‘I put all of my savings into this’
After serving her family and friends for years as a homemaker, Swapna Gorthi takes a chance on her own coffee-making and culinary skills, opening a shop with a unique menu. Coincidentally, it hasn’t been a direct path to establishing the Round About Caffe.
‘The possibilities are endless’
An unconventional chef and restaurateur had a dream of serving meals and her community. When the banks and management company sitting on a vacant property refused to respond to her attempts to buy or lease, she set up shop anyway.
A look in the mirror
A consultant hired by the city of Kalamazoo didn’t just recommend 40 policy changes, it also suggested better communication to the community and a police department more receptive to critique – two ways to avoid a repeat of the summer of 2020.
NowKalamazoo in our Community
A consultant recommended dozens of changes to Kalamazoo city administration and police policies following the controversial summer of 2020 protests. Over a year later, a quarter of them have yet to be fully completed.
Menu options are expanding, a new all-vegan restaurant is soon to open, and a day-long festival at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market are expanding the horizons for area foodies.
COVID rates are flat. So are deaths and hospitalizations. Is this the NEW new normal?
An education-to-employment infrastructure has brought businesses, kept workers, and made Kalamazoo a national hub for industrial design and related jobs.
The number of new COVID-19 infections in Michigan jumped over the past week, but some of the increase may be due to Labor Day holiday backlogs the week before. Also, COVID is still a top-three killer in Michigan.
A sudden lack of baby formula can be another mental health stressor for parents at a time of intense pressure. Formula can be a nutritional life saver, but its prominence has come at the expense of unrivaled mother nature’s milk.
The pandemic has increased the already large need for mental health services. The system hasn’t kept up, putting more pressure on those on the frontlines.
Some of the declines in new COVID-19 infections could be due to the holiday weekend. At the same time, hospitalizations have reached a six month high.
Daily rates of new COVID-19 infections in Michigan are largely unchanged from last week. But some expect the new school year could make a difference in the coming weeks.
City officials outlined plans and solicited input from businesses on a range of downtown Kalamazoo priorities.