Focus On: Satellite Records

According to manager Mike Evans, vinyl has taken over as the biggest-selling music format since the 1980s. He says it is about the music for many, but even more than that, it is about the uniqueness of the album artwork and the slightly imperfect sounds of listening to music on vinyl.

Focus On: Heilman’s Nuts & Confections

From the old bones of a remodeled Sinclair gas station, Heilman’s Nuts & Confections has been serving the Kalamazoo community with delightful treats since 1988. Carefully curated nuts from the US and Brazil are roasted on the premises, and a wide selection of handmade white, milk, and dark chocolates fill several glass cases.

Focus On: Eagle Street Market

Eagle Street Market in the heart of downtown South Haven is the answer to any antique shopper’s dream. This giant indoor market spans 9,500 square feet and is home to more than 50 antique vendors. Fittingly, the building itself is more than 100 years old and was one of the first Ford dealerships in the state.

Focus On: Khnemu Studio

Soltysiak’s style of ceramic artwork is organic and earthy. She employs a wide variety of firing techniques -- wood fired, stoneware, Raku, smoke fired, pit fired, salt and soda fired -- and each creates a distinct look in the finished work.

Focus On: Kalamazoo Candle Company

As he tells it, the creation of Kalamazoo Candle Company was a “happy accident” when he found himself with some free time around the holidays. McFarlin decided to search online for things he could make and sell for extra cash. He literally Googled, “things I can make,” and a list of 50 things popped up. As he browsed the list, candles caught his attention.

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