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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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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