Now that Halloween is (somewhat) over, you know as a society, we skip right to the holiday season.

One of the best parts of the holidays is giving gifts to your family, friends, and other loved ones.

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You may not know what to get for your people this holiday season but there is a chance to start holiday shopping early.

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KalamaTopia is back this year. So, if shopping local is your mission this year, this is the perfect chance to stock up on presents and/or stocking stuffers.

What is KalamaTopia?

Started back in 2014, KalamaTopia has now been established as a holiday tradition for the City of Kalamazoo.

According to the website, it is essentially a happy hour outdoor holiday market.

"KalamaTopia is a Friday happy hour of celebrating all things made in Kalamazoo County. Embracing the cold, there will be tents, heaters, and hot and cold (adult) beverages brewed right here in Kalamazoo."

KalamaTopia turns the streets of Kalamazoo into a shopping heaven.

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"This event will feature artists and merchandise vendors (almost like a Chriskindlemart style) that specialize in anything made in Kalamazoo County as well as Michigan. It is designed as an expo where vendor booth tables will line the Kalamazoo Mall from East Michigan Avenue to Eleanor Street."

If that doesn't get you out of your house this weekend, this just might do the trick.

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The entire event is free for any and all people to attend.

When is KalamaTopia?

KalamaTopia is this Friday, November 4th from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the 100th block of North Kalamazoo Mall.

What are some of the vendors that will be at KalamaTopia?

  • 13 Cookies
  • Chich Designs by Maureen
  • Doughchicks
  • Mindful in Michigan
  • Rose & Adder
  • Salut! Market
  • The Dog Shack LLC
  • Twisted Knot Co.
  • Within Resin Pendants
  • Raising Wildflowers Co.
  • Aunt Nay's Cookies & Treat
  • Natural Habitat Candle Co.

For the full vendor list and even more information and details about KalamaTopia, you can check out their official website or their Facebook page.

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