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Creating a Feeding Frenzy

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Kalamazoo Menu

If there is one positive takeaway from our current situation, it is increased appreciation for and support of locally owned businesses. Bars and restaurants throughout Kalamazoo have benefited greatly...

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Virtual Artistry

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Virtual Art Hop

One of our favorite aspects about Kalamazoo is its art scene. Unfortunately, being able to go out and safely enjoy the arts in person is difficult currently. Normally, the Arts Council of Greater...

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Lift as You Climb

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Kali Jackson

Whenever we get to the next stage in our personal or professional journeys, it is important to recognize those who helped us succeed and remember to uplift others. Having benefited from The Kalamazoo...

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Shaping the Future of Flight

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WMU College of Aviation

Backed by 80 years of experience, Western Michigan University’s (WMU) College of Aviation has built a reputation as one of the top programs in its field. Thanks to recent partnerships with top...

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Building Confident 'SOLES'

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Confident S.O.L.E.

Due to the pressures of growing up, self-confidence can be a trait that is hard to come by for teenagers. That is why one partner of The Kalamazoo Promise has created a support system meant to...

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Literacy Through Learning

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Kalamazoo Literacy Council Teach In

In today’s world, the ability to read is a necessary part of our day-to-day routines. This week, we will learn more about a Promise Partner whose goal has been to improve literacy within our...

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DAD Series - Equity Meets Action

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Jacob Pinney-Johnson

The latest edition of our DAD Series features Jacob Pinney-Johnson, a proud father to a seven-year-old daughter and two-year-old son and a member of The Kalamazoo Promise’s inaugural class of...

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Reimagine Kalamazoo

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Imagine Kalamazoo 2020

Just as a caterpillar emerges from its cocoon as a butterfly, so too has downtown Kalamazoo transformed into the jewel of southwest Michigan. Corny analogies aside, the last few years have been...

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KzooConnect’s Internship Review

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Internship Opportunities

We know that things are a little unpredictable in the world right now, but it is still important for young professionals to continue building their resumes and gaining relevant experience whenever...

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Local Market Love

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Local Market Kalamazoo

In the past, we have talked about restaurants, shops, and entertainment options that make Kalamazoo such a special place to live. This week, we wanted to do something a little bit different and...

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Matching Community Needs

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El Concilio

The value of a dedicated support system can never be underestimated. This week, we learn how one Promise Partner has served as an advocate for generations of Kalamazoo citizens. Established in 1981,...

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Fathering a Brighter Future

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Fatherhood Network Dad Cafe

There’s a lot that can be said for the effectiveness of support systems. They can give us the courage to take risks, the reassurance to trust our instincts, and the emotional availability to...

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Capitalizing on The Gift

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Jared Coleman

This past Monday, Kalamazoo Public Schools students returned from their winter break and set out on the second half of the school year. To commemorate this occasion, we wanted to add another chapter...

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MOM Series: Shared Experiences

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Meghan Behymer

Think back to some of the fondest moments you shared with your parents. Maybe it involved them teaching you a new recipe or perhaps showing you a favorite film from their youth. Whether it’s a...

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Nonlinear Plans

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Hannah Reinhold

College isn’t just about learning new career skills; it’s also where one discovers who they are and what they value. In this week’s post, Kalamazoo Public Schools alumna Hannah Reinhold shares...

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Living Large by Shopping Small

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Small Business Saturday

Around this time of year, it is not uncommon to hear about all the great deals that are available on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. We get it, finding a new flat screen tv at a low price feels great,...

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Finding Fun in Kalamazoo

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Kalamazoo Activities

Just because the weather is cooling down doesn’t mean there aren’t any fun activities in our community. So sit back and find out what entertainment options Kalamazoo has in store! With bowling,...

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Paying It Forward Across the Globe

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Inner City Youth For Change

In order to learn and grow, sometimes we must step outside of our usual comfort zones. Thanks to Inner City Youth for Change (IC Youth for Change), several students from Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS)...

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DAD Series: A Father's Journey

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Rev. Brooks and Family

In the latest installment of our Dad Series, Reverend Morris “Mo” Brooks shares how he uses his own life experiences to guide and support his daughter and the youth in the community. A Promise...

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From Grain to Grooming

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Jarrett Blackmon Co-Founder of Damn Handsome Grooming Co.

Every guy wants to look their best. Unfortunately, there hasn’t always been a great selection of natural choices when it comes to men’s grooming products. Luckily, a husband and wife team from...

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Consignment Gems of Kalamazoo

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Kalamazoo Consignment

Moving in can be hectic. Whether it is a dorm room, an apartment, or a house, there are many stressors that come with adapting to a new home. Luckily, Kalamazoo has a variety of shops that will make...

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Celebrating the Journey

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Former Promise Scholar Erin Keller

As August comes to a close, many of 2019’s high school graduates are embarking on the next leg of their educational journey. To commemorate this occasion, this week’s blog features a Promise...

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Livening Up Lunchtime in Kalamazoo

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Lunchtime Live Collage

It is important to recognize summer’s simple pleasures. Whether it is a rainbow cascading through the sunlit sky after a heavy downpour or lying down in the grass and listening to the birds chirping...

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Kicking Off Summer Right

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Summer Kickoff

Last Friday’s summer solstice means one thing; time to buckle down and plan warm weather excursions. Luckily, Kalamazoo offers a number of fun activities to take part in. So, sit back, relax, and...

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Making a Difference as a Whole

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You-Make-A-Difference-2019

The old saying goes that a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and the work that the Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) accomplish each year is living proof of this adage. By aiding Kalamazoo’s...

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Career Confidence Post-Promise

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KPS Graduates

It’s graduation season and that means another group of Promise Scholars will join the job force. In this week’s blog post, we caught up with three college graduates and asked them about their...

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Manufacturing a Better Tomorrow

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Manufacturing-Pipeline-Program

As the school year comes to a close, many students are beginning to set their sights on getting a summer job. Whether it is painting houses or busing tables, these summer jobs often cultivate life...

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Emboldening the Next Generation

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High School Catalyst

One of the most important things that can be done for a child is investing in their future. Helping the next generation hone skills and develop professional interests improves society. Locally,...

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Promoting Media Literacy

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Public Media Network

We live in a time where media is constantly at our fingertips. Regardless of our age or background, media has become an indelible aspect of our everyday lives, which is why it is important that we are...

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Art for All Ages

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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Youth and Family Program

Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” As we get older, it can become difficult to harness the same creative energy that we...

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Keeping the Promise

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All-Three-Seniors

A promise is like a security blanket. It provides a sense of assurance for the future and serves as a constant that can be looked forward to. For many Kalamazoo Public School (KPS) students, The...

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From the Desk of Bob and Von

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From-the-Desk-Bob-Von

After four years of promoting the people, places, and opportunities that make Kalamazoo a great place to live, work, and play through the KzooConnect blog, Welsh & Associates has gifted the blog and...

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Living Big in Small Spaces

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Eastside Gateway Exterior

Are you struggling to find a home in the Kalamazoo area? Look no further than the Eastside Gateway. Designed by InForm Architecture and built by Rossman Homes, Eastside Gateway provides residents with...

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A Fresh Jewel in Midtown Kalamazoo

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midtown-fresh

Kiar Gamsho and his partner Paul Petros are changing the face of one of Kalamazoo’s most established neighborhoods. In August, they opened their Midtown Fresh Market at 1693 South Westnedge Avenue,...

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Finding Passion in the Unexpected

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Jay Prince

Branching out into the work world can be a challenge. Coming out of college, young professionals are faced with the task of carving out a career path that is both fulfilling and financially sustaining...

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Go Ahead - Fritter Your Fall Away

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Fritters - Brian Stone at Wesco

You know the moment. It’s when a place deep inside calls out for that extra something sweet. Maybe it’s on the way to work in the morning or with some friends late at night. It’s that craving...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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