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March is for Makers in downtown Kalamazoo. Throughout the entire month, downtown businesses are promoting and celebrating invention, creativity, curiosity, and hands-on learning with various events and workshops. AND while you're enjoying all the great makers activities in downtown, you could win up to $350 in Downtown Dollars - simply pick up your Official Makers Month passport at any participating business, visit 20 of the participating businesses and be entered to win $350 in Downtown Dollars! Can't visit 20? Don't worry, there's prize opportunities for visiting 5 or 10!

Figure out where to start your Makers Journey below:

AT&T Store

AT&T Store
Smartphone Photography Workshop
Fridays at 5 p.m. & Saturdays at 12 p.m. during March | No cost to attend | 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100

Photography is an art - learn how to make the most of the camera right in your pocket. AT&T will be providing a Smartphone Photography workshop. Learn how to best use your smartphone to get that perfect picture.

Blush Salon & Spa

Blush Salon & Spa
HAIR + Skin 101 (A hands on workshop)
March 26, 2020 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | $40/ticket | 100 W. Michigan Ave.
How fresh is your beauty regimen, really? We are serving up the hottest tips and tricks to keep ALLLLL your aesthetic goals on point. Get some blowout pointers, modern wave knowledge bombs, customized beauty regimens and soooo much more. We are keeping the good vibes rolling with some amazing door prizes and raffle giveaways!! You will not want to miss this! Grab a bestie + we’ll chill the champagne.

Yoga + Massage (A hands on workshop for couples)
March 27, 2020 | 7 - 9 p.m. | $80/couple | 100 W. Michigan Ave.
Date night has never been so euphoric! Surrender your bodies to one another as you are guided through an applicable sequence of energy giving touch and stress releaving poses. Become grounded and connected as you give and receive this amazing experience. Indulge in a bit of romance and some tantalizing treats (and of course a little gift to keep the experience going) to close out the night.

Makeup + Mimosas (A hands on workshop)
March 28, 2020 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | $30/ticket | 100 W. Michigan Ave.
Cheers to the basics! Let us pour you a mimosa and teach you some applicable makeup tips after a mini facial indulgence. This hands on class will help you conceal, contour + frame your way to the “perfect look”. We will also have open dialogue to help you trouble shoot all your makeup needs and send you home with the essentials to recreate the look.

Central City Tap House

Central City Tap House
Pizza from Scratch (A hands on workshop)
March 22, 2020 | 1 p.m. | $20 | 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall
You don’t need to buy pizza from the freezer and microwave when you know how to create your own pizza from scratch. Join the Tap House team in making fresh dough, choosing from a wide variety of fresh ingredients and toppings then finishing your pizza in our wood fired pizza oven. And nothing goes better with pizza than a good cold beer. You will be able to taste a wide selection beers from our draft list then pair the beer that will go best with your pizza.

Clock N Lock Escape Rooms

Clock N Lock Escape Rooms
Make time for fun with friends
321 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 200
When tickets are purchased in advance online, using Promotional Code "MAKETIME" during checkout will allow guests to try out one of our escape rooms for $5 off per player.

Choose from these 1-Hour Immersive Puzzle Room Escape Games:
  • THE UFO DINER (4-10 Players)
  • AMELIA'S ATTIC (4-8 Players)
  • BABY UNICORN RESCUE (2-4 Players)
For Available Dates/Times click on the BOOK button on our website.

Colors & Cocktails

Colors & Cocktails
Greeting Card Making Class
March 3, 2020 | 6-8 p.m. | $20 | 240 S. Kalamazoo Mall
Card making expert, Leslie May, is coming to the Colors & Cocktails studio on Tuesday, March 3rd from 6:00-8:00pm. Leslie will have everything you need to make 6 greeting cards with everyday sentiments including, Happy Birthday, Thank you and Congratulations! You will leave with 6 cards and envelopes that are ready to send plus lots of friendship and fun times!

Drinkable Glass or Vase Painting Class
March 4, 2020 | 6-8 p.m. | $30-35 | 240 S. Kalamazoo Mall
Enjoy an amazing evening of painting a drinkable glass or a vase with Colors & Cocktails art instructors Lauren, Kayla, and Jessalyn on Wednesday, March 4th from 6:00-7:30pm at the Colors & Cocktails studio downtown Kalamazoo!

Down Dog Yoga Center

Down Dog Yoga Center
Make Time for Your Health Various Hours | 316 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 108
Down Dog Yoga Center offer homemade teas, tinctures, and Ayurveda supplies. They also offer the local services of massage, chiropractic, yoga, and massage.

Food Dance

Food Dance
Knife Skills Class March 12, 2020 | 6-8 p.m. | $60 | 401 E. Michigan Ave.
Join Food Dance in a knife skills techniques class. Chef Brad will teach about styles of knives and how to sharpen, slice, dice and chop like a pro. Discover which knives are the best fit for each person with this hands-on class. Each guest will butcher and take home a whole pastured Carlson's Farm chicken. Bring your favorite knife from home.

Glass Art Kalamazoo

Glass Art Kalamazoo
Family Fun Day: Walk-in Fused Glass Tiles
March 14, 2020 | 12 - 3:30 p.m. | $8-20 | 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave.
Bring the family and spend an awesome afternoon creating in our studios! This walk-in glass class is open to all ages* and skill levels. You will learn basics of preparing glass for the fusing (melting) process as you assemble colorful bits of glass onto your own magnet, sun-catcher, or night light. It's easy to learn and fun for the whole family!

Make It! Journey Beads
March 18, 2020 | 6-8 p.m. | $65 | 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave.
Join for a fun introduction to “Journey Beads“! This 2-hour class is designed to give you a hands-on way to support the program while enjoying a fun night in our studio. You’ll learn to melt colorful rods of glass to a mandrel over a torch, as our experienced artists lead you through the process of creating some of the basic beads used in the program.

Fused Glass Coaster Class
March 20, 2020 | 6-8 p.m. | $60 | 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave.
If you loved making fused tiles and now wish to learn more about kiln fusing and make a larger and more involved project, this class is perfect for you! In this class, participants will use beautiful transparent and opalescent glass to create glass art coasters. Students will learn how to cut glass and used multiple elements to design two 5"×5" coasters. Class will cover fused glass properties and firing techniques. All glass, materials, and tools included.

Make It! Intro to Pendants Class
March 20, 2020 | 6-8 p.m. | $60 | 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave.
Get creative with this wonderful “Make it!” Pendant Class. In this two hour class you will be introduced to the basics of lampworking and learn/practice how to make beautiful glass pendants! No limit to number of pendants you can make!

Fused Glass Bowl Class
March 28, 2020 | 1-3 p.m. | $60 | 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave.
In this class, participants will use beautiful transparent and opalescent glass to create glass art bowls. Students will learn how to cut glass and use multiple elements to design two 5"x5" candy dish style bowls. Class will cover fused glass properties and firing techniques. All glass, materials, and tools included."

Kalamazoo Athletic Club

Stay tuned for updates!

Kalamazoo Candle Company Marketplace

Kalamazoo Candle Company Marketplace
Walk-in Candle Making
M - W 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Th - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | $25+ | 166 S. Kalamazoo Mall
Drop by Marketplace anytime during store hours and you can craft your very own unique scented candle! We don't take reservations. It takes about 30 minutes to make your first candle and about 10 minutes for each additional candle. Candles take around 60 minutes to fully cool so we encourage you to visit our neighbors on the Mall to grab some food or shop while you wait!

Kids' Day Out Candle Making
Tuesdays | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. | $10+ | 166 S. Kalamazoo Mall
Every Tuesday, we have candle making just for kids! Bring your children ages 4 – 12 to make their very own candle! Drop by Marketplace anytime between 10AM – 12PM or 3:30PM – 5:30PM every Tuesday. Candles take about 40 minutes to cool.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Kalamazoo Valley Museum
15th Annual Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival
March 7, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. | 230 N. Rose St.
Meet music professionals to learn about their art and trade, attend workshops of all varieties, see demonstrations on guitar maintenance with Heritage Guitar Company, and enjoy the live performances from area musicians! Patrons attending the 2020 Fretboard Festival will appreciate the convenience of food service provided by The Spot at KVCC's Anna Whitten Hall, where performances, workshops, and vendor booths will also be taking place. The cafe will be open for service from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will be serving snacks, beverages, and simple sandwiches. Cash or debit/credit cards will be accepted.

Olde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant

Stay tuned for updates!

Pop City Popcorn

Popcorn Recipes
March 28, 2020 | 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. | 346 S. Kalamazoo Mall
Pop City Popcorn knows everything there is to know about popcorn. Even how to use popcorn in cake and ice cream! Interested? Attend the Popcorn Cake demo (12 p.m.) and the Popcorn Ice Cream demo (3 p.m.). You won't want to miss out!

Rocket Fizz

The Soda Float Experience
M-Th 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; F - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun 12 - 6 p.m. | 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall
Rocket Fizz and The Spirit of Kalamazoo and partner to offer a unique float. After a customer selects one of the hundreds of choices in sodas from Rocket Fizz, they can bring their soda to The Spirit of Kalamazoo where there are 24 choices of ice cream. The customer can choose what ice cream goes best with their soda to create a unique, one-of-a-kind float.

Sarkozy Bakery & Cafe

Sarkozy Bakery & Cafe
Talk to the Bakers
March 1 - 31, 2020 | 350 E. Michigan Ave.
Come in any day before 1:00 pm, take a seat at our counter and enjoy a cuppa while you watch and talk to the bakers while they work.

Teel Jewelers

Teel Jewelers
Make Your Own Stamped Charm
March 28, 2020 | 11 a.m. | $12 | 157 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 190
Do you like to wear jewelry? Are you are interested in how it is made? Want to know if being a jeweler is for you? Well come by Teel Jewelers and see the owner make a stamped charm. We have 10 apprentice jeweler spots where you can make one too, just $12. You can also tour the shop and learn about our tools and techniques to design, manufacture, and repair jewelry.

Tempo Vino Winery of Kalamazoo

Make Your Own Wine
By Appointment | $225-300 | 260 E. Michigan Ave.
Make your own wine at Tempo Vino Winery! Tempo Vino helps customers create their own wine at their facility. Each batch of wine produces 25-30 bottles. When it is finished, you come back to bottle it and label it with personalized wine labels.

The Spirit of Kalamazoo

Tues - Thurs 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Fri/Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun 12 - 5 p.m. | 154 S. Kalamazoo Mall
The Spirit of Kalamazoo and Rocket Fizz partner to offer a unique float. After a customer selects one of the hundreds of choices in sodas from Rocket Fizz, they can bring their soda to The Spirit of Kalamazoo where there are 24 choices of ice cream. The customer can choose what ice cream goes best with their soda to create a unique, one-of-a-kind float.

The Aroma Labs

The Aroma Labs
Be Your Own Perfumer! Drop In!
March 1 (2 and 4 p.m.); March 21 (4 p.m.); March 28 (12 p.m.) | 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Suite 309

Aroma Technicians will help you decide which aromas to blend based on your scent preferences. Your new fragrance is then bottled & branded with your very own personal affirmation. The creative process will take 40-60 minutes, and you will be able to take home your personal fragrance the same day in a beautifully wrapped gift bag.

The Union

Healthy Dishes Workshop
March 21, 2020 | 1 p.m. | $25 | 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall
With beach season just around the corner we are all looking to fit into that swimsuit. Join Chef Betsy Ruth as she demonstrates how to prepare healthy dishes that you can make at home for you and your family. These dishes are inspired by the Union’s Wellness Wednesday menus. And if you are eating healthy you should also drink healthy. Kelly Berryhill will be on hand to help you create summer cocktails made with fresh fruits and herbs.

The Wine Loft

Cocktail Party Appetizers
March 21, 2020 | 1:30 p.m. | $25 | 161 E. Michigan Ave.
Chef Cody will help you select and prepare appetizers and bites for your party. General Manager Michael Wilholt will be on hand to help you taste and select wines that will pair great with your food.

Patio Party Food
March 28, 2020 | 1:30 p.m. | $25 | 161 E. Michigan Ave.
Chef Cody will work with you to select and create great food for your next patio party. And nothing goes better with food on the patio than Sangria. Head bartender Angie will show the best preparation for great Sangria.

West Michigan Beer Tours

Makers Tour: A walking tour of a downtown Kalamazoo winery, distillery and brewery
March 21, 2020 | 12 p.m. | $45
Named one of the Top 10 walking tours in the country by Paste Magazine, this casual afternoon will introduce you to some of the colorful personalities and flavors behind Kalamazoo’s beer culture. In a special twist, we are highlighting other beverage makers in downtown Kalamazoo, including Tempo Vino Winery and Green Door Distilling Co. or the Kalamazoo Stillhouse as part of our Makers Tour. This unique tour will offer a visit to a winery, brewery and distillery for samples, a cocktail and a pint, as well as our goody bag.

Makers Tour: A walking tour of a downtown Kalamazoo winery, distillery and brewery
March 28, 2020 | 12 p.m. | $45
Named one of the Top 10 walking tours in the country by Paste Magazine, this casual afternoon will introduce you to some of the colorful personalities and flavors behind Kalamazoo’s beer culture. In a special twist, we are highlighting other beverage makers in downtown Kalamazoo, including Tempo Vino Winery and Green Door Distilling Co. or the Kalamazoo Stillhouse as part of our Makers Tour. This unique tour will offer a visit to a winery, brewery and distillery for samples, a cocktail and a pint, as well as our goody bag.