The Kalamazoo Wedding Affair sets brides-to-be and their fiancés loose to explore, meet, and bounce ideas off some of west Michigan's most sought-after wedding experts. Dozens of exhibitors converge to create a buffet of possibilities that range from bridal fashions, cakes, and catering to gift registries and photographers. Couples can also scope out postceremony services, including reception halls and honeymoon destinations.
Crowned Best Dry Cleaners by Grand Rapids Magazine, Sheldon Cleaners has been fighting the good fight against dud dirt and unpressed pants for more than 60 years. Its seasoned de-griming doctors will scrutinize each article and carefully tend to sweaters ($6.50), coats ($12.50), dresses ($12.50), and shirts ($4.99)—evicting fiber filth, obnoxious odors, and the stains of spilt wine and spilt blood from a rival poet. By using nonhazardous solutions, Sheldon Cleaners provides a thorough clothing cleanse and scores points with Mother Nature for its eco-friendly practices.
Open 365 days a year, Southwest Michigan’s premier climbing gym functions as a 10,500-square-foot climber’s sanctuary. The state-of-the-art climbing center, which touts 30-foot walls and routes up to 65 feet in length, offers beginning belayers and skilled shale shimmiers alike the chance to reach the summit of impressive rock formations. Using hands and prehensile carabiners, climbers support their own weight and engage upper and lower body muscles for the ultimate endurance test. Whether pass holders are aiming to enhance current scaling skills or aspiring to rescue a few more tree-cats this season, Climb Kalamazoo can satisfy desires in a safe, comprehensive manner.
Certified farrier Mike Marquis's slogan is "Putting balace back into every step." But Mike isn't a yogi, nor does he treat vertigo. Instead, he works with the animals he is passionate about: horses. Mike specializes in natural barefoot performance trimming to help care for and stabilize domestic horses. Each day, the horses he works and plays with bring him great joy and stress relief, so he works hard to continue educating himself in farrier science and cutting-edge carrot-origami techniques to keep his horses healthy and happy. For trimming appointments, Mike travels to a horse owner's home or barn, where observes the horse in motion and then skillfully trims down their hooves.
At ACTing Smarter ACT Test Prep, learning how to ace the daunting standardized test is not only effective, but also affordable. University of Michigan alumnus Josh Gottlieb runs the classes—made up of small groups of 5–10 students—and incorporates 15 years of experience teaching math and science, plus two master's degrees in education.