Chelsea is fifty minutes from Eaton Rapids. Chelsea is an upscale community that is fifteen miles from a major University city.
The shop that caught our eye was a Toy, Book and Music store called 'Just Imagine'.
|Bill Harris is the proprietor and he graciously spent twenty minutes chatting with us when he really wanted to be catching up on his paperwork.|
|Mr Harris carries a large line of Melissa and Doug toys and educational materials. Mrs ERJ assures me that Melissa and Doug materials are famous for good quality and reasonable prices.|
|His materials are skewed toward "manipulative" toys that can activate kinesthetic learning. Mr Harris is currently stocking toys/games that develop fine motor hand skills. The local teachers told him that the kids now showing up in Kindergarten knowing how to use iPads but not able to properly hold a pencil or crayon. Just Imagine to the rescue.|
|If I understood the packaging, one of these packages has magnetic glitter. It makes clean-up a breeze.|
|Music. More of that kinesthetic learning and getting the brain to knit together. Plus, being able to play a musical instrument is a great way to woo a lady.|
He includes old favorites (like books by P.D. Eastman) and books that are likely to become classics. How does he know which books will become classics? He picks books that he enjoys reading to children: Good artwork, engaging story lines, appropriate reading level and sturdy construction. He is also highly responsive to local teachers who pop in and talk with him.
If you are passing through Chelsea, Michigan and have some grandchildren or nieces/nephews who need spoiling, consider stopping into Just Imagine. His phone number is (734) 562-2040 and his Facebook page is HERE. Many more pictures on Facebook and, frankly, they are better photos than the ones I posted here.
Old Stone Building
Chelsea has many examples of outstanding, dressed field stone buildings.
|The George P. Glazier building. Glazier was a big name in wood stoves and went belly-up in 1907. Vanity buildings are the 1900 versions of sports stadiums.|
|The United Methodist Church. Large amounts of pink granite.|
|Chelsea, Michigan is home to Jiffy Mix. Each one of those triple silos is twenty feet in diameter and about 120 feet tall. That is about 800,000 bushels of total capacity. Figured another way, that is about 20 million packages of Jiffy Mix muffins.|