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Escape room games are now in downtown Kalamazoo

In December Second Wave reported the escape room phenomenon has come to Kalamazoo. hat story focused on Escapology in Portage, one of 27 escape rooms now found across Michigan.

Now we're taking a closer look at The Final Clue in downtown Kalamazoo. Owner Joel Fluty, owner says that every room is an adventure. When you visit escape rooms you get to work as a team with friends or family to solve puzzles and clues in order to escape before time runs out. 

Fluty says every game at The Final Clue offers an original theme and storyline that will  provide you with an in-depth immersive experience. "Each room is professionally designed, from the schematics to the props. Great care was taken to ensure each player has an opportunity to contribute to their team.”

The decision to open The Final Clue grew out of Fluty's and his wife's fascination with the escapes they had been on. "My wife and I enjoyed visiting both EpIQ Escapes in Jackson and Escapeology in Portage, and after that, we were hooked. I felt that downtown Kalamazoo would be a great location to open my own escape room business.”

The Final Clue opened Dec. 2. It's within walking distance of Kalamazoo’s popular downtown breweries and businesses. As Fluty says: "As you drive up Kalamazoo Avenue, you can’t help but notice the beautiful Kalamazoo sign and fountains that welcomes you to downtown Kalamazoo. Turn your head to the right and you can’t help but notice Kalamazoo’s newest entertainment business, The Final Clue.

All college students and retired or active military receive 30 percent off the regular price of $25 per person. "We will also occasionally run promotions and will work individually with businesses to provide for their team building goals.”

A cross-promotion with many of local businesses is in the works and will be available by Feb. 1, Fluty says. The way the promotion will work is that patrons will be able to obtain and use a punch card. Spend $5 or more at each participating business and when the card is full, your booking for four or more players is $25 off (so one gamer plays for free). 

The Rooms

The Firestarter. An unknown serial arsonist is targeting colleges and now he has his sights set on Kalamazoo. You are on campus when lockdown procedures are initiated. With only 60 minutes, you must disrupt his plan, master his riddles and solve the final clue to escape. Kalamazoo’s very own Mayor Bobby Hopewell is featured delivering a message from the mayor's office in this room. 

Widget Wars. This game is designed for head-to-head competition between two teams. Your ACME Development Team created the new super widget, which is certain to revolutionize the industry. The widget and patent have been stolen. Can you get it back in time to save the future of your company and your team?  This game is also transportable – we bring this game to your business for team building, parties and any fun event (it can accommodate up to 60 players).

The Playroom. The evil troll has invaded the playroom and stolen your childhood imagination. Will you be able to solve the puzzles and clues in time to get it back? This room is currently under construction.

Royal Blood. The castle holds many mysteries; one of them is the royal bloodline. A pious sect is attempting to lay claim to the throne. Can you unveil the secrets of the Royal Blood before they unrightfully seize power? This room is coming soon.

"We are excited to be one Kalamazoo’s newest businesses," Fluty says, "and we hope you will come try your luck. Do you think you can solve The Final Clue?”

Source: Joel Fluty, The Final Clue
 

Local groups are part of National Day of Healing

"Stories that Unite Us” is the theme of a community event planned as a part of the National Day of Healing Tuesday, Jan. 17, inspired by W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Initiative (TRHT).

"This will be a day to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias," says ISAAC Executive Director Charlae Davis. "We hope this day helps us build an equitable and just society so all children can thrive. TRHT provides a collective commitment and long-term determination to embrace a new narrative for the nation--and individual communities--in a belief in our common humanity."
 
The "Stories that Unite Us” event is free and open to the public and will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall. (RSVP at www.storiesunite.eventbrite.com or by calling Lanna Lewis at 269-381-4416.)

There will be a review of the recommendations put forth at the TRHT summit hosted by W.K. Kellogg Foundation in December, which resulted in the National Day of Healing, as well as opportunities to get involved locally. The evening also includes heavy appetizers, an introduction to Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Initiative and previews of the documentary series “America Divided,” along with opportunities to interact and reflect.  

The documentary features narratives around inequality in education, housing, criminal justice and political systems, as well as stories on immigration, labor, and the Flint water crisis.
 
“We’ll be showing segments in a film festival format, with opportunities to interact, discuss, and reflect, as well as build relationships with community members,” says Lewis, community investment manager at Kalamazoo Community Foundation.
 
Area partners planning this event include ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community), SHARE (Society for History and Racial Equity), Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan, Black Arts & Cultural Center, ERACCE (Eliminating Racism & Creating/Celebrating Equity), Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center/Welcoming Michigan and Kalamazoo Community Foundation.
 
More than 130 organizations nationwide are involved in TRHT.
 
W.K. Kellogg Foundation President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron, “As a nation, we must come to terms with the deep divides in our communities. Our nation is crying out for healing, which can only come with a shared understanding of our collective past and a sustained effort to dismantle the structures, policies, practices, and systems that divide us, and perpetuate conscious and unconscious bias.”
 
Learn more about “American Divided” at its website.

Source: Kalamazoo Community Foundation

AVB adds five new employees

AVB has recently added five people to its team including a business development associate, two new commercial construction project engineers, a residential construction framer, and a residential estimating intern.

Daniel Burns has been hired as a commercial construction project engineer. He will coordinate all necessary documents and communications for all commercial projects. As a full-time member of the AVB team, Burns will carry out communication processes for all AVB commercial projects and will use his experience in construction to ensure that project coordination on all commercial projects are accomplished. 

Burns recently graduated from Western Michigan University with his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering and a general business and mathematics double minor in December 2016. He previously gained experience in the construction industry as an intern at Black & Veatch as well as Louis Padnos Iron and Metal Company.  

AVB also recently hired Ben Lawson as a commercial construction project engineer and assistant superintendent. His role with AVB includes coordinating all necessary documents and communications for all commercial projects and handling the on-site management of projects. Lawson will carry out communication processes for all AVB commercial projects and will use his experience in construction to ensure that project coordination on all commercial projects are accomplished.

Lawson is a recent graduate from Western Michigan University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial and entrepreneurial engineering in December,  2016. Formerly, Lawson was a United States Marine and first joined the AVB team as a Monroe Brown intern. Now a full time employee with AVB, he will be working on various projects, including the on-going projects at the Corner@Drake development.

Blake Krum as been hired by as a business development associate. His role with AVB includes assisting with the contract coordination, marketing and prospecting of AVB land developments.

Krum is currently pursuing a master’s in business administration at Western Michigan University. He graduated cum laude from Olivet College with a bachelor of arts degree in Business Management. He has experience in the business management field as a business analyst for Cole-Krum Chevrolet. As a full time member of the AVB Team, Blake will carry out tenant and land prospecting responsibilities and use his experience to maintain and market all AVB properties. 

Charles Ludlow was recently hired as a residential construction framer and Stephen Timmer as a residential estimating Intern. 

Ludlow has a bachelor of business administration with a focus in sales and business marketing from Western Michigan University. His experience in residential real estate and residential contracting has given him an in-depth knowledge of home construction. At AVB, Ludlow will be working with the residential team to build custom homes throughout the community. 

Timmer is currently pursuing a bachelor of science with a focus in civil engineering from Western Michigan University. At AVB, he will be working closely with senior residential estimator Dave Timmer and assisting him with the issuance of purchase orders, helping compile job estimates and managing job files. 

AVB currently employs several interns, like Timmer, from a number of universities including Western Michigan University, Ferris State University, and Kalamazoo College. AVB has had the opportunity to provide training and real world experience, along with meaningful responsibility, to more than 25 interns hired over the past several years.

AVB has been building southwest Michigan since 1981. The company's commercial division focuses on construction management in the healthcare, education, office and retail markets.  AVB’s custom residential building division specializes in single-family homes, condominiums and neighborhoods.  AVB’s development group focuses on property development for commercial, residential, and mixed uses.

Source: AVB
 

Musicians and artists will be popping up in Battle Creek

The Herbalists  are a Battle Creek "collective of three people trying to make something out of nothing," the hip-hop trio's manager Nick Gast says. If there's nothing there, then it's up to local artists to DIY, Gast says he believes.
 
"This is a common theme in Battle Creek, where they feel that there's nothing to do for the youth, the city is dead, it's the most boring place, whatever. We realize that it's the people who make the city. We're trying to make a culture where people have something to do, have a great time and make people feel empowered by their creativity." 

The Herbalists -- Devon Wilson, Manny Sevastopoulos, Shade Cassidy -- are teaming up with clothing designers of Battle Creature and OLD (Out Living Death) for pop-up shop/concert The Festival of Lit, Dec. 17. It will be at an old 1910 brick storefront at 60 Calhoun St.

They hope to be "revising a whole culture of music that was kind of lost in Battle Creek," Gast says. "We're trying to bring back a culture of people respecting music, respecting local talent, dancing, listening to music to heal themselves.... Bring about the positive light of recreation."

This will be their first event in this venue. Gast hopes to do regular events once a season, winter, spring, summer and fall, but they haven't settled on a location.

Justin Andert's Battle Creature and Jarred Strohm's OLD, along with other local designers, will be selling clothing at the pop-up shop, along with art, Gast says. It all fits with The Herbalists' mission, "to make people feel empowered."

Writer: Mark Wedel, Second Wave Media
Source: Nick Gast, The Herbalists 

 

Mophie provides the juice for jobs in Southwest Michigan

An expansion in Texas Township by battery case manufacturer, mophie, is expected to ultimately bring 65 new jobs to the area. Mophie's main products are portable charging accessories, particularly phone cases with secondary batteries inside them.

The consumer electronics accessory company says it will invest $685,000 to retrofit and furnish its 10,000-square-foot location in the Groves Business Park in Texas Township, off I-94 at Ninth Street. The business is located in the former site of the Dana Corp. 

The company which initially plans to add 20 jobs and over time add up to 65 new positions at its call center received $375,000 from the Michigan Business Development Program as a result of its decision to locate in the state rather than in Utah, says  Doug Plachcinski, Zoning Administrator for Texas Township.

Mophie, which grew from its original roots in Paw Paw, was acquired in Feb. 2016 by consumer electronics accessories retailer Zagg for $100 million. The Utah-based retailer moved to expand the Michigan operation with support from the state's incentive program that assists businesses that commit to creating jobs and a financial investment. 

“As a global brand with a location in Southwest Michigan, mophie exemplifies the diversity of job opportunities available in our region through its expansion," says Ron Kitchens, president and chief executive officer of Southwest Michigan First. “Our region is proud to list mophie’s commitment to innovative design-based technology among its product offerings.”

Sources: Southwest Michigan First and Texas Township

 

Kellogg Community Credit Union opens new branch in Kalamazoo

Kellogg Community Credit Union has opened a new branch recently constructed at 1650 South Drake Road in Kalamazoo, in the Corner@Drake development.

The branch is now open to serve members. The credit union is in the same development at Stadium Drive and Drake Road where retailers Costco and Field & Stream are located.  

KCCU officials say the branch is ready to assist members with their daily transactions as well as loan services, mortgages, investment services, and commercial accounts including lending. The branch offers a 24 hour ATM, drive-thru service, and a night depository. 

"KCCU is growing, and we believe this area will be a perfect location for us to expand our services,” says Tracy Miller, CEO of Kellogg Community Credit Union. "We are proud to be a part of this great community and look forward to serving existing members as well as new members and businesses.”

The new branch will provide added convenience for KCCU members, as well as anyone living in the surrounding area.

Kellogg Community Credit Union, headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan is a full-service financial institution serving people in West Michigan. KCCU serves over 36,000 members in Battle Creek, Marshall, Kalamazoo, Portage, Grand Rapids, and Three Rivers. It has more than $485 million in assets.  For more information, please visit here.

Source: Kellogg Community Credit Union

 

Kalamazoo Community Foundation hires two for donor relations team

Two new staff members have joined the Donor Relations team at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Julie Loncharte will serve as a Donor Relations Officer and Raven Britt joins the team as the Development Officer.

Loncharte will work with new and existing donors, helping to align donor giving with maximum community impact. She is a Muskegon native who has been in Kalamazoo for 20 years. Loncharte is experienced in education, sales, and business ownership. She earned a teaching certificate in Secondary Sciences and Master’s Degree in Literacy Studies from Western Michigan University.  

Britt will focus on reaching out to new audiences, sharing the possibilities of philanthropy with the next generation of donors. A native of Lansing, she returns to her home state from New York City where she worked for the past 13 years in sales and account management. Britt’s volunteer experience includes New York Cares and Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation. She attended Lansing Community College and Hudson Community College in Jersey City, N.J., majoring in Business Administration & Marketing.

Source: Kalamazoo Community Foundation
 

City of Marshall improves its economic development opportunities

The City of Marshall has taken steps to make sure it has put in place planning and zoning along with other key features that remove traditional barriers and promote opportunities for prospective private investors.

On Dec. 2 it becomes one of eight communities in Michigan that have received certification from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that indicates they are qualified as "thoroughly prepared" when it comes to planning and zoning and that they have established a solid foundation to attract private investment. 

Certification as a Redevelopment Ready Community demonstrates a community follows economic development best practices. The program also evaluates and certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability, and efficiency into their economic development practices.

"When we first enrolled in the RRC program, the City of Marshall discovered that we were already using many of the practices and policies suggested for the RRC certification," says Natalie Dean, Marshall Assistant City Manager and Director of Community Services. "We got together as a team and worked hard to implement the other strategies outlined in the program."

Dean says the certification sends a strong message to developers "that we welcome their business, that we have laid the groundwork for a good process, and that our community is fully supportive and values their project. The certification lays the groundwork for developers to know that we offer a small town atmosphere, and are a progressive community."

Other certified RRC’s include Allegan, Boyne City, Eastpointe, Lathrup Village, Roseville, Ypsilant, and Muskegon.

"Our mission at MEDC," says MEDC Senior Vice President Katharine Czarnecki, "is to empower communities so they can proactively shape their future, a future built on a solid foundation of retaining and attracting business investment and talent."

Source: MEDC

Correction: Photos published with an earlier version of this story were not of Marshall, Mich. They were from Marshall, Ill.

 

OptiMed opens new national headquarters in Oshtemo

The work is done and OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy has opened its new national headquarters. Business at 15,000-square-foot building on Ninth Street is expected to create approximately 80 new jobs.

The new national headquarters also is expected to generate approximately $1.2 million in capital investment.

The national headquarters has a large-scale state-of-the-art dispensing system. It can dispense up to 70,000 prescriptions a month. The facility also has a patient management center and space for patient support services and offices for the corporation's executive team.

And the property will allow for rapid expansion of up to 34,000 square feet.

OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy has more than 20 years of experience collaborating with providers, payers, manufacturers and the community to offer personalized solutions to meet non-traditional patient needs.  

The independently owned and operated national specialty pharmacy specializes in the knowledge of medicines and treatments for such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C and more.

“The new headquarters allows us to continue to provide exceptional patient care services to our patients living with rare and complex health conditions,” says Andy Reeves, R.Ph., CEO of OptiMed.

Source: OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy
 

MedExpress urgent care center opens in Benton Harbor

MedExpress, a national leader in urgent care, opened its newest Michigan neighborhood medical center in Benton Harbor on Friday, Nov. 25.

The center, located at 1803 M-139, is the company’s first location in Benton Harbor and tenth in the state.

"We know how busy our patients’ lives are and that unexpected illnesses and injuries can be an inconvenience for families. But at MedExpress, we’re here to serve the community and make health care as easy and convenient as possible," says Linda Kline, MedExpress Area Manager for Michigan. "Patients can walk in, see our friendly medical team and receive high-quality treatment in a timely fashion.”

MedExpress is open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Appointments are not necessary. The center offers walk-in treatment for everyday illness and injury through its urgent care services, which include more advanced offerings such as X-rays, IVs, labs, minor surgery, stitches and treatment for sprains and broken bones. 

MedExpress also offers basic wellness services such as sports physicals, routine physicals, immunizations and tobacco cessation counseling.  MedExpress also offers employer health services such as workers’ compensation, injury care and pre-employment screenings and physicals.

MedExpress centers accept most major insurance and offer affordable pricing for those without insurance. Centers are staffed by a full medical team, which includes customer service representatives, nurses, providers and radiologic technologists. As a neighborhood medical center and community health care partner, MedExpress can help refer patients, when necessary, within the broader health care system, including referrals to specialists, primary care physician, and hospitals.

Source: MedExpress
 

Kazoo Audio relocates to Centre Avenue shopping center

The Greenspire Shoppes in Portage has added a new business, bringing the retail center to full capacity.

Kazoo Audio is the latest business to locate in the 13,400-square-foot retail development on Centre Avenue between Oakland Drive and U.S. 131. Other businesses in the shopping center include Centre Street Taphouse, Sticks & Stones, Breakfast @ Tiffiny’s, Northpointe Bank and Biggby Coffee.

Plans now are being finalized to  expand Greenspire Shoppes in 2017.

Kazoo Audio specializes in quality audio/video products for music and home theater enthusiasts, including high performance two channel and home theater products. It also offers professional audio/video repair and installation services.

The business was founded in August 2012 by John Ferry, a former Classic Stereo employee. Since opening day, Kazoo Audio has been operated by Ferry and two of his former Classic Stereo co-workers.

Ferry decided to relocate the business to a retail center that offered greater visibility to customers so the business could grow.  In preparation for this anticipated growth, the staff of Kazoo Audio has grown to four staff members, all of whom are veterans in the industry.

“We were attracted to Greenspire Shoppes because it will provide us with visual exposure to vehicular traffic, window shopping foot traffic, and an opportunity to be a part of a new and vibrant shopping center,” Ferry says. The Hinman Co. says there are traffic counts of 17,000 cars per day on Centre Avenue.

The new location also has a better layout and Ferry says since relocating they have been able to optimize the presentation of their products.

“We look forward to further expanding our products and services and for the opportunity to become the area’s premier Audio/Video Specialty firm," Ferry says.

Kazoo Audio’s store hours are 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday through Saturday. 

Greenspire Shoppes is a real estate partnership between AVB and Hinman.

Source: The Hinman Company
 

Stonegate Manor wants to be new favorite wedding destination spot

If the elegance and sophistication of a country estate are what you are looking for in the place where you will be married check out Stonegate Manor, 2251 Riverside Road, Benton Harbor.

Stonegate Manor's owners say it is the newest "wedding of distinction" venue in Southwest Michigan. The venue evokes a sense of Victorian timelessness. 

"This is particularly fitting and undoubtedly comforting to people engaging in a journey they hope will last forever," says owner Prudy Nelson.

The property features a Victorian home, built in 1847, a carriage house, six acres of mature trees, and an air-conditioned event center with French doors opening onto a shaded porch flanked by wildflower meadows.

This homestead was originally settled by the Robert Dickson's family in the mid-1800's. The Victorian Manor house was built in 1847 and occupied by the family until 1942. It was abandoned for about 40 years before it was secured by the Siriano family who restored it.

Then 15 years ago, Tom and Prudy Nelson purchased the back 21 acres of the original property along the Paw Paw River, across from Sarrett Nature Center. In the fall of 2015, the entire 27 acres was again combined to create Stonegate Manor LLC, with the intent of becoming the area's premier wedding and event center.

Source: Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce
 

Historic fire station gets new life as community center

A new community resource center and a spot to host programming by the City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department will be unveiled for the community with the reopening of the former Public Safety Station 5. The former station, at the corner of Douglas Avenue and North Street, will also be the site of community events. 

Earlier this year the city commission approved $149,895 in renovations for the rehabilitation of Public Sation 5 as a neighborhood community center. It had been vacant for three years. The work was undertaken by Kalamazoo Contractors, Inc. 

The station's location at the intersection of Stuart, Northside, and Douglas neighborhoods perfectly positions it to become a community center to serve all three neighborhoods. The fire station will also be available for community meetings and events.

Kalamazoo's Parks and Recreation Department plans to use the renovated first floor for after-school activity programs and may hold summer camp activities at this location as well. Public Safety is also exploring using a portion of the building for the Community Outreach and Problem Solving (COPS) Team. 

The station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is counted as a historic resource in the Stuart Area local historic district. Both the Historic Preservation Commission and the Historic District Commission were consulted before specifications and invitation to bid on the rehabilitation project were undertaken. All these parties were strong supporters of the rehabilitation, city officials report.

The rehabilitation project was funded by a grant of $80,000 from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation. Other funds included a $56,250 from the Community Development Block Grany Targeted Neighborhood funds and $23,065 from funds originally allocated to the West Douglas (Fairmont) Neighborhood.

The community is invited to learn the history of the building, hear from a former firefighter who was stationed at the firehouse, find out about upcoming programming, and enjoy complimentary refreshments from area restaurants at a celebration of the center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18.

Source: City of Kalamazoo
 

Second phase of BTR Park gets $2.1 million grant from Department of Commerce

The second phase of Western Michigan University's  Business Technology and Research Park recently received a big green light with approval of a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration.

Bob Miller, WMU associate vice president for community outreach and WMU point person on BTR Park development says the grant will cover 50 percent of the infrastructure costs for the project, the expense of building a road and utilities for water and sewer.  

The Colony Farm Orchard property is located within the boundaries of Oshtemo Township and is being developed as a partnership between the township and WMU. Additional funding to begin the expansion project will come from Oshtemo Township, WMU, and, it is hoped, from success with other grant programs.

Miller says the costs to the university also are expected to be recouped as the property is sold to those who want to locate in the second phase of the BTR Park. As the property is sold it will move onto the Oshtemo Township tax rolls. 

The development is across the street from the first phase of the BTR Park. The expansion onto this property is ultimately expected to attract investments totaling $50 million and create 200 high-tech jobs.

"Our universities are key drivers of innovation, job training and business development," U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker says as she makes the announcement of the grant award. "EDA's investment to expand Western Michigan University's business and technology park will directly support the region's growing manufacturing and biotechnical industry clusters."

Oshtemo Township, the Kalamazoo County Road Commission and several offices at the WMU worked together on the application.

Plans call for about 31 acres of the 51-acre site to be developed. Another 17.5 acres would be dedicated natural area. The natural area together with site setbacks that will not be built on, as required by township ordinance, will mean nearly half the site will be open space. 

Along the east side of the property, next to Drake Road, a 100-foot buffer zone is proposed. A larger green space that extends 450 feet from the property line, would be on the north end of the property. It abuts land controlled by the WMU Foundation. Through the larger green space, a crushed stone walkway is planned. The area also would provide protection for a threatened variety of orchid growing there, Lesser Ladies Tresses. 

The road at the entrance of the property, which will become a Kalamazoo County Road, is designed with a curve that mimics the sweeping aspects of the roadway in the first BTR Park. Berms with oak trees will be put in at the entrances. 

Construction on the 54-acre Colony Farm Orchard property, which is located at the northwest corner of Drake Road and Parkview Avenue, is expected to begin sometime next year. No firm date has been set. One way it will differ from the first phase is that no academic buildings are planned for the site. 

The original BTR Park was developed as a partnership between the city of Kalamazoo and WMU. The high-tech business development shares WMU’s Parkview Campus with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Partner firms in the life sciences, advanced engineering, and information technology have regular opportunities to interact with WMU’s faculty, research staff and students.

The first BTR Park has attracted more than $150 million in investment and generated more than 800 jobs and hundreds of internships for WMU students in 42 private companies located there. When the first park filled up--all but one parcel is either fully developed or under contract for future development--it triggered the development of the Colony Farm Orchard property.

Sources: Bob Miller, Cheryl Roland, Western Michigan University
 

Tyler Stewart joins Levine and Levine law firm in Kalamazoo

Tyler Stewart, an attorney focused on business law, appeals, and estate planning is the latest to join Levine & Levine, a Kalamazoo-based law firm.
 
Previously, Stewart worked for the Kalamazoo Ninth Judicial Circuit Court as a law clerk.

Stewart earned a juris doctor degree cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2015 and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kalamazoo College in 2011. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Probate & Estate Planning Section, Business Law Section, Real Property Section, and Environmental Law Section. He is also a member of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section.

"Tyler has a foundation of core principles such as leadership, teamwork, and preparedness,
Says Sharan Levine, partner at Levine & Levine. “These are qualities that every successful attorney possesses and he will contribute greatly by providing sound advice when preparing clients for every potential outcome.”
 
Stewart adopted Kalamazoo as his home upon enrollment at Kalamazoo College where he excelled and developed leadership abilities in both in the classroom and on the basketball court.
 
Levine & Levine specializes in criminal defense, family law, business law, appeals and estate planning.

Source: Levine & Levine
 
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