THE LIST for January/February: Sweet Signs of Spring


Kalamazoo River Valley Trail  It’s almost time for that hard-core training to pay off on the soon-to-be complete 35 miles of trail linking Battle Creek to Lake Michigan.
Kalamazoo | (269) 373-5073

Pop City Popcorn When March Madness rolls around, be sure to stock up on mouth-watering flavors to enjoy while rooting on your favorite team.
Kalamazoo  |  (269) 382-5770


Free Love Bakery   They add a dash of love to each sweet and savory item baked, while leaving out the gluten, soy, and dairy.
Portage | (269) 271-4113

Confections with Convictions   Chocolatier Dale Anderson dreamed to open a shop where he’d hire youth with criminal records to teach them social responsibility and how to make chocolates. His dream has come true! 
Kalamazoo | (269) 381-9700

Lush Gourmet Foods  Featuring  Lush Nuts, handcrafted peanuts, almonds and mixes with a kick of exotic flavors. 
Kalamazoo | (269) 779-9918

Veni’s Sweet Shop  Since 1910, it has been “one of America’s best kept secrets” featuring handmade selections like dipped chocolates, rock candy, salt water taffy, fruit slices, malted milk balls, and licorice.
Niles | (269) 684-1323

Bit of Swiss Bakery  For 27 years, husband-and-wife team, Tim and Pat Foley, have created made-from-scratch breads, cookies, melt-in-your mouth European pastries and specialty cakes. 
Stevensville  |  (269) 429-1661

Jack & Jill’s Maple Hill Farm  Whether poured over waffles, pancakes or French toast, Pure Michigan Maple Syrup is mouth-watering delicious.


Kalamazoo State Theatre Enjoy the blues with your baby on February 12 featuring Bobby Rush, Joe Louis Walker, Wayne Baker Brooks, and Shawn Holt. Reserved Seating ranging from $20 – 40. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Kalamazoo  |  (269) 345-6500

Gilmore Car Museum  Step back in time as you motor around the exhibits. You can almost hear the engines roar as you pass by A.J. Foyt’s 1974 Indy car.
Hickory Corners  |  (269) 671-5089

Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant  Make a reservation for you and your partner for dinner and wine tasting in a romantic, yet casual country setting at our Buchanan location, then stock up at its Bridgman Champagne Cellar.
Buchanan  |  (800) 283-3363
Bridgman  |  (269) 465-6566

Marshall’s Franke Center for the Arts  Give the gift of the performing arts. Since 1921, the center has served as a gathering place for artists and community alike.
Marshall  |  (269) 781-0001

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts  What’s better than spending some creative time together while learning something new?
Kalamazoo  |  (269) 349-7775

Zazio’s Book a table for two or two seats at the chef’s table for an evening of fine food and drink with that special someone.
Kalamazoo| (269) 384-2650

Gold Company  Jazz up your evening with internationally-regarded jazz show vocal entertainment ensemble in concert at Western Michigan University.

Kalamazoo Curling Club  Grab some friends and sign yourself up for a learn-to-curl event or league action at the Wings Event Center.
Kalamazoo  |  (423) 829-1449

Marshall’s American Museum
of Magic | Abbott Magic

Spend your day at a magical place!
Marshall   |  (269) 781-7570
Colon   |  (269) 432-3235

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