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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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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Melon Festival Breakfast Thanks Downtown Merchants and Employees

Annual Merchant Appreciation Breakfast Takes Place Friday bringing downtown Businesses together

An annual tradition, Howell Main Street Inc./DDA staff and volunteers are pleased to throw the Melon Fest Merchant appreciation breakfast Friday, August 19 to kick-off the weekend’s Melon Festival festivities.

From 7:00-9:00 a.m. this Friday, downtown business owners and their employees are all invited to the tent set-up on State Street to enjoy a delicious breakfast served by The Torch Mobile Food Truck and sponsored by the Kellogg Family Foundation. Volunteers from Howell Main Street Inc. and DDA hold this annual kick-off breakfast as a way to thank all those who work downtown for their year-round support of downtown activities and for choosing downtown Howell to run their business, all while celebrating the beginning ofMelon Festival Weekend.

“It is our pleasure to sponsor this fantastic downtown event held with the Main Street DDA. States sponsor Dr. Thomas Kellogg.  We feel it is a way to show how much we appreciate all that the community does to make downtown Howell a great place to be. The addition of The Torch Food Truck further exemplifies people helping people to make our community an even better place to live, work, and play. We are looking forward to seeing everyone Friday morning and look forward to a great Melon Festival weekend!”  

All downtown businesses within the district received hand-delivered invitations from the Main Street Inc./DDA Outreach Committee, as well as e-vites. To RSVP your attendance for this Friday’s breakfast, please call 517-545-4240 or

About Kellogg Family Foundation
The Kellogg Family Foundation presents three generations in medicineeducation and charity. This foundation exists because of the success, commitment and generosity of the benefactors Edward M. Kellogg and wife, June Ellen Kellogg. The Kellogg Family Foundation's Focus Areas include:

I. Setting up dental/ missionary clinics in countries such as Mexico, South America or other underserved parts of the world

 II. Support local programs

 III. Support local churches and spiritual growth

 IIII. Create opportunities for local organizations to branch into new areas of need and expand existing programs to serve more people

 V. Provide education and support for our future generations through education initiatives and programs for area youth.

 The purpose to the foundation is to the support the goals and aspirations that the Kellogg’s had in their lifetimes. The Legacy will continue. These ideals will be directed, grown and supported by future Kellogg decedents and board members. The future board will carry on the wishes and generosity of the Edward and June Kellogg Family Dentistry Foundation.We know that time is our most valuable asset; we are richer when we give it away!