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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
Howell Main Street DDA Volunteers Get Downtown Looking Festive for Fall
Downtown Howell Design Efforts Beautify District for Fall Season
October 7, 2015
Howell, MI – Residents and guests will notice a lot of activity on the main streets in downtown Howell today as the Howell Main Street DDA Design Committee, local Girl Scout troops, Howell High School Interact Club, and other community volunteers work to transition the downtown décor for the fall season.
“The Howell Main Street DDA Design Committee is in charge of the on-going efforts to create an inviting and attractive atmosphere for residents and visitors year-round.” states Howell’s Main Street DDA Director, Cathleen Edgerly. “We are so fortunate to have over 30 volunteers working with us today to plant the fall mums and put out the cornstalks, all making our downtown look festive for the fall season. Thank you to the Kellogg Family Foundation for sponsoring these beautification efforts and to the dedicated Department of Public Services team for helping us coordinate the fall decorating day.
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Mexicali Allies celebrates 20 years of family serving family
Anniversary Ribbon Cutting slated for Friday, Oct. 2
October 2, 2015
Over the past 20 years, Mexicali Allies has been a fixture in the downtown Howell restaurant scene, has been serving up authentic, homemade Mexican food from its family to the families in and around Livingston County. The restaurant will celebrate its anniversary at 5 pm on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, during a ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark the occasion. The public is invited to attend.
Over the last two decades Sandy Blake has operated Mexicali Allies with a passion for cooking and a passion for family. According to Sandy’s daughter, Lupe Sharpe, Sandy knows every ingredient in every dish served.
Their passion extends beyond the kitchen as well to include family. Since the beginning, Mexicali Allies has been a family business. While Sandy may be the boss in the kitchen, you’ll find plenty of other family members in positions that are essential to a successful restaurant. Lupe serves customers and staffs the cash register (among other things), while her brother helps as a cook. Lupe’s son does all the baking, and many cousins have served as wait staff over the years.
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Downtown Howell named semi-finalist in Great American Main Street Award program
Winners to be announced at annual 2016 national conference
September 21, 2015
On Friday, Sept. 11, the National Main Street Center (NMSC) announced that Downtown Howell is being honored as a semi-finalist in the Great American Main Street Award program. Being named a semi-finalist puts Howell in the running when a winner is selected at the NMSC’s 2016 National Main Street Conference, which takes place this May in Milwaukee, Wis.
“It is a tremendous honor to have reached this level, considering the hundreds of communities across the country that enter this program each year,” said Cathleen Edgerly, Director of the Howell Main Street DDA. Being selected as a semi-finalist is a true testament to all of the hard work that our Main Street volunteers, businesses, and other stakeholders contribute to building Howell into great place to live and work. We could not be more pleased.”
Each year the NMSC, which is a subsidiary for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, recognizes exceptional Main Street communities whose successes serve as a model for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. The award-winning communities demonstrate exemplary achievement in the process of strengthening their downtowns and commercial districts based on the following selection criteria:
• Overall strength of the Main Street in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit;
• Demonstrated success of the Four-Point Approach in the community;
• Commitment to historic preservation;
• Active involvement of Public and Private sector;
• Model Partnerships–Participation of multiple groups, entities and individuals who have been involved in making Main Street a great place.
The Howell Main Street DDA is a volunteer-driven organization that promotes downtown Howell as the heart and hub of the community! For more information about the Howell Main Street DDA and ways to get involved in your downtown, visit http://www.downtownhowell.org/volunteer/
Downtown Art Walk & Party Celebrates State-Wide Artists Winning Work
Howell Art Project Winning Artists Revealed Downtown Next Week
August 8, 2015
The Howell Art project brings outdoor art back to the community Wednesday, August 12 with the Howell Art Walk and Party! The event begins with the unveiling of the top 2 pieces of artwork in each seasonal category that were selected by public vote. At the art walk and unveiling event, the People’s Choice, 2nd and 3rd place winners will also be announced and presented with a cash prize! Following the art walk, a fantasy auction event will be held at the Howell Opera House celebrating the artists who participated in the Howell Art Project, as well as offering attendees the opportunity bid on get-aways, once in a lifetime experiences, and more!
“Our volunteer Design Committee and subcommittee planning members are proud to be bringing the Art Project back to the downtown community,” states Howell Main Street DDA Director, Cathleen Edgerly. “Art not only brings people together, but by reproducing the winning art pieces and hanging them on the exterior of buildings throughout the district for all to see and enjoy, we are making art accessible to everyone.”
The Evening Schedule for attendees includes:
· 6:00-6:30 p.m. Gathering reception at the Heart of Howell building, 118 W. Grand River Ave. Light appetizers and preview of finalists art
· 6:30-7:30 p.m. Art Walk unveiling of winning art pieces displayed on downtown buildings!
· 7:00 p.m. Doors open at the Opera House
· 7:30-9:00 p.m. Awards presentation to artists; auction of art and other auction items at the Howell Opera House. Come prepared to walk
away with some amazing items! The evening's ticketed celebration also includes hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and a cash bar.
The Art Walk throughout downtown is free and open to the public; however entry to the evening’s celebration event at the Howell Opera House requires a ticket to reserve your seat. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. According to Edgerly, this event is filling up very quickly with over 150 people already having submitted RSVPs for the eventOnly 40 tickets are still available so order yours today at http://www.downtownhowell.org/howellartproject/ or call the Main Street DDA office at (517) 545-4240. Proceeds from the event benefit next year’s Howell Art Project and bringing more arts and cultural opportunities to the Howell community.
The Howell Art Project is generously sponsored by Nancy Miller Farm Bureau Insurance Agency, Maki J’s Salon, Chem-Trend, and the Law Offices of Donald E. Lewis, P.C. The Howell Art Project Art Walk and Party are a project of the volunteer-lead Howell Main Street DDA Design Committee.
Rock the Block returns Wednesday to start the Fourth
June 29, 2015
Those looking to get a jump on their July 4 celebration can visit downtown Howell on the first of the month.
The second session of Rock the Block will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, bringing together music, food and special merchant promotions.
A new summer series, Rock the Block made its debut in June and will continue the first Wednesday of August.
The first session went well, Howell Downtown Development Authority Director Cathleen Edgerly said, and the second is adding some “tweaks,” including day-long and month-long merchant promotions.
Each Rock the Block features four musical acts performing free shows at four separate venues.Acts, musical styles and locations for Wednesday’s event include: Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils, outlaw country, at the Historic Howell Theater; Ted J. Reed, Americana; at the The Opera House; The Jalopy Brothers, “speakeasy jazz,” outside 2FOGS Pub; and Reeds & Steel, acoustic music; at the Cobb Hall Patio. View more information about the event and VIP All Access Passes at: www.rocktheblockhowell.org
Students to Bring Interactive Street Art to Downtown Howell
June 27, 2015
Local students are bringing interactive street art to downtown Howell. The Howell High School Advanced Imaging Art Program is partnering with the Howell Main Street DDA Design Committee to bring attention to a positive type of street art to town that offers an interactive experience with existing downtown buildings, sidewalks and infrastructure.
Twelve different art designs will be painted throughout the downtown district and starting Monday at 10am, the public will begin to notice students getting creative with downtown buildings but more pieces will be added all week long.
Advanced Imaging art teacher John Mozdzierz says art is something that should be accessible to everyone and they felt this type of positive street art was the perfect addition to the DDA’s existing summer projects such as the Howell Art Program and Rock the Block series. Mozdzierz added that they tried it out at the high school and the students and teachers really enjoyed searching out artwork and creative ways it could interact with the building.
The locations of the street art will not be revealed to the public. Instead, the Howell Main Street DDA is encouraging residents and visitors to download a form online and record photos and locations of the student street art they find downtown. Completed forms will then be entered into a drawing for prizes.
More information about the student art project is available online at www.downtownhowell.org.