Saginaw's Old Town - Saginaw's Greenwich Village
Saginaw's Old Town. From 1964 to 1974, the west side business district along Hamilton Street transitioned from a regular downtown area to Saginaw's version of Greenwich Village and Chicago's Old Town, fast becoming a trendy Saginaw spot. Within a few years the area filled up with head shops, book stores, record shops, candle stores, coffee houses, and many unique style shops like you would see on Plum Street in Detroit. Some of the stores that stood out: Old Town Book Store, Evolution, Ziggurat, Back of the Moon, Black Kettle Records, and the Ginger Blue Coffee House owned and operated by Mary Ellen Blunt Cady. This area was home to the west side art fair, anti-war movements and demonstrations, and home to such groups as NORMAL. This area kept its trendy appearance until the late-70's.
The Bossmen use to play at the Fordney Hotel Lounge during that era!
"All Of Me"
All Of Me - A history of Musicians from Saginaw, Michigan 1850s through the 1950s, by Saginaw Native Son, H. Fred Reif. Fred stated that the Bossmen were one of his favorite groups! Fred owned and operated "Black Kettle Records" for years.
Best times ... great music, wonderful art, poetry, fashion, .... I still have some spoon rings, two poison rings with secret compartments, love beads, all the pins and a little beaded bag from India.,
by Rachael Walsh
When I was 12-13 yrs. old, I lived in Saginaw. This would've been the early 70's. I remember a head shop called "Back of the Moon" I believe. I want to say it was located on Hamilton, but I couldn't swear to it. Even though I was quite young, I was attracted to the hippie culture. I remember buying several black light posters from Back of the Moon, as well as...get this...copper colored, elephant bell bottom, hip huggers! They were my favorite pants and at 13 years old, cost me quite a bit. - Darren