Jessi Phillips


Jessi Philips is a writer, musician, and educator whose journalism has appeared in Pacific Standard, VICE, SF Weekly, Adventure Journal, and Encore. Jessi recently moved back to Kalamazoo from California.


Sherri Brantley stands on the porch of her former restaurant/home in Kalamazoo's Vine Neighborhood

October 24, 2022

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 group of mostly Black men sit at a conference table with laptops

July 15, 2022

A Kalamazoo city program is using business skills and licensing exam training to address the dearth of building contractors and upend a racial disparity in the trade.

Lee Patton, Lee Patton Jr., and Markus Patton standing in front of an ice cream truck

June 17, 2022

A locally owned ice cream truck company has recently launched. It’s a combination of tastes and sounds that are nostalgic to some and strange to the younger crowd. But for everyone, it’s just in time for the heat wave.