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    A group of riders organized by Pedal passes through downtown Kalamazoo on a Thursday night ride.

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    Bitten by the Biking Bug Groups, civic leaders work to make area more bike-friendly
  • encore-magazine-feature-hidden-plain-sight-june-21 Hidden in Plain Sight Look closer or you might miss these great SW Michigan sights
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    Marc Schupan’s family is very involved in the business, from left: sons Jacob and Jordan, Marc’s wife Jeanne, Marc, daughter Shayna Schupan-Barry and son-in-law John Barry.

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    ‘THE BEST ARMY’ Don’t even try to give Marc Schupan credit for his company’s phenomenal growth and success. He won’t let you.
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    Gabriel Giron in his Kalamazoo home.

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    A Storyteller’s Next Chapter After a year of devastating losses, Gabriel Giron forges forward with passion and purpose
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    Ian Gorman at the mixing board in the recording engineer's booth of La Luna Recording and Sound.

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    ‘Sonic Mad Scientist’ Ian Gorman helps artists make music and find their voice
  • encore-magazine-feature-michelle-johnson-feb-21

    Michelle Johnson stands on the brownfield on Kalamazoo’s east side that she and her Institute for Public Scholarship are aiming to rehabilitate and turn into a park for health and wellness.

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    Creating Change History is at the heart of Michelle Johnson’s work toward inclusion, equality and social justice
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    From left, First Congregational Church Pastor Nathan Dannison, KNAC Board President Dann Sytsma and First Baptist Church Pastor David Nichols talk in the First Baptist Church sanctuary, which doubles as a performing arts venue.

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    Saving Space Historic Kalamazoo church finds new life as a community asset
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    A row of custom-designed, colorful houses, each boasting a front porch, faces an open common area in Belle Meade.

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    ‘All About the Front Porch’ New pocket development emphasizes neighborliness

Paul Guthrie commutes from Portage to downtown Kalamazoo by bike every day, including in the winter.

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This Is How We RollBicyclists travel different miles in different styles

Among other things, a face or two can be found in the sculpture.

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Hidden TreasuresUnique & unusual local wonders right under your nose

What's Happening in SW Michigan

Up Front

Have a hammock? Here are five great spots to hang out
City parks with fascinating histories worth a closer look
Summer retreats abound in area preserves

Good Works

Doing good is a great way to get to know the wild spaces
Wiffle ball league is serious fun for adults
Sound therapists aim to ease stress and help bodies heal


Gull Lake Distilling Co. transforms iconic Galesburg theater
Craving's Deli serves up authentic Asian foods
Former gallery owner finds the art in making chocolate


Downtown teeming with summer activities
Rescued Metals is heaven for repurposers and DIYers
Data and tech company expands during pandemic


Gavan brothers at core of Guitar UP!’s retro sound
Students’ winning poems to hit the road again
Ian Gorman helps artists make music and find their voice

Back Story

Camp Director, Pretty Lake Camp
Executive Director & CEO, Discover Kalamazoo
Executive Director, Stulberg International String Competition