Pop-Up Parks Flying into Downtown Howell

Pop-Up Parks Flying into Downtown Howell

Roll-Out Flying Grass Carpet included in Pop-Up Park Project, the first-ever in the Country

Howell MI – A new temporary community space is flying into downtown Howell this week. But this isn’t an ordinary space. It’s the first of its kind to make its debut in the United States! After representing Howell and the State of Michigan at the International Placemaking Conference in Amsterdam, Howell Main Street staff brought back a unique temporary roll-out green space with them. This Pop-Up space was created in response to the community’s request to have more public green space where families and our city’s youth felt comfortable playing, eating, and just enjoying the downtown.

The carpet will be rolled out for its debut in front of the County Courthouse this coming Tuesday, July 10th for Food Truck Tuesday attendees from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Following the food trucks, the community is invited for a Soulshine Yoga Gentle Flow class on the carpet Wednesday, July 11th at 9:30 a.m. The July debut will then wrap up with the Pop-Up Park set-up on State Street the evening of July 11th for Rock the Block!

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Summer Fun Continues at July 11th Rock the Block in Downtown Howell

Summer Fun Continues at July 11th Rock the Block in Downtown Howell

Free music, food, games and local breweries bring family-fun for 2nd Rock the Block music series of the season

Howell MI –Rock the Block kicked-off the season with an all new format, food, and fun. The community embraced the changes with over 1200 attendees dancing the night away in downtown Howell!  The popular music and foodie series returns Wednesday, July 11th, with live music, food, and brews from Howell breweries and other food vendors.  

“Combining the music, food and brews all within two larger venues, not only allowed us to attract larger bands, but gave the entire event more of a festival atmosphere for attendees to enjoy” states Howell Main Street Inc. C.O.O., Cathleen Edgerly. We look forward to having even more people come check out the event, shop our downtown businesses and experience our excellent dining and pub venues! Plus, we will have some surprises for the kids at our State Street location this month.  We can’t wait to see everyone there!

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Two new hidden murals in Howell feature gangsters, opera themes

Two new hidden murals in Howell feature gangsters, opera themes

Two new murals are "hidden" in Howell, slightly off the beaten path.
The artworks are outside for easy access, but both are located behind buildings, in alleyways.
They both also feature historic scenes – one from the 1920s and the other from the late 1800s.
Artist Stacy Karnes and his assistant, Kelly Beacome, completed their painting of a “1920s speak easy street scape” on Tuesday, about 15 days after they began. The mural graces two walls of the building that houses 2FOG's Pub. However, much like first-time patrons of the pub, art aficionados may also pass the building located at 118 West Grand River without knowing the entrance, and now the painting, is behind it.

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June Rock the Block Offers Attendees New Format, Same Great Music & Fun in Downtown Howell

June Rock the Block Offers Attendees New Format, Same Great Music & Fun in Downtown Howell

Music and food series has two new sites offering music, food and brews, all in one spot!

Howell MI – Rock the Block, the annual music festival that has become a staple of the summer scene in Howell, kicks off on June 6, 2018, from 6 – 9 pm. At the June event, attendees will experience a new format from Howell Main Street Inc., designed to better accommodate the increasing number of people that were drawn to downtown for this festive summer event! Additionally, it will be upgrading the availability of local cuisine by partnering with restaurants & other local vendors, featuring meal-portioned food options instead of “bites”. Also new to the event this year, local brewers Aberrant Ales and Eternity Brewing will participate.

“Rock the Block has become one of the most anticipated events of summer in downtown Howell,” said Cathleen Edgerly, Howell Main Street COO. “The community has embraced the festival and it is a great example of the vibrant downtown that Howell has nurtured, and one of the events that helped our community be recognized with the 2018 Great American Main Street Award. We’ve taken the feedback given by attendees and partners the last couple of years, and made updates to make Rock the Block even more enjoyable for everyone!

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Brighton purse designer Jenna Kator to open first brick-and-mortar 'vegan' handbag shop in Howell

Brighton purse designer Jenna Kator to open first brick-and-mortar 'vegan' handbag shop in Howell

A Brighton Township handbag designer who has a following across the state is ready to open her very first brick-and-mortar store in Howell.
Jenna Kator is gearing up to open a store at 122 W. Grand River Ave., above 2Fog's Pub in the Heart of Howell building, likely before the end of summer, and hire staff.
The mother of two and former automotive advertising rep designs Michigan-inspired "vegan" handbags and strives to design products that are attractive but also "functional and versatile for women with active lifestyles," she said.
Her purses, totes, wallets and wristlets are sold at more than 50 shops in Michigan, including two in Livingston County.

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Howell, Michigan Named 2018 Great American Main Street Award Winner

Howell, Michigan Named 2018 Great American Main Street Award Winner

On March 26. 2018, the National Main Street Center Inc. (NMSC), named downtown Howell a Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) winner!  Selected by a national jury of community development professionals and leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation, award winners serve as exceptional models for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. Howell Main Street received the elite status due their achievements in transforming the downtown district into a cultural destination through community-driven economic development and placemaking efforts.

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Highly Anticipated Women’s Clothing Store to Open in Downtown Howell

Highly Anticipated Women’s Clothing Store to Open in Downtown Howell

Starting this weekend, Howell residents will have a new shopping location available to address their clothing needs. Birch & Elm opens this Saturday, March 10th from 11:00a.m.-3:00 p.m. for guests to catch a first-look at their women’s clothing options. The official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting celebration will take place Wednesday, March 14th at noon.  This will be the third location for the locally owned Mid-Michigan company.   Additional shopping sites can also be found in Owosso and Williamston.

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Community Poll To Select Howell Main Street Brew

Aberrant Ales to create an all-new beer to celebrate Howell Downtown's Top 10 Great American Main Street status.  New Brew to be introduced at March 26th live-streaming event!

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Howell MI –. March 26 could be a special day for the Howell Main Street program, as well as the entire City of Howell.  On that day, Howell Main Street will celebrate their Top 10 Great American Main Street (GAMSA) status with the entire community during a live-streaming event, as well as find out if they will be a GAMSA winner. This prestigious award is presented each year to exceptional Main Street communities across the nation, whose successes serve as a model for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization and promotions. 

In celebration of Howell Main Street’s Top 10 status, Aberrant Ales is creating a one-of-a-kind beer that will be introduced on March 26, 2018 at a special party to be held from 5:00-7:00p.m at the brewery.  The unveiling of this special brew will take place during a live-streaming of the National Main Street Conference awards ceremony in Kansas City, MO. The live stream will allow the entire community to watch in anticipation to see if Howell Main Street brings home this year’s award! 

“Being named a Top 10 Great American Main Street community, is a huge honor, in and of itself, as we have been awarded this designation out of over 1600 Main Street communities across the United States. So we wanted to do something special for our community to celebrate this achievement.” said Cathleen Edgerly, Howell Main Street, Inc. COO.  “We knew from the beginning that we wanted to involve the very people who made this designation possible, as this is a huge accomplishment for the community! Partnering with Aberrant to hold a special party, while letting the people of Howell determine the style of beer that will be created, brings everything….and everyone together.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 22, the polls will be open on the Howell Main Street Facebook page at @Howell Downtown or the public can vote online at: https://poll.fbapp.io/howell-main-street-beer-poll. The poll remains open until Friday, Feb. 2. Once brewed, the beer will be unveiled at the live streaming celebration from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26.  The beer will then be available for a limited time at Aberrant Ales. Show your Howell love and vote!
 

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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