Greek, Italian, Latin, and Chinese flavors occasionally work their way onto the menu at Cosmo's Cucina?but no one taste lingers too long. That's because the restaurant changes its menus like clockwork every three months, creating new dishes to best take advantage of seasonally available ingredients.
When Cosmo's Cucina opened in 1992, choosing to buy as many ingredients as possible from local farmers wasn't meant to be a trendy decision: the chefs just wanted to make sure that they were getting exactly what they wanted. The decades haven't dampened that enthusiasm. In fact, the menu proudly touts the quality of the chefs' finds.
What they can't buy from the markets, the chefs make from scratch themselves. Hand-made pastas and black-bean burger patties demonstrate their commitment to maintaining control over every ingredient that goes into diners' meals.
A Historic Setting
The building that houses Cosmo's Cucina has a history of its own: 110 years' worth. Situated on the second floor, the restaurant occupies a space that has been home to numerous restaurants over the decades. Now, its dining room swathes diners in warm exposed-brick walls, while colorful umbrellas keep things shady on a back patio.
Happy Our Art marries artistic endeavor with fine wine and spirits in a friendly, vibrant atmosphere that provides expertly instructed classes for artists of any skill level. Grab a seat in front of one of Happy Our Art's provided canvases fully stocked with paint, brushes, aprons, and all the necessary accouterments. Unlike water-skiing or taking a driving exam, participants are encouraged to bring a favorite case of beer or find a use for the juice boxes left fermenting for months in the car. Over the course of the two- to three-hour session, participants will navigate the process of reproducing a preselected painting under the expert guidance of one of Happy Our Art's savvy pigment pilots. At the end of the session, paintings can be brought home to share with loved ones or use to conceal a painting of a wall safe.
The nationally ranked Western Michigan Broncos hockey squad is coming off satisfying wins against 12th-ranked Michigan State and look to continue their run toward a bid in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship tournament. Immerse yourself in the raucous atmosphere of a college hockey game as you watch goalkeeper Nick Pisellini stick-flicking center Max Campbell, and the Broncos squad as they shoot, skate, and pontificate on the ice.
The sounds of pumping weights and bodies in motion echo 24/7 as Snap Fitness members work out at whatever time fits their schedule. A refundable $25 access card gives members the freedom to come and go as they please. Ample staffed hours allow exercisers to develop custom workouts alongside supportive personal trainers or holograms of Richard Simmons. Virtual Active treadmills display videos from the Grand Canyon, state parks, or Chicago’s scenic streets to challenge runners with a variety of terrain types, and MyRide virtual cycling machines coach riders with virtual trainers in HD-quality videos.
Kalamazoo Salsa turns up the heat every weekend to marinate Kalamazoo’s Latin-loving community in energetic rhythms on the sizzling dance floor at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant. Miami Night Fridays transforms South Burdick Street into a sultry South Beach dance club with sexy salsa spectacles, a variety of groovy moves, Latin DJs spinning high-energy beats, and sunscreen-slathered tourists. VIP tickets seat onlookers in the exclusive balcony section overlooking the exquisite dance floor where a variety of moves and booty-shaking formations rule the night. Bar drinks and pizza served by wait staff are available to keep the joints loosened and well-fed until 1 a.m. Open dance ends at 2 a.m.
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.