Every Day is an Event!
Here in Howell's Downtown, we're a lot different. In a good way. Where else can you stroll amid nearly 200-year-old historical buildings? 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
Historic Howell Theater reopens Friday
September 26, 2014
Thirteen months ago, moviegoers gathered to say goodbye to the Howell Theater.
On Friday, they will gather again to celebrate its rebirth.
Rebranded as the Historic Howell Theater, the movie house at 315 E. Grand River Ave. in downtown Howell will host a soft opening Friday evening with showings of the restored 1964 Beatles movie “A Hard Day’s Night” and the 2014 musical drama “God Help the Girl” on its two screens.
Moviegoers are even urged to dress in retro fashion Friday.
Owner Tyler DePerro purchased the theater this summer after plans for a restaurant at the site fell through. The movie house closed in August 2013 with a showing of “The Last Picture Show.”
New Downtown Toy Store offers Fun & Educational products to children of all ages!
September 25, 2014
Calling the young and young at heart, it’s time to officially welcome Howell’s new toy store, Toyology, with a traditional ribbon cutting at noon this Friday, Sep 26.
Located in the former Razmatazz toy store at 109 W. Grand River Ave, Toyology specializes in “Toys that Teach” providing fun and games to children of all ages while stimulating the mind and senses. Their selection includes toys for ages toddler to teen, indoor and outdoor toys, plus solo and group games. All toys are hand-picked by the Toyology team, known as Toylogists, with an eye to learning while playing.
“Toyology continues the wonderful tradition of having our own toy store in downtown Howell,” said Cathleen Edgerly, director of the Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority (DDA). “Manager Aric Klar and his team worked night and day to be open in time for Melonfest to give Howell residents and visitors a taste of toys that teach. Since then he’s added lots of new, fun and educational toys. We’re excited to officially welcome Toyology to Howell with our ribbon cutting and we invite the entire community to come out and join in the festivities!”
For more information about Toyology, visit their Toyology Facebook page or www.toyologytoys.com.
County Support of Proposed Ice Rink/Splash Pad Questioned
September 19, 2014
Local democrats are questioning county support for a combination ice rink and splash pad project proposed on the grounds near the historic courthouse in downtown Howell. A presentation on the plans was made by the Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority to a subcommittee of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners. No formal recommendation was made to move the matter to full board, prompting local democratic candidates to issue a press release urging commissioners to take another look at the project.
Outdoor mural recalls Howell's past
September 4, 2014
Call it the “art of Howell.”
Local artist Jen Raine is completing an outdoor mural that will grace the back wall of the new Heart of Howell complex. The mural, which features a weathered barn overlooking a farm field, pays tribute to the area’s agricultural tradition.
“It has a fall-like feel, which I kind of like,” Raine said.
The work was commissioned by Heart of Howell developer Joe Parker and others associated with the downtown Howell project.