Down the Hatch and Port Sheldon Party Store

Josh and Sheri Van Malsen know a little something about throwing a get-together on the Lakeshore, and they can help you become the life your own party. At Down the Hatch and the Port Sheldon Party Store, the Van Malsen’s offer everything from food and beverages, gifts and cards, and event catering services, to goods from local businesses (including the Lakeshore Life... not that we are biased). These family-owned stores have been in business for over 30 years, and the employees take pride in helping you and your friends have an awesome time by the lake. We had the privilege of sitting down with Josh and Sheri to find out more about their stores. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and visit for more information.

Where are your stores located?  

Down The Hatch is located off of Ottawa Beach Road in Holland, MI.  It is less than two miles from the Holland State Park and is also accessible by boat from Lake Macatawa.  Port Sheldon Party Store is located only ¼ mile south of Pigeon Lake Boat Launch off of Butternut Drive in West Olive, MI.

What makes your party stores different than others?

Our stores are different than others because they are much more than just party stores.  We offer everything from fresh handmade pizza, wraps, and salads to chili, burgers and soft-serve ice cream.  We have an award-winning selection of liquor, beer and wine, and event catering as well. We pride ourselves in supporting local businesses by selling custom Michigan logo wear such as The Lakeshore Life.

What is your favorite part about living on The Lakeshore?

Our favorite part about living on The Lakeshore is being able to spend time with family and friends and making endless memories.  We also enjoy the fresh water, beautiful dunes, and amazing sunsets.  There is no place we would rather be!






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