • Exterior pocket

If you want to give your grad the tools to brave the world, come browse our backpacks, compasses, personal safety items, hats, shemagh scarves, and Petoskey Stones.

For Lakeview Spartans graduates, consider getting them a Lakeview hoodie or T-shirt to remember their teenage years by before they go off to new adventures. We also have some Battle Creek T-shirts.

Lakeview Spartans t-shirts and hoodies

Our family-owned store is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. We’re located at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. on the corner of 28th Street. Stop on by and shop for graduation gifts.

Big Selection of Knives for Sale at the Battle Creek Gift Shop

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Our store is the place in town to shop for a new knife. You’ll be able to examine our inventory and choose the one that fits most comfortably in your hand and serves your purpose.

We carry popular brands like KA-Bar, Kershaw, Cold Steel, and Buck.

Our selection includes:

  • Pocket knives
  • Fixed blade knives
  • Hunting knives
  • Multi tools
  • Throwing knives
  • Ninja stars
  • Survival Knives
  • Neck Knives
  • And one machete

If you’re looking for a particular type of knife, we might be able to special order it for you. We buy stock about once a month, if not more often, and we have access to thousands of styles, including high-end knives. We might be able to beat the prices you see on the internet for a premium blade, so talk to us first.

We’re open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. We’re located on the corner of 28th Street at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. in Battle Creek. Our phone number is 269-753-1793.

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Soy Candles and Wax Melts – Local Made in Battle Creek, Michigan

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At the Battle Creek Gift Shop, you’ll always find a big selection of soy candles in many fine scents. We also have scented wax melts.

Clean Burning and Less Irritating to Allergies

If you’re familiar with the benefits of soy candles, you’ll know that they provide long burning times and no exposure to the carcinogenic soots released by petrochemical paraffin candles. If a candle does not say what it is made out of – like many that you’ll find at the big stores – then it’s probably made from any cheap goo leftover from the oil refining process.

Scott makes almost all of the soy candles that we sell. He hand pours them and takes care to use the proper size wick for the size of jar. Did you know that the diameter of a candle determines the wick size. If you’ve ever bought a candle and had it burn a hole down into the wax and go out, it was because the wick was not the right size.

The majority of our candles are priced $6.99 to $8.99.

Available scents as of this writing:

  • Cake
  • Chocolate Fudge (popular)
  • Coffee (popular)
  • Vanilla
  • Smoke & Odor Eliminator
  • Gardenia
  • Grapefruit & Mango
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Lemon Pound Cake
  • Rose
  • Citron & Mandarin
  • Frankincense & Myrrh
  • Peach
  • Apple Harvest
  • Caramel Popcorn
  • Black Cherry
  • Caramelized Pralines
  • Black Raspberry Vanilla
  • Pumpkin Pie

Candles are a wonderful way to add warmth to your home, clear out odors, and enhance your mood. They make great gifts too, especially for a house-warming party.

Pop into the store at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. on the corner of 28th Street Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and start sniffing out your favorites.

Rothco concealed carry 3-season jackets are designed for your needs

Our concealed carry plain clothes jackets from Rothco feature right and left padded pockets and 4 extra compartments.

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This three-season jacket will let you carry without advertising the fact, and the pockets are specifically designed for your gear. With quilted padding, the jackets presents a smooth outline.

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Its traditional style is suitable for men or women. The outer shell is made from a heavy washed cotton. The quilted polyester lining provides warmth. Because of the ambidextrous design of the jacket, it works well for right or left-handed people. Jacket also has 2 outer pockets and a heavy duty zipper.

We have sizes Large and XL in stock at the store in olive drab, khaki, black, and navy blue. Come try one on.

If you’d like a different size, we can special order any of those colors in sizes Small through 3X. We can get the black concealed carry jacket in sizes up to 4X.

Two Ways to Buy Concealed Carry Jackets

You can visit the store at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. at the corner of 28th Street to examine the jackets and shop our other merchandise.

Or

Call the store during business hours and place an order over the phone. We can take your credit card payment over the phone and ship the jacket.

Our number is 269-753-1793, and we’re open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Excellent Option for a Low-Key Concealed Carry Jacket

This plain and decidedly unflashy jacket will let you follow the advice of looking dull and boring if you routinely carry. Its style will suit the individual who does not want to attract attention but remains prepared in case a hostile event occurs.

Some of our other merchandise includes tactical accessories and airsoft gear like vests, goggles, and helmets. We also stock a big selection of backpacks and bags.

Petoskey stones sold at the Battle Creek Gift Shop

Petoskey stones can be hard to find in Southern Michigan, but we have them at our store on Columbia Ave.

They’ve proven popular with travelers visiting Battle Creek and locals who you want to give a gift that is representative of their home state.

Petoskey stones are the state stone, and we sell refrigerator magnets, jewelry, and paperweights made from the fossils.

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These worry stones are new at the store. Their grooves fit the thumb and offer an irresistible surface for releasing anxious energy. They’re $8 each.

If you’re looking for more decor items inspired by our state, then browse our copper wall art. We source it from the Upper Peninsula. We have small copper wall hangers in the shape of butterflies, leaves, birds, wolf, bear, and others. Our biggest piece is the fabulous copper Michigan. Each peninsula is sold separately for $68 each. The lower peninsula measures 19 inches tall.

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Along with gifts inspired by the state of Michigan, we also sell backpacks, bags, soy candles, flags, local items, concealed carry jackets, and survival gear. If you’re planning a big trip, you can get a new bag and travel gear here and pick up a thoughtful Michigan gift to give your host at your destination.

Our store is located at 1778 W. Columbia Ave. on the corner of 28th Street. We’re open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Call us at 269-753-1793