Food Truck Rally Today In Howell, Rock The Block Wednesday

Howell Main Street Inc. is again sponsoring two popular events this week.

Another Tuesday Food Truck Rally will be taking place today, to be followed by Rock the Block on Wednesday, a summer music and food festival series. Howell Mayor Nick Proctor tells WHMI those who are in town or who might be in from out of town can head to the rally and enjoy food from various vendors, which will be taking place in front of the historic Livingston County Courthouse downtown. He says not to rest on Wednesday evening will be the second edition of Rock the Block featuring two fantastic bands at two different venues – adding the weather is looking good and they invite the community to come out and enjoy good food while listening to some great music.

Today’s food truck event runs from 11am until 2pm. The Rock the Block summer series on Wednesday will feature live bands, food from local restaurants and food vendors, as well as local breweries. The music is free to the public, and food from local restaurants and food trucks will be available for purchase at each music site. Wednesday’s lineup features the country music band Taylor Tucky in the 100 block of South Center Street and the rock band Five Becomes West in the 100 block of North Walnut Street. Details can be found online through the link provided. (JM)

Public Voting Underway For Howell Art Project

The Howell Art Project is asking the public to vote for their favorite downtown art. 

Following the installation of multiple murals created throughout downtown this past May, the public is now being invited to vote for their favorite pieces of art – which will be reproduced, and adorn downtown walls throughout the year. Currently, close to 20 pieces of art are on display in the windows of the Howell Opera House, vying for the public to ‘text their votes’ for their favorite pieces to determine who will win the ‘People’s Choice Award’. The artwork was created by artists from across Livingston County, with the public voting period now underway and running thought July 5th. The community can vote for their favorite piece by texting the code displayed on each art piece. Votes can also be submitted online. 

All votes will be compiled at the close of public voting, with the People’s Choice award winner announced at the Public Art Unveil and Art Walk planned for the evening of Friday, September 13th. During the walk, the top artwork will be unveiled and prominently displayed on the exterior of downtown businesses. Following the unveiling and art walk, the entire community is invited to join Howell Main Street for the final component of the Howell Art Project, which includes an illuminated light show projected on the side of the Historic County Courthouse, honoring Howell’s history. For more information or to vote, visit the provided link. (JM)


Web Link:https://www.howellartproject.org/

Howel Art Project - An amazing gift to the community

Howel Art Project - An amazing gift to the community

“Top Floor Apartment,” by Chicago artist Sick Fisher was part of the the 2019 Howell Art Project. The week-long event brought artists, food and fun to Howell’s downtown, while giving birth to four new murals, and crowning Howell’s historic downtown the hippest in Livingston County.

Cathleen Edgerly, Howell Main Street COO and DDA director, couldn’t be happier with the event.

“It was amazing to see how art could further strengthen Howell’s strong sense of community, foster excitement and energy in all ages, while also addressing diversity and acceptance of different styles of art,” Edgerly said.

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Howell ready to 'Rock The Block' with summer concert, food series

Howell ready to 'Rock The Block' with summer concert, food series

A big change implemented last year went well, Howell Main Street Inc. Chief Operating Officer and Howell Downtown Development Authority Director Cathleen Edgerly said. 

Instead of several bands performing inside or outside downtown businesses, the festival will be held entirely at two larger outdoor stages.

Music performances will be held on the 100 block of S. Center Street and the 100 block of N. Walnut Street

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Muralists to paint downtown Howell buildings during Howell Art Project week

Muralists to paint downtown Howell buildings during Howell Art Project week

Howell artist Sara Hemmeke has been busy preparing plywood sheets for an upcoming community mural project. 

Hemmeke is one of four artists who will work on murals that will be attached to the sides of buildings across Howell.

"Next week is going to be a big week for art with art happenings all week long downtown," Howell Main Street Inc. Chief Operating Officer and Howell Downtown Development Authority Director Cathleen Edgerly said. 

The Howell Art Project will be a series of art events Monday through Saturday.

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Newly Revamped Howell Art Project To Take Over Downtown

Newly Revamped Howell Art Project To Take Over Downtown

An annual event that brings art to buildings and public spaces throughout downtown Howell is being revamped and expanded this year. 

The Howell Art Project will take place May 13th through the 18th. In years past, Howell Main Street Inc. would put out a call to artists to submit pieces of two-dimensional artwork that could be reproduced and hung on the sides of buildings. It would later culminate with an evening celebration and art walk around town. Chief Operating Officer Cathleen Edgerly tells WHMI with the new weeklong celebration of the arts in May, visitors will see different types of art happening throughout the downtown every single day. 

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First Recipient of Howell Main Street's Small Business Support Program Announced

First Recipient of Howell Main Street's Small Business Support Program Announced

The first recipient of a new program that offers rent assistance to small businesses in Downtown Howell has been selected.

Silverstone Jewelers will receive funding support through the rental subsidy partnership that was announced at the end of 2018 by Lake Trust Credit Union and Howell Main Street Inc. to drive community development through small business. Through the program, Howell Main Street will provide rental assistance for up to 12 months for businesses that choose to locate in the core downtown district. 

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Got Art 2019 Exhibit Continues At Howell Opera House

Got Art 2019 Exhibit Continues At Howell Opera House

A student art exhibit is continuing this week in downtown Howell, with work from elementary school students being showcased. 

The 21st annual Got Art student art exhibit is underway at the Howell Opera House displaying art from students from grades K – 12 in Livingston County’s public schools. The art show is free and open to the public. Shows run from 4 to 8pm on weekdays, and from noon until 5pm on Saturday. 

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Couples From All Over Get Married For Free At Howell Coffeeshop

Couples From All Over Get Married For Free At Howell Coffeeshop

Couples traveled from out of the county and from out of the country to get married on Valentine’s Day in downtown Howell.

Free Wedding Day was held at Uptown Coffee House Thursday by ordained ministers Bill and Lori Fenton. The local couple has provided free wedding officiant services through their company, “I Do’s Your Way”, on Valentine’s Day for the last three years. The coffee shop weddings began after the couple noticed a need for a simple and affordable way to legalize a marriage. The Fentons’ say they married eight couples on Free Wedding Day this year, with the newlyweds coming from all over.

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Designation facilitates private investment, improves economic development opportunities

Designation facilitates private investment, improves economic development opportunities

LANSING, Mich. – For establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, the city of Howell has been awarded Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today.

The MEDC will formally present the award at 6:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at City Hall, prior to the 7:00 p.m. City Council meeting, to recognize the city of Howell’s new designation. City Hall is located at 611 East Grand River Avenue in Howell.

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Yax Jewelers closing after more than 100 years in Howell

Yax Jewelers closing after more than 100 years in Howell

A more-than-a-century old Howell jewelry business will close for good once inventory is liquidated. 

Long-time owner of Yax Jewelers, Tom Cunningham, has decided to retire, close the business, and sell the building at 102 W. Grand River Ave.

Jewelry has been his family's business for generations. He and his stepfather Charles Blanks purchased Yax Jewelers from the Yax family in 1973. He has been at the helm, making and selling jewelry and doing repairs, since he was 22 years old. 

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Interior designer opening new retail shop in downtown Howell

Interior designer opening new retail shop in downtown Howell

When new downtown Howell shop owner Katelyn Lyders stepped into wholesale home marketplace AmericasMart Atlanta, she felt like she was in heaven. 

"There were hundreds of vendors and it was one of the best experiences I've had," Lyders, 24, of Brighton Township, said. 

She stocked up on antique and one-of-a-kind furniture, home accent pieces and other home decor from vendors at the Atlanta market.

Her finds there are among a wide range of old and new home decor and gift items she will be selling at Sage and Slate, which she plans to open this spring at 120 S. Walnut St. 

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Howell Named As Redevelopment Ready Community

Howell Named As Redevelopment Ready Community

A ceremony will be held Monday to recognize Howell as a Redevelopment Ready Community.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today that for establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, the city of Howell has been awarded RRC certification. The MEDC will formally present the award at 6pm Monday, Feb. 11, at City Hall, prior to the 7pm City Council meeting, to recognize the city’s new designation. 

Howell joins 29 other communities, including the Village of Pinckney, that have qualified as “thoroughly prepared” when it comes to planning and zoning to remove traditional barriers and promote opportunities for prospective investors.

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Howell Main Street Inc. Starts Volunteer Incentive Program

 Howell Main Street Inc. Starts Volunteer Incentive Program

Howell Main Street Inc., an organization that focuses on strengthening downtown Howell, has started a new volunteer appreciation program designed to draw in more volunteers and bring back current volunteers for more events. The program revolves around the idea of getting a punch card and earning hole-punches for every hour of service, attending meetings and bringing friends to events or meetings. In January 2020, the organization will throw an exclusive volunteer appreciation party, where volunteers can use their hole-punches to win prizes. Howell Main Street Inc. Chief Operating Officer Cathleen Edgerly told WHMI the organization relies on the help of volunteers and that she is grateful for everyone who offers their time to help the community…

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Multiple communities issue snow emergencies in preparation of winter storm

Multiple communities issue snow emergencies in preparation of winter storm

Numerous Livingston County communities have issued snow emergencies in advance of winter storms expected Monday. 

The earliest snow emergency to take effect will be in the Village of Pinckney, which starts at 8 p.m. Sunday and continues until noon Tuesday. 

The City of Howell's snow emergency will be in effect from 8 a.m. Monday through 6 p.m. Tuesday. 

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$1.7M Howell Street Project To Begin This Spring

 $1.7M Howell Street Project To Begin This Spring

A state grant will fund significant streetscape and infrastructure improvements in downtown Howell. 

The City of Howell is being awarded $1.7-million through the Michigan Strategic Fund from the State of Michigan’s Community Development Block Grant allocation. This award will allow the City to make substantial improvements and upgrades to the 100 block of North State Street and a pair of adjacent alleyways. Funding will cover reconstruction with a barrier-free design, the burying of utility lines, pedestrian enhancements, drainage improvements, and repairs and replacements of water, sewer, and storm sewer lines. 

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