In 1900, Kalamazoo was the celery capital of the world!

No kidding. The nearby “mucklands” are perfect for growing celery! In the second half of the 1800s, Kalamazoo was known as paper city. The Bryant Paper Company here in Kalamazoo became the largest Michigan manufacturer of book paper. And by World War II, a score of local mills made Kalamazoothe largest paper producer in the nation.

Featured Businesses, Locations and Attractions

Gilmore Car Museum

Address: 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, Michigan 49060

Phone: 269.671.5089

Website: https://gilmorecarmuseum.org/

The largest car museum in North America, dedicated to preserving and spreading the automobile industry’s rich history.
TnT's Lil Brother's BBQ truck

Address: 112 E Cork St. Kalamazoo, Michigan (Corner of Cork and Burdick)

Phone: 269.532.8621

Website: https://www.lilbrothers.com/

Family owned BBQ truck, founded by high school sweethearts Terrance and Tisha
Henderson Castle

Address: 100 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006

Phone: 269.344.1827

Website: https://www.hendersoncastle.com/

Established in 1895. the historical castle offers food and lodging in one of Kalamazoo’s most elegant homes.
Twine Urban Winery

Address: 319 Portage St. Kalamazoo Michigan 49001

Phone: 269.270.3278

Website: https://www.therochecollection.com/tasting-room/

Founded by Nicole Roché, the first Black Female License Winemaker in Michigan. .
Kalamazoo Valley Musuem

Address: 230 North Rose Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49003

Phone: 800.772.3370

Website: https://kalamazoomuseum.org/

Hands on museum aimed at families that focuses on science, technology, and history.
Layla's Cool Pops

Address: 1336 Portage St. Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001

Phone: 269.767.8499

Website: https://laylascoolpops.com/

Created, owned and operated by “tennpreneur” Layla. What started as a 4th grade econ project has evolved into a thriving business, and all profits go toward Layla’s Sweets4Homeless Initiative.
Bell's Eccentric Cafe

Address: 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007

Phone: 269.382.2332

Website: http://www.bellsbeer.com/

With the occasional live music and consistent cheeriness, this pub offers local craft beer and delicious food.
Air Zoo Aeorospace and Science Museum

Address: 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, Michigan 49002

Phone: 269.382.6555

Website: https://www.airzoo.org/

The Kalamazoo Aviation History Musuem and indoor amusement park is a great entertaining and learning experience for both visitors and residents.
Confections with Convictions

 

Address: 116 W Crosstown Pkway #101, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001

Phone: 269.381.3700

Website: https://confectionswithconvictions.com/

Founder Dale Anderson previously worked as a counselor for young people in the court system, Dale realized that therapy wasn’t enough to reintergrate them into society. So, he started the business to help them overcome the barrier they faced in becoming succesful members of society.
Wenke Greenhouse

Address: 5071 Market St, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49048

Phone: 269.388.2266

Website: https://wenkegardencenter.com

Locally owned greenhouse, offers a wide variety of products and a staff equally as passionate as you about gardening.

 

Experience charming local communities

Tour beautiful Midwest Main Streets as seen on John McGivern's Main Streets. This tour’s unique itinerary includes a visits to locations in LeClaire, Dubuque and Galena, as well as a special performance by John just for our group.