Linda Mah


Linda S. Mah moved to Kalamazoo in 1989 and began her journalism career as an education reporter at the Kalamazoo Gazette. During her 27 years with the Gazette — and later MLive —she covered everything from courts to health to arts. She also wrote editorials and an award-winning column. Today, in addition to writing features on entrepreneurs and inspiring people for NowKalamazoo, Linda is a communications specialist for Kalamazoo Public Schools.


Chris Dilley standing in the produce section of the People's Food Co-op

Chris Dilley’s influence has helped redefine Kalamazoo’s food landscape. He’s been instrumental in the transformation of the People’s Food Co-op for nearly half the time it’s been in operation. Now, he’s moving on.

Store employee and game master Asha Fernanders explains a game to patron Josh Cribbs.

Open for less than a year, the Voss Media Board Game Cafe in Galesburg is close to turning all the fun into a profitable business.

C J Drenth poses next to a giant flower peacock

Every year for the last 10 years, C.J. Drenth has meticulously placed each of the 20,000 plants into sculptures in Bronson Park and other places in the county.

cravings deli owners anson and xin liu

Cravings Deli, the aptly-named eatery inside pan-Asian specialty grocer Pacific Rim, still leans into its unique dishes made by mom to expand the community’s food culture.

DeMargeo White stands behind a table with several slices of his cheesecake arranged on top

Local cheesecake maker Huey D’s Goodies started cooking for mom and continues to be inspired by family.

Will Fraser, Dan Piotrowicz, Alec Durocher, and Andrew Carpenter posing in a kitchen

Brick and Brine brings a polished look to its opening, but the fine dining kitchen team remains sleeves-rolled-up grinding out another wave of the pandemic, luring chefs, and deciding what new dish to offer up next.

tyrone griffis and nikki mcknight pose inside ty's joint

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.

kathy beebe stands behind a counter at caffe casa

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.

Angie Jackson roasting barley with a torch

A local mixologist has a newly-released book of both cocktails and “don’t call them mocktails” – just in time for the holiday season.

Ralph Humes standing in front of trees

When he’s not cooking for pop artists on tour, R. Stanley’s restaurateur and local chef Ralph Humes’ kitchen plans are low key. But the pandemic has made it difficult to decide what’s next.