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$32.7M Project will Bring 82 Apartments, New Restaurant to Downtown Kalamazoo

A vacant commercial building at 203 N. Rose Street in downtown Kalamazoo will soon be home to 82 new residential units with a ground-floor restaurant. The $32.7 million project, called Arcadia Lofts, will be funded in part by a $4.875 million loan from the state’s Michigan Strategic Fund.

Bell’s Brewery Kicks Off 2024 Beer Garden Concert Series

Bell’s Brewery Kicks Off 2024 Beer Garden Concert Series

The 2024 Beer Garden Concert Series at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo hosted its first performance of the season on Monday. The series, held throughout the summer, rain or shine, features performances by artists playing indie, folk, pop, rock, orchestral, and American reggae music.

Gilmore Car Museum Unveils New Features for Visitors

Gilmore Car Museum Unveils New Features for Visitors

One of the top tourist attractions in Southwest Michigan, the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners unveiled a new multi-purpose carriage house event center that can be rented for just about anything. There’s also a new permanent and historic bar, just sent over from a famous restaurant in Detroit for visitors to enjoy.

Binder Park Zoo Opens its Doors for the 47th Season

Binder Park Zoo Opens its Doors for the 47th Season

New to visitors this year is the permanent home and habitat for the zoo’s beloved goat population. Also open is SkyLark Ridge, which boasts five ziplines that are three stories tall. There are structures available for those above and below 48 inches, so park-goers of all ages may enjoy the attraction.

New Kalamazoo ‘Cakery’ Brings Sweet Philosophy Downtown

New Kalamazoo ‘Cakery’ Brings Sweet Philosophy Downtown

Meka Phillips, who specializes in creating custom cakes for all occasions, is getting ready to open her first brick-and-mortar location in downtown Kalamazoo called Dessert First. In addition to sweets, the “cakery” will also have affordable breakfast and lunch offerings five days a week.

South Haven Proposes Expanded Social District

South Haven Proposes Expanded Social District

The South Haven City Council voted this week to approve plans that will implement several changes regarding the city’s social district. These include extending the daily hours, extending the season, and updating signage to make the boundaries more clear.