The Depot opens, already a hit

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– PHOTOS BY DONNA SCHILLACI

By Cynthia Price

An amazing commitment to authenticity and a rather all-consuming day job as the owners of Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack meant that Brett and Jera Gilbert’s progress was slow on turning The Depot Downtown into a bed and breakfast/boutique hotel, but that only made its ribbon cutting last week a sweeter success.

Numerous members of the Muskegon community turned out for the official launch, held during the day on July 10. The Gilberts held their two young children as they cut the ribbon.

The Muskegon Chamber of Commerce, Watermark 920, Visit Muskegon, Lakeside Emporium, both Pigeon Hill and Unruly breweries, and others helped make it a success.

Afterwards, community members were treated to a tour of the luxury space, with three rooms available to the public – each with a separate entrance and bathroom.
It was formerly the Grand Trunk train depot, and was abandoned for a while, but the Gilberts have been working on the renovation for several years.

The grand opening also included the giveaway of a one-night stay, and it was won by Lashelle Mikesell of Visit Muskegon.

The bad news is – at least for the public – that the rooms are already  booked every Saturday night until August 31 except for August 10. (Guests had already begun staying there at the time of the ribbon cutting.) There are still plenty of weekday possibilities.

To book a room, visit the A ‘n’ B site: www.airbnb.com/rooms/33371609?source_impression_id=p3_1563495406_zLQmS%2B8llWV715GU. It is possible to rent just one room or the whole Depot.

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