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Kalamazoo is a cultural hub for artists, makers and entrepreneurs of all stripes.

Home to the #1 beer and brewery in America, award-winning spirits, talented artists and an abundant farm-to-table scene; Get to know some of the people at the heart of Kalamazoo's maker culture.

Josh Cook of Green Door Distilling Co. blends his passion for the outdoors and crafting fine spirits in Kalamazoo. Their craft spirits and their makers are a vibrant and adventurous culture of their own.

Julia Whitney Brown and her husband chose Kalamazoo for their home because it gave them room for recreation, artistic pursuits and organic farming. Learn about the great things they're doing for the community right now.

Glass artists Joshua Davids and Ekin Aytac make their art and their home in Kalamazoo, where the landscape and natural surroundings inspires their art. Whether it's glass blowing, lamp working, bead making, cold working or kiln fusing, Glass Art Kalamazoo makes it easy to bring a made-in-Kalamazoo souvenir home with you.


There's self-proclaimed "beer towns" and then there's Kalamazoo, home to Bell's Brewery and Oberon and Two Hearted Ale. Discover our digital beer passport and taste brew from the birth place of Michigan's craft beer scene.


Our coffee shops share space with electric scooter start-ups and ceramics studios; where you can sip your Joe cozied up to pink countertops or amidst Jumanji-style jungle scenes. Whether you’re a newbie to the craft or a coffee connoisseur, there's no denying that Kalamazoo coffee is having a moment.


From food trucks to bustling farmers markets to restaurants serving honest-to-goodness local fare; Kalamazoo is without a doubt a culinary haven for foodies.

Makerspaces to visit

The perfect handcrafted makers weekend in kalamazoo

Handcrafted is homegrown and second nature here. Once you've channeled your inner maker, Kalamazoo offers countless ways to step out from the hustle and bustle to recharge.