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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 restaurants, pubs gain honors
May 14, 2015
Four Howell business anchors were honored Monday by the Downtown Development Authority in a ceremony calling attention to area restaurants and pubs.
Honorees included the Heart of Howell building, Cleary’s Pub, Diamonds Steak & Seafood and the Block Brewing Co.
Heart of Howell, which included the newly opened 2FOGs Pub, received the Exterior Rehabilitation Award for combining three historic downtown storefronts into a new retail and office facility.
Cleary's Pub Among Winners In Howell DDA Preservation Awards
May 14, 2015
The Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority held its ninth annual Historic Preservation Awards last night. The ceremony recognized property and business owners who made significant investments towards preserving the historic nature of the downtown area. Four awards were given out, the first going to Cleary’s Pub for preservation stewardship. The award for exterior restoration or rehabilitation was given to the Heart of Howell. Block Brewing Company received recognition in the improvements to building interior category. Finally, Diamond’s Steak and Seafood won the award for the property improvement. State Representative Hank Vaupel was on hand to present winners with a proclamation from the governor’s office recognizing their efforts towards historic preservation. Award winners also received a framed artistic rendering from a local artist of their building in its current state to honor the improvements that have been made. (MK)
May 6, 2014
At Encore 118 Custom Furnishings & Boutique, you can learn how to turn that old piece of furniture into something that matches the decor of your home.
Paints and painting workshops are among the many offerings at Tom and Cathy Bateman’s shop in downtown Howell.
After owning a similar store in Holly for five years, the couple moved their operation last fall to the Heart of Howell complex at 118 W. Grand River Ave.
Besides paints and furniture, Encore 118 customers can find a variety of home decor and gift items, from clothing and accessories to jewelry and soaps, much of it made in Michigan.
The Batemans are also proud to carry Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit brand of merchandise.
Howell Main Street Program Awarded Fund Development Services from National and State Main Street Center
May 5, 2015
Howell, MI - The Michigan Main Street Center (MMSC) at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) recently announced that the Howell Main Street program will receive technical assistance led by national consultants to design a customized fund development strategy.
Through a partnership with the National Main Street Center, MMSC staff will work with national experts to deliver fundraising planning services to local Main Street leaders. This training will help enhance downtown development efforts like business growth and beautification projects.
"This type of technical support gives main street communities the tools they need to create engaging, vibrant places for residents and visitors to enjoy," Kevin Elsenheimer, MSHDA Executive Director said.
Howell Main Street was awarded this technical assistance after a competitive application process late last year. Scheduled to be completed before 2016, the service will focus on audience, capacity, and current and potential resources to strengthen the awareness of downtown Howell and the Howell Main Street program.
"This is one of the many great benefits of being a Michigan Main Street community," said Cathleen Edgerly, Director of the Howell Main Street DDA. "This fundraising planning process is going to be instrumental in helping us plan and take the key steps we need to achieve the long range goals outlined in the Strategic Planning Process that we recently completed with the help of the Michigan Main Street Center in 2014."
During a two-day workshop, consultants will assess the local environment and gather information from the Main Street board of directors and organization committee. The workshop will provide opportunities to learn about fundraising tools and strategies as well as working time for local Main Street leaders to develop a fundraising plan to move forward. The service is part of a variety of services Howell has received since becoming a Select Main Street community in 2004. Other services provided by Michigan Main Street include a strategic planning service in 2014 and retail merchandising service in 2010.
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Howell Main Street DDA Announces New Partnership with Kellogg Family
May 1, 2015
The Design Committee of the Howell Main Street DDA is proud to announce a new partnership with theKellogg Family Foundation. Downtown Howell will look even brighter and more beautiful this year dueto the Kellogg Family Foundation’s sponsorship of the downtown summer and fall flower pots, as wellas the seasonal décor that is found throughout the downtown district. To celebrate the newpartnership, media and the community are invited to a special check presentation ceremony onMonday, May 4 at 1:00 p.m., at Kellogg Dental, 1250 Byron Rd. Howell.
“The Howell Main Street DDA Design Committee is in charge of the ongoing efforts to enhance thedowntown environment; creating an inviting and attractive atmosphere for residents and visitors alike.” states Howell’s Main Street DDA Director, Cathleen Edgerly.
“The Kellogg Family Foundation’s philosophy of supporting local programs and volunteerism will helpfurther our efforts to promote and attract people to our downtown district. We are pleased to begin a new partnership with the Kellogg Family Foundation.”
This year’s spring and summer flower plantings are expected to beautify the downtown area beginning the week of May 18, continuing on into the fall.
The Kellogg Family Foundation presents three generations in medicine, education and charity.
Student artists reveal themselves in exhibition
March 22, 2015
Hartland High School junior Abbey Johnson believes the power of art is its revelation of the artist's inner heart, and she is not afraid to share that piece of herself.
Her artwork, along with dozens of other pieces created by elementary and high school students across Livingston County, is on display as part of the Got ART student exhibition that runs through March 29 at The Opera House in downtown Howell. The exhibit, which includes ceramic, jewelry, photography, sketches and more, is free to the public.
"I really enjoyed doing art because it let me explore my feelings and I thought that was just really cool," the 17-year-old Johnson said Saturday as she viewed the exhibit with her family. "Art is very therapeutic and I can explore myself deeper in art and I think that's cool."
Heart of Howell to Welcome Congressman Bishop & Celebrate Grand Opening of F.O.G.S. Pub
March 10, 2015
Heart of Howell, a multi-use complex boasting popular new tenants such as Encore 118 Custom Furnishings & Boutique, 2Fogs Pub, Silverstone Jewelers, and Your Peace of Mind -one of the largest property management firms in the state; will show off their redevelopment project while welcoming special guest, Congressman Mike Bishop tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10.
Congressman Bishop’s visit will include a tour of this historic renovated building from 1:00-2:00 p.m., followed by a special ribbon cutting for Heart of Howell at 2:00 p.m. Heart of Howell, along with the Howell Main Street DDA, Chamber of Commerce, and City of Howell, will then officially welcome the building’s newest tenant, 2FOGS Pub with a ribbon cutting inside the pub.
“We are pleased to have such a beautifully rebuilt commercial development in downtown Howell.” states Howell Main Street DDA Director, Cathleen Edgerly. The Heart of Howell is a fine example of historic preservation and the commitment that the Parker’s have to our community! We look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion and celebrating the huge investment that they made in our downtown!”
Congressman Mike Bishop’s represents Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District. The district includes all of Ingham County, Livingston County, and north Oakland County.
Heart of Howell is located at 120 W. Grand River. 2FOGS Pub is located at 118A W. Grand River with an alley entrance of the rear of the building. For more information regarding the Heart of Howell’s transformation and tenants, visit their website at page at http://heartofhowell.com/
Howell gains mayor, but loses councilman
March 10, 2015
Nick Proctor was appointed Howell’s new mayor at Monday’s council meeting, but in a surprise move, Mayor Pro-Tem Allen Schlittler resigned just prior to the meeting.
This leaves the council with two vacancies to fill.
Schlittler’s own appointment as mayor was proposed two weeks ago, but delayed by council at that time.
City officials said he submitted his resignation letter at 6:30 p.m., just 30 minutes before the meeting began.
Schlittler’s letter stated he would be resigning as “Howell councilman/Mayor Pro-Tem effective immediately.”
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Chinese culture celebrated in Howell for Lunar New Year
February 23, 2015
"It was amazing," Jason McKinley said of the Lion Dance performed at the Lunar New Year Festival in downtown Howell Saturday.
"The color and the dance, the artistry … The eyes were illuminated. It was coming right at me. The way the dancers moved, it looked like it was real," he said.
The Lion Dance is a unique Chinese tradition in which performers in costume mimic the movements of a lion. Festival co-organizer Richard Lim admits some may confuse it for a dragon costume, "but it's a lion."
During the performance, children offer "ang pao" -- a red packet or envelope, with a small donation inside -- to the lion by placing it in the lion's mouth in return for the lion's blessing, Lim explained.
"It's a very good representation of Chinese culture," said McKinley, a resident of Marion Township. And he should know. He was in China for Lunar New Year when he traveled there four years ago to adopt his son, Jonathan, now 8. McKinley brought his family to the Lunar New Year Festival at the Howell Opera House so Jonathan can learn about and keep in touch with his Chinese heritage.
Howell jewelry store owner's gem
February 2, 2015
Karen Pociluyko has always loved jewelry. Buying it. Wearing it. Studying it.
Now, she is selling it.
The retired nurse practitioner opened Silverstone Jewelers in downtown Howell in December.
"I've always had a keen interest in jewelry. I've bought a lot of jewelry, but I've also studied it over the course of 25 years or so," she said. "A closet gemologist, I called myself."
Not long after retiring from a 30-year career in nursing, Pociluyko decided to open her own jewelry store. She said her family and close friends only wondered what took her so long.
Howell DDA to Announce Winning Dragon Run T-Shirt Design
Winner Is Howell High School Art Student
January 20, 2015
Thursday, January 22, will be an exciting day for one talented Howell High School art student as their design is announced as the winner of the Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority (DDA) 2015 Dragon Run T-shirt Contest. The Dragon Run is part of the annual Lunar New Year festivities taking place February 21, 2015.
According to Main Street DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly, the winning entry was chosen from over 35 different designs submitted by students in the Howell High School art program and will be unveiled at the beginning of art class, around 12:37 p.m. The winning design will be printed on all Dragon Run t-shirts, and the winning student will also receive a certificate to accompany their portfolio and a gift certificate.
“With so much of the run taking place around Howell High School, we felt it was important to encourage student involvement and offer this unique opportunity,” Edgerly explained. “Not only did we involve high school students in the art competition, In addition, we’re also awarding a $100 check, courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, to the area high school track team that has the highest number of registered participants who sign-up for this year’s race.
The five kilometer Dragon Run Race and one mile Fun Run are both part of the annual Howell Lunar New Year Festival taking place on Saturday, February 21. Generously sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the races are organized in cooperation with Playmakers and the Howell Underground Running Team (H.U.R.T.). Event coordinators include the Howell Main Street DDA, the Howell Carnegie Library, Richard Lim Photography and the Howell Opera House.
For more Howell Lunar New Year information, visit www.downtownhowell.org/lunar-new-year-dragon-run.
Registration Open for Howell Lunar New Year Dragon Run
January 13, 2015
Registration is now open for the second annual Lunar New Year Dragon Run 5K in the City of Howell. 2015 marks the second year for Howell’s Lunar New Year Festival with activities throughout the day centered in the historic Howell Opera House on Saturday, February 21st. The Dragon Run is part of festivities and features a one mile fun run as well as a 5K run/walk. Both events will be held on Howell Public Schools grounds and start at Challenger Elementary. Early registration is available for both races online and the first 200 racers to register for each will be guaranteed a t-shirt. All runners are encouraged to wear a costume to add to the fun but costumes are not required for race participation. Prizes will be awarded in different categories but a new prize aims to encourage school spirit and healthy competition amongst high schools throughout Livingston County. A $100 prize will be awarded to the high school track team with the most members registering for the 5K run. Complete details can be found online at https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Howell/HowellDragonRun.
Block Brewing Company
January 12, 2015
Just after the new year, we journeyed over to Howell, Michigan to check out Block Brewing Company. With a big space, a big menu, and plenty of big beers, Block Brewing was a big hit with our crew.
Our good friends Deb and Brian planned the gathering as Brian was back in Michigan from his job over in China. They live in Howell and we’d mentioned there was a new brewery by them that we wanted to check out.
Block Brewing is BIG
Block Brewing use to be the Shark Club and I believe way back in the day it was The Red Barn or something like that. First thing you’ll notice when you drive up is that this place is HUGE. There is ton of seating. From large U shaped bar to two a couple of big rooms with plenty of seating. Block Brewing is very easy to find as it is just off of I-96 at the D-19 / Howell exit.