The Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership is pleased to announce the return of the Downtown Kalamazoo Salsa Cook-Off and Summer Restaurant Week at the end of July, in addition to Summer Sidewalk Sales, brought to the community by downtown merchants.
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Looking for a little music and fun to get you through your workweek? “Beat on Bates” is a free live music series held in downtown Kalamazoo weekly, on Wednesdays, through September. “Beats on Bates,” sponsored by the Downtown Kalamazoo Partnership, started on June 2 with a performance from Out of Favor Boys. The weekly events run through Wednesday, Sept. 29.Read more
Grab your besties for a jam-packed July downtown, complete with special menus, tasty cocktails, spicy salsas, and shopping deals!Summer Sidewalk Sales, brought to you by Downtown Kalamazoo merchants, returns July 29 - 31 to the Kalamazoo Mall streets with deals from 25+ downtown businesses, live music, and food & drink to satisfy any palate.Learn More
The pandemic has put a financial strain on many businesses, facing them with the decision of closing doors permanently, but it has also brought in opportunity for some new ones.The Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership said in the last year while 11 businesses have had to close their doors, 16 new ones have opened.Read more
The Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership is now offering weekly workout classes at Bronson Park in Kalamazoo. Workout Wednesdays, as they're called, happen every Wednesday at 5:30pm at Bronson Park and last one hour. And, for an extra dose of motivation, they're completely free of charge.Read more
In the next 9 days, by June 30, we are challenging the community to bring the number of Downtown Dollars spent to $100,000. To date, $73K has already been spent, but we know there are still plenty of unspent Downtown Dollars in circulation!Learn More
In the face of the challenges that 2020 presented, our City’s culture of collaboration and spirit of innovation has never been more evident than it is today. Last year’s accomplishments demonstrate the community’s ability to band together to support one another and local businesses; the willingness to get creative and act quickly; and the outpouring of love for Downtown Kalamazoo, a place so special to our City and region.Learn More
A new report said downtown Kalamazoo welcomed 16 new businesses over the last year.Two hair salons, two barbershops, a dance studio and a dozen more businesses joined downtown in 2020.Read more
The Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership is proud to announce the release of its 2020 Downtown Kalamazoo Annual Report, detailing the organization's impact on the downtown community. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic quickly transitioned the team’s focus from overall downtown efforts to targeted COVID response and business recovery efforts. This annual report shines a light on how the organization shifted its priorities to support downtown businesses through challenges brought on by the pandemic and the results of those efforts.Read the 2020 Annual Report
f you missed out on JumpstART last weekend, don't worry - we have so much more in store for you downtown this summer!NEXT UP: #ShopSecondSaturdays - a monthly opportunity to explore downtown and support local businesses, entrepreneurs, and makers. Here's what you can expect every second Saturday of the month June - October:Learn More
Lunchtime Live! will return to Bronson Park, 200 South Rose Street, in downtown Kalamazoo this summer starting Friday, June 11, the city’s parks department said in a news release.The summer event series offers live music, games, and a variety of food trucks every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 10.Read more
Kalamazoo kicked off the summer festival season with the annual Art on the Mall festival on Friday, June 4, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kathi Millet, a jewelry designer who traveled with her husband from Indiana to be part of the festival, said it was good to be back after a year of closures and shutdowns.Read more