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
New act begins at Historic Howell Theater
September 28, 2014
Tyler DePerro wants to celebrate the past by showing classic films and allowing visitors to experience the history of downtown Howell's 86-year-old movie theater.
At the same time, he wants to help launch a new era of entertainment by making the Historic Howell Theater a place for local filmmakers, musicians and artists to display their talents.
Patrons got their first look at DePerro's vision Friday when the theater hosted its soft opening. An official grand opening this fall is still in the planning stages, but moviegoers Friday could view the restored 1964 Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night" and the 2014 musical drama "God Help the Girl" on the theater's two screens.
Michigan and Downtown Howell Recognized For Economic Success
September 26, 2014
Michigan and downtown Howell are being recognized for becoming a successful Main Street community over the past 10 years. A press conference was held this morning at the Howell Opera House with guest speakers from the National Main Street Center, as well as PlaceEconomics, which conducts Economic Impact Studies. Michigan and its Main Street Communities have been subjects for these surveys for the last ten years and provided positive results. Data from these studies showed that during the heart of the recession, on average, for every 10 businesses that closed down, 15-20 opened in Michigan. During the study, each year in Michigan more jobs were created than lost. Norma Miess, Senior Program Officer and Director of Leadership Development for the National Main Street Center, says committed is the word she has for the Michigan Main Street Program. Miess says Howell is an example of success and that she can see a lot of dedication from local people. Cathleen Edgerly, Director for the Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority, says the DDA is so proud of Howell. She tells WHMI the area has progressed despite the difficult economic decade. Edgerly adds that the heart of a Main Street community is its residents and volunteers. In 2015, Howell will celebrate its 10th anniversary as a Main Street Community.
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.