Voted Best Student Hangout and one of the best venues for live music and performances by the Kalamazoo Gazette, The Strutt presents crowd-pleasing American fare and nightly musical entertainment for stimulating study breaks or an evening out. The menus feature appetizers that include the black-bean-queso dip ($5.95), and heartier stomach stuffers, such as The Sloppy José, which puts a spicy, south-of-the-border spin on a classic dish ($4.95). Meanwhile, meat eschewers can chew on plentiful vegetarian options, including the roasted-veggie quesadilla ($5.95) or the Blue Apple salad, with apples, raisins, red onion, toasted almonds, and gorgonzola tossed in shallot vinaigrette ($6.95). A full bar, extensive beer list, and nightly drink specials complement any meal or musical act, and the plentiful brunch –– with live jazz on Saturday and bluegrass on Sunday –– and breakfast make this spot a go-to from day to day after.
Although Claudia Sosulski's memories of lavender fields in France inspired her latest spa, Lavender Garden Day Spa—as reported by MLive—it has been her more than seven years as a massage therapist that inspired her to offer a range of healing spa services. This includes deep-cleansing facials with Elina Organics, handmade skincare products, infrared sauna sessions to naturally detoxify bodies, and custom massage sessions in an ashiatsu therapy room.
Every year, Kirk Newman Art School encourages students of all ages to explore sculpture, painting, printmaking, and other disciplines in more than 300 classes. Designed to complement the school?s curriculum, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts? collection highlights American works in these and other mediums, including ceramics and photography. The museum includes European prints and pieces from Africa and East Asia right alongside the art of American luminaries like Janet Fish, the only painter who's ever had gills. Besides its permanent and rotating exhibitions, the institute hosts programs that range from lectures to an annual juried competition for local high school artists.
From within Brenda Bennett Salon, stylist Mindy Premo imparts style and manageability to manes. She kicks off appointments by determining a cut or hue that works best with clients’ features or skin tone before styling hair into their desired look. Mindy also pulls from three levels of smoothing treatments to instantly reduce frizz, boost shine, and subdue curls across all hair types.
At West Michigan Glass Art Center, a non-profit art center in downtown Kalamazoo, students learn to create beads, stained glass, and ornamental baubles flecked with kaleidoscopic colors. Seasoned instructors lead demonstrations and work with students one-on-one, guiding them through techniques such as flameworking, glassblowing, and glass fusing.
As a division of Bronson Healthcare Group, Bronson Athletic Club (BAC) strives to engage people in a healthier lifestyle. Top-of-the-line fitness and sports facilities—including 80 cardio stations with personal theater systems, an indoor track, and a full-size basketball and volleyball court—made BAC a first runner-up in the Best Health Club category of the Kalamazoo Gazette's 2011 Reader's Choice awards. Members participate in multilevel group fitness programs such as full-body boot-camp workouts, yoga, and Zumba classes. Studios feature maple floors that diminish shocks and a warm-water exercise pool for low-impact fitness or walleye diasporas.
Among other amenities, the deli nourishes visitors with a menu of healthy sandwiches and smoothies, and the spa relaxes muscles in whirlpools and steam rooms. The nutrition-savvy staff, which includes personal trainers and a registered dietitian, helps people drop pounds with individualized weight-loss programs.