NowKalamazoo original story Cash crunch prompts change to downtown Kalamazoo operations
A worst-case scenario played out over years, ultimately dooming the three decade-long way downtown Kalamazoo has been funded and managed. But it has also opened the door to new ways of doing things.
NowKalamazoo original story Choosing homelessness – for now: Part 2 of 3
Jon Foster’s drive to get out and stay out – of jail and homelessness – is slowed down by the realities of trudging through an inefficient system.
NowKalamazoo original story ‘Cuz, I’m going to open a restaurant’
The pandemic and massive construction disruptions were no match for the casual but sophisticated recipes at Ty’s Joint on Portage Street, which is nearing its one-year anniversary.
The average daily infection numbers have skyrocketed to more than double what they were two weeks ago. Hospitalizations have jumped as well. One Kalamazoo hospital is at 100% capacity.
NowKalamazoo original story Papa’s legacy is a sweet taste for a new entrepreneur and her customers
Doreen Gardner quit her job of 15 years at her church and is turning her family’s peanut brittle recipe into a family business.
Case numbers have more than doubled in the past week, fueled by the Omicron variant. Hospitalizations, which had been dropping, are heading back up.
NowKalamazoo original story Choosing homelessness – for now: Part 1 of 3
Finding himself at the bottom, Jon Foster documents his new start from here in Kalamazoo’s system for the unhoused.
NowKalamazoo original story ‘Take it to the next level’
The Ample Pantry’s new owners pledge to keep the same meals in an expanded menu and other upgrades to help the restaurant cater to market demands.
New infections, hospitalizations, and positivity rates have all seen steep declines in recent days. But death numbers stay stubbornly high.
NowKalamazoo original story A new space for a new generation of Black artists and supporters
Better Kalamazoo Mall visibility lets the 35-year-old Black Arts & Cultural Center call on the community to expand its mission.
NowKalamazoo original story Brown Boy Brown Girl expands with Meijer bump
Local independent book and notebook company is finding success in passing on lessons in empathy and entrepreneurship to kids.
NowKalamazoo original story What do the unhoused do in a system that doesn’t work well?
When Kalamazoo city officials broke up encampments, they told people to seek help at the Gospel Mission and Ministry With Community. From there, the search for assistance continues in a poorly organized system.
NowKalamazoo original story ‘This is it. This is what I’m cut out to do.’
The pandemic is no match for Caffe Casa and the couple who have served customers in the same Kalamazoo Mall location for nearly three decades.