Kalamazoo Welcomes Two New Studios

A new year means new goals for most people. If you are looking for a fun and challenging way to stay fit this year, be sure to check out the new Pilates and Barre Studio located on the Kalamazoo Mall.

It didn’t take very long for friends and studio owners, Mary Saxton and Amy Hamilton, to bring their studios to downtown. They felt downtown Kalamazoo was best fit to showcase their urban workout studios due to it’s great demographics and urban feel. Kzoo Pilates & Barre 041

Amy, the owner of The Pilates Studio, is truly trained by the best of the best.  Amy’s hard work and training took about a year and half, which included over 800 hours of seminars, apprenticeship hours and both written and practical tests. She is certified through Romana’s Pilates and studied under the tutelage of Juanita Lopez and Rhonda Celenza out of Evanston, Illinois and other facilities around the United States.

Amy specializes with working one-on-one with her clients as well as working with duets, using her Gratz equipment-the original manufacturer of Joseph Pilats apparatus’. During a pilates session with Amy, you will improve your core strength, which will create flexibility in your spine and continue throughout the rest of your body.

Mary is the owner of The Barre Studio, located right next door to the Pilates Studio. Barre is an urban workout, inspired by ballet and pilates. Mary and other certified instructors, run group classes that are fast paced with upbeat music.  The classes combine fat burning and interval training with small isometric movements that lift, sculpt, and tone. You use your own body weight to create resistance, lengthening muscles creating a great workout with muscles that you’re not use to using.Kzoo Pilates & Barre 061

Everyone is welcome to both of the studios and no experience is needed. Taking pilates or barre classes will help you achieve a powerful core and good spine health, the secret to a better life style. The Barre Studio offers 50 minute classes Monday through Saturday. Reserving a spot is suggested, since class size is limited. The Pilates Studio offers private and duet lessons that are by appointment only.

 

The Pilates Studio                                                          The Barre Studio

356 South Burdick Kalamazoo Mall                            356 South Burdick Kalamazoo Mall

Kalamazoo, MI 49007                                                   Kalamazoo, MI 49007

269-303-1949                                                                269-303-2245

 

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DECEMBER 16 LOOK CLOSER

December 16, 2013
Event Calendar
December 20,21,22
Old Dog Tavern
Friday, 5:30-10:30pm

London Grill

Friday, 7-10pm

 

Gingerbread Decorating

The Union Cabaret & Grille

December 20, 21

 

Rumpelstiltskin: The True Hero

Fancy Pants Theatre

December 19-22

 

I love a Piano

Farmers Alley Theatre

December 19-22

 

Gallery Talk

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Thursday, 12:00-1:00pm

Washington Square
Monday, 2:00-3:00pm
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Sunday, 2-3:00 PM
Upcoming Events
Downtown Locations
December 31
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
December 28
Food Dance
December 31
Look Closer
DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

Downtown for the Holidays
For a memorable holiday experience head downtown because the city is full of holiday spirit and fun. Santa’s Workshop is a free program where children can visit with Santa, make crafts, and write letters to Santa. The Holly Jolly Trolley is a free way to get around downtown. Our holiday programming is generously supported by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation.

I love a Piano
Farmer’s Alley Theatre is now playing the musical, “I Love a Piano”, featuring music by Irvin Berlin. Berlin’s classics such as “White Christmas” are performed by an outstanding cast, which includes the estimable Lori Moore. I Love a Piano will be playing at through January 5, but shows are selling out. Click here to buy tickets.

Ugly Sweater Tour  
This Saturday is a perfect time to take out the ugly holiday sweater and head downtown. Take a fun holiday tour of Kalamazoo’s new local breweries while spreading holiday spirit. The crew will be meeting at Old Dog Tavern then heading to Ruppert’s Brew HouseGonzo’s BiggDog Brewing, and Boatyard Brewing. For more information, click here.

New Year’s Fest  skyline fireworks 2011
Whether you are continuing the tradition or starting a new one, mark your calendars for the always fun-filled New Year’s Eve Fest held on December 31. This fest includes events for the whole family including live music, jugglers comedy acts and more. All performances are held indoor at various locations downtown. Click here to read more about the event.

Holiday Video

Our very talented friends at Rhino Media Productions produced this video for us which features our friend Shelagh Brown. This will put you in the mood for a Trolley ride and a visit to Santa, both of which continue every weekend until Christmas. Check out the video here.

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DECEMBER 9 LOOK CLOSER

December 9, 2013
Event Calendar
The Civic
December 12-15
Cakes Boutique
Saturday, 11am-2:00pm

December 13,14,15

 

Sip and Shop

Cakes Boutique

Wednesday, 6-8:00pm

 

Rumpelstiltskin: The True Hero

Fancy Pants Theatre

December 12-15

 

I love a Piano

Farmers Alley Theatre

December 12-15

 

Student Recital

Crescendo Academy of Music

Saturday, 2:00pm

State Theatre
Saturday, 8:00pm
City Hall
Monday, 3 PM
Upcoming Events
The Alamo Drafthouse
December 22
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
December 28
Food Dance
December 31
Look Closer
DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

Downtown for the Holidays
For a memorable holiday experience head downtown because the city is full of holiday spirit and fun. Santa’s Workshop is a free program where children can visit with Santa, make crafts, and write letters to Santa. The Holly Jolly Trolley is a free way to get around downtown. Our holiday programming is generously supported by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation.

New Businesses Open Downtown
We’ve had a slate of new businesses open just in time for the holidays. We’ll be featuring each on Facebook and our newsletter, but with limited space, we’ll link to them here so you’re in the know: Tibbs Brewing CompanyHite House CoutureThe Station Shop,Styles for all SeasonsKalamazoo Pilates & Barre Studios.

About Downtown Kalamazoo, Inc.  Luminary Lone
Ever wonder what we do here at DKI? It’s never the same day twice. Newsletters, social media, maintenance programs, management of the Festival Site, events, the parking system…just for a start. Here’s a quick reference page on our website so you have an idea of our responsibilities.

Peter Pan Continues 
The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre presents Peter Pan as an annual holiday tradition. MLive calls director Nicki Poer’s production “a magical dose of fairy dust for families,” saying that you will adore the lively and passionate cast. Peter Pan will runs until December 15.Click here to read the wonderful review from Mlive.

Food Dance Opens New Market

Last week, Food Dance opened their new and updated market. The market is full of house-butchered meats, cheeses, breads and pastries made at the restaurant, and many other delicious items that can be found when dining-in at Food Dance. Click here to read more about what the market has to offer.

Holiday Video

Our very talented friends at Rhino Media Productions produced this video for us which features our friend Shelagh Brown. This will put you in the mood for a Trolley ride and a visit to Santa, both of which continue every weekend until Christmas. Check out the video here.

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Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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DECEMBER 2 LOOK CLOSER

December 2, 2013
Event Calendar
The Civic
December 5,6,7,8
Food Dance
December 4 & 5

December 6,7,8

 

Holiday Art Sale

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

December 5,6,7

 

Art Hop & More

Downtown

Friday, 5:00pm

 

I love a Piano

Farmers Alley Theatre

December 6,7,8

 

Love to Dance

Epic Center

Saturday, 2-4:00pm

Olde Peninula Brewpub
Sunday, 9am-noon
Upcoming Events
The Alamo Drafthouse
December 22
State Theatre
December 14
Food Dance
December 31
Look Closer
DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

Art Hop & More
Art Hop & More-May13This Friday is going to be the biggest Art Hop yet! There are 77 sites hosting artwork by local painters, photographers, sculptors, and more. It’s a chance to meet the artists, see their work, and show support. Bring the family down to this free all-ages event.

Holly Jolly Trolley Route
The Holly Jolly Trolley is a wonderful way to take in the holiday decorations and lights downtown. To ride, just wait at one of the stops shown on the map. To help you plan, it leaves Bronson Park at the top and bottom of every hour. Thanks to MLive Media Group and theIrving S. Gilmore Foundation, it’s free!

Artist Spotlight: Jon Reeves
Kalamazoo is populated with many talented individuals, including one of our favorites, Jon Reeves. Come see his works of steel, brass, copper and other materials at the Park Trades Center this Friday during Art Hop. You can see some of his work on our Facebook page or click here to read our latest blog on Jon Reeves.

Santa’s Workshop

Bring your children for a memorable holiday experience. Santa’s workshop is a place to enjoy the holiday spirit while making crafts, writing letters to Santa and other special events. Be sure to bring your camera to capture pictures with Santa and his elves. This is a free program  with support from the Irving S. Gilmore FoundationClick here to find out more information.

Holiday Video

Our very talented friends at Rhino Media Productions produced this video at last Friday’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. You may have missed us switching on the lights, but they’re still lit, the Trolley’s still running, and Santa is downtown every weekend until Christmas.Check out the video here.

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Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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NOVEMBER 11 LOOK CLOSER

November 11, 2013
Event Calendar
Farmers Alley Theatre
November 1-17
Kalamazoo Book Art Center
Saturday, 10am- noon
Central Library
Wednesday, 7-8:30pm
Various Downtown Locations
Begins Nov. 7-17
The Union Cabaret and Grill
Thursday, 6:15-8:00pm

Whisky Before Breakfast

London Grill

Friday, 7-10:00pm

 

Wellspring Theater
Begins Nov. 14,16, & 17
Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
Saturday, 11:00am-1:00am
West Michigan Glass Art Center

Saturday, 10:00am

Upcoming Events
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Begins Dec. 5-7
The Civic
Begins  November 29
Bells Eccentric Cafe
November 30
Beginning November 30
Look Closer
DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO

Alamo Drafthouse Grand Opening
The Alamo Drafthouse will have its Grand Opening on Monday, November 18th. But, soft opening begins this weekend on November 15th through the 17th. Reserve seats now, and enjoy 50% off on food and non-alcoholic beverages during the Alamo’s soft opening. Click here to reserve seats for movies.

Festival of Sacred Music
This bi-annual festival continues this week in and around downtown Kalamazoo, including the Library and our beautiful, historic churches surrounding Bronson Park. The diversity of offerings is what makes this a wonderful festival, with a selection from almost every tradition. Check their website for more details.

Downtown for the Holidays

There’s magic in the air downtown during the holidays. The lights, the shop windows, and the food turn every night into a special event. Come downtown for the relaxed shopping and a trolley ride, or a stroll through Candy Cane Lane. Click here to find out about Holiday Events Downtown.

Global Entrepreneurship Week in the Zoo

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. As part of that celebration,Startup Zoo is hosting events all week beginning November 18. Check their website for details!

Public Conversations with DKI
We want to hear what you’re thinking – in person, if possible. Please join us at 9:00 AM on November 20 at the Rio Coffee.News.Gifts in the Radisson for a conversation about downtown Kalamazoo issues. If you’re unable to attend, we always take your thoughts via FacebookTwitter and at dki@dki.org.

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Artist Spotlight: Jon Reeves

Meet Jon Reeves.Jon Reeves 001Mr. Reeves has been living in Kalamazoo since 1989. Doing what you ask? Well, there is not one simple answer. As he would say, “It’s hard to define what I do.” Jon is a brilliantly artistic man that holds more jobs and has more talents than you can count on your own ten fingers. But, this is exactly how he likes it, because Jon doesn’t enjoy sitting.  He is a sculpture artist at the Park Trades studio, a professor at Kalamazoo College, and a musician. He works for theaters, companies, individuals, teaches private classes, and is a blacksmith. This all meaning that there is no “normal day” for Jon. He lives in a “7-day, no weekends, and definitely not a 9-5 job, kind of world.” Jon Reeves 004

Steel working is in Jon’s blood. Both his father and grandfather were steel workers. At the age of 14, Jon became a metal worker.  Unlike his father and grandfather, Jon decided to take the more artistic path, believing that it’s much more fun. Working for nonprofit, he realized early on that he would not be making billions. Instead, he gets to do something that he loves, “I knew everyday would be an adventure; entertaining, interesting, and fun. Not everyone can say that about their job”. Jon laughed and said, “Anyways, can you imagine me wearing a tie and sitting in an office all day?!” Jon Reeves 010

When he is not out and about working, Jon is found at his downtown loft, that his two cats graciously allow him to use. There Jon enjoys his “free-time” writing music with whatever instrument he feels like picking up. He finds recording music relaxing and easy. Wait, lets not forget that he writes music for theaters. So Jon, that means your “free-time” is actually spent working? He writes for about 2-3 shows a year, usually at the Civic but sometimes elsewhere such as Traverse City.

Jon Reeves can be found in his shop at the Park Trades building during every Art Hop. There you can witness Jon’s talent in action and purchase his work. He is a lover of Art Hop, he finds it to be a big plus because it’s where he gets to meet some of his contacts. It is highly recommended that you make a visit to Jon during Art Hop, even if it’s to stay warm by the fire…

The Park and Trades Center is located at 326 W Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. The phone number is (269) 345-3311. Art Hop is on the first Friday of every month.

Why Alamo Drafthouse is Worthy of Kalamazoo

Alamo SeatingThere are good reasons why Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas have been named the “Best Theater in America,” and on November 15, Kalamazooans will know why. They were kind enough to give us a sneak peek this week, so we’re giving you a heads up. Pretlzes

The first reason is the food. Items made from scratch, including a tantalizing Queso Blanco which can be served on its own, with pretzels, or as a condiment on their burgers. They make their own pizzas (gluten free crust available), and they offer salads, sandwiches, and wraps as well. It’s a simple menu, done right.

Don’t forget dessert. The shakes are made with real ice cream, and flavor combinations include Salted Caramel and Mexican Vanilla. They make their own cookie dough, and the cookies come from the oven in just 8 minutes. Place your order at the right time, and you’ll be biting into a warm, soft cookie during the denouement. Bonus points if you know what denouement means without googling it.

The beer list is amazing, too. Dozens of craft brew kegs, most of them from Michigan breweries, are already in the coolers and connected to the tap lines. They have a full bar available, and if you’re looking for something special, try the Maker’s Mark Milk Punch Shake.

To keep the ordering unobtrusive, there are nine servers for each of the larger screening rooms (seating 250 each). Servers keep watch over you, and when you fill out an order card, they stop by to pick it up in silence. To keep the audience unobtrusive, they have a no-texting policy that is enforced strictly. They’re actually famous for it.

In the end, however, Alamo Drafthouse is about the films. Movie lovers will appreciate their combination of the latest blockbusters – opening weekend will include Ender’s Game and Thor – along with classics like Singin’ in the Rain, the cultish Clockwork Orange, and Woody Allen’s most recent film, Blue Jasmine. We have our tickets, reserved seats and all.

Worried about prices? New movies will be competitive with other cinemas in the area, and re-releases may come at a special price (Blue Jasmine for $2 during the pre-opening weekend?!?!). And on Saturday and Sunday mornings, they will offer free Kids Camp movies, starting on November 23 and 24 with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good”).

Expect to see special events, like the Totally 80’s Sing-Along on November 22, and curetted movie selections from the macabre to family-friendly features. Expect to see some humor in the halls, some great people assisting you, and a beautiful facility (yes, they kept the orange bathrooms).

In short, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Kalamazoo is a match made in heaven: the best theater in America meets the best downtown in America. Not that we’re biased, of course, but a good thing just got better.