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Find Waldo in Kalamazoo This July

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by Jill P 

 

Where’s Waldo? In Kalamazoo, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twentysix different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more. From Gazelle Sports at 214 S Kalamazoo Mall to the People’s Food Co-op at 507 Harrison St., from Sweetwater’s Donut Mill at 3333 Stadium Dr. to Bookbug at 3019 Oakland Dr., Waldo figures will be well hidden in local business establishments.

Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.

“Finding Waldo Local in Kalamazoo” Passport

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Kalamazoo!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Bookbug to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to enter in a grand prize drawing at the “Waldo Found! Party” at Bookbug on July 29 at 4:00 pm, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.


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Where’s Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 61 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into over 30 languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.

In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including Bookbug here in Kalamazoo, MI, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July.

For more information about hunting for Waldo and Woof in Kalamazoo, call Bookbug at 269-385-2847.

List of Participating Businesses

Bell’s Brewery

355 E Kalamazoo Ave

Kalamazoo

MI

49007

269.382.2332

Bookbug

3019 Oakland Dr.

Kalamazoo

MI

49008

269.385.2847

Confections with Conviction

116 W Crosstown Pkwy #101

Kalamazoo

MI

49001

269.381.9700

Crow’s Nest Restaurant

816 S Westnedge Ave

Kalamazoo

MI

49001

269.978.0490

Fanfare Sports & Equipment

4415 S Westnedge Ave

Kalamazoo

MI

49008

269.349.8866

Gales True Value

2825 Stadium Drive

Kalamazoo

MI

49008

269.342.8111

Gazelle Sports

214 S. Kalamazoo Mall

Kalamazoo

MI

49007

269.342.5996

Greenlight Music

4717 W Kl Ave

Kalamazoo

MI

49006

269.372.8560

Kalamazoo Public Library

315 S. Rose St

Kalamazoo

MI

49007

269.342.9837

Lee’s Adventure Sports

311 W Kilgore Rd

Portage

MI

49002

269.381.7700

Little Chick Shoe Shop

449 W Kilgore Rd

Portage

MI

49002

269.342.2024

Little Sprout Children’s Boutique

3009 Oakland Dr

Kalamazoo

MI

49008

269.366.4325

MacKenzies Bakery

527 Harrison

Kalamazoo

MI

49007

269.343.8440

Nature Connection

359 S Kalamazoo Mall

Kalamazoo

MI

49007

269.567.2873

Pedal

611 West Michigan Ave

Kalamazoo

MI

49007

269.567.3325

People’s Food Co-Op

507 Harrison St

Kalamazoo

MI

49007

269.342.5686

Sarkozy Bakery

350 E. Michigan Ave

Kalamazoo

MI

49007

269.342.1952

Satellite Records

808 S. Westnedge

Kalamazoo

MI

49001

269.381.0218

Sawall Health Foods

2965 Oakland Dr

Kalamazoo

MI

49008

269.343.3619

Sweetwater’s Donut Mill

3333 Stadium Dr.

Kalamazoo

MI

49008

269.372.3636

The Station

169 Portage St

Kalamazoo

MI

49007

269.870.5226

Treat Street

3023 Oakland Dr

Kalamazoo

MI

49008

269.388.5505

Tromblay Salon

627 S Burdick St

Kalamazoo

MI

49007

269.383.4300

VanderSalm’s Flower Shop

1120 S Burdick St

Kalamazoo

MI

49001

800.232.7134

Water Street Coffee Joint

3037 Oakland Dr

Kalamazoo

MI

49008

269.488.7178

Zoo City Cycle & Sports

4308 S Westnedge Ave

Kalamazoo

MI

49008

269.552.3000

 

Jill P

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. KZOOkids.com was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.

 

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