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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.

Brad Bower | Studio Director

Frostburn Studios keep Heroes of Newerth alive

At Frostburn Studios they really are playing games for research. Most of the time. 

Naming beers

How craft brewers get creative when it comes to naming beer

Seven (or maybe eight) ways to name your craft brew so patrons will remember your brand.

Mike Nowakowski and Erik Miller

An Irish tradition builds a following in Kalamazoo

There's more to the Irish than Guiness, shamrocks, and a good Gaelic tune. There's also the competitive side that created what is believed to be the world's oldest field game, hurling. Now it's being played in Kalamazoo.

1000 mile walk

1,000 miles, one step at a time

Loreen Niewenhuis says there's something addictive about her 1,000 mile walking adventures. She just finished her third.

Anita Hill and Charles Ogletree

What would Anita Hill do?

Sometimes when you raise your voice, you have to speak out of turn. Anita Hill says she would speak out again.

Nicolette Hahn Niman

How does a vegetarian defend beef?

Here's how Nicolette Hahn Niman shoots down the arguments against eating beef.

Urban Democracy Feast

Urban Feast will fund social justice programs democratically

Good ideas have a way of spreading. The idea of sharing a meal and supporting your neighbor's project to help promote social justice in the community has reached Kalamazoo. 

Steve Jones

Mr. President: A cocktail lounge for the over-30 crowd

After being closed for 14 years Mr. President Restaurant and Lounge is back in business.

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Grocery shopping gets complicated for Vine neighborhood

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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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