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John Mayer and Katy Perry Spotted Reuniting at Olde Peninsula!?

Katie Perry and John Mayer

Rumor has it that John Mayer and Katy Perry were spotted at Olde Peninsula Brew Pub and Restaurant in downtown Kalamazoo. Could it be? Are the two songbirds reuniting right here in Kalamazoo?

Not exactly.

While John Mayer was spotted sipping a Sunset Red at Olde Peninsula-OP as the establishment is commonly referred to-it was not that John Mayer. It was actually Welsh & Associates' Executive Search Consultant John Mayer; not the guitar-strumming, crooner.

He was joined by a dark-haired, effervescent young lady, but she too is not the Katy Perry you may have expected. Mayer was joined by Katie-with an "ie"-Perry who serves as Southwest Michigan First's Vice President of Marketing. The local Perry happened to be drinking a Haymarket Light.

Having a famous name often leads to cases of mistaken identity, the pair said.

"One time, when I was traveling, I got to the baggage claim and there were a few people waiting with 'my name' on a sign," Perry said. "I approached and found out that they were not waiting for me; they just wanted to see who was getting off the plane. They were waiting for the famous Katy Perry."

Mayer said he experiences the most name-related mix-ups on social media.

"Really the most common thing that happens to me is strange Facebook friend requests. I delete those pretty quickly," Mayer said.

Famous or not, Mayer and Perry both have chosen to call Kalamazoo home after living elsewhere.

"I was born and raised in Kalamazoo," Perry said. "After living in both Grand Rapids and Chicago, I choose to return because of the community's commitment to being a great place to live, work, and play. Kalamazoo is incredibly philanthropic and has the unique ability to make dreams a reality and the unthinkable possible."

Mayer echoed a similar sentiment, saying, "I relocated to Kalamazoo from Detroit about 18 years ago. My wife and I love the perfect blend of 'small town feel' with 'big city amenities.'
Kalamazoo offers career opportunities, affordable housing, good schools, and plenty of cultural and lifestyle events."

Keep an eye out for these two local "celebrities." Perry said she can often be found at one of the community's many craft breweries.

"My favorite place to connect in Kalamazoo is anywhere with great craft beer!" she said.

As for Mayer, food and drink go hand-in-hand.

"I have been a big fan of The Union and Central City Tap House for years," he said. "Gonzo's BiggDogg is quickly becoming a favorite place as well and OP really has one of the best burgers in town; it's because of the bun."

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