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 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 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.
Local artists sought for Downtown Art Competition
February 29, 2016
Story By Noe Hernandez, Livingston Daily Press & Argus
The Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority once again is asking local artists, as well as artists from across the state and nation, to submit their artwork for a chance to win the second, and now annual, Howell Art Project competition.
The person who ends up in first place gets a $1,000 check and will have his or her artwork exhibited on the outer walls of downtown businesses for about a year. The runner-up gets $500. The third-place finisher wins $250.
The winners will be announced during the Art Walk and Auction Party in August.
“Art creates a sense of place and really ties the community together,” DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly said Friday. "We’re just excited to bring back the Art Walk and Auction to the community and look forward to seeing all the art submitted by the local and national artists."
Emilie Beadle, a painter from Romulus, won the inaugural contest with an oil-on-canvas painting done with pallet-knife-style of an ice-covered forest she aptly named “Icy Forest.” A copy of the painting is on display on the west outer wall of the Howell Opera House on Grand River Avenue.
Lunar New Year Festivities Bring Cultural Awareness and Fun
Downtown Howell celebrates Asian New Year with winter festival and 5K
February 16, 2016
This Saturday, February 20, residents and visitors will experience a different type of New Year celebration as the 3rd annual Howell Lunar New Year Festival returns to downtown! This fun, family-oriented event highlights the downtown Howell community while offering an educational twist with exciting educational events at the Howell Opera House. Plus, whether you are a serious or recreational runner, the popular Howell Dragon Run offers Howell students and adults the chance to get healthy and have fun with the 5K Run or Walk!
Activities for the Day include:
Dragon Run 5K: The Dragon Run 5K race steps off at 10:00 a.m. at Challenger Elementary and continues throughout the Howell Public School grounds. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each age category. A special traveling Dragon Trophy will be unveiled and awarded to the overall race winner! Race registration is $30. Register today at: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Howell/HowellDragonRun
Plus, a $100 prize will be awarded to the College or High School Track & Field team which has the most registrants!
Entertainment - All entertainment takes place at the Howell Opera House including:
· Noon: Lion Dance & Blessing of the Businesses
1:00-1:30 p.m.: Stories from Singapore presentation by Dr. Heather Storm
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Youth Interactive Cooking Demonstration with Chef Tom Lin
2:30-4:30 p.m.: Hands On Interactive Activities from the MSU Asian Studies Program, along with Origami from the Howell Carnegie District Library
Lunar New Year Six Course Dinner: Enjoy fine Asian cuisine from Food Network Cutthroat Kitchen Chef, Tom Lin, along with dishes provided by Downtown Howell Asian restaurants. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. This dinner is sold out for the 2nd year in a row!
Heart of Howell Announces Full Occupancy
January 14, 2016
Story written by Noe Hernandez, Livingston Press & Argus
A commercial building in downtown Howell with the perfect name for anyone looking to set up shop in the heart of town is full of businesses for the first time in three years.
The Heart of Howell building, under new ownership and a $2 million renovation project for the past three years, inked the last of eight tenants this month.
"It started out as a labor of love, and to see it come to fruition after three years is an amazing feeling," project manager Courtney Tarara said Monday. "It is exactly what we set out for, which was bringing a destination location to downtown Howell."
Dragon Run 5K Registration Now Open!
Winter 5K race registration opens as part of Lunar New Year cultural festival in downtown Howell
January 13, 2016
Attention runners and walkers! Registration is now open for Dragon Run 5K Run Walk, organized as part of Howell’s annual Lunar New Year Festival on February 20th! Generously sponsored by Blue Care Network and Advanced Disposal, the Dragon Run is a 5K Run/Walk designed for people of all ages and held on the Howell Public School grounds.
According to Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Director, Cathleen Edgerly, early registration is now available online at https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Howell/HowellDragonRun. Last year’s race doubled in participation with a fun winter course available to runners and walkers alike. The cost for each participant is $25 during the early-bird registration which ends February 13, after which the fee increases to $30. The first 200 racers to register for each race will be guaranteed a t-shirt.
New Holiday Men’s Night Out Encourages Shopping for the Guys
Downtown Howell businesses work together to attract and encourage men to shop, dine, and experience downtown Howell this holiday season
December 15, 2016
With the holidays quickly approaching, Howell residents and guests will find a new an evening of shopping specifically focusing on specials for men downtown. The Howell Holiday Boutique, in coordination with the Howell Main Street DDA, proudly introduces the first Men’s Night Out shopping evening this Thursday, December 17 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Typically, many communities focus on catering to the ladies and encouraging them to visit their shops for the holidays. This year Howell is proud to invite the male population to shop, dine, and experience downtown Howell for the holidays! This Thursday, participating downtown Howell businesses will be offering extended shopping hours, raffles for men’s products, free gift-wrapping and other specials.
“After receiving several comments via social media, and following a conversation with the owner of the Howell Holiday pop-up Boutique, we were pleased to see downtown Howell businesses working together to offer an evening focused on the men in our community,” States Howell Main Street DDA Director, Cathleen Edgerly. “Our retail shops, salons, and restaurants are looking forward to offering a fun evening for the men, and wanted to offer specials that would both attract and make things a little easier for all during the busy holiday season.”
For a complete list of participants and specials, please visit http://www.downtownhowell.org/mensnightout/ or call the Howell Main Street DDA office at 517-545-4240. Thank you to all those who support their local small businesses this holiday season!
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/