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Peel the Onion

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Lisa Palanca - KzooConnect

Transitions. Changes in outlook. New frontiers. The one thing we are guaranteed as human beings is that if we wait long enough, things will change. In 1975, I began an adventure to attend Western...

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Kalamazoo's Newest BBQ Masterpiece

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Kelvin & Co.

There’s a new restaurant in town, Kalamazoo. Prepare your forks. Wonderfully eclectic with a unique urban flavor (pun very much intended), Kelvin & Co. opened its doors on E. Michigan Ave this...

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The Root of Healthy Living

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Soil Friends

Since 2015, Ben Martin and Sarah Luetzow have been turning their passion for health into a growing business. Along with their children Wyatt and Harper, they are farming 22 acres just outside...

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Music Hop - Spread the News!

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Music Hop

Take a look at a recent text to my best friend. Me: "Have you heard of Music Hop?" Best Friend: "No, where at? Like Art Hop?" Me: "In Kalamazoo! It's a bit like Art Hop! I can't believe we didn...

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Secret Gardens of Kzoo

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Secret Gardens of Kalamazoo

Ssssshhh! I'd like to share a secret! Community gardens are quietly sprouting up all over Kalamazoo. Often hidden from view, one by one they are changing the landscape and health of our community for...

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A Museum's Oxymoron

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Chris Shires - Gilmore Car Museum

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI is just north of Kalamazoo and is considered North America's Largest Auto Museum, but it isn't nearly as much about cars as you might think. I know, that...

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MOM Series: Coffee and a Calling

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Kelly Willetts and family

Have you ever gotten the feeling when you first meet someone that you could become best friends? Well that's the feeling I got when I met Kelly Willetts for the first time. As part of our MOM Series...

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Sticker Shock? It’s A Good Thing!

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Kalamazoo County Substance Abuse Task Force Sticker Shock at a local grocery store

On a Saturday morning in the beginning of each spring you may have noticed groups of teenagers running about your local grocery and beverages stores furiously placing stickers on multi-packs of...

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Good Things Come in Threes!

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KzooConnect turns 3!

KzooConnect is Three! As you know, many good things come in threes... Kalamazoo-based higher education: WMU, KVCC, K College Original Star Wars Movies The Big Three on This is Us Primary colors ...

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Kalamazoo's Dynamic Duo Part Two

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Dynamic Duo Dwayne Powell, Jr.

Tasked with strengthening and attracting new business development in the City of Kalamazoo, Ryan Simpson and Dwayne Powell, Jr. (pictured) are Kalamazoo's newest Dynamic Duo. After getting to know a...

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The Y: A Microcosm of Kalamazoo

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YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo

We are happy to share this blog by guest writer Vicky Kettner, Marketing and Communications Manager of the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo. So often the task has been put to Kalamazoo-ans to capture and...

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Growing Responsibly

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Tibbs Brewing Company

Are you in the mood for an unusual craft beer, maybe something ‘A-Tibbical’? How about a Celery City, a Fresh One, or Pumped up Pumpkin. If these sound tasty then a stop into Tibbs Brewing Company...

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Crunching the Numbers

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Alex Leuth & Family

To determine how many senior citizens will need assistance with daily living and health issues in the coming decades, just do the math. By 2050, 20 percent of the total U.S. population will be 65 and...

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DAD Series: Compari-son

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Chase Mielke

We are happy to unveil the first installment of our DAD Series. This post was written by Chase Mielke, an award-winning educator, a published writer, and a spit-up cleaning father. When he's not...

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The Reason for this Season(ing)

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Season for a Reason

Starting a business is difficult. Starting a business while in college is even harder. One would guess that starting a business with a sibling- might just be impossible! For two reasons this was...

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People Make it all Work

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Ben Purrenhage

Ben Purrenhage graduated from WMU in 2005 with a degree in Industrial Design. His career started off with Crown Equipment Corporation located in mid-west Ohio. A native of Lake Orion in eastern...

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Building a Dream with a Promise

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Lisa Palanca

After ten years of the Kalamazoo Promise, I got to see firsthand, what a beautiful gift it is. I ran into my former neighbors last night. They had their 18-year-old son with them. Their daughters are...

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Investing for Success

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Rob Campbell - Wiser Financial Group

We are happy to share this blog written by Rob campbell, a financial planner at the Wiser Financial Group. As a financial planner, the advice I give to my clients largely depends on their preferred...

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Kalamazoo - An Exciting Place to Be!

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Dan Jaqua image

Over the last few years, Kalamazoo has been experiencing such positive news. This can be seen not only in the real estate market but also in the continued investments in our community. Southwest...

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Top Memories for Santa

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Santa Stories

Santa can think quickly for a 753-year-old man. But then, you have to when you’re harnessing holiday enthusiasm with toddlers and children for many hours between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. ...

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We Love Where We Live!

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we love where we live

We’re happy to share this blog by Gretchen Johnson, owner of WordPlay Marketing Communications and a contributor to W&A since 2007. Gretchen likes to say that a common thread among clients is their...

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Keepers of the Promise

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Promise Net

Looking back on the first ten years of The Kalamazoo Promise a unique and privately-funded scholarship program, the only things more impressive than the numbers are the people behind it. At a recent...

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Be a Part of Something Special

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Jenny Doan

"I've been thinking about you," it's a simple phrase, but one rarely heard unless you’re lucky enough to have Nick Cekola as a friend, then this phrase reminds you of him. Mamma (Dee) Cekola is the...

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Dancer to Panama

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Panama - Sarah Mills

We are pleased to share this story written by Sandra Hillring as originally published by Western Michigan University. (Photo credit: A. Deran Photography) A passion for dance, a commitment to serve...

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Cleaning and Community

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KSS Enterprises

For 70 years KSS Enterprises has served Kalamazoo and the Great Lakes region as a premier distributor of facility supplies and equipment. In a product market of cleaning chemicals, equipment, parts,...

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Leadership by Listening

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Sheri Welsh

I sat in a meeting once where a discussion took place regarding leadership. A colleague questioned his usefulness in having been appointed the leader of a committee where another person was...

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We Run This Town

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KAR Turkey Trot

Drive through Kalamazoo any Saturday morning and you are apt to spot runners, perhaps hundreds of them if you encounter one of several large training groups. Home to the Kalamazoo Marathon, Borgess...

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Glass Ceiling - Fact or Fiction?

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Sheri Welsh

Personal success stories of women like Shayne Wheeler (featured in Tuesday's post) make me pause to consider - does the "glass ceiling" really still exist? Is it alive and well in Kalamazoo - or truly...

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Letter to a Young Reader

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Mary Jo Amus

We are happy to share this blog by Mary Jo Asmus, owner and operator of Aspire Collaborative Services. This entry was originally published on her company blog. I'm inspired by your desire to change...

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Honoring Those Who Question

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Mary Jo Amus

We are happy to share this blog by Mary Jo Asmus, owner and operator of Aspire Collaborative Services. This entry was originally published on her company blog. I was a curious child who sometimes got...

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Who's Ready for a Long Weekend?

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American Flag

Memorial Day is right around the corner. Are you ready? Here at KzooConnect, we are looking forward to firing up the grill and enjoying extra time with friends and family. Despite one less day of...

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Where Do You Volunteer?

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Local Volunteers

We recently shared Joanna Donnelly Dales' insights on why young professionals choose to live and give in Kalamazoo. Now we would love hear from you on the same topic! What experiences have you had...

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Love Where You Live

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We all know that downtown Kalamazoo is a great place, but we went to an expert for more information about housing trends in the area. Thanks to Dan Jaqua, President of Jaqua Realtors, for the insight!...

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Live Where You Work

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Lauren and Breanne

Lauren Van Houten and Breanne Vander Lugt both work downtown Kalamazoo as interior designers for WorkSquared, a certified Herman Miller Office Furniture Dealership. Located on East Michigan Avenue,...

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Go Places Event is Going Places

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Go Places Logo

Do you love where you live? Do you live in a city that WANTS your input in making it a great place to live? That city is Kalamazoo, Michigan. I recently attended the Go Places event at the Radisson...

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A Shout Out From MLive

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MLive

Thank you for the shout out, mLive! Check out "Why Young Professionals Should Choose to Live in Kalamazoo County (column)." Editor Mickey Ciokiajlo wrote, in part, "Not that you can't make a...

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Transplants Grow Roots

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Amy

Amy, Controller Three Rivers, Michigan New Yorkers Amy and her husband came to Kalamazoo nearly four years ago to visit a friend. They instantly fell in love with the area. The people were...

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From Transplant to Legacy

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Janice Brown

Interesting career paths are rarely predictable, just ask Janice Brown, Executive Director Emeritus for The Kalamazoo Promise, a universal scholarship program for Kalamazoo Public School graduates. A...

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The Connections Just Keep Coming

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Facebook

First and foremost, we want to thank you all for your support and the buzz you have helped to spread since KzooConnect debuted! We have been excited about this idea for quite some time so it is great...

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Irish Cheer on Tap in Kalamazoo

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Irish Flag

Admit it, whether you actually have any Irish heritage or not the promise of St. Patrick's Day fun is enticing, right? We totally agree. Here is a list of five St. Patrick's-themed activities to add...

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Comeback Kzoo!

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Michael

Michael, Account Manager Holland, Michigan Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Michael is an engineering graduate of Kettering University in Flint. He fell in love with Michigan and found his first...

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Entertainment Round-Up: March 2014

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Downtown Kalamazoo

The weather may be cold and dreary but there are certainly plenty of events in and around Kalamazoo to melt away those winter blues during the month of March. The possibilities are varied and endless....

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Introducing KzooConnect

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Kalamazoo: We think it's a good place to be and we want to help you stay connected. KzooConnect provides readers with fun, up-to-date information about people, jobs, and the just plain awesome quality...

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