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

Part Two: Downtown’s arts and entertainment


Art Enthusiasts

Be sure to experience the cultural offerings downtown. Step into the local art galleries, tour the world-class art museum, or catch live entertainment at any of the 10 live performance theatres downtown or see what’s ahead at any of the Kalamazoo performing arts theatres listed below. Also, don’t miss out on the monthly Art Hop!
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, located just across the street from Bronson Park downtown, is a small but one of the best art museums in the country. Its well-rounded collection of over 4,000 works of art and impressive gift shop make for a great experience, in addition to their often-hosted world class exhibits. Stop by for a quick walk-through or check out one of their many workshops and one-day classes in their unique setting.
The Miller Auditorium is a premier performing arts center featuring national touring productions year-round. Past performances include “Mamma Mia,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and “Wicked.” Come out for an evening of fun at one of their upcoming comedy events, live concerts, family shows, and more.

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Check out the newly opened Kalamazoo Alamo Drafthouse, offering dinner and drinks during your movie. Located downtown, see why it is not only a local’s cinematic oasis, but the “best theater in America.” Or see what’s ahead at Kalamazoo 10 or Celebration! Cinema near Crossroads Mall.

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Planning to buy a gift or souvenir, browse for antiques, or just shop till you drop? Stroll through downtown’s fabulous shopping venues and antique shops or visit the nearby malls and retail outlets for a little retail therapy.
Did You Know? Kalamazoo was nicknamed “Mall City” in 1959, reason being that the Kalamazoo Mall was the first downtown pedestrian mall in America.
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Festival Seekers

Festivals, marathons and other exciting new events are ready to launch for the 2014 Arcadia Creek Festival Place season. This is the premier destination for downtown newcomers, hosting over 25 events, about 50 event days annually, and bringing in approximately 150,000 attendees. If your passing through the central southwest area or are looking for something fun and exciting to do, see what’s ahead listed below. To view a complete list of events, click here: 2014 Arcadia Creek Festival Place Schedule.

Feed the body and the soul at downtown Kalamazoo’s Ribfest, one of Arcadia Creek Festival Place’s major summer events, drawing in 30,000 or more. This special event brings together national and local rib vendors, a wide variety of live entertainment and performing artists, and thousands of supporting attendees, volunteers, and sponsors.
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Stay and Relax

Relax and replenish just steps away from the downtown energy at a high-quality selection of accommodations ranging from a full service hotel to a charming bed and breakfast.
Stay close by and unwind at the Radisson Plaza Hotels and Suites, just off East Michigan Ave downtown, and enjoy full service accommodations. Or, escape the city sounds at The Henderson Castle, one of the most popular bed and breakfasts in Kalamazoo. Located just outside downtown, you will find this place a relaxing retreat with luxurious offerings including an evening at the spa or rooftop hot tub and an incredible breakfast to wake up to. See below for more downtown recommendations.
Kalamazoo House Bed & Breakfast • Stuart Avenue Inn • Kara’s Kottages • Hall House Bed & Breakfast
Did You Know? The story of the Henderson Castle began with Frank Henderson. Mr. Henderson was one of early Kalamazoo’s most successful businessmen. He was the owner and president of the Henderson-Ames Company which made uniform regalia for secret societies, fraternal organizations, and the military. Mr. Henderson’s wife, Mary, inherited a plot of undeveloped land on the western edge of Kalamazoo before the company’s large success. Mr. Henderson dreamt of building a grand suburb on this land. Allowing that dream to come to fruition, in 1888, he enlisted the help of surveyors, engineers, and landscape architects to plot the land and create Kalamazoo’s first “natural site plan”. In 1890, Mr. Henderson was ready to build his home in his new residential district.
Check out a complete list, details, and directions of Kalamazoo’s downtown accommodations at
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