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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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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"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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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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