Howell boasts many boutiques, restaurants and historic buildings

Howell boasts many boutiques, restaurants and historic buildings

HOWELL, Mich. (WJBK) - Did you know downtown Howell was nominated by USA Today for having one of the ten best main streets in America? That's a pretty big honor, and something Howell's Downtown Development Authority is pretty proud of.

"Howell has a celebration of our past with our rural roots, our agricultural roots, and has the eye on its future with a lot of new development and smart growth happening. We are known for unique, boutique-type shopping experiences. We also have year-round events that attract our 9,600 residents as well as thousands of visitors from across the state," says Cathleen Edgerly, the DDA director.

Part of the draw here is Howell's historic downtown. Many of the buildings have not been changed since the city was incorporated back in 1863.

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Public Encouraged To Cast Final Votes In Howell Art Project

Public Encouraged To Cast Final Votes In Howell Art Project

There is limited time left to vote for artwork on display around downtown Howell.

This marks the third consecutive year of the Howell Art Project. 12 semi-finalist pieces are on display at local businesses throughout downtown Howell and the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite piece at each location. The weeklong public voting period ends Sunday evening. Artwork can be viewed at the Howell Carnegie District Library, the Howell Opera House, Kokopelli’s Korner and Uptown Coffeehouse. Individuals can vote for their favorite piece by texting the code displayed on it. 

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Crowdfunding campaign launched for Peanut Row Alley Project in Howell

Crowdfunding campaign launched for Peanut Row Alley Project in Howell

Downtown Howell’s Peanut Row Alley will soon feature a pedestrian plaza and an outdoor gallery with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority announced today. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $12,000 by June 30, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit: http://www.patronicity.com/peanutrowalley.

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June Rock the Block kicks off the season of live music and food in downtown Howell

June Rock the Block kicks off the season of live music and food in downtown Howell

Rock the Block, a celebration of music and the best of the local food scene, returns to downtown Howell in just one week, Wednesday, June 7, for the kickoff of what has become a must-attend downtown Howell event. The June event is the first of three such events that take place the first Wednesday of the month during June, July and August. Now in its third year, the event promises to be as popular as ever.

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Food Truck Rally Comes to Downtown Howell

Food Truck Rally Comes to Downtown Howell

Howell MI – Join Howell Main Street Inc. and food trucks from all across the state on Saturday, May 20, as this non-profit downtown revitalization and community-driven powerhouse kicks-off their annual fundraising efforts. All proceeds from Howell’s Food Truck event will benefit Howell Main Street Inc.'s year-round volunteer-led downtown projects.  The Food Truck Rally will feature tasty food from 8 trucks, an Eternity Brewing biergarten (for adults 21+), and music for guests to enjoy from 12:00 p.m.-3:00p.m. in the Depot Public parking lot located off of N. Walnut St. behind Hi-Tech Lock and the Walnut Street Marketplace. 

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Community celebrated at upcoming Howell Main Street DDA Applause Awards

Community celebrated at upcoming Howell Main Street DDA Applause Awards

Howell MI – On April 25, the spirit of community and volunteerism will be celebrated by the Howell Main Street DDA as it recognizes the past years’ achievements and the many volunteers who work to make Downtown Howell a great place to live, work, play and stay. The Annual Applause Awards will be held on the 2nd floor at Block Brewing on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, with doors opening at 6 pm. The event is open to all downtown businesses, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and community members interested in the improvement of Downtown Howell. Those interested in attending should RSVP by April 7, 2017. The Kellogg Family Foundation proudly sponsors this year’s Applause Awards.
 

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Love birds tie the knot at Howell coffee shop

Love birds tie the knot at Howell coffee shop

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.

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Iconic building could become new Howell eatery

Iconic building could become new Howell eatery

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.

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Lunar New Year Festivities Bring Cultural Awareness and Fun to Downtown Howell

Lunar New Year Festivities Bring Cultural Awareness and Fun to  Downtown Howell

Howell, MI – This Saturday, February 4, residents and visitors will experience a different type of New Year celebration as the 4th annual Howell Lunar New Year Festival returns to downtown! This fun, family-oriented event highlights the downtown Howell community while offering an educational twist on a cultural celebration.  In addition, whether you are a serious or recreational runner, the popular Howell Dragon Run offers Howell students and adults the chance to get healthy and have fun with the 5K Run or Walk! 

Activities for the Day include:

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New brewpub finds home in heart of downtown Howell

ARTIST RENDERING OF NEW SPACE

ARTIST RENDERING OF NEW SPACE

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.


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Food Truck Rally Comes to Downtown Howell

Food Trucks unite in downtown Howell for tailgate-themed fundraiser

Join Howell Main Street Inc. and food trucks from all across the state on Saturday, November 12, as this non-profit downtown revitalization and community-driven powerhouse kicks-off their annual fundraising efforts. All proceeds from Howell’s inaugural Food Truck event will benefit Howell Main Street Inc.'s year-round volunteer-led downtown projects.  The Food Truck Rally will have a tailgate theme for football season and feature tasty Food Truck food, an Eternity Brewing biergarten (for adults 21+), and tailgate games will be available for guests to enjoy from 12:00 p.m.-3:00p.m. in the Depot Public parking lot located off of N. Walnut St. behind Hi-Tech Lock and the Walnut Street Marketplace.

There is no entrance fee for the event, however tickets are required and available to purchase on the day of the event for those wishing to enjoy beverages from the biergarten area. Beverage tickets are $5 each. Locally-brewed root beer will also be available for purchase in the biergarten, with those tickets available at 2 for $5. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come down in your tailgate gear to try some delicious food from Michigan-based food trucks!

“The responses from early social media postings have demonstrated an outpouring of support from the community and visitors who love good food.” states Howell Main Street and DDA Director, Cathleen Edgerly. “Participating downtown restaurants and pubs are also getting in on the fun and participating by offering Food Truck Rally attendees, $5 off their $25 purchase at Cleary’s Pub, Diamonds Steakhouse, and the Silver Pig.”

Participating Food Trucks include: Fortune Cooking, Heaven on a Roll, My Little Honey Pot, Pie Hole Pizza, Tamale Rose, The Torch, and Tony’s Dogs. For more information, visit http://www.downtownhowell.org/food-truck-rally/

The downtown Howell Food Truck Rally is generously sponsored by 1st National Bank of Howell, the Walnut Street Marketplace, and Kellogg Family Foundation

Howell Main Street is a volunteer-led organization focused on creating a vibrant, strong, and economically viable downtown. The mission is accomplished by using the Main Street Four-Point Approach™ to further our commitment to historic preservation, quality events, and promoting downtown Howell as the heart and hub of the community.

Howell Main Street DDA, Cleary University partner for education and community promotion

Soon, Howell’s downtown will be bustling with young people focused on their smartphones. It’s not the next wave of Pokémon Go…it’s the result of a unique partnership between Cleary University and the Howell Main Street / DDA that will provide an educational experience for the students while promoting the businesses and happenings that make downtown Howell a great place to work, live, play and stay.

CU Downtown is a program spearheaded by Kevin Cook, former Main Street DDA intern (and now Board volunteer) along with Cleary University Marketing students led by Professor Robert Bellenir. The program provides Cleary marketing students with real world social media and marketing experience while promoting downtown Howell as the heart and hub of the community. The program lasts until the end of the fall semester.

“We are very excited about this new partnership program with Cleary University students as the 10 week curriculum will cover so many topics while giving students a hands-on real social media business experience.” states Howell Main Street Inc./DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly. “The students will be interacting with and helping promote our wonderful downtown businesses, events, and highlighting community leaders; all while bringing their own fresh perspectives to our district.”

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Howell Main Street DDA, Cleary University partner for education and community promotion

Soon, Howell’s downtown will be bustling with young people focused on their smartphones. It’s not the next wave of Pokémon Go…it’s the result of a unique partnership between Cleary University and the Howell Main Street / DDA that will provide an educational experience for the students while promoting the businesses and happenings that make downtown Howell a great place to work, live, play and stay.

CU Downtown is a program spearheaded by Kevin Cook, former Main Street DDA intern (and now Board volunteer) along with Cleary University Marketing students led by Professor Robert Bellenir. The program provides Cleary marketing students with real world social media and marketing experience while promoting downtown Howell as the heart and hub of the community. The program lasts until the end of the fall semester.

“We are very excited about this new partnership program with Cleary University students as the 10 week curriculum will cover so many topics while giving students a hands-on real social media business experience.” states Howell Main Street Inc./DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly. “The students will be interacting with and helping promote our wonderful downtown businesses, events, and highlighting community leaders; all while bringing their own fresh perspectives to our district.”

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Melon Festival Breakfast Thanks Downtown Merchants and Employees

Annual Merchant Appreciation Breakfast Takes Place Friday bringing downtown Businesses together

An annual tradition, Howell Main Street Inc./DDA staff and volunteers are pleased to throw the Melon Fest Merchant appreciation breakfast Friday, August 19 to kick-off the weekend’s Melon Festival festivities.

From 7:00-9:00 a.m. this Friday, downtown business owners and their employees are all invited to the tent set-up on State Street to enjoy a delicious breakfast served by The Torch Mobile Food Truck and sponsored by the Kellogg Family Foundation. Volunteers from Howell Main Street Inc. and DDA hold this annual kick-off breakfast as a way to thank all those who work downtown for their year-round support of downtown activities and for choosing downtown Howell to run their business, all while celebrating the beginning ofMelon Festival Weekend.

“It is our pleasure to sponsor this fantastic downtown event held with the Main Street DDA. States sponsor Dr. Thomas Kellogg.  We feel it is a way to show how much we appreciate all that the community does to make downtown Howell a great place to be. The addition of The Torch Food Truck further exemplifies people helping people to make our community an even better place to live, work, and play. We are looking forward to seeing everyone Friday morning and look forward to a great Melon Festival weekend!”  

All downtown businesses within the district received hand-delivered invitations from the Main Street Inc./DDA Outreach Committee, as well as e-vites. To RSVP your attendance for this Friday’s breakfast, please call 517-545-4240 or emailhmorrison@downtownhowell.org.

About Kellogg Family Foundation
The Kellogg Family Foundation presents three generations in medicineeducation and charity. This foundation exists because of the success, commitment and generosity of the benefactors Edward M. Kellogg and wife, June Ellen Kellogg. The Kellogg Family Foundation's Focus Areas include:

I. Setting up dental/ missionary clinics in countries such as Mexico, South America or other underserved parts of the world

 II. Support local programs

 III. Support local churches and spiritual growth

 IIII. Create opportunities for local organizations to branch into new areas of need and expand existing programs to serve more people

 V. Provide education and support for our future generations through education initiatives and programs for area youth.

 The purpose to the foundation is to the support the goals and aspirations that the Kellogg’s had in their lifetimes. The Legacy will continue. These ideals will be directed, grown and supported by future Kellogg decedents and board members. The future board will carry on the wishes and generosity of the Edward and June Kellogg Family Dentistry Foundation.We know that time is our most valuable asset; we are richer when we give it away!

Howell students decorate downtown sidewalks with rain art

The next time you are out and about in downtown Howell in the rain, pay attention to the sidewalks.

You may see a frog pop out, or hands coming of a sewer drain, the Livingston Daily Press & Argus (http://bit.ly/2aovhtW ) reported.

Rain art is what you will see.

The Howell High School advance digital graphics class partnered with the Main Street Downtown Development Authority Design Committee to bring rain art to the downtown district to “delight and surprise residents and visitors to get rid of those rainy-day blues,” said Cathleen Edgerly, Howell Main Street DDA director.

Rain art is a type of art application that includes messages or images that turn rainy days into something to look forward to.

Think of it as a glow-in-the-dark tattoo. You can only see the image in the dark. In this case, the images come to life when water is applied on it, said John Mozdzierz, Howell High School art teacher.

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HOWELL INSTALLS FIRST ARTISTIC BIKE RACK

ARTISTIC BIKE RACK INSTALLATION MARKS HOWELL’S EFFORT TO BECOME A BIKE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY

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.”

The Bike Racks were designed by Howell Main Street Design committee members along with Jim Roth of Hell Creek Forge, and built in Roth’s Hell Creek Forge studio by Roth and Howell City Council member and DDA Design Committee volunteer Michael Mulvahill. Once the installation is complete, artist Stacy Karns will paint the Bike Racks in a vintage-inspired style that will be both decorative and functional, providing protection to the metal. 

A formal dedication ceremony will be held with all bike rack sponsors at a future date.
Future bike designs will be unveiled throughout the summer. Once additional Bike Racks have been installed, a map and promotional pieces will be available at downtownhowell.org

The downtown Bike Rack project is generously sponsored by: Citizens Insurance, Kellogg Family Foundation (sponsoring 3 bike racks), Peter Bowen of Morgan Stanley and Council member Steve Manor

“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

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.”

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123 Shoppe Unique announces Grand Opening for Tuesday, June 14

OMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, AND ALL UNIQUE AT NEW HOWELL STORE

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.