Takeout dinners a new offering at PJ's Catering in Howell

Takeout dinners a new offering at PJ's Catering in Howell

Owners of a Howell catering company were preparing oven-fried chicken, pulled pork sandwiches and side dishes Friday. 

But it wasn't for a catering gig. 

Earlier this month, PJ's Catering at 938 S. Michigan Avenue started offering takeout dinners, sides and desserts Monday through Friday.

"We have so many wonderful dishes to share," co-owner Pam Russell said.

Russell and her close friend and co-owner Jody Seagraves opened the catering business in April 2017. They cater parties, weddings, business lunches and other events. 

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Celebrating 95 years - Crandall Realty Walls talk at downtown

Below is the history of the Crandall (Griffith) Realty building Howell’s oldest structure Griffith Building tells a historic story reprinted from July 9, 2013 Livingston Daily

At the Griffith Building, downtown Howell’s oldest structure, the walls talk. They, and their owners, can tell you a lot about local history. “This map shows the old plank road that once ran from Detroit to Howell it even shows where the tolls were,” said Mary Griffith, pointing to a framed document lining one inside wall. That road, just outside the door, long ago became Grand River Avenue, a roadway through nine counties that remains one of Michigan’s most -traveled thoroughfares. The 1832 map may be the only object inside that is older than the building itself. The eye-catching white Greek Revival structure at 322 E. Grand River Ave. dates back to 1848, the year Americans sent Mexican War hero Zachary Taylor to the White House. Its original owner, Almon Whipple, was one of Howell’s first merchants. He built it to be distinctive. Based on the classic designs of ancient Athens, Greek Revival architecture was highly influential in the eastern United States from the early 19th century through the Civil War. The U.S. Capitol building is but one of its celebrated examples. But the style was less common in Michigan. …

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Free Valentine’s Day weddings on tap for Uptown Coffeehouse

Free Valentine’s Day weddings on tap for Uptown Coffeehouse

There will be a lot more than just the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the air on Valentine’s Day at Uptown Coffeehouse in downtown Howell: Lovebirds can get married for free.

This will be the third year that Bill Fenton of Howell will be performing the ceremonies. For Fenton, a Howell Area Fire Department firefighter who became ordained eight years ago, firefighting and weddings provide a “nice balance.”

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Local Bank Working With Customers Impacted By Federal Government Shutdown

 Local Bank Working With Customers Impacted By Federal Government Shutdown

A local community bank is working with customers impacted by the federal government shutdown. 

First National Bank, the only bank headquartered in Livingston County, says it is committed to working with customers impacted by the federal government shutdown. The shutdown has entered its fourth week and federal employees are now going without their first paycheck. President/CEO Ron Long says federal government employees deserve their attention and help and it's what a community-based financial institution should do as these are family, friends and neighbors. Long says while Livingston County may not have a significant population of federal government employees, there are individuals, non-profit organizations and even small businesses with federal contracts who are impacted nonetheless and the shutdown puts a strain on all of them.

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Howell Main Street and Lake Trust Credit Union Partner to Drive Community Development through Small Business

Howell Main Street and Lake Trust Credit Union Partner to Drive Community Development through Small Business

Howell Main Street Inc. has announced a brand new partnership with Lake Trust Credit Union, with a specific focus on supporting small businesses in their first year of operation. The downtown Howell Rental Subsidy Program partnership is designed to provide assistance for retail, dining, arts, and entertainment-based businesses that choose to locate within the downtown Howell Main Street district. Through this program, Howell Main Street will provide rental assistance for up to 12 months for businesses that choose to locate in our core downtown Main Street district.  To provide further support, the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the Rental Subsidy Program, providing the grantees with a Chamber membership for their first year of operation.

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Success in downtown Howell is the direct result of years of planning and dedication ...

Success in downtown Howell is the direct result of years of planning and dedication ...

What really makes a great downtown? Is it the inviting restaurants and shopping? Is it a vibrant arts and cultural scene? Or is it the steady hum of economic development activity?

This past spring, Howell was named the winner of the 2018 Great American Main Street Award, a national competition that recognizes exceptional Main Street communities each year.

By winning the award, the quaint, rural community of Howell now serves as a model for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization, and has become an example for other cities and towns across the state.

Michigan Main Street reached out to some of the residents and leaders of Howell to hear why they think Howell is a great Main Street community and what led to their success.

As you view the video above, you’ll get the chance to hear more about Howell’s journey and the winning combination that put this community on the map as one of America’s best downtowns.

MEDC facilitates the Michigan Main Street program, which assists communities interested in revitalizing and preserving their historic and commercial districts. For further information, visit: www.miplace.org/communities/mms 

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Warm and Inviting Howell, MI from W2W Vol 9 Issue 5

There’s nothing that beats the winter blues like discovering fun, new adventures. You don’t need to travel far for your escape! Michigan is home to some great weekend getaway places, including Howell – the 2018 Great American Main Street winner. Located along I-96 just west of US-23, its downtown is brimming with charming shops, independent dining, and fun things to do, so grab your calendar and start planning a little holiday of your own!

Howell has so much to offer, even in the heart of winter, that you’ll want to visit more than once just to take it all in, like a stop at The Howell Opera House, the hometown movie theater, yoga studio, or even a refreshing walk through the lovely neighborhoods with large historic homes and a small community lake and park. Once you’ve visited, you’ll become a regular year round. In fact, the city hosts several events all year long including Balloon Fest, Melon Fest, Legend of Sleepy Howell, Witches Night Out, and Fantasy of Lights. So schedule a little TLC for yourself and head on over to the seat of Livingston County for some crafting, relaxation, food, and fun .

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Historic Howell Theater celebrating 90th birthday Dec. 11

Historic Howell Theater celebrating 90th birthday Dec. 11

You’re invited to help celebrate 90 years of Historic Howell Theater, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Admission is free, and birthday activities include:

• Free screening of the classic comedy “Sherlock Jr.”, starring Buster Keaton.

• Free cupcakes (while supplies last)

• Free raffle: enter to win 4 HHT general movie tickets, 4 large popcorns, four large fountain drinks.

The Historic Howell Theater is located at 315 E. Grand River Ave. in the heart of downtown Howell.

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Howell Main St. Unveils Concept Ideas for Downtown's Future

 Howell Main St. Unveils Concept Ideas for Downtown's Future

Howell Main Street Inc. and the Howell Downtown Development Authority have much to keep in mind when planning for the future, having received feedback from community members in the form of a survey and input session.

Posters, maps and sticky notes with ideas were posted all over the walls of the Meabon Room at the Howell Carnegie District Library Thursday night for Howell Main Street Inc.’s “Unveil Open House”. The display was the culmination of consultants, city leadership, Main Street and the DDA’s efforts over the course of several months in which they gleaned data and sought feedback on what the community would like to see in Downtown Howell’s future. Howell Main Street Inc. received the consultation services as a part of their win earlier this year for the National Great American Main Street Award.

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"Deck The Windows" Winners Announced In Howell

"Deck The Windows" Winners Announced In Howell

Winners have been announced in Downtown Howell’s annual holiday storefront decorating contest.

This marked the 5th year of the “Deck the Windows” contest that helps kickoff the holiday season and further beautify downtown. This year's theme was 'The Night Before Christmas' and two businesses win the friendly competition by collecting the most votes for 'People's Choice' or being selected as the best storefront by Mayor Nick Proctor to win the 'Mayor's Choice' Award. Kelley Decoste of Masters Touch was the People's Choice Award Winner, while EnCore 118 Custom Furnishings & Boutique was the Mayor's Choice Award Winner. 

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Friday’s Fantasy of Lights kicking off the holiday season in Howell

Friday’s Fantasy of Lights kicking off the holiday season in Howell

Ready to warm-up to the holiday season? Residents and visitors can join in the festivities on Friday, Nov. 23, in downtown Howell at the Fantasy of Lights. This year’s parade theme is “Wishing You Heartwarming Holidays.”

“The Fantasy of Lights is a wonderful holiday tradition for many families,” said Michelle Tokan, Fantasy of Lights director. “We invite everyone to join us in downtown Howell as we start the celebration.”

The fantasy fun begins at 3:45 p.m. followed by the Fantasy 5K Run at 6 p.m. and the parade at 7 p.m.

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"Deck the Windows" Storefront Decorating Contest Kicks Off Today

 "Deck the Windows" Storefront Decorating Contest Kicks Off Today

Public voting begins today in Downtown Howell’s annual holiday storefront decorating contest.

This marks the 5th year of the "Deck the Windows" contest that helps kickoff the holiday season downtown. Businesses decorate their storefront or front door, chimney, rooftops or the entire building in order to further beautify downtown and kick-off the holiday season. This year's theme is 'The Night Before Christmas' and two businesses will win the friendly competition by collecting the most votes for 'People's Choice' or being selected as the best storefront by Mayor Nick Proctor to win the 'Mayor's Choice' Award. The storefront decorating promotion is a public voting contest held in conjunction with Howell’s annual Fantasy of Lights parade. 

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Specialty retail store in downtown Howell closing as owners retire

  Specialty retail store in downtown Howell closing as owners retire

While shopkeepers Donna and Tim Hostetler have had a good experience owning their rustic home decor shop Up North Decor, they said the time has come to close up and retire. 

The downtown Howell shop at 113 East Grand River Ave. will close before the end of December.

The Hostetlers hope holiday shoppers will clean them out of inventory first. 

"We're going to try to have the store open until just before Christmas," Tim Hostetler, a 67-year-old Howell resident, said. "Our lease runs out at the end of December ... so, the week after Christmas, we'd be taking care of anything in the store to close and have it ready for (building owners) to lease it."

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Survey: Specialty foods market, townhomes wanted in downtown Howell

Survey: Specialty foods market, townhomes wanted in downtown Howell

Howell residents want a sandwich shop downtown. They want a specialty foods market and two-bedroom townhomes.

That's according to results from a Howell Main Street survey released Thursday during an event at the Howell Carnegie District Library. 

There were 774 total respondents of the survey that was open from Oct. 1 to 16. The Downtown Professionals Network out of Franklin, Tennessee served as consultants.  

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Coffee roaster opening new shop in Howell focused on small batches, unique flavors

Coffee roaster opening new shop in Howell focused on small batches, unique flavors

Coffee roaster Kevin Ridge, who founded Black Iron Coffee Roasters about three years ago, opts for uniquely-flavored beans produced in small batches by single farms and co-ops around the world. 

Ridge never uses mass-produced beans in his original handmade blends.

"Depending on where the coffee comes from, kind of like wine, you can get totally different notes," Ridge, a Novi resident, said. "I want to take people on a trip. ...You get different flavors from Central America, Africa, South American, Indonesia and other places."

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Zemper Statue Unveiling To Feature Flyover & Honor Guard Salute

Zemper Statue Unveiling To Feature Flyover & Honor Guard Salute

The unveiling of a statue this weekend will honor the man known to most simply as “Zemp” 

Duane Zemper was 96 when he passed away in 2016, leaving behind a legacy of community service and historical preservation. A decorated World War II combat photographer, Zemp moved to his wife’s hometown of Howell after the war, eventually co-founding the Howell Area Archives, preserving pictures dating back to the 19th century that otherwise would have been lost. He was also a lifelong volunteer, donating both time and money to local organizations including a 66-year record of straight attendance at Howell Rotary meetings. He was also an All-American at Eastern Michigan University and U.S. Olympic track qualifier.

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Howell Main Street Seeks Input on Downtown's Future at Community Forum

 Howell Main Street Seeks Input on Downtown's Future at Community Forum

Community members had the opportunity to share their thoughts on the future of Downtown Howell at an input session hosted by Howell Main Street Inc.

The forum, held at Block Brewing Company in Howell Tuesday, sought feedback from residents, developers, and property and business owners. The event was separated into two parts, the first being a presentation of results from a recent survey that also sought community members’ input on the future of Downtown Howell. Jay Schlinsog, Principal with Downtown Professionals Network, says nearly 800 people responded to the community-wide survey, offering their opinions on land uses, services and experiences that could make the region a more dynamic area. 

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Designing Downtown Howell's Future - Community Input Forum

Designing Downtown Howell's Future - Community Input Forum

Howell Main Street Inc. will host a community input forum this Tuesday, October 30, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Block Brewing Co. All business and property owners, Howell residents, developers and those looking to open a business in the community, are invited to attend and provide their input regarding what they would like to see in their downtown. This community forum is the 2nd step in Main Street’s strategic planning for the future growth and success of downtown Howell. The consultant-based service is provided at no cost due to the support of Main Street America and the Michigan Main Street Center.  

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Howell Main Street Inc. selected as Grand Marshal for the Fantasy of Lights Parade

Howell Main Street Inc. selected as Grand Marshal for the Fantasy of Lights Parade

After receiving the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) earlier this year, Howell Main Street Inc. has been selected as Grand Marshal of the Fantasy of Lights Parade. The Fantasy of Lights is Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in downtown Howell.

Representing Howell Main Street Inc. and riding in the parade will be Cathleen Edgerly, Howell Main Street C.O.O. and DDA Director as well as Kate Litwin, Howell Main Street Inc.’s Outreach Coordinator. The Grand Marshal is selected based on contributions to the city.

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