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My Town Kalamazoo: Local bar among Top 21 Thrillist theme bars

My Town Kalamazoo: Local bar among Top 21 Thrillist theme bars

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Kalamazoo Beer Exchange) — Fresh off their win as RateBeer’s “Best Bar in MI,” the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange – the only on the list in Michigan - has been named one of Thrillist’s 21 Best Theme Bars in America.

“Everyone who pays us a visit has a great time with The Exchange,” said Johanna Kelly, PR and Event Coordinator for The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. “Whether you’re a Kalamazoo native or visiting from the other side of the globe, we’re the perfect place to discover incredible craft beer at ridiculously low prices in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Standing alongside established bars in large cities from Brooklyn to San Francisco, the inclusion of The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange reaffirms Kalamazoo’s status as a rising star in the Midwest’s cultural and craft beer movements, as well as highlighting the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange’s place as a cornerstone of Downtown Kalamazoo cool.

My Town: New restaurants to replace shuttered sports bar

My Town: New restaurants to replace shuttered sports bar

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new set of restaurants will soon replaced a shuttered sports bar, plagued by police calls.

Gipper’s Sports Bar and Grille was auctioned off last year.  The bar lost its liquor license in January 2012, shortly after two shootings within three months at the bar.

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Looking for a job?  The list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is out.

The businesses are nominated by staff or community members.  Judges then whittle down the pool to 101 winners, based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and other categories.    This year’s winners are:

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.

My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Hope College Alumni Association will honor two graduates with Young Alumni Awards on Thursday, March 27.

The association is recognizing Maxine Gray of Seattle, Wash., who is a 2004 Hope graduate, and Matt Scogin of New York City, who is a 2002 Hope graduate.  The awards will be presented during a dinner at the college’s Haworth Inn and Conference Center at 6 p.m.

The Young Alumni Award was established to honor the talents and contributions that young alumni have made to their professions, their communities and to the college.  The award was first presented in 2007.  Criteria include having been a member of the Alumni Association for 15 or fewer years; notable prominence through professional endeavor, research, volunteerism, and/or involvement with the local or global community or the college; and demonstrating significant initiative by starting innovative service projects, research, businesses or other original enterprises.

My Town Grandville: Trivalent Group makes the cut on CRN's lists

My Town Grandville: Trivalent Group makes the cut on CRN's lists

GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- Trivalent Group, one of Michigan’s largest IT solutions providers, is being recognized as one of the top 100 managed service providers in the world for the fourth consecutive year by MSPmentor.

The Grandville-based firm ranks 73 on this year's list.  The company was also named to CRN’s inaugural MSP 500 list as one of the MSP Elite 150, recognizing large data center-focused solutions providers with a strong mix of on-premise professional services as well as off-premise services.

My Town Kalamazoo: Freebies aplenty during Girfriends Getaway Kalamazoo

My Town Kalamazoo: Freebies aplenty during Girfriends Getaway Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Grab your friends and join Girlfriends Getaway Kalamazoo this weekend for lots of free activities and goodies.

More than two dozen businesses in Kalamazoo will be offering complimentary deals, drinks and food.  Most of the offers run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, but some last all weekend.  For more information, visit the Girlfriends Getaway Kalamazoo website here.

There’s also the Women’s Lifestyle Expo at the Kalamazoo Expo Center, which runs Friday and Saturday.  Admission is $5 for adults.  For more information, visit the event site here.