Fairhaven is a bustling, diverse neighborhood full of independent shops of all kinds. There’s art, coffee, books, and tons of nature trails as well. With so much to do, we asked Historic Fairhaven Association Members to weigh in on their favorite ways to experience Fairhaven.

“I am biased because I am the manager here at Skylark’s, but here are some pictures that customers love.  One is Anissa of the Anissa Quintet, our most popular jazz vocalist. The second is a couple of ‘Fairhaven Ladies’ who dress up every year for Halloween and Dirty Dan days. We love all the special events that take place in the Village,” said Chevy Robertson, General Manager at Skylark’s Hidden Café.

Ms. Kolby LaBree, Co-Owner/Operator of BellingHistory Tours with The Good Time Girls, says her favorite Fairhaven experience is all of Halloween season.  “I have a lot of great memories associated with that time, from getting photos taken by Gordy at the Fairhaven Pharmacy to being a goth-punk teenager smoking cloves in the courtyard at Tony’s back when the black Fairhaven cats were still running wild. Fairhaven has plenty of spooky stories and the Good Time Girls’ ‘Gore and Lore’ tours in October are by far our most popular, and I love telling the tales.  Even though I have never personally encountered a ghost in all my years of hanging out in Fairhaven, I am enchanted by all the ghost stories – I hear new ones every year!”

Michelle Harrington, Broker at Compass Realty, loves Fairhaven’s details. “My favorite thing about Fairhaven is constantly discovering new things that I’ve walked by for years and have gone unnoticed, including the wall mural by Lanny Little at Fairhaven Green.”

Shirlee Jones, Owner of Shirlee Bird Café, shared her perfect Fairhaven day. “My breakfast at the Shirlee Bird Cafe would be a grilled Monte Cristo, an Americano, and a fresh Raspberry Frangipane danish (I am absolutely biased!) I would suggest the Breakfast Croissant and a Lemon Cardamom bearclaw to the uninitiated. Let’s enjoy a stroll down to Marine Park, skip a few rocks and take some deep breaths of gratitude for this amazing land we live on,” Jones said. “Second breakfast has to be Eggs Toulouse at Harris Avenue Cafe, then to Mount Bakery for Elevenses. A blood orange mimosa and an Orange Hazelnut twist will carry us to the Walking Labyrinth in Fairhaven Park.  Strolling along the interurban trail sure works up an appetite!  Southside trends is always a fun side trip, and now it’s time for a hand-patted burger from The Black Cat and a view of our beautiful bay. Wrapping up our adventure by stopping at A Stone’s Throw brewery with friends, smiles, tunes, and good times. I love Fairhaven!”

Like many HFA Members, being a part of one of the destinations that make up visitor’s Fairhaven memories has been a highlight for Melissa Broersma of Swim Club. “My favorite Fairhaven experience has been by far being a part of the opening of Swim Club and Gainsbarre! Miracle, our Christmas themed pop-up bar at Swim Club, was a fun thing to watch come alive and had an outstanding response. It has been some of the best times of my life serving the Fairhaven community and at this point some of them feel like family to me,” Broersma said.

Did you know the Historic Fairhaven Association has 120 members? Join today by emailing info@fairhaven.com. Not ready to join? Volunteer by emailing info@fairhaven.com, or get the HFA Updates Newsletter by emailing updates@fairhaven.com  

Courtesy of Southside Living | Written by Lauren Phillips

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