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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
Iconic building could become new Howell eatery
February 6, 2017
The iconic Pearl building in downtown Howell is ideal for a new restaurant.
That’s the word from Jeff and Coleen Doyle, who own Doyle Homes Inc. and recently purchased the historic building at 309 E. Grand River.
Jeff Doyle said he plans to lease out the building’s 4,500 square feet of first floor space and believes the venue – one of the few in the downtown with its own dedicated parking – is ideally suited for a restaurateur or other entrepreneur.
On the upper floor, Doyle plans to restore the space for residential use, including a large condominium and several smaller apartments.
“It’s always been our dream to live on the second floor in a vibrant downtown, where you can walk to the restaurants and shops – and don’t have a yard to take care of,” said Doyle, noting he has begun preliminary talks with city building officials about his plans for the building. He's also hoping to include a roof-top deck overlooking the downtown area.
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New brewpub finds home in heart of downtown Howell
January 23, 2017
On tap in downtown Howell: Excitement over a new brewpub expected to open sometime this summer. Howell residents Clark and Lisa Gill began planning the business – dubbed Aberrant Ales – about two years ago, and announced recently they’ll open the brewery at 219 W. Grand River.
The 7,200-square-foot space is currently serving as a warehouse area for the neighboring Country Squire Fireplace & Lighting. “We’re excited,” said Clark Gill, noting he and his wife scouted several locations and were happy to land in the heart of the downtown area. “We couldn’t ask for a better space.”
The 10-barrel brewpub will offer a variety of flagship beer styles year round, including blond, cream, amber and pale ales, as well as an IPA and a stout, plus six rotating taps with experimental or seasonal brews.
Patrons can also choose from a menu featuring small plates, brick-oven pizzas, salads, sandwiches and snacks. The couple is also creating a unique style for the interior – a sort of rustic/industrial look – and plans a dining room and bar area along with a lounge and recreation space, but say they plan to maintain as much of the building's historic integrity as possible during extensive renovations.
Love birds tie the knot at Howell coffee shop
February 14, 2017
Couples celebrated Valentine's Day by getting married in a unique way Tuesday, forgoing big and flashy for small and intimate at Uptown Coffeehouse in downtown Howell.
Newlyweds Jimmie and Jessica Sizemore of Fenton were beaming and teary-eyed as they said their vows in front of the coffeehouse's fireplace, which was decorated with balloons, candles and rose petals.
They were one of 26 couples married at the coffee shop on Tuesday.
"We’ve been talking about it for a while and we finally just decided that it’s time. …It was Valentine’s Day and we figured, why not?," said Jessica Sizemore, whose maiden name is Cirefice.
She said the intimate, cute coffeehouse setting suited them well.
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HOWELL INSTALLS FIRST ARTISTIC BIKE RACK
ARTISTIC BIKE RACK INSTALLATION MARKS HOWELL’S EFFORT TO BECOME A BIKE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY
June 17, 2016
Today, Friday, June 17, Downtown Howell will install the first of several Artistic Bike Racks that will provide both a functional and artistic element to the downtown area. The first Bike Rack will be installed outside of the Dairy Queen after the location was selected and voted on by City Council and City staff at Council's meeting last Monday, June 13.
The Bike Rack project has been part of a 5-year effort led by the Main Street DDA, along with Howell Rotary's Tour de Livingston, the City of Howell, the Howell Chamber Placemaking team, and other passionate bicycle enthusiasts in the community.
“We are thrilled to be installing these unique and usable Bike Racks,” said Cathleen Edgerly, Howell Main Street DDA executive director. “This is the result of a true, cooperative effort between public and private sectors working toward making Howell a better place to live, work and play.”
“Finding Roots” brings nature, sense of community to downtown Howell
New shop combines products in harmony with nature with center for “Makers” to create and sell original works
June 15, 2016
Howell MI – In a world surrounded by technology, two Livingston County residents have a dream to bring people back to nature, while also imparting a sense of community to customers. Finding Roots, a new business opening in Howell in May 2016, and located at 111 North Michigan Ave., will be the hub of what owners Tirzah Sirken and Lisa Jarrelle describe as a movement to reintroduce Howell residents to the natural environment through the arts and products inspired by nature.
“Finding Roots will be like nothing that Howell residents have seen before,” said Jarrelle. “Our goal for the business extends far beyond simply selling naturally based products and creations. We hope to bring a sense of community to the downtown area by being a center for creativity, discussion and interaction that is open to all.”
123 Shoppe Unique announces Grand Opening for Tuesday, June 14
Something old, something new, and all unique at new Howell store
June 13, 2016
123 Shoppe Unique, a new business in Howell located at 804 E. Grand River Ave., will hold its official Grand Opening ceremony on Tuesday, June 14 at 4 pm. The boutique store specializes in resale and collectable items, along with handmade, “unique” items showcasing local area vendors.
“123 Shoppe Unique is another of the type of stores that distinguishes a downtown area,” said Howell DDA Executive Director Cathleen Edgerly. “Its unique blend of old and new, locally created products is sure to attract a local following.”
The Grand Opening will feature a carnival food vendor, along with door prizes donated by the shop’s artisans and vendors.
Although 123 Shoppe Unique will make it official on the 14th, the store is open for business. Hours of operation are:
· Tues. Wed. Thurs. 11:00 - 6:00
· Fri. 11:00 - 7:00
· Sat. 11:00 - 5:00
· Sunday 11:00 - 3:00
· Closed Mondays
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.