by Jill P
Running In July
Where’s Waldo? In Kalamazoo, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-six 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 Kalamazoo movement.
Find 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 31 at 4 pm, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.
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.
|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|
|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|
Have fun and good luck finding Waldo in our community!