It’s no secret that local shopping is not only better for your community, but did you know that locally grown food usually tastes better? Food Dance in Kalamazoo offers you a healthy, smart restaurant that not only supports Kalamazoo but the entire planet! » Read More
This versatile company is actually the result of a fantastic combination of two companies who bring you a variety of services for all of your sign making needs. SignWriter & Serigraphics offers you large format printing for banners, sign and digital murals as well as specialty signs in many forms like sandblasted cedar or routed sign foam. You will also find all of your... » Read More
For a fantastic selection of wood fireplaces, gas fireplaces, Real-Frye gas logs and more, Fireplace and Grill Shoppe is the place to go. Check out their huge selection of lanterns and gas lamps, gas grills and charcoal grills as well as their accessories » Read More
Giving Kalamazoo a phenomenal selection of over 20 tap beers and 75 bottled brews, Central City Tap House is proud to be the pub of choice for Kalamazoo residents and tourists alike! Nestled downtown in the heart of the historic Kalamazoo Mall, you will find a full-windowed, charming pub to enjoy hot food, cold beer and great company! » Read More
For a premier Kalamazoo computer repair service who will get the job done, contact Vertex Computing Solutions today! Do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns you may have. Visit http://vertex-computing.com! » Read More
We all have windows, and you either love yours or you don’t. Expressions by Jan Guigue asks “why not love them?” From blinds, shades and shutters to draperies and finishing touches, this window designer in Kalamazoo will help you discover the window style that will compliment your home and your own personal style. » Read More
When you walk into Bella Kara in Portage, which literally means “beautiful face,” you are taking a large step toward a more youthful and radiant you. As a skin care spa near Kalamazoo, they want to help you feel good about the way you look! With their skin care treatments, you’ll minimize your time getting ready in the morning and maximize your time enjoying... » Read More
Serving South West Michigan for 40 years, Alfred E. Bike is the premier Kalamazoo bike shop! With rock-bottom prices and top-quality items, this full-service workshop is the only place you need to go for any and all of your bike needs. From brand new bikes to tune-ups to custom frame and wheel building, they can do it all! » Read More
Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Rykse’s Restaurant is a long-standing favorite restaurant in Kalamazoo! Family owned and operated, the team at this traditional American eatery is dedicated to serving their customers with the freshest food daily. You’ll taste the difference! » Read More
Whether you’re a student looking for a place to stay near campus or a Kalamazoo resident, Metro Properties has got you covered! Specializing in downtown and campus area properties, they are the company you can trust to provide you with a rental space. From residential spaces to offices and retail spots, you won’t find better properties or service anywhere... » Read More
When is the last time you updated your mattress? Get a better night’s sleep tonight by visiting one of Kalamazoo’s top mattress companies, ACME Bedding! Visit them online at www.acmebedding.com to take advantage of their amazing pricing! » Read More
This Kalamazoo transportation company knows exactly how to treat a guest. Whether you and your group are travelling to classic Chicago or the stunning Niagara Falls, you can be guaranteed that B&W Charters Inc. will give you a safe, enjoyable ride you will never forget! » Read More
Air Zoo in Kalamazoo is the “best place to spend a day with your family”! With over fifty historical and unique aircraft to showcase to your kids, Air Zoo will never let you down!With a clear mission to “preserve the legacy of flight for present and future generations”, it’s clear to see why Air Zoo is such a thrilling aviation museum. They... » Read More
New Addiction Tattoos has proudly been operating since 2002, serving Kalamazoo for a fantastic ten years! Giving you first-rate, custom and unique tattoos that will stand the test of time, New Addiction Tattoos takes pride in every single piece of art they create.New Addiction Tattoos is also happy to perform piercings for you if you’d like. Whether you want an exotic... » Read More
Sangha Yoga is good for the mind, body, and soulYoga is not just an exercise; it is a lifestyle, and at Sangha Yoga in downtown Kalamazoo, they embrace that lifestyle. As Southwest Michigan's most reputable yoga studio and yoga teacher training school, Sangha aims to soothe the physical pain, stress, illness, anxiety, and depression that affect our daily... » Read More
Thornapple Creek Golf Club is proud to be one of the most serene and secluded golf courses you will ever find in Michigan. This allows you to play in peace with nature, enjoying your surroundings and your game. This golf course is top quality with a fantastic layout for your enjoyment. » Read More
Pinz Bowling Center assures a fantastic time for you and the whole family. Unique, service-driven and very affordable, Pinz has truly solidified “the new approach to bowling & entertainment”! » Read More
Approaching their nine year anniversary of serving Kalamazoo residents and tourists, Shakespeare's Pub has a selection of new beer flavors to add to their phenomenal selection! Beer enthusiasts can look forward to 44 new beers like My Bock, Lord T Ferguson, Snozzle Berry Griffen, ‘Merican Wheat and Wowee Zowee. » Read More
Based on the philosophy that children teach themselves, The Montessori School provides an individualized educational experience that will supply your child with the foundation they need for a lifetime of success and a love of learning. » Read More
Pine Lake Boat and Motor has proudly been serving Plainwell and Kalamazoo families for over 80 years. This full service marina has everything you can imagine for fishing, boating and various watersports on Pine Lake! » Read More
Kalamazoo Custom Kitchens & BathsFeatured in Michigan Home and Lifestyle magazine, Kalamazoo Custom Kitchens & Baths is the impressive winner of 6 national design awards! This innovative staff has the experience and passion to give you the home you’ve always wanted » Read More
The investing landscape has been a minefield in recent years. The stock market has offered little real return with increased volatility and risk as the Federal Reserve continues printing money and purchasing debt through its quantitative easing programs. Bonds have been offering negative rates of return when inflation is taken into account. Real Estate prices have plunged to... » Read More
It can be hard to find fun things to do when it’s cold outside and chilly temperatures are upon us. One great idea for a fun day out is the Kalamazoo Nature Center, which offers family fun programming all year long. » Read More
Even with the best of planning, sometimes the unexpected occurs. Before travelers embark on vacation, they should consider purchasing travel insurance to guard against these surprise events. » Read More
You can only do so much to prevent disaster, but sometimes bad things happen and it's out of your hands, so what are you supposed to do to protect your valuables? Whether you are looking to protect heirlooms, guns, important documents or investments from fire and theft, a personal safe is a good choice for you. Keeping a safe in your home will allow you to keep your valuables secure... » Read More
A good leader knows that their strength is only a vast and expansive as that of their employees and subordinates. When everyone works together, they become a company of iron, and an unshakeable market force. However, great success cannot be achieved without hard work. It is vital that a leader keeps up employee morale in their company by providing incentives, bonuses, encouragement, and... » Read More
The idea that every child should go to college is something that you have probably heard for years. While people who go to college will, on average, earn more over their lifetime than a non-college graduate, it may be helpful to look at the entire situation from a less general viewpoint. » Read More
Whether you are an athlete and got hurt on the playing field or were involved in a terrible car crash, getting injured badly can be a scary time in anybody’s life. Not only is the physical pain horrible, but not being able to participate in your day to day activities can make you feel useless and depressed. If you have been seriously injured and want to try to speed up your recovery... » Read More
Almost all physical therapy has some form of exercise associated with it. There are many pieces of equipment and rehabilitation products that fill rehab centers. You could ride a stationary bike, lift dumbbell weights, or use resistance tubes to increase the strength of your injury. For example, if you are receiving physical therapy for a lower back injury it is likely that you will be... » Read More
Fashion jewelry has been a popular accessory over the years and it seems to be a trend that won’t be going anywhere for a long time. Many teens and women are becoming more daring with their look. Executive’s glam up their suits with chunky necklaces and a pop of color. Others wear rows of bangle bracelets for an edgy style. Finding the right look at low prices and great quality... » Read More
One of the tools of the trade in the realm of chiropractors is the chiropractic activator tool, and it has been a staple of the field for quite a few years. The advantages that it is able to bring help to keep the popularity up. The tool might not look like much when you first see it, but you will find that it can be quite helpful. The handheld tool is going to make it much easier to get... » Read More
Did you know that massage oils and lotions can improve the way that you feel when receiving and/or giving a massage? Most people realize that there are simply so many benefits that come along with the oils and lotions, making them very well-worth using. Oils and lotions are composed of all types of ingredients, many of which are truly beneficial for the skin. Not only do these oils and... » Read More
Pregnancy is one of the most important times in a woman’s life. It can also be one of the most uncomfortable times. From morning sickness during the first trimester to never ending backache during the third and final trimester, most women experience a slew of body pains and aches that they never did before they became pregnant. A prenatal massage can be a welcome respite from these... » Read More
Few conditions affect the quality of life more than incontinence. It can negatively affect every part of life, but many of those dealing with its symptoms are reluctant to discuss them. Since the condition is so limiting and potentially embarrassing, many cases go unreported every year, although significant advancements in medical science and technology can cure or control the affliction. » Read More
All about Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kalamazoo, MI has a long history, as the area was originally home to the Hopewell Indians. The modern city got its start in the late 18th century, and was originally home to fur traders. A prison camp was established here during the War of 1812, as well. After the British presence was removed, the city truly began to grow. In 1829, Titus Bronson moved to the area and subsequently platted the town in 1831, naming it Bronson. Titus was run out of town a few years later, in 1836, and the city took on its modern moniker of Kalamazoo.
Kalamazoo, Michigan lies on the southwest bank of the Kalamazoo River, which has helped the city gain prominence over its long lifespan. The presence of the river proved highly beneficial, as it furthered trade, travel and even agriculture. In fact, the city is home to several other tributaries of the greater Kalamazoo River, including Arcadia Creek and Portage Creek. Geographically speaking, the city enjoys quite a few water-related venues, with the numerous rivers and several creeks within the city, itself. The nearby Kleinstuck Marsh is a watershed, but also a popular spot for hikers and birdwatchers.
The city of Kalamazoo, MI, has a population somewhat in excess of 77,000 people. The majority of the citys suburban population actually lives in Portage Township, to the south of the main city. Female residents slightly outnumber the male residents, as of the most recent census information, though not by an extreme amount. The median income for the citys residents is just over $30,000 per year for single residents, while families in the area have a median income of $42,000 per year. The citys nicknames include The Paper City and The Celery City. Kalamazoo is also home to several colleges, including Michigan College.
Kalamazoo County is also home to a number of major Interstates. I-94 serves the area, as does the I-94 Business Loop. Major US highways within the county include US Route 131 and Business US 131, which serves downtown Kalamazoo. Both M-43 and M-96 are also major arteries within the city. Red Arrow Highway (Old US 12) also runs through the area and is based on the old Territorial Road that ran from Detroit to Lake Michigan.
Visitors to the area will also find that Kalamazoo County is home to numerous other transportation options, such as Amtrak, Greyhound, the Metro Transit authority and an international airport (the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport). Hiking and biking trails are also widely available in the area for those who wish to enjoy the scenic countryside.
There is absolutely no shame in wanting to check out the shopping opportunities that a new city has to offer. When I travel, I love to search out stores that I cant find at home and check out the fashions that might vary from region to region. With that said, Kalamazoo will not disappoint the discriminating shopper in the least.Whatever it is youre looking for, youll be able to find it....