Midwest Living Review
The Black Owl Cafe welcomes patrons with scents of oragnic, fair-trade beans roasted on-site three times a week. Owned by the Kalamazoo Coffee Company, the cafe is in the newly dubbed River’s Edge, a neighborhood that once housed the booming industrial sector and a well-trafficked red light distric. Now, it is evolving into a destination area for the culturally conscious. The decor inside the two-story cafe belies little of the building’s history or of its former tenant, an electric motor shop. Instead, you'll find a vibe that's a cross between a rustic hunting lodge and an outsider art gallery. Pressed-tin ceiling, Mason jars filled with coffee, chalkboard menus and lots of big windows letting in natural light set a cozy tone. Photographs of South American trains, cows and trees augment furniture created using found objects both in the old motor shop and in a series of area barns and farm houses.