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
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.
Howell Main Street Announces Strong Economic and Budget Growth
June 18, 2015
At its last meeting, the Howell Main Street DDA accomplished something that is rare within the hard economic times we face. Through a unanimous vote of its volunteer board, the Main Street DDA turned tough budgetary times and a year of re-structuring, into a positive fund balance for fiscal year 2015-2016.
Through major local investments of both volunteer time and local financial contributions to support the efforts of the volunteer-driven Howell Main Street DDA, our downtown development agency has successfully out-performed the national average over the last 10 years and continues to bring economic investment and job growth in to the downtown district.
“In tough economic times when other agencies are having difficulty making ends meet, the Main Street DDA board has re-imagined itself and brought new and exciting projects into Downtown Howell while remaining fiscally responsible,” said Board Treasurer, Kevin McCarthy, CPA. “That process,” he continued, “has not forced us to limit the other services we provide. In fact, last year we spent over $240,000 in capital improvements, and have another $50,000 in our budget to spend this upcoming fiscal year. Our Business Development and Design committee has also worked hard with existing and new businesses in our district, brining in over $1.5 million in private and public investments during fiscal year 2014-2015.
Board President, Eric Conn attributed the Howell Main Street DDA’s fiscal success on a lineage of excellent Treasurers.
“The truth is, without the expertise of our Treasurer, Kevin McCarthy and his predecessor Robert Ellis, as well as the hard work of our volunteers to tighten budgets, we would not be in the position we are today.” Robert Ellis recently left the Howell Main Street DDA Board and his position there as Treasurer when he was appointed to Howell’s City Council.”
Howell Main Street DDA Board members are appointed by the City of Howell City Council. For more information about the Howell Main Street and ways to get involved as a volunteer with the organization, please visit http://www.downtownhowell.org
Main Street DDA Art Competition Seeking Public Votes to Determine People’s Choice!
June 11, 2015
Howell, MI – The popular Main Street DDA Art Competition returns to the streets of downtown Howell next week, with the finalists’ art pieces on display throughout downtown Howell. The public is invited to come downtown and vote for their favorite piece to win the ‘People’s Choice Award’!
The public voting period to select your favorite piece of art runs Monday, June 14 through Wednesday, June 24. The finalists artwork can be viewed at the following downtown locations: Cleary’s Pub, the Howell Opera House, Silverstone Jewelers, and Mom & Pop’s Bakery.
When viewing the artwork, the community can vote for their favorite piece by texting the code displayed on each art piece. Votes can also be submitted online at downtownhowell.org/howellartproject. All votes will be compiled at the close of public voting, with the winner being announced at the Public Art Unveil and Celebration ceremony where top artwork will be prominently displayed on the exterior of downtown businesses. The unveil and celebration ceremony is planned for August 6, 2015.
“Art creates a sense of place and really ties the community together.” states Main Street DDA Director, Cathleen Edgerly. “Our Design Committee was pleased to bring back the Howell Art Project and share great pieces of seasonal-themed artwork with our residents and visitors. We encourage everyone visiting our participating downtown businesses and voting for their favorites to be displayed later this summer on buildings throughout the downtown district.”
The Howell Art Project is proudly sponsored by Maki J’s Salon, Farm Bureau Insurance, the Law Office of Don Lewis, and Chem Trend. The Howell Art Project is proudly brought to the community by the Howell Main Street DDA Design Committee.
To view all finalists’ art pieces and learn more about the Howell Art Project, visit downtownhowell.org – Howell Art Project.