Later additions by Edna Bassett and Dallas Boudeman surrounded the building, but look up next time you pass it on South Street, and you’ll see the remains of the old house behind the newer (c.1906) additions. If you’ve ever dined indoors at Taco Bob’s, you were sitting inside one of the original parlors.
What many people may not know about the Kalamazoo/Portage area is the fact that we were on our way to becoming the Mall capital of Michigan. During the 80’s Kalamazoo had a minimum of 4 malls. Today, there is only one. Is the Crossroads Mall going to be the exception, or will it too join these abandoned and demolished malls of Kalamazoo’s past?
August 19th, 1959. Sixty years ago, the downtown Kalamazoo Mall was officially dedicated, or more precisely, this officially closed parts of Burdick Street in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo, which was replaced with an urban pedestrian mall.
Registration for the Mardi Gras Bar Crawl on the Kalamazoo Mall will be at Old Burdicks March 2nd from noon to 3:00pm. You MUST be 21 years-of-age or older to attend and make sure to bring an ID; it will be checked at every bar. Once you've got your wristbands and grabbed your map, you are on your own to plot your course. Go wild and hit all the stops, or go Big Easy and enjoy a leisurely afternoon.