New Businesses In and Around Kalamazoo 

We love our town in the summer – beautiful flowers blossoming, warmer weather, longer days, so we are excited for all the new stores and restaurants that have recently opened to Kalamazoo and surrounding communities.

And, more business openings are on the horizon – all signs of a vibrant community!

Below is a medley of businesses – restaurants to candy shops and everything in between. Some businesses have recently opened, are opening another location, or are opening soon.

As always, it is best to check with the business website direclty to verify opening details.  


Black Rock Bar & Grill | 550 Trade Centre Way, Portage| 269-459-9427

Now OPEN – Black Rock Bar & Grill is a steakhouse specializing in Certified Angus Beef steaks served on a sizzling stone. Guests cook their own steak on a sizzling 755-degree volcanic rock to their exact liking.

Civil House Coffee Co.344 N. Rose St Kalamazoo 

Civil House Coffee Co opened in mid-March and is a multi-roaster coffee shop – offering espresso, cappuccino, teas and more.

Millennium Park Cafe | 280 Romence Road, Portage | 269-329-4522

Open seasonally from June through September. Hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM and Saturday – Sunday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Serving Water Street Coffee and food from Off the Cuff Catering. They even have remote control boats that kids both young and old can enjoy (rental fee applies).

Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop125 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo | 269-888-2588

Opened for several months now, Rocket Fizz is part of a California-based group of franchise shops that describe themselves as a “one-stop shop for all of your soda pop and candy cravings.” The store is located in the Kalamazoo Mall.

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Kalamazoo Kettle Corn Company | 7620 S. Westnedge Ave, Portage |  269-383-1767

Offering hand-crafted, gourmet popcorn in a variety of decadent flavors. A new retail location, located next to Colonial Kitchen on South Westnedge Ave. recently opened.

The Gamer Gauntlet | 6650 S Westnedge Ave, Portage | 269-888-6700

Located in the Crossroads Mall, every gamer will want to check this out. The Gamer Gauntlet offers an extensive selection of D&D, Manga, Pokemon, 7th Sea, and other games. 


Five Guys | 5153 W Main St, Kalamazoo |  269-567-1111

Another Five Guys location has opened in Kalamazoo. Made-to-order burgers, fries & hot dogs, plus free peanuts while you wait.

Home Goods | 5050 S Westnedge Ave, Portage | 269-337-0829

Home-decor chain stocking a variety of furnishings, bedding, kitchenware, holiday goods & more.

Jimmy John’s | 1128 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo | 269-381-8400

Jimmy John’s serve-from-scratch food made with locally purchased produce on fresh-baked french bread.

The Thirsty Hound | 1030 South 8th Street, Kalamazoo | 269-330-3742

A dog-friendly tavern where people can come with their well-behaved dogs to eat, drink, and hang out with friends—or make new ones.

Latitude 42 Brewing Company –  Oshtemo |6101 W. Main St, Kalamazoo | 269-775-7245

Latitude 42 Brewing Co. has opened a second brewpub location in Oshtemo Township, giving residents on the west side of town the chance to enjoy Latitude 42’s fare. An outdoor patio is coming soon!

Menchie’s |1700 S Drake Road, Suite C, Kalamazoo | 269-459-6377

Menchie’s offer a variety of frozen yogurt and toppings.

ReClaimed Home Décor  | 5949 Lovers Lane, Portage | 269-775-1015

Reclaimed Home Décor is loaded with unique, one-of-a-kind finds to decorate your home with style and nostalgia.

Texas Corners Specialty Meats | 7922 South 8th St Kalamazoo| 269-312-8508

This little gem located in Texas Corners opened in the spring and serves a great selection of quality meats.

Tropical Smoothie Café Comstock | 5455 Gull Road Suite A, Kalamazoo| 269-532-1550

Another location, Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s menu boasts bold, flavorful smoothies with a healthy appeal, all made-to-order from the freshest ingredients.

Urban Nest | 9975 East M-89 Richland, MI  | 269-629-6118

Urban Nest offers unique interior designs with an array of decorating styles. Urban Nest features a variety of local artists, handmade gifts, apparel, accessories, & DIY workshops.

Windfall Coffeehouse | 625 W. Praire Street, Vicksburg | 269-315 5123

Windfall Coffeehouse’s vision was to create a space people could come, relax, and enjoy a good cup of coffee. They also serve breakfast and lunch. There is a pick-up window for coffee on the go. 

Starbucks| 6134 S Westnedge Ave., Portage | 269-324-1433

Grab a Caramel Frappuccino at the new Starbucks location in Portage (located next to Red Lobster).

Splash Island | Gull Lake, Richland | 269-932-4442

Opened mid-June, Splash Island is a floating water park on Gull Lake. Great for birthday parties, family parties, youth groups, clubs, or just a summer day! $5 per 30 minutes for open community swim times on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

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Blain’s Farm and Fleet  |  879 Mall Dr, Portage

Blain’s Farm and Fleet is a retailer with a varied product selection, including apparel, farm equipment, tires and sporting goods. Moving into the former Menards location in Portage, the store is expected to open Fall 2018.


Biggby Coffee5401 Portage Rd #1, Portage, MI | 269-903-2740

The new Biggby location is near West Lake, on the corner of Portage Road and Ames Drive. Opening date TBD.

Kelvin & Co Urban BBQ | 5167 West Main, Kalamazoo

Kelvin & Co serves up classic BBQ with an urban flare – everything is smoked in-house. They offer seven different BBQ sauces that are all made from scratch. Kelvin & Co first opened in downtown Kalamazoo on Michigan Ave. They are opening their second location on West Main soon!

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Gino’s East | 248 Broadway St, South Haven

Opening soon! Make sure to continue the tradition of writing some graffiti on the wall after you enjoy delicious Chicago-style pizza while in South Haven.

H&M | 6650 S. Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI

Opening this summer in the Crossroads Mall. The new H&M location will offer area residents “a one-stop shopping destination for quality clothing for the whole family,” according to information provided by the company. It will have a separate “store within a store” section for accessories and plans to carry the H&M Kids collection for newborns to 14-year-olds.

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Presidential Brewing Co. | 8302 Portage Road, Portage | 269-468-9765

Anticipated opening:  Fall 2018. Located on Portage Road just south of Centre Street, at the site of a former mini-golf business, Presidential Brewing Co. will feature beers named after presidents. Presidential Brewing Co. plans to keep nine holes of golf for customers to play. The remaining outdoor space will be converted into a beer garden with games and seating.

New Holland Brewing Company | 64 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek

New Holland Brewing Company is opening a new location in downtown Battle Creek, with an anticipated opening in the spring of 2019.

Shwe Mandalay Burmese Cuisine451 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek

Slated to open this summer in downtown Battle Creek, Shew Mandalay will offer Burmese cuisine, a combination of Chinese, Thai, and Indian food.

Make sure to let us know in the comment section below if we’ve missed any other new businesses in Southwest Michigan.




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