The morning dew still in the air, you catch the early birds making their way to their stores, cups of coffee in hand. You hear a few laughs, friendly hellos, and the jingle of keys. Not long after that, stores open and people crisscross the herringbone brick and cement street on the Kalamazoo Mall. Customers visit merchants, some of them long-time friends. Stop for a bagel or pastry or lunch, if it's already midday. Get their shoes shined. Or pick up an out-of-town newspaper. Some have business at one of the corner banks. Others have creative interests at the Epic Center, where so much of Kalamazoo's artistic talents now reside. Come evening, people come out to dine or just window shop, while folks who work downtown relax at quitting time and take in an evening event near the Radisson.

Year round, there are constant reasons to come to the mall. Parades and sidewalk sales. Art on the Mall, Mixer on the Mall, the holiday season, and more. All of it at the heart of a growing, diverse Central City.