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July 28, 2020
What's happening

Downtown is more than a place. Downtown is an experience and it's spilling outside.

Amid the pandemic and as businesses reopen, downtown Kalamazoo businesses are getting creative to bring you an outdoor experience for your shopping, dining, and service needs!

More than ever, it is so important to shop local - businesses will continue to feel the effects of the pandemic into the new year. 

Did you know that 95% of downtown businesses have reported a loss of revenue due to COVID-19?

Or that 42% of downtown businesses reported a moderate to high likelihood of permanent closure?

Check out some simple ways you can support local today:

✔️ Go shopping at a downtown retailer - many shops have in-store, online, or curbside pickup options.

✔️ Grab a bite from a downtown restaurant - dine-in, delivery, curbside pickup options available. Call ahead to your favorite restaurant.

✔️ Get that haircut you've been meaning to get - let one of downtown's great salons take care of you for a little while.

✔️ Sweat it out - sign up for a fitness class with a downtown business. Call ahead to learn about their outdoor options.

✔️ Attend an outdoor, socially-distant event - we recommend Beats on BatesWorkout Wednesdays and Kalamazoo Mall Market!

📊 Data from the COVID-19 Downtown Kalamazoo Business Impact Assessment Report.

Upcoming Events
Downtown Kalamazoo Mall businesses are bringing their retail and dining to the sidewalks!

Every Friday this summer (June-September), the Kalamazoo Mall will transform the sidewalks into an outdoor experience where customers can freely shop, dine, and enjoy downtown Kalamazoo businesses in a safe and comfortable environment. 

On Friday, July 31 from 5-8 p.m., come listen to the power trio Coffee with Friends as they play acoustic pop and rock hits. 

If you are a downtown Kalamazoo Mall business interested and need more information, please contact Events Director Sue Huggett.
Beats on Bates is a weekly summer live music series hosted every Wednesday night 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Take a break from work and grab drinks or dinner at one of the Bates Alley businesses while enjoying live music.

July 29 - Singer-songwriters Samantha Cooper and Elisabeth Pixley-Fink will bring you music while you enjoy your evening.

August 5 - Enjoy covers of your favorite music from the '60s, '70s, and '80s by Strumble Head.

View the full Beats on Bates summer lineup here.
Make sure you pack your workout gear this summer for Workout Wednesdays in downtown Kalamazoo! This is a free event every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo! There's plenty of room in the park for social distancing.

July 29 -  Join the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo for a high-energy, martial-arts inspired workout that is non-contact and has no complex moves to master. Release stress while having a blast and feeling like a champ! Pre-register here.

August 5 - Join Down Dog Yoga Center's supportive community to build strength, flexibility, awareness, and balance in your body and life with a free outdoor yoga experience. Beginners welcome - wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel. 

All classes begin at 5:30 p.m. and are free to attend - view the schedule on our Facebook Event. 
In the News
Food Dance in Kalamazoo adjusts to coronavirus restrictions with outdoor seating, to-go cocktails
Jennifer Brummitt Named CEO of Kalamazoo’s Gazelle Sports
Assessment: Some Kalamazoo downtown businesses face likelihood of closure
Bronson Healthcare opens new laboratory facility in downtown Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Candle Company debuts the Black Label Collection
Public Meetings

Kalamazoo Downtown Development Authority + Downtown Economic Growth Authority, Monday, August 17 at 3 p.m.
Downtown Projects

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