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Morning Buzz: February 18, 2021
Posted at 10:23 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 10:23:16-05

1. The city of Lowell is getting ready to open its own social district. It's being named after the city's iconic showboat.

The social district will allow customers to buy food and beverages from downtown businesses and take them outside. It covers five blocks and five businesses have been approved so far.

The district will feature warming areas, outdoor bathrooms, sanitizing stations, and signage that'll let customers know where they can carry their open containers.

The social district is set to open tomorrow.

2. The 16th annual chili cook-off is returning to downtown Kalamazoo in a couple of weeks.

It's taking place on Saturday, February 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers are shutting down a stretch of South Kalamazoo Mall for the event.

Participants will be able to taste test chili from more than a dozen downtown businesses and vote on their favorite.

Also, people can pre-order commemorative spoons.

For more information, visit downtownkalamazoo.org.

3. A new grocery service is connecting shoppers with local merchants.

It's called the Cubi Market. Here's how it works: shop around on their website, which features products from businesses around West Michigan. Place an order and schedule the time you'd like to pick them up.

Everything will be kept in a temperature-controlled locker to ensure it's fresh when you're ready to get it.

There are two Cubi Market locations: one in Grand Rapids and another in Holland.

4. Girl Scout Cookies sneakers are coming to make your shoe game a whole lot sweeter.

People magazine is reporting Girl Scouts USA and K-Swiss have partnered up to launch a new cookie-inspired shoe line.

The collection features three fresh sneaker designs inspired by some of the Girl Scouts' most beloved cookies like Trefoils, Caramel Delights or Samosas, and Thin Mints.

The collection will be available starting March 1 at kswiss.com, girlscoutshop.com, and footlocker.com.

5. It's National Drink Wine Day! So get ready to unwind with a glass or two of your favorite Cabernet, sauvignon, or chardonnay.

Wine has been a staple in human culture since its invention in 7000BC. Some ancient societies enjoyed their wine so much, they even worshiped it!

These days, hundreds of types of wine are produced all over the world, so there's an endless variety to choose from.