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With such a recognizable moniker you'd think Kalamazoo wouldn't need nicknames, but through the years changing names have reflected the city's refusal to stand still. The Zoo, Celery City and Mall City are a few. The innovative thinking that brought downtown Kazoo the nation's first pedestrian mall in 1959 thrives today. Innovations in life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals combined with the expertise of Kalamazoo's universities - Western Michigan, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Davenport College - make the city a center of research, development and technology. It's all part of an eclectic, vibrant city with a cultural scene that Kalamazooans love to boast about. The Kalamazoo Symphony, Kalamazoo Institute of Art and scrappy local theater companies are a few of the offerings. Locals love their festivals, many at the Arcadia Festival grounds, and their outdoors, whether it's taking to the Kalamazoo River or biking the Kal-Haven trail or golfing at the nationally-acclaimed Milham Park course. The city's sports fans have competitive college teams, minor league baseball and hockey to follow. And it all comes with a Promise. All high school graduates who live in Kalamazoo qualify for scholarships at any public university or community college.
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Providing hope to families across Kalamazoo

This coming weekend marks the Annual “Ultimate Family Reunion,” a family-friendly celebration of community. Organizers tell why they're celebrating.

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Women break down the barriers in the world of ink

The tattoo industry brings in revenues of at least a $2.3 billion each year. An estimated 23 percent of women have tattoos. And some of them are seeking out female tattoo artists.


Kalamazoo explores steps to build housing market

Lofts, condos, townhouses and single family homes could be an exciting part of Kalamazoo's future downtown. Polices and incentives will be needed to make it a reality.

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The Top 10 rides on Southwest Michigan Trails

Summertime and the riding is easier on some trails than others. Second Wave's Mark Wedel takes to the bikeways for one man's opinion on the pros and cons of trails across the region. 


Kalamazoo connections create Principle Food & Drink

A team with lots of Kalamazoo connections is betting the success of Salt of the Earth can be repeated by following their principles. That's the theory behind Principle Food & Beverage. 


Wiffle ball is all grown up and being played in Oshtemo

Wiffle ball has come a long way since it was played in the backyard. At this level, it's really not much like that kids' game of yore. 

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Nature-based charter school to debut in Kalamazoo in 2016

Outdoor learning, integrated free play, project-based learning, an environmental science focus with on-site opportunities for outdoor labs: They are all part of what is planned for a new education opportunity for the area, Great Lakes Explorations Academy.

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Bicyclists give the pop up bike lane a trial

Bike riders try out a lane just for them and offer their opinions regarding the experience.

Larry Bell Owner of Bell's Brewery and Eccentric Cafe.

Michigan-born businesses don't have to wander far from home to find more success

When it comes to expansion and finding continued success, multiple popular Michigan-born businesses decided to keep their operations close to home by expanding right here in the state. 

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Craft beer industry spawns lots of little (and growing) businesses

Little businesses that support or rely on the craft brew industry are bubbling up all over.  
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Local food offerings rise with opening of new bakery

Traditional Irish scones and cakes are just two of the goods that are attracting customers downtown to the new location of the Victorian Bakery, its first retail setting.

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The Solar Project

The largest solar array in Michigan sits in a field in Charleston Township, the result of a DIY project by a father and son and business partner team, whose company, Kalamazoo Solar LLC, sells the power back to Consumers Energy. But their ultimate goal is to manufacture complete solar arrays in Michigan--at a price individual consumers can afford.
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