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Paris Cleaners Drop-Off Booth
1524 South Westnedge, Kalamazoo
The legacy of Paris Cleaners can be traced to 1902 in Kalamazoo. First located on O’Neill Street, Paris was one of the few early dry cleaners that lasted, with several satellite shops around the community. Dating to 1954, the South Westnedge branch of Paris Cleaners is a little gem in Kalamazoo. It was patterend after magazine clippings of California drive-throughs sent to its longtime proprietors, the Bell family, by a previous owner. Rumor has it that it was the first drive-through dry cleaner in the Midwest by only two days.
The drop-off booth’s color has an interesting tale behind it. The Bell family, who owned Paris Cleaners in the 1950s, could not afford to paint their old delivery truck when the drop-off booth was opened. All they could manage was a primer coat, which just happened to be bright purple. Associates and clients all responded well, and it hasn’t changed since.
Neon lights, brick glass windows, triangular shape and rounded corners place the Paris Cleaners Drop-Off at the tail end of the Art Deco movement.
#PureMichigan #YesThereReallyIsAKalamazoo #Michigan #Kalamazoo #KalamazooCounty The Kalamazoo County Fair started around 1846 and is one of the oldest fairs in Michigan. The initial goal was where those involved in agriculture came together to exhibit their crops and animals. With the addition of other entities over the years, the fair is the premier educational event in our community. It provides a venue for more than 500 4-H youth to display their projects. The fair has always been about education and that continues to be its core mission.
Additionally, the midway rides and food vendors has become a big draw as well as the grand stand shows ranging from musical guests and smash up derbies to dirtbike racing and monster truck shows to name a few. Make it a tradition for your family, its great kid friendly fun!
My family enjoys it every year.
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Economic pressures and popular movements in the late sixties and early seventies led to the creation of a great many food co-ops across Michigan and the country.
Confronted with few choices for unprocessed, whole foods, people decided to band together and buy in bulk directly from producers and distributors.What has evolved from this over the past thirty-plus years is a thriving natural foods industry, with the co-ops at the core.
They were incorporated in 1973 and housed the store in several different locations over the years (including 37 years on Burdick St).
They then moved into their current home at 507 Harrison St in June 2011. They encourage ownership, but anyone may shop at the People's Food Co-op.
People's Food Co-op of Kalamazoo is a consumer-owned cooperative grocery store, bringing a full array of natural products and healthful foods to the community at reasonable prices. The People's Food Co-op of Kalamazoo exists to create access to food that is healthy for people, land, and the economy.
Here are a few things that make the Co-op different:
They strive to provide fresh, organic, and whole foods, offering the community healthy choices for a variety of dietary needs.
They purchase locally grown and produced goods, helping to keep local funds cycling back into the local economy.
They participate in and support the local farmers markets, including the 100 Mile Market, the Kalamazoo Farmers Market (on Bank St), and the Kalamazoo Foods Market.
They help provide access to food assistance programs (SNAP benefits) both at the store and at several local farmers’ markets. Everyone should be able to eat healthy, delicious, and local food.
They provide educational opportunities for the community related to food and food systems (such as cooking classes, tabling, speaking engagements, hosting events at the store and in the community).
507 Harrison Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
269.342.5686
#PureMichigan #YesThereReallyIsAKalamazoo #Michigan #Kalamazoo #KalamazooCounty Oh the childhood joy of a freshly raked pile of leaves!
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#3NaturesWonder
Kalamazoo's premier green space and the traditional downtown centerpiece is Bronson Park, named for the community's founder, Titus Bronson. The park's notable features include an Indian mound on its south side; a fountain designed by Alfonse Ianelli depicting the brutality of white settlers toward Native Americans; and a sculpture, #TroverContest
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The glass tower of the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel (1972 & 2003) (10 floors). Kalamazoo, MI. Style: Postmodern. Architect: Elbasani, Logan & Severin.
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#2GoodEats!
Best said in their own words...
So what is fuel?
Another hole-in-the-wall restaurant?
Not exactly.
Only a restaurant?
Not exactly.
You want a thick greasy burger and a super-sized candy-water? But that's not who we are; it's not on our map. We can't even tell you how to get there. Not in good conscience.
Suppose you try this instead?
fuel is ....
Whatever we can think of. Whatever makes sense. And big sense of fun.
An alternative to bottom-line, bottom-dollar, business-as-usual capitalism.
You've seen restauranteurs who believe the quality of food is more important than the quality of the life of a community. That's not what we believe. That philosophy would never get us to our destination.
We offer the finest and freshest in Plant-based, Grain-based, Eco-focused cuisine.
We are Kalamazoo's only completely vegetarian, raw and vegan-friendly restaurant and a deliberate rip in the fabric of the all too-typical, modern American food-ways.
Our philosophy: Unequivocally Community Driven
With each bite of fuel's food, you are supporting space that offers culinary arts classes and on the job training to traditionally marginalized young people. fuel will build on Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative’s holistic workforce training and youth development programs which provide life skills, grant writing, arts training and work experience for youth from traditionally marginalized communities. With fuel's training and kitchen space - Fire will be able to develop its culinary arts program - bites. fuel will help Fire continue to serve as a model for economic and youth development in the Edison neighborhood and the Kalamazoo community by providing a permanent and licensed kitchen home for bites. As a result, fuel will help Fire addresses the deeply ingrained social cycle of poverty, violence, and neglect that effects people ages 16 to 24. fuel staff understands that restaurant training and mentoring provides experience in a thriving hospitality sector and allows young people to identify their passion while supporting themselves and their families. At fuel, our attempt is to take it a few steps further. After young adults are trained through and cater for Bites for a minimum of six months, fuel intends to provide at least one youth with a job in the restaurant. As the business grows, fuel will continue to hire more Bite's trained staff.
#PureMichigan #YesThereReallyIsAKalamazoo #Michigan #Kalamazoo #KalamazooCounty
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Get an overview of this hotel3.5-star hotel with 4 restaurants and full-service spa

Popular property highlights

Free WiFi
Restaurant
Swimming pool
Business center
Smoke Free

Location

Located in the heart of Kalamazoo, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kalamazoo Valley Museum and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Kalamazoo College and Waldo Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel Features

This smoke-free hotel features 4 restaurants, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. Free wired Internet in public areas and a free airport shuttle are also provided. Additionally, a fitness center, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 340 rooms provide free WiFi and free wired Internet, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers. Other amenities available to guests include iPod docks, room service, and premium bedding.

Languages Spoken

Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to a full-service spa, Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center features an indoor pool and a spa tub. Dining is available at one of the hotel's 4 restaurants and guests can grab coffee at the coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Wired Internet access is complimentary.

This 3.5-star property offers access to a business center and limo/town car service. Event facilities measuring 44000 square feet (3960 square meters) include conference space. This business-friendly hotel also offers a fitness center, a sauna, and spa services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary to guests during limited hours. Parking is available onsite for a surcharge.

Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center is a smoke-free property.

  • Bar/lounge 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Free airport transportation 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Indoor pool 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Business center 
  • Conference space 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Meeting rooms 
  • Express check-out 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Steam room 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Sauna 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 3960 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 22 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Hair salon 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Number of restaurants - 4 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 44000 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Spa tub 
  • Total number of rooms - 340 
  • Number of floors - 9 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Wedding services 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Indoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Refrigerator  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Wireless internet access ( USD 1 per night ), Free wired Internet

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Parking

Self parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • In-room safe 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Pay movies 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Phone 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Turndown service 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Number of bathrooms -  

Where to Eat

Burdicks for Breakfast - This restaurant serves breakfast only.

Old Burdicks Bar Grill - This theme restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Websters Prime Steakhouse - This steakhouse serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open select days.

Zazios Italian Restaurant - This restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine and serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Things to Do

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Pilates classes on site 
  • Snowboarding nearby 
  • Fitness classes on site 
  • Snowmobiling nearby 
  • Snowshoeing nearby 
  • Downhill skiing nearby 
  • Cross-country skiing nearby 
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site 

Spa Services

Blush Spa Salon has 3 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages, and Swedish massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy. The spa is equipped with a steam room.

The spa is open select days. Guests under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa.

  • Number of treatment rooms 3 
  • Couples treatment rooms 
  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Body treatments 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Facial treatments 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Hot stone massage 
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Swedish massage 
  • Prenatal massage 
  • Steam room in spa 
  • Minimum age to access spa is 16 
  • Sports massage 
  • Massages 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Minimum check-in age is 21

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available during limited hours. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Only service animals are allowed
No rollaway/extra beds available
No cribs (infant beds) available

Fees

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: USD 17 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 1 per night (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 20 per day
  • Valet parking fee: USD 30 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Radisson Plaza Center
  • Radisson Plaza Kalamazoo Center
  • Kalamazoo Radisson
  • Radisson Kalamazoo
  • Radisson Plaza Hotel At Kalamazoo Kalamazoo
  • Radisson Plaza Hotel Kalamazoo Center

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


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