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.
Recent News from 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!Read More
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.Read More
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!
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, 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.Read More
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.
Lights, camera, action on the 2017 Camera Jam Showcase presented by the Historic Howell Theater on Friday, June 16 at 7 p.m. An encore screening is set for Saturday, June 17 at 4 p.m. at HHT. More than 20 local Michigan filmmakers are featured this year with a two-hour running time.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
This year’s spring and summer flower plantings consists of 70 flowers pots in the central business district with designs from Country Lane Flower Shop. The beautification support from the Kellogg Family Foundation will continue into the fall.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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:Read More
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.
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.
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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