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Here in Howell's Downtown, we're a lot different. In a good way. Where else can you stroll amid historical buildings that are over 100 years old? Be greeted by folks who actually own the store you've walked into? And, of course, there's our unique mix of independent dining, entertainment, and "shoppertunity" options you simply won't find anywhere else. Especially not with the warmth, style, and generosity that we serve up in Howell.
Proud of ourselves? Well, yes. We have a lot to be proud of. The inviting atmosphere. The wide smiles and warm welcomes. Our acclaimed festivals and events. Over forty different specialty retailers (from traditional to hip & quirky) and deliciously different dining options. Parks, a beach, that remarkable historical architecture...we could go on. But really, what we're most proud of is each other.
People make a town - through their love of the place, their commitment to developing a vibrant community, their commitment to each other, and to our guests. All of these combined make the Howell difference. We're a town with roots and a real family feel. We believe you'll feel it too.
We invite you to explore our site and get a better look at what we're about. Why we're different...in a good way. We hope you like what you see enough to come, spend a little time here, and enjoy the many shops, dining locations, and attractions
Downtown Howell Storefronts to Shine with Holiday Storefront
November 21, 2016
Do you have a favorite downtown Howell holiday business to shop or dine at for the holidays? This November you can vote for your favorite downtown business to win the Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) third annual “Deck the Windows” holiday storefront decorating competition sponsored by Cobb-Hall Insurance.
According to Howell Main Street DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly, residents and visitors are invited downtown November 21-28 to view all of the holiday storefront window displays. Customers can then vote for their favorite holiday storefront online, or via a text-to-vote poll. The People’s Choice winning merchant will receive a $250 check as well as the coveted Golden Traveling Tree award. Also continuing the tradition, Mayor Nick Proctor will also be visiting all participants to vote for the Mayor’s Choice Award winner.
Held in conjunction with Howell’s premier holiday Fantasy of Lights event, the holiday storefront decorating contest was designed by the Howell Main Street Promotions committee to attract both residents and visitors to the downtown district, drive more traffic to the businesses, unify the district, and highlight the beauty of downtown Howell during the holiday season.
“We have several popular businesses that are already well known for their holiday window displays and unveilings,” explained Edgerly. “We wanted to build on that excitement, and further beautify the district with this friendly competition held in conjunction with Howell’s fabulous Fantasy of Lights parade. It is our pleasure will be able to continue the tradition of recognizing downtown businesses’ décor thanks to the generosity of Cobb-Hall Insurance.”
Voting kicks off at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov 21, at http://www.downtownhowell.org/holiday-storefront-decorating-contest/ and runs through noon on Monday, November 28.
Howell DDA Releases Annual Report, Announces New Cleary Partnership
September 29, 2016
The Howell Main Street and Downtown Development Authority released their annual report and announced a new project, Wednesday night. The DDA Board released the 2015-16 report highlighting many of the past years positives that have been happening in the downtown district. Among honors received was top-10 Great American Main Street Status and were ranked as the #2 downtown in the country by USA Today. The DDA also established 501c3 status this past summer. In the past year, 19 new businesses have opened creating 46 new jobs. DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly said the $4.3 million in private and public investments they’ve raised have gone a long way towards helping establish downtown Howell as a place to be. She also thanked the community for offering over 4,200 volunteer hours that allowed many of their functions to be possible.
The board also introduced a new program and partnership with Cleary University and their marketing curriculum. The C-U Downtown program will find students working to highlight and promote downtown Howell as the heart of the community.
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Howell students decorate downtown sidewalks with rain art
July 31, 2016
The next time you are out and about in downtown Howell in the rain, pay attention to the sidewalks.
You may see a frog pop out, or hands coming of a sewer drain, the Livingston Daily Press & Argus (http://bit.ly/2aovhtW ) reported.
Rain art is what you will see.
The Howell High School advance digital graphics class partnered with the Main Street Downtown Development Authority Design Committee to bring rain art to the downtown district to “delight and surprise residents and visitors to get rid of those rainy-day blues,” said Cathleen Edgerly, Howell Main Street DDA director.
Rain art is a type of art application that includes messages or images that turn rainy days into something to look forward to.
Think of it as a glow-in-the-dark tattoo. You can only see the image in the dark. In this case, the images come to life when water is applied on it, said John Mozdzierz, Howell High School art teacher.
HOWELL INSTALLS FIRST ARTISTIC BIKE RACK
ARTISTIC BIKE RACK INSTALLATION MARKS HOWELL’S EFFORT TO BECOME A BIKE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY
June 17, 2016
Today, Friday, June 17, Downtown Howell will install the first of several Artistic Bike Racks that will provide both a functional and artistic element to the downtown area. The first Bike Rack will be installed outside of the Dairy Queen after the location was selected and voted on by City Council and City staff at Council's meeting last Monday, June 13.
The Bike Rack project has been part of a 5-year effort led by the Main Street DDA, along with Howell Rotary's Tour de Livingston, the City of Howell, the Howell Chamber Placemaking team, and other passionate bicycle enthusiasts in the community.
“We are thrilled to be installing these unique and usable Bike Racks,” said Cathleen Edgerly, Howell Main Street DDA executive director. “This is the result of a true, cooperative effort between public and private sectors working toward making Howell a better place to live, work and play.”
“Finding Roots” brings nature, sense of community to downtown Howell
New shop combines products in harmony with nature with center for “Makers” to create and sell original works
June 15, 2016
Howell MI – In a world surrounded by technology, two Livingston County residents have a dream to bring people back to nature, while also imparting a sense of community to customers. Finding Roots, a new business opening in Howell in May 2016, and located at 111 North Michigan Ave., will be the hub of what owners Tirzah Sirken and Lisa Jarrelle describe as a movement to reintroduce Howell residents to the natural environment through the arts and products inspired by nature.
“Finding Roots will be like nothing that Howell residents have seen before,” said Jarrelle. “Our goal for the business extends far beyond simply selling naturally based products and creations. We hope to bring a sense of community to the downtown area by being a center for creativity, discussion and interaction that is open to all.”
123 Shoppe Unique announces Grand Opening for Tuesday, June 14
Something old, something new, and all unique at new Howell store
June 13, 2016
123 Shoppe Unique, a new business in Howell located at 804 E. Grand River Ave., will hold its official Grand Opening ceremony on Tuesday, June 14 at 4 pm. The boutique store specializes in resale and collectable items, along with handmade, “unique” items showcasing local area vendors.
“123 Shoppe Unique is another of the type of stores that distinguishes a downtown area,” said Howell DDA Executive Director Cathleen Edgerly. “Its unique blend of old and new, locally created products is sure to attract a local following.”
The Grand Opening will feature a carnival food vendor, along with door prizes donated by the shop’s artisans and vendors.
Although 123 Shoppe Unique will make it official on the 14th, the store is open for business. Hours of operation are:
· Tues. Wed. Thurs. 11:00 - 6:00
· Fri. 11:00 - 7:00
· Sat. 11:00 - 5:00
· Sunday 11:00 - 3:00
· Closed Mondays
Downtown Howell to Rock the Block again
May 3, 2016
Mark June 1, July 6 and Aug. 3 on your calendars.
Downtown Howell is getting ready to rock around the block again.
Due to popular demand, last year's Rock the Block festival will return to the center of the city for a second round of live music and delicious food.
"With the great response we had after last year's event, we knew we had struck a chord," said Cathleen Edgerly, executive director of the Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority. "There was no question that Rock the Block would make it back on the calendar for 2016.
The festival, which takes place the first Wednesday of the month in June, July and August, will feature live entertainment and local cuisine from 6-9 p.m. June 1, July 6 and Aug. 3.