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Back in 24: Paramore left us wanting… well, more

Fun warming up the crowd I recently advised you take a trip to the oh so close and low-key fabulous city of Grand Rapids, one of the largest in Michigan. Well, right outside of Grand Rapids is a little town by the name of Walker that houses the Deltaplex. This stadium-seating venue typically gets traveling…

Back in 24: Grand Rapids

Yes, another city with an active river walk. Grand Rapids is a booming city in West Michigan with plenty to offer day trippers. Enjoy fishing, boating, shopping, dinning, site seeing, hiking and more.   Although the Downtown Dates series (click on the right for more) shows Kalamazoo has plenty to offer, Grand Rapids definitely has…

Back in 24: A new Detroit

This a new series. Back in 24 will feature trips you can take in a day. The only qualification is that the destination must be less than three hours away. Send me suggestions by making a comment! This week: Detroit River Front There was a time when the Detroit river was only good for viewing…

A trip to the windy city

One of the best things about living in Kalamazoo is you don’t have to go very far to take a vacation. For my little sister’s graduation gift, I got a gang together for a day trip. Qui, my sister; Cece, my roommate; Perez, her little brother and I slid into my Lincoln and headed down…

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: Irving’s more than a market

It’s not Wal-Mart, but it’s not your corner liquor store or Walgreen’s either. No, Irving’s is a gem of downtown and lifesaver for those living in the lofts and condos surrounding Kalamazoo Mall. It is a grocery, deli and coffee shop. It’s warm, chic design is consumer friendly. There are no isles to make you…

Downtown dates: Burdick’s

Whether you want to gather with friends, have a pre-whatever party, treat yourself to a night out or just watch the game, Burdick’s will deliver.   Just know that it’s a popular spot, so waiting for a table is not unheard of. I have spent many afternoons taking advantage of the Sunday student half-off menu,…

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…

Downtown dates: Theo & Stacy’s

In a joint birthday celebration for myself and my friend, a group of roughly 15 friends gathered at Theo & Stacy’s on a Friday. This tiny restaurant on West Michigan Ave., one block west of Radisson, fashions a clean and cozy Detroit Coney Island, but is housed right at the start of downtown Kalamazoo. I…