Tag Archive for downtown dates

New Year,Night Out Checklist

Don’t let the ball drop on your plans! Here are a few things to remember when planning for a New Year’s Eve celebration (and no it’s not too early). Baby Sitter Let’s face it. Somebody has to stay home with the kids. If you’ve hired a reliable baby sitter to watch your little bambinos make…

Money Making Michigan?

Newly Senate-approved legislation makes way for the red carpet in the great state of Michigan. Despite talks and numbers that had fallen apart in the past, $25 million in incentives has been given the green light  in order to bait movie and film companies to hire Michigan workers and base their businesses in the state.…

Dude, Don’t Be a Dud

Contrary to popular belief, your closet doesn’t have to be overflowing with names and numbers to contain quality. While it may be discouraging to shop AND think about all the money you’d have to spend to keep up with the joneses, there are a few items you shouldn’t get dressed with out. Fellas, this list…

Downtown Dates: Fourth Coast Cafe

So, I know it’s not necessarily downtown, but it’s close enough to get to if you are in the downtown area. It is my favorite place to come for coffee and wireless, and has such a relaxing atmosphere that I find myself sitting there for hours. I was hesitant to go at first. I had…

Downtown Date: Worldly experience

Fiona Dickinson isn’t just another singer in Kalamazoo. She’s a force prepared to take the music scene and dominate it in every area. Her instrumental intelligence and deep, sorrow soaked voice is captivating and digs down into you. I recently sampled the CD, set to release Friday, and it helped me focus and write, pulling…

Pork without a fork

Get ready to have your hands dripping with all kinds of sauces and prepare you teeth for the tender, juicy bite of Ribfest Kalamazoo, Aug. 5-7. Every year, restaurants and chefs take it to the streets for the big grilling festival at Arcadia Creek place. If you are a pork eater, head downtown to sample…

Get The Word Out: Local baby!

…sending a big shout-out for two sports specialty stores: Gazelle Sports, for the best footwear. And Team III Schwinn, they have great products and services for the moderate to serious biking enthusiast.

MOVE YOUR MONEY CAMPAIGN’. A real grassroots effort in getting us to move our money from big or national banks to one that’s local.

Downtown dates: Dogs With Style

The place is not fancy; all of the style comes in the grub. A few doors down from the State Theater, this dog shop is a convenient place to feed your appetite. Enter the 1950s: Red  stools lining an L-shaped bar lining the walls and milkshakes, sundaes and sodas painted on the wall. It’s a…

Downtown dates: bunny hop from place to place

As the in-laws and relatives are piling into your space for the holiday, escape to Downtown Kalamazoo. Free your mind with the help of local artists at another monthly installment of Art Hop! It’s finally warm outside, so take advantage of walking the Kalamazoo Mall and surrounding streets with friends and fellow artists this Friday.…

Downtown Dates: Another Art Hop

This time the Art Hop was even closer to home because one of Paragon’s  own bloggers displayed her work! Cecilia A. Gardner, my roommate, gave her first showing of her photography. Gardner’s work is an assembly of black-and-white photos depicting different views of urban life. From the soft touch of a grandmother’s hand to the…