Give back with every sip!

When you sign up for Water Street’s Loyalty Rewards, you earn three reward points for every dollar you spend at any of our café locations. These points can be redeemed for discounts, OR you can choose to donate a portion directly to our Featured Charity. From July through September 2021, our Featured Charity is Western Michigan University Libraries.

Western Michigan University Libraries is the fourth largest university library system in Michigan. They provide a wide range of resources, programs and services that support the research, creative and academic pursuits of WMU and the global community.

With over 300,000 annual visitors, the University Libraries helps the community access information that fuels personal and professional discovery—from family genealogies to the history of Kalamazoo to research and innovations that can change the world.

The Libraries hosts a number of events for the WMU community and general public. From how-to workshops to local history presentations, the Libraries helps the WMU community learn through extensive research resources and unique archival, local history and special collections.

They recently hosted an online presentation, “Influenza at the Normal: WMU and the 1918 pandemic,” for community members to learn about a pandemic that’s cited as one of the worst in our history. Pandemic life was reconstructed for people in Southwest Michigan and at WMU in 1918, using the Libraries’ archival photos, historical newspapers and primary documents to tell their stories. Click here to view the presentation.

Coming fall 2021, the University Libraries will debut its recently acquired archive from award-winning, local authors David Small and Sarah Stewart with a series of community events and exhibits. To learn more, click here.

Water Street is proud to support Western Michigan University Libraries. and hopes you can help us in this effort.

Supporting charities throughout Kalamazoo county

Water Street’s Loyalty Rewards program began in 2018 and features a new charity each quarter. With the help of our customers, we’ve been able to support the important work being done in our community by the following non-profit organizations:

Bronson Children’s Hospital – $1,196
Can-Do Kitchen – $945
Girls on the Run of Greater Kalamazoo – $1,329
Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council (KCAN) – $1,037
West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders – $1,270
Big Brothers Big Sisters – $875
YWCA Kalamazoo – $452
South Portage Little League – $840
Gone Boarding – $915
Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers – $1,164
Family Health Center – $791

Check out our Giving page to learn how your organization can apply to be considered as our next Loyalty Rewards Featured Charity.

Give back with every sip!

When you sign up for Water Street’s Loyalty Rewards, you earn three reward points for every dollar you spend at any of our café locations. These points can be redeemed for discounts, OR you can choose to donate a portion directly to our Featured Charity. From April through June 2021, you helped raise $791 for Family Health Center.

Family Health Center (FHC) was founded in 1971 in a refurbished trailer on the Northside of Kalamazoo. With the vision of founder and longtime board member, Moses Walker, they are dedicated to being a place where all members of the greater Kalamazoo community can access quality, comprehensive, patient-centered health care.

FHC averages 50,000 unique patients per year and almost 160,000 visits per year. They accept patients without insurance and offer a sliding scale to make services more affordable.

In 2020, Family Health Center adjusted their scope of services to include COVID-19 testing and adapt ongoing services to the pandemic protocols. This year, they were able to provide an additional, targeted space for the most vulnerable populations of the community to receive vaccinations.  

Throughout the year, FHC typically hosts two large community events: the Back to School Bash and Dental Day of Caring. Last year, in light of the pandemic, they adapted to offering community testing events — large-scale drive-thru testing sites around Kalamazoo County. This year, they replicated their drive-thru testing processes into drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination events. As of March 5, 2021, Family Health Center, in partnership with Bronson, has been able to vaccinate more than 1,700 people, with more events planned in the coming weeks.

Water Street is proud to support Family Health Center and hopes you can help us in this effort.

Supporting charities throughout Kalamazoo county

Water Street’s Loyalty Rewards program began in 2018 and features a new charity each quarter. With the help of our customers, we’ve been able to support the important work being done in our community by the following non-profit organizations:

Bronson Children’s Hospital – $1,196
Can-Do Kitchen – $945
Girls on the Run of Greater Kalamazoo – $1,329
Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council (KCAN) – $1,037
West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders – $1,270
Big Brothers Big Sisters – $875
YWCA Kalamazoo – $452
South Portage Little League – $840
Gone Boarding – $915
Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers – $1,164

Check out our Giving page to learn how your organization can apply to be considered as our next Loyalty Rewards Featured Charity.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2021

April is here! That means that it is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Water Street is proud to be an active part of helping to build more insight and conversation about many important issues and the related services available at the YWCA Kalamazoo. We are participating in the YWCA’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) activities again this year. This month, we will help to spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the “A Cup of Prevention” stickers, and lovely teal ribbons.

“A Cup of Prevention”

For the month of April, all of our to go cups will have SAAM “A Cup of Prevention” stickers to spread awareness. This month, share your photos of your Cup of Prevention on social media, and don’t forget to tag Water Street Coffee and YWCA Kalamazoo.

Denim Day

On Denim Day, April 28, we will being donating 1% of all our sales from all five of our locations to the YWCA to support the services they offer.

What is Denim Day? — The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

Teal Ribbon Campaign

The teal ribbon represents awareness about sexual assault and gives support for its victims/survivors. The display of the teal ribbons throughout the community communicates a powerful message. It is a statement that says there is no place for sexual assault anywhere in our community, and we stand with the victims/survivors. Throughout the month, we will have teal ribbons out at all our stores available for free. Come grab yours and show your support today!

Recap from Years Past

Last year we were inspired by your support and belief in your community! Even during difficult times with COVID-19, with your help, we raised $452 from April through June via our Loyalty Rewards Program. These donations help maintain and further the efforts of the YWCA’s Sexual Assault services right here in Kalamazoo.

We would like to thank everyone for their willingness to spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the “A Cup of Prevention” stickers, and the teal ribbons that we couldn’t hand out fast enough! We look forward to seeing how much we can raise again this year on Denim Day! It only takes one person to get a conversation started – we are confident that we have collectively started many!

The YWCA wants everyone to know that while they are always happy with the turnout for all things SAAM in April, they are constantly working for awareness and are there to help. And no, they are not just for women. Every YWCA in the nation is built around the needs of its surrounding community. In Kalamazoo, the YWCA has become an active support for sexual and domestic assault victims regardless of gender or sexual orientation, eliminating racism, and educating our children. Their facilities are secure and private and they provide on-site and off-site resources, with team members available 24/7 for anyone who needs them — even if it’s just to hear a supportive voice on the other end of a phone.

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For more information about the YWCA and their services, please visit ywcakalamazoo.org.

Questions, comments or concerns? Contact us at media@waterstreetcoffee.com

For over 20 years, Water Street Coffee has been home to a very delicious and popular sweet treat — our handmade Incredible Bars! They are wonderful, natural peanut butter and graham cracker bars, covered with melted dark chocolate and a white chocolate drizzle.

Rich in History

You may not know that the Incredible Bar is not only a Water Street recipe, but a family recipe. Throughout the years, you have enjoyed the exact recipe from Jan Smutek—the mother of Water Street Coffee owner, Mark. As a mother of three, Jan had an arsenal of family-favorite recipes. The Incredible Bar was just too good not to share! So, with her blessing, it became one of Water Street Coffee’s very first dessert offerings.

An Incredible Treat Reimagined

Recently, our team came together to develop a new and fun way to enjoy this beloved snack. With convenience and snacking at home in mind, INCREDIBLE BAR MINIS were born! This 8 oz. jar contains yummy, frozen, bit-sized versions of the treat you know and love.

Did you say frozen? Yes! We have consumed many, MANY Incredible Bars over the years and couldn’t get over how delicious they are frozen! The best part is, with their resealable jar, you can have one or two individual bites, twist the lid back on and enjoy the rest later. Of course, you are welcome to thaw them in the fridge and snack on them chilled. Just keep in mind the shelf life decreases and you will have to eat them sooner.

Supporting New Families

Mark’s mother, Jan, was not only the reason we have this longstanding Water Street treat, she is also the inspiration for our newest giving endeavor. Jan spent many years volunteering at a local Detroit children’s hospital in the pediatric unit. In her honor, Water Street Coffee is donating 1% of our Incredible Bar Mini sales to the Bronson Hospital Mother/Baby Unit.

That’s right! When you purchase our Incredible Bar Minis you are helping to give towards this cause. Do you know someone who loves a good chocolate, peanut buttery treat? Buy an extra container to give to them! Or buy some extra containers for yourself.

BUY A CONTAINER AT A WATER STREET CAFE

Give back with every sip!

When you sign up for Water Street’s Loyalty Rewards, you earn three reward points for every dollar you spend at any of our café locations. These points can be redeemed for discounts, OR you can choose to donate a portion directly to our Featured Charity. From January through March 2021, you helped raise $1,164 for Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers.

Founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1981, under the direction of Cori Terry, Wellspring offers a unique and authentic voice in modern dance which serves to inspire, engage and educate our community. They are Southwest Michigan’s only professional modern dance company and dance academy.

Wellspring is the proud torch-bearer of the normative method of dance. Originally developed by Erick Hawkins, this method is now considered one of the most influential developments in the art form. Students who study this method are taught healthy modes of self-expression, along with teamwork, problem-solving, and full-body learning, all of which benefit their movement skills as well as their cognitive and relational functioning.

The company presents dance education, ‘learning-through-movement’ literacy education, and arts outreach programming to up to 6,000 people annually, through its Dance Academy and the Community Engagement through Dance (CETD) program.

As one of the first occupants of the Epic Center, it has been drawing people downtown for concerts, classes, the Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RADFest) and its many other events for four decades. RAD Fest brings over 250 dance artists from around the world to Kalamazoo for a weekend of live performances, masterclasses, screendance showings, and networking events. The festival will celebrate it’s 12th anniversary in March of 2021 with an all virtual festival. This program is open to the public and includes many free events.

Wellspring also presents, in collaboration with KC Ready 4s, Ready Movers for preschoolers in the Kalamazoo area. Ready Movers is a creative movement experience that teaches mindfulness and stress reduction techniques to children.

Water Street is proud to support Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers and hopes you can help us in this effort.

Supporting charities throughout Kalamazoo county

Water Street’s Loyalty Rewards program began in 2018 and features a new charity each quarter. With the help of our customers, we’ve been able to support the important work being done in our community by the following non-profit organizations:

Check out our Giving page to learn how your organization can apply to be considered as our next Loyalty Rewards Featured Charity.

How to place a Special Order

Would you like to order a large quantity of an item we carry in the store? We can do that! Any of our current food, desserts, baked goods and syrups can be ordered from our very own Water Street Kitchen and picked up from a Water Street Café.

Steps to order:

  1. View our current menu.
  2. Call our Kitchen at (269) 373-6904.
  3. Place your order and choose a Water Street Café to pick up your items.
    **Give at least a 48-hour notice**
  4. Pick up and pay for your order at your desired café.

Food Quantities and Prices

Below are just a few examples of the items that are available from our current menu. Be sure to ask our kitchen what other food and pricing is available.

FAQs

Can I purchase a bottle of your Vanilla Syrup? Yes! Any of our current syrups are available to order.

Do you deliver to my event? No, your order must be picked up and paid for at a Water Street Café.

Can I order a full cake or pie? No, we currently do not offer full cakes or pies as a part of this service.

Can I order a large amount of scones for my meeting? Yes! Any baked good that is currently on the menu can be ordered.

Do you offer hot chocolate for a large group? No, however, you are welcome to purchase our Sleeping Bear Hot Chocolate or our Cocoa Del Sol Chocolate and use our Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe to make a large batch of our hot chocolate.

Give back with every sip!

When you sign up for Water Street’s Loyalty Rewards, you earn three reward points for every dollar you spend at any of our Café locations. These points can be redeemed for discounts, OR you can choose to donate a portion directly to our Featured Charity. From October through December 2020, you helped raise $915 for Bangor’s Gone Boarding.

The Gone Boarding program was brought to Bangor High School in the fall of 2016. Originally developed at Forest Hills Public School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the purpose of the program is to engage, inspire, and ultimately empower students to actively pursue their passions in the 21st century. 

Students in this program work in groups to design, construct, and learn how to ride all types of boards including: surfboards, snowboards, skateboards, longboards, stand up paddle boards, wakesurf boards, and wakeboards. They also take part in service projects involving younger students through mentoring relationships built around action sports, and partner with the community to make an impact, both locally and globally.

At the end of each school year, students get to showcase the boards they have created at the Gone Boarding x Vans Off The Wall Summer Bash. They are also given the opportunity to travel to California and tour many different action sports companies such as: Vans, Channel Islands, GoPro, Red Bull, Patagonia and Hamboards to get a real world look at the future of the action sports industry, and possible career opportunities in engineering, art, design and more.

The Gone Boarding program is an amazing experience for all involved, including the teachers. Mark Meyers, an almost 20 year Biology teacher and instructor for Bangor’s Gone Boarding says, “when I was given the opportunity to teach Gone Boarding I was a tired and burnt out teacher. Gone Boarding has changed my outlook and perspective on teaching and what it can be. I am refreshed, and I love teaching this class to my students.

Every kid should have the opportunity to experience Gone Boarding, as it allows them to fully engage with their learning and take ownership of their future.

Water Street is proud to support Gone Boarding and hopes you can help us in this effort.

Supporting charities throughout Kalamazoo county

Water Street’s Loyalty Rewards program began in 2018 and features a new charity each quarter. With the help of our customers, we’ve been able to support the important work being done in our community by the following non-profit organizations:

Bronson Children’s Hospital – $1,196
Can-Do Kitchen – $945
Girls on the Run of Greater Kalamazoo – $1,329
Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council (KCAN) – $1,037
West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders – $1,270
Big Brothers Big Sisters – $875
YWCA Kalamazoo – $452
South Portage Little League – $840

Check out our Giving page to learn how your organization can apply to be considered as our next Loyalty Rewards Featured Charity.

Give back with every sip!

When you sign up for Water Street’s Loyalty Rewards, you earn three reward points for every dollar you spend at any of our café locations. These points can be redeemed for discounts, OR you can choose to donate a portion directly to our Featured Charity. From April through June 2020, you helped raise $840 for South Portage Little League.

Established in 1957, South Portage Little League (SPLL) serves the Portage and surrounding communities with youth baseball and softball education and competitive game play. This volunteer-based organization has strong foundations in keeping youth athletics in our community. With scholarships available for players with demonstrated financial needs, their goal is that all Portage-area children should have an opportunity to play ball.

Due to COVID-19, South Portage Little League has made many changes to their regular season for 2020. With the lessening of restrictions, they were able provide free “sandlot” ball games in July and August for local youth (regardless of their previous involvement with SPLL). Those interested in participating are encouraged to follow them on Facebook for game details.

Water Street is proud to support South Portage Little League and hopes you can help us in this effort.

Supporting charities throughout Kalamazoo county

Water Street’s Loyalty Rewards program began in 2018 and features a new charity each quarter. With the help of our customers, we’ve been able to support the important work being done in our community by the following non-profit organizations:

Bronson Children’s Hospital – $1,196
Can-Do Kitchen – $945
Girls on the Run of Greater Kalamazoo – $1,329
Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council (KCAN) – $1,037
West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders – $1,270
Big Brothers Big Sisters – $875
YWCA Kalamazoo – $452

Check out our Giving page to learn how your organization can apply to be considered as our next Loyalty Rewards Featured Charity.