Part One: 8 Essential Lifestyle Components Businesses Look for in their Community

Part One: Downtown’s best places for food, drinks, and wellness needs


Downtown Craves

Kalamazoo offers a wide array of dining selections to suit every taste and budget. Glance at some of the many closer, fresher, flavorful dining options to explore downtown:
Food Network star and celebrity chef, Alton Brown, enjoys dining at downtown’s Rustica. Brown, the host of Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and “Good Eats,” recently stopped by to enjoy a Friday evening here after attending an event out in Battle Creek. Experience the fresh, rustic European flavors at Rustica – a menu unlike any other in Southwest Michigan – for a taste of Spain, Italy, and France-inspired cuisine.
Discover Kalamazoo’s Dining Guide is the ultimate source for dining locations and details downtown and in the surrounding area.
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Raise Your Spirits

Cheers to guiding you along your tasting trails and pub crawls! Tap into downtown Kalamazoo’s special tastings, tours, and festivals year-round or hit the streets for that local craft-beer or wine tasting experience anytime.
If you’re a fan of craft beer and local microbrews, then don’t forget to check out the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, the #1 craft-beer bar in Michigan. It’s a must-see for Kalamazoo newcomers, offering reinvented pub creations and 23 rotating price-evolving microbrews listed on the beer stock market that “crash” when you least expect it.
Also, stop by downtown Kalamazoo’s Bell’s Brewery, also rated “top brewer” in Michigan by RateBeer’s 2013 “Top Beers, Brewers, New Brewers by Region” list, for a quick bite, brew, or souvenir growler.
Did You Know? Kalamazoo was ranked #4 of the top 10 Beer Cities in U.S. and claimed 2nd in Beer City USA contest, collecting 11,000 votes in just one week.
Did You Know? Michigan is home to 101 wineries and notably the fourth-largest grape-producing state in the nation, producing a majority of its wine from Michigan-grown grapes. Michigan wineries are popular tourist destinations, attracting over 2 million visitors annually. Located in Southwest Michigan are two of Michigan’s four primary wine grape counties, Van Buren and Berrien.
Bottoms up! Dive into the craft even further and check out: Kalamazoo Beer WeekWest Michigan Beer ToursPaw Paw Wine & Harvest FestivalWinter Beer FestivalSpirit of 269™ Map
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Health and Wellness

We encourage anyone and everyone to get the best quality and value out of their grocery list at the Kalamazoo People’s Food Co-op. Stop in for a great selection of only the freshest local and organic products around at the most reasonable prices. Go online or visit today to take advantage of their latest specials on fresh produce, bulk foods, deli items, and more. You can even make a difference in the community by becoming an owner amongst many that invest and support the cooperative business today.
Kalamazoo is also home to two major healthcare facilities, Bronson and Borgess. Both have received numerous awards in the healthcare industry.
Good news for Walgreens members. Plans are in progress to add a location right downtown by relocating the West Main Street pharmacy site, the oldest Walgreens in the city. Keep your eyes open for the grand opening.
Did You Know? Fortune magazine World’s Most Admired Companies (published March 2013) ranked Walgreen No. 5 among food and drugstores and has been listed for the past 20 consecutive years.
Residents, students, and employees of the downtown area have easy access to their pharmaceutical needs and everyday items just down the street at the new OptiMed Pharmacy location inside the Kalamazoo Mall. Keep up your treatment regimens or run out for personal essentials without having to leave downtown.
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