Good job on Fat Ducks. Don’t know where it is. Don’t know what it is. Don’t know why it’s important.
Next time, publish a picture of a rock. It’d be about as interesting.
FAT DUCKS MOTHERFUCKER!
I always wondered how a grocery store could survive on the 1500 block of 35th St. That’s not really a heavily populated area..
“Publish a picture of a rock?” Have a little appreciation of your surroundings.
Why the hate, Josh?
Fat Ducks, man. You better ask somebody.
I hear that particular establishment does a brisk business, and if nothing else has a great name.
There is *so* going to be a picture of a rock on this site the next time I open it up. That is, as soon as John has some daylight when he’s not occupied with Good Citizenship Activities 😀
I think this image deserves a little backstory with a visit to Fat Duck’s and a profile of its owner, whose name, hopefully, really is Fat Duck.
I think it’s a great name, and a fun photo too. Had no clue it was up there, and I used to have a very good friend who lived in the 1300 block of north 30th Street.
There is a story for those of us who lived near the store. I spent my teen age years living in the 3500 Block of East Richmond Road and we would walk to this store daily for candy and things you ran out. We called him Fat Duck not sure if that was a real nick name or not. The owner and his wife, Ms. Sally Ann, are really nice people and provide a much needed service to people in the community who are without transportation as it is one of only a few stores so far back into the community.
yeah, i don’t think #1 up there really gets it. which is fine. see you down at the exxon, i guess? that has the same amount of pseudo-atmosphere as a rock.
even though these types of stores (the fat duck kind) seem to draw the 9-a.m.-40-oz. crowd and the peeing-in-the-alley crowd and occasionally- leaving-drugs-on-the-shelves-to-buy-later crowd, they do serve a purpose for the rest of the neighborhood. these stores go way back and are alive solely due to the people who live in a 4-block radius. it’s urban-ness at its best. most of these stores, the ones that have lasted for years and years, exist due to segregation, which is strange to think about.
when i first moved up to the hill, i was a little intimidated by these stores. there’s always a group of dudes hanging around outside, looking tough. but once you realize you’re not going to get shot, the stores really do end up being convenient, friendly and pretty cheap.
instead of driving down to exxon to get a coke, just go in fat ducks to get it! or the family market! these stores give our neighborhood(s) character/originality. support them. or we’ll be buying from starbucks and 7-11 one day soon.
Yea. I remembered walking up to Fat Ducks to buy pampers and milk for my firstborn. The owners were good people.
This store belongs to my parents William & Sallie…affectionately called Mr. and Mrs. Fatduck (my father’s nickname). They opened it in ’71 along with my uncle and in ’72 they became its sole proprietors. My brother & I grew up helping mom and dad to bag items and when we were older, to ring the cash register for wages paid in penny candy. Yes, they are good,down home folk but so are the people in the neighborhood that have allowed them to maintain a business which has supported our family since. The “Fatducks” have survived through neighborhood transitions and harsh economies. 1503 N.35th St. has seen babies born, graduations, reunions, marriages, young men & women enlist in armed forces, deaths, gentrification and celebrations of all kinds. Just go inside and see their wall of pictures with people from the neighborhood! It has instilled in my siblings and myself the idea of self sufficiency and collective work and responsibility. Their example, through this humble little store in that corner of the world called “churchill”, is why we are entrepreneurs today. Pop in to get some ole school Lemon Heads or Jolly Ranchers or just to say “Hi”! They/we appreciate your continued support.
Mr. and Mrs. “Fatduck” are good-hearted people. ‘Glad to say that I know them.
ife, can you comment on the constant drug traffic that happens on that block.
these are some very nice people been knowing them for thirty years and more they live next door. yes I have visit the market many times and yes they’re the real fatducks. He is a redskin fan and thats the only problem you will find with him, mrs. fatduck is just find and know how to pick a good team the Eagles if you didn’t know. you just need to visit them for yourself
This looks like some of the places back home in Texas. I would really like to know where it is. My wife and I go to a place called Duck Hill mississippi,and this looks like it belongs there.
mrs fatduck knows football best
Great place in Church Hill, It had a bad at one time but not any more, Good people and Fat Ducks is a a fine place to meet them . Ms Sally is holding her own without her husband of 50+ years. It is great part of the the comminity.
Apparently there are two JDs in this neighborhood. I may need to change my CHPN alias…
JD try being JD#1 or something like that. Or The Original JD, but that’s a lot to type…
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