Ben Lando


Daniel May stands at an unfished bar inside his cocktail lounge

June 20, 2022

The new Dabney & Co., named after a pioneering mixologist who was forced to buy his way out of slavery, will open in the former Civil House Coffee space in downtown Kalamazoo.

Raphael Thurin and Trent Friske stand in a room full of marijuana plants

May 10, 2022

The only Black- and Indigenous-owned marijuana business in Kalamazoo is targeting another 400 pounds a month when their expansion is completed. But Ahki Canna is an outlier in an industry dominated by the white and wealthy.

The leaders of the new Obodo Easy Access Clinic stand in a row

February 16, 2022

One of the first clinics in the country for mind-and-body family care is opening in Kalamazoo. An explicit goal is to protect against the harm from a healthcare system that makes Black families particularly vulnerable.

a flyer reading "KGOP Women's Luncheon to Feature Summit on Election Integrity"

February 2, 2022

The Kalamazoo GOP is using 2020 election misinformation to rally election inspectors for upcoming votes.

the skyline of downtown Kalamazoo with a bridge in the foreground

January 13, 2022

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.

anne bridentstine and melissa shufelt holding an ample pantry basket

December 22, 2021

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.

Doreen Gardner prepares peanut brittle in a kitchen

December 2, 2021

The food industry start-up incubator Can-Do Kitchen is changing its name, moving to a bigger facility, and expanding its scope to help all entrepreneurs in Kalamazoo.

a crossing guard with a stop sign ahead of a group of school children

November 18, 2021

That’s a question parents and the crossing guard at King-Westwood Elementary have been asking of a bureaucracy slow to answer.

an empty classroom with chairs stacked on desks

November 1, 2021

A shortage of substitutes is straining teachers as COVID prompts reconsideration of work-life balance.

breakfast burritos being prepared

October 29, 2021

The lunch rush may be solid, but La Familia Café is one of only a few places to offer a full suite of morning dishes downtown.