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Updated on April 29, 2014

Kalamazoo Michigan

The city of Kalamazoo, Mi. was originally named by the Native Americans although its exact origin hasn't been pinpointed. Some say it means "the mirage of reflecting river," while others say it means bubbling or boiling water.  Such an interesting name has inspired many poets, authors and songwriters to add Kalamazoo into their

As Kalamazoo grew over the years, so did the variety of social and cultural activities. The areas first newspaper was the Kalamazoo Gazette which is one of the state's oldest. Many other papers were published here in the early years, including the Kalamazoo Telegraph (1844-1916).

Kalamazoo county's educational facilities have always been a source of pride for residents. The first public high school was built in 1859 and in April 1833, the territorial governor signed legislation authorizing a charter for the Michigan and Huron Institute. Its first building was erected in 1836 on Cedar Street between Park and Westnedge and over the years, the Institute evolved into the well-respected Kalamazoo College. Today, Kalamazoo has four institutions of higher learning, Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Davenport University. There are also branches of other colleges springing up in the Kalamazoo area too.

Erbelli's Gourmet Pizza

Voted Kalamazoo's Best Pizza

If you like pizza then you are going to love Erbelli's Gourmet Pizza. They have excellent pizza, pasta, sub sandwiches and more. They also have a large lunch buffet every with something for everyone.

They have two locations, one in Portage on Portage St. just South of Centre St. And another in Kalamazoo on Stadium Ave.

Mark's Handyman Service
Mark's Handyman Service

Trusted Local Kalamazoo Handyman

Finding a good, trustworthy and reliable handyman can be hard. If you are looking for a good Kalamazoo Handyman then I can recommend Mark's Handyman Service. Mark is a great guy. He does good work at a fair price. Mark has been my handyman for years and I have no problem with even trusting him with keys to my house if he needs to do some work while I'm at the office.

Mark has helped with just about everything ranging from garage door repair, carpentry work, tile and drywall installation and finishing. So if you live in the Kalamazoo area and need some help around the house, I highly recommend that you check out Mark's Handyman Service.

Corey's Bootery
Corey's Bootery

Corey's Bootery

Corey's Bootery is rather unassuming when you drive by, but when you walk through their doors you realize that they are not your average shoe store. Their customers are extremely loyal and their staff is expertly trained. Corey's Bootery specializes in comfort shoes. They also make custom orthotics too,

I have wide feet. They found me the a pair of the most comfortable shoes that I have ever worn. They carry all kinds of shoes, sandals and boots and they are also well known as the best Kalamazoo shoe repair shop too.

Kalamazoo tree removal
Kalamazoo tree removal

Young's Tree Service

Profesional Tree Removal and Pruning

We get some strong storms here in Kalamazoo in the spring and the fall. If you have have a tree that you need removed for trimmed to protect your house or a power line, I recommend the Kalamazoo tree service provided by Steve Young and Young's Tree Service. Their prices are very reasonable and they do good quality work.

dr. susan dennis
dr. susan dennis

Dr. Susan Dennis

The Best Dentist In Kalamazoo

Over the years I have gone to three different dentists in the Kalamazoo area. Each have been good, but Dr. Susan Dennis is by far the best dentist that I have ever gone to. Of all of the Kalamazoo Dentists, Dr. Dennis is the best for a variety of reasons.

First off, when you go to her office, you don't feel like you are even in a dentists office. It is so comfortable that it almost feels more like a living room. The dental technicians are all very nice, knowledgeable and adept at their craft. Dr Dennis uses the best technology in helping her patients to achieve the smile of their dreams.

Kalamazoo Limousine Service

Looking for a quality Kalamazoo Limo Serivce? Dream Limousine is the company that I recommend. Not only are their rates fair, but they also have one of the best fleets of limousines, sedans, party buses, and stretch SUVs.

Contact them today to schedule your appointment today.

Oak Point Financial
Oak Point Financial

Oak Point Financial Group

Financial Planners in Kalamazoo

For trusted and reliable Kalamazoo Financial Planners, contact the Oak Point Financial Group. John Knowlton and his team are honest, hard working, and are highly educated and experienced in financial planning and wealth management.

Kalamazoo Photography
Kalamazoo Photography

Ream Enterprises

Kalamazoo Photography and Video Production Services

If you live in the Kalamazoo area or are planning an event that may need photography or video production services, then Ream Enterprises is the company to call. You will appreciate the professionalism and eye for detail that is so very critical for photography and video production services.

Ream Enterprises is a full service production studio that is committed to providing their clients with quality photography and video production services.

They do it all from wedding photography, senior portraits, real estate photography, family portrait sessions, wedding videos, corporate videos, commercials, music videos, and independent films

Chiro Effect

Kalamazoo / Portage Chiropractor

Looking for a good Kalamazoo Chiropractor? I personally recommend Dr. Jeff Wiederhold of Chiro Effect. Located next to Eve Salon Spa, Chiro Effect is definitely one of the best chiropractic offices in the Kalamazoo/Portage area.

Scott's Sports Cards

Coins, Cards, Jewelry, Silver, Gold and Other Collectibles

Scott's Sports Cards is Kalamazoo's premier buyer and seller of silver, gold, and other precious metals. They also have an excellent collection of sports cards, jerseys, posters, autogrpahs and other sports collectibles.

Scott's also has a fine collection of jewelry, watches and gifts of distinction.


Kalamazoo Rental Equipment

For the widest variety and best deals on Kalamazoo Rental Equipment, go with Rentalex. They carry the largest inventory of general rental tools and equipment in SW Michigan. They rent, sell, service and have parts for all major manufacturers such as Genie, Hilti, Husqvarna, Vermeer, Honda, ASV/Terex, Wacker, Multiquip and more.

They also rent tents and other items for events including event rental of tents, tables, chairs, catering equipment, linens and more.

kalamazoo business
kalamazoo business

Kalamazoo Businesses

Kalamazoo Business Directory

Kalamazoo Business directory. Whenever you need to find a place of business - whether it is during normal business hours or at 3 a.m. - you can find them. And you don't have to search for that phone book or put your hands on that print directory. All you need to do is visit

Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of 25,000. WMU is focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction, advancing its growing graduate division and fostering significant research activities.

Emerald Property Management

Rentals In Downtown Kalamazoo

If you are looking for affordable living in downtown Kalamazoo, Emerald Property Management is the place for you. They have studio apartments, one and two bedroom apartments and three to six bedroom homes for rent.

Their rental units come with washers/dryers, dishwashers, snow plowing, lawn care, high efficiency furnaces , and other great features.

I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo - Glenn Miller Band

Kalamazoo's Island Festival

This festival is a must see. At a great price you get a day and a night full of music. Also available with be Caribbean food, clothing and gifts.

Island Festival is a fun event for the entire community.

Bell's Brewery

This place is the pride of Kalamazoo. Bell's Beer has been making award winning ale's and lagers since 1983.

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      4 years ago

      Oh yes, there really is a kalamazoo!

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      9 years ago

      I live in Muskegon, MI, which is about 1 1/2 hours West of Kalamazoo. I've been to K-zoo several times. A friend of mine used to live there. Nice tribute to this city.

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      GypsyPirate LM 

      11 years ago

      Great lens - glad you joined us in the Squidoo City Guide!

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      11 years ago

      Nice city lens. Looking forward to more great info. Thanks for joining the Squidoo City Guide.


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