Here in South Town you'll find one of the most interesting mixes of neighborhoods and people, business establishments, and gathering places in Kalamazoo. Like a spicy gumbo, it has a little of this and a little of that. Once the city's most populated neighborhood, in some ways it still holds onto its roots as a solid working-class neighborhood.

Kalamazoo's reputation as The Celery City had a lot to do with the celery farms on the districts edge in the beginning. But like so much in Central City, South Town is defined as much by what it has become as what it was. To prove a point, take a midday stroll through South Town. After taking in the surroundings, you could plan an evening around dinner and a show, just minutes from each venue. You might even run into the self-appointed Mayor of South Town. At his shoe store he can steer you to anything from a hair stylist to a tax specialist. Or help you find your way back to the elegant new campus of Bronson Methodist Hospital.

It's a district full of flavor. Whether you like it mild, medium, or spicy.