The Project Editor for Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave On the Ground Kalamazoo says the story of Kzoo Makers was one that people in the Eastside Neighborhood wanted her to tell. Theresa Coty O’Neil wrote about what goes on in the old warehouse, and how the makers in Kalamazoo help each other.
One the non-profit group’s founding members Al Holloway says it grew from a group of "makers" in town. He says they needed space and found it on East Michigan Avenue. Their makers’ space includes woodworking and metal shops, welding equipment, laser engraving and more. Coty O’Neil says most of the people she met were already working with their hands, but wanted to do something creative. “That hacker mentality it’s contagious, but…it just has this wonderful spirit as well.”