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

Photo Credit: Lori Gottschling

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.

Makers Spaces to Visit

The perfect handcrafted makers weekend in Kalamazoo

Meet Some of Our Local Makers

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.

Andrew Koehler is currently the music director of the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, which he leads as part of his position as an associate professor of music at Kalamazoo College. He holds concurrent posts as music director of the University Symphony Orchestra at Western Michigan University’s School of Music, where he has an adjunct appointment; at the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra, one of the nation’s oldest youth orchestras.


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 cozy up to pink countertops or amidst Jumanji-style jungle scenes. Whether you’re a newbie to the craft or a coffee connoisseur, there's a cafe here for you in Kalamazoo.


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.

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.