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
Bank adopts families for holidays
December 15, 2014
For many years, the staff at First National Bank of Howell has adopted a local family or two in need for the holiday season. This year, that effort blossomed as four families received gifts with grocery gift cards to purchase a very special holiday dinner. Plus, remaining funds from the effort were used to purchase new bedding items for LACASA, Livingston County’s nonprofit organization for survivors of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault.
Holiday Girls Night Out returns to downtown Howell
December 10, 2014
Two local business organizations will be spreading holiday cheer to shoppers and diners in downtown Howell on Thursday evening.
“It’s going to be a great evening of fun,” said Cathleen Edgerly, DDA director. “The ladies can go into shops for special discounts, do-it-yourself activities, and drink and food specials.”
Tuba tunes fill air in Howell
December 10, 2014
A group of musicians, mostly strangers, who travel from far and wide to perform a Christmas concert — it has all the makings of a made-for-TV holiday special.
But it happened, for real, Saturday in downtown Howell. And it was special.
The Howell Carnegie District Library's front lawn was this year's site for a Merry Tuba Christmas Concert.
Nearly three dozen musicians heeded concertmaster Dale Marzewski's invitation to perform.
Downtown Howell Welcomes New Boutique
November 6, 2014
The Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will be welcoming our newest downtown business, Encore 118 Custom Furnishings and Boutique, with a grand opening ribbon cutting this Thursday, November 6, at 5 p.m.
Encore 118 specializes in unique furnishings and boutique items such as jewelry, scarves, soaps, lotions, home décor and Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit apparel. The grand opening celebration includes the traditional ribbon cutting at 5:00 p.m., followed by refreshments including wine from Howell’s Main Street Winery and delicious hors d’oeuvres until 7:00 p.m. To help celebrate their Grand Opening, Encore 118 will be offering a rare 30% off sale of selected Made in Detroit/Kid Rock Gear to help mark the occasion.
Howell Main Street DDA Achieves National Main Street Accreditation
October 24, 2014
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) announced this week that Howell DDA/Main Street has been recognized as a Nationally Accredited Main Street community by the National Trust Main Street Center and the Michigan Main Street Center at MSHDA.
The Michigan Main Street Selected and Master Level communities are evaluated annually using a year-end evaluation process and National accreditation criteria. This criterion is intended to assist each community in performing up to National Accreditation standards as prescribed by the National Trust Main Street Center. Though accreditation as a Michigan Main Street community is a significant milestone, it is also critical for the community to maintain the accreditation status once it has been earned.
“Howell DDA/Main Street has made many efforts toward their revitalization goals using the Main Street Approach®,” said Krizov. “We are happy to recognize their program as Nationally Accredited this year.”
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.