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
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
Father's Day Brings Film Favorite and Local Celebrity to Downtown Howell Theater
June 16, 2015
"Ask him and he will come", that's what Historic Howell Theater owner Tyler DePerro says about inviting your father to join you Father's Day Sunday, June 21, for the movie "Field of Dreams" showing at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
On his special day, fathers get in free at each of these three showings. The often quoted, "Build it and they will come," is a misquote, according to DePerro. It is actually correctly stated by the Voice in the movie as, "Build it and he will come."
Timothy Busfield, who stars in the film as Mark, Ray Kinella's brother-in-law played by Kevin Costner, will be appearing at The Historic Howell Theater 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18th and again Saturday, June 20th at 7 p.m. for questions and answers with the audience regarding Field of Dreams, which was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1990. Busfield, an area resident and friend of The Historic Howell Theater, has an impressive list of television and film credits. He plans to share his experience in making Field of Dreams with his audience this week.
Field of Dreams will be showing at The Historic Howell Theater this week Tuesday, June 16; Wednesday, June 17; Thursday, June 18, and Friday, June 19, at 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21 at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. A donation of 50 tickets has been given to Big Brothers & Big Sisters for this movie. In addition, $1 from each purchase of a large popcorn will be donated to the organization.
The Historic Howell Theater is located at 315 E. Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan. Come to the Historic Howell Theater for a great film and celebrate Father's Day with us! The Historic Howell Theater features independent films, classic films, live performances and local artists. For more information, check out historichowelltheater.com.
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.
Howell Gets Ready to Rock!
New Rock the Block Summer Event Kicks Off Wednesday, June 3!
June 1, 2015
Howell MI – Music and food lovers unite this summer as the Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority (DDA) brings Free live music, food, and excited people to downtown Howell for the all new Rock the Block series of summertime concerts, food events and family fun!
Scheduled for the first Wednesday of each summer month, June 3, July 1 and August 5 - Rock the Block will run from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring free live music at four downtown venues. Venues for free live music include the Historic Howell Theater, Howell Opera House, Cobb Hall Patio, and 2FOGS Pub. The event will take place rain or shine, as three of the four venues will be held indoors for June, and Cobb Hall’s patio will be covered with a tent. Bringing your own chair is encouraged but not required for Cobb Hall’s music venue.
Looking to add even more excitement to your music-going experience? The Great Foodini, Renee Chodkowski, will be partnering with 3 local downtown restaurants to offer attendees a taste of ‘Best Bites on the Block’. ‘Best Bites’ will highlight scrumptious food specials from Howell’s favorite eateries. June’s featured eateries include 2FOGS Pub, the Chocolate Boutique, and Brunner’s Restaurant.
Block Rockers will also find special Rock the Block offerings from businesses throughout downtown, raffles, family activities and more. “Best Bites” food samples as well as the business specials, etc. are available only to those who purchase a VIP pass. VIP passes can be purchased in advance online at www.rocktheblockhowell.org, or in-person at the Howell Main Street Office located at 118 W. Clinton St. Passes will also be available for purchase or pick-up the day of the event at the tent set-up outside Kosins Glass.
According to Main Street DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly, Rock the Block was an idea born in the DDA Promotions Committee during last year’s Strategic Planning community sessions. The event is designed to provide more exciting family activities downtown while complimenting other popular Howell events such as the Concerts at the Courthouse, Melon Fest and the Michigan Balloon Challenge. Of special note, Edgerly said, is that while it is important to the Main Street Promotions team that all the music will be free to the public, attendees are encouraged to enhance their time downtown and gain exclusive access to some Rock the Block events such as food tastings and business specials to help cover event costs and support downtown business owners. Included in the specials are some activities geared specifically for the kids, making Rock the Block a true family experience!
“We’ll have four packages available for those wanting to sample everything,” she explained. The best option is the 3-day VIP Family Pass for $100, or only $75 if you buy it early on-line at www.rocktheblockhowell.org. An Adult 3-day Pass is $50, Single Adult 1-day Pass is $25, and a Children’s Pass is only $10.”
For tickets and complete Rock the Block event information, visit the Main Street DDA website at www.rocktheblockhowell.org