Peninsula Township Fire Department Chief Fred Gilstorff presents a plaque to Mike Mahn, owner of Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings in Traverse City, for their donation of furniture to Fire Station 3 on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Township Fire Department Chief Fred Gilstorff presents a plaque to Mike Mahn, owner of Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings in Traverse City, for their donation of furniture to Fire Station 3 on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
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When the Peninsula Township Fire Department hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Fire Station 3 on the North End last month, I mentioned that Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings of Traverse City had donated all the furniture. You can read all about the ribbon-cutting ceremony and see photos here.

That is a huge donation that deserves its own post here on the Gazette! Yesterday, I met Fire Chief Fred Gilstorff at the store, where he presented a plaque recognizing the donation to owner Mike Mahn.

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“Any time the fire department has had a need for furniture, Golden-Fowler comes through,” says Gilstorff. “We extend our deepest gratitude for all their kind donations that help assure our firefighters can relax and be well rested for their next call.”

Mahn says that his dream is to donate furniture to all the area fire departments, and that he greatly appreciates every person willing to take on the role of firefighter.

“It takes a special kind of person to run into a burning building when everyone else is running out,” he says. We so agree, Mike.

Peninsula Township Fire Department Chief Fred Gilstorff presents a plaque to Mike Mahn, owner of Golden Fowler Home Furnishings in Traverse City, for their donation of furniture to Fire Station 3 on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Township Fire Department Chief Fred Gilstorff presents a plaque to Mike Mahn, owner of Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings in Traverse City, for their donation of furniture to Fire Station 3 on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

The plaque features a Peninsula Township Fire Station logo at the top and reads, “With our greatest appreciation, we are proud to honor Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings for your continued generosity and support of our area fire department, April 2021.”

Peninsula Township Fire Department Chief Fred Gilstorff presents a plaque to Mike Mahn, owner of Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings in Traverse City, for their donation of furniture to Fire Station 3 on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Township Fire Department Chief Fred Gilstorff presents a plaque to Mike Mahn, owner of Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings in Traverse City, for their donation of furniture to Fire Station 3 on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

A few photos of some of the new furniture from the ribbon-cutting ceremony…

Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Furniture Donated by Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings for Fire Station 3 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Furniture Donated by Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings for Fire Station 3 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Fire Station 3, March 22, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fire Station 3 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 22, 2021; Sleeping Quarters | Jane Boursaw Photo

Mahn is the third owner of Golden-Fowler, which opened in 1960 and was the first furniture store of its kind in the area. They have a huge assortment of beautiful and high-quality furniture for every room, including lots of mattresses, in their 27,000 square foot showroom at 1137 S. Garfield Avenue.

Golden-Fowler supports a variety of causes in the Traverse City area, including philanthropy focused on local families and children.

A partial list includes the Zonta Club’s Festival of Trees, Child and Family Services/Third Level Crisis Intervention, Father Fred Foundation, Northwestern Michigan Supportive Housing, Arts for All, Women’s Resource Center, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, City Opera House, Goodwill Food Rescue, Generations Ahead-Traverse City High School, and Michigan DHHS/Child Protective Services.

Because of their donation to the fire department and many area causes, I know I’ll be shopping at Golden-Fowler for any upcoming furniture needs.

Golden-Fowler’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Contact them at [email protected], or phone (231) 946-7330. Visit their website here.

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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