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Crafters like participa- tory activities. The West Michigan Glass


Arts Center in Kalamazoo offers a wide range of classes. Glass blowing, flame working and stained glass are a few of the available classes. Elect to join an ongoing class or book a private glass party. The pairing of a blowtorch and delicate glass will be a joy for your crafty loved one.


West Michigan Glass Arts Center 326 West Kalamazoo Ave., Ste 100, Kalamazoo wmglass.org, (269) 552-9082


DRINK


Crafty types like to get their drink on in unique places. Kalamazoo’s Strutt Café and


Bar offers creative beverages like The Sweater, which is a milky, chocolaty concoction filled with espresso and Kahlua, over ice. The full menu offers delectable choices from breakfast and brunch to lunch and dinner. A great spot for vegetarian crafters, and if you’re lucky, there might even be live music on stage.


The Strutt Café and Bar 773 West Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo thestrutt.com, (269) 492-7200


EAT


Imaginative food reigns and Bartertown Diner & Roc’s Cupcakes in Grand Rapids nailed it when it comes to food creativity.


“We really take food to the bottom floor and take it up sustain- ably. It’s sustainability in a way that makes sense,” said Co-Owner Ryan Cappelletti. “Since we source everything locally to farms, we’re a seasonally driven place: what goes in is what comes out.” Specializing in vegan and vegetarian fare, this employee-owned restaurant is a work of art in itself. From mural-covered walls to tables and counters created out of repurposed bits of stained glass and wood, it’s a pleasure to hang out in – not to mention noshing the impres- sive food creations.


Bartertown Diner & Roc’s Cupcakes 6 Jefferson Ave., Grand Rapids


bartertowngr.com, (616) 233-3219


This hands-on type loves to embellish their surroundings and thrives on creativity. The crafty person generally hails from a myriad of sub-groups that often blend to- gether, like the Ironic Cross-Stitcher and Prolific Knitter, Beer Bottle Top Repurposer and Cat Toy Creator, or the Earnest Beaded Jewelry Crafter and Fashion Hat Be-Dazzler. Crafty folks tend to be attracted to quirky handicrafts, from artisanal foodstuffs to meticulously assembled artworks. BY AU DR IA LAR S E N


LISTEN


Music to craft by! The Cangue League Orchestra, based in Grand Rapids, is an ever-


evolving, avant-garde group that uses traditional instruments as well creative methods to manipulate sound. In a


recent performance, two members utilized plastic “ball and chains” hanging from the ceiling and pared the motion with guitars, using the collision of the two to create a song. The crafter in your life is sure to cull inspiration from this group.


Cangue League Orchestra cangueleague.blogspot.com


WATCH


The fanciful and nostalgic world of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure has captured the minds of crafty folks for generations. “The colorful costumes, eccentric characters would really inspire


a crafty person,” said Collin Baily, marketing intern. Showing on Dec. 6 at Wealthy Theatre, this larger than life film is full of wacky creations your crafter will love.


Pee-wee’s Big Adventure Dec. 6 Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids grcmc.org, (616) 459-4788


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