I've heard it from a lot of people; "I'd do more shopping downtown if I didn't have to pay for parking." I get it. You've got to budget for the holidays, and sometimes you don't have the wiggle room in your wallet for an extra $10 or $15 every time you stop downtown. Well, according to the Downtown Kalamazoo Facebook page, the City of Kalamazoo is giving you an early Christmas gift; free parking. That's right, park in the Epic Ramp for free on Thursdays starting the 29th through December 20th. So whether you're running in to Central City Tap for a gift card, squaring away your kid's teachers at Pop City Popcorn, or stocking up on stocking-stuffers at Rocket Fizz, you can park close to the Kalamazoo Mall businesses without shelling out a shilling.

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