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.


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.