Howell Main Street DDA

Adding Color to Your Life.

Designing Our Home

The DDA Design Committee is the steward of our downtown, helping to make signs, buildings and public space come together into an inviting environment for all to enjoy! Current projects include Façade Grant & Sign Incentive Programs, Annual Historic Preservation Awards, and educational workshops for building owners within the district.

An Eventful Place

The DDA Promotion committee helps bring downtown to life with events that activate the street, introduce guests to our charming shops and amazing food, and creates an atmosphere where memories are made. Current projects include I-96 Billboard ad campaign, and creating Restaurant Week in downtown Howell.

Business is Our Main Event

The DDA Business Development Committee is here to help you start a new business, grow your current business, or assist in selecting an investment that will help you to grow with us! Current projects include Business Friendly Howell, ribbon cutting ceremonies for new businesses and an active business recruitment campaign with a goal of being at 100% occupancy by the end of the fiscal year.

Sharing Our Story

The DDA Outreach Committee is here to help keep you informed, share the exciting progress we have made, and to help foster support for the organization and our vision. Current projects include volunteer recruitment, 100 Friends of Downtown Howell, and the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Event scheduled for April 29th!

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RSVP for the 8th Annual Historic Preservation Awards on May 15th!

You’re cordially invited to the 8th Annual Historic Preservation Awards presented by Howell Main Street DDA’s Design Committee!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

6:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church

323 West Grand River Ave.

Howell, MI 48843

Awards will be presented in the following categories:
Preservation Stewardship
Exterior Rehabilitation
Building Interior
Join us for a reception catered by Diamond’s Steak & Seafood, followed by the awards presentation, a silent auction with GREAT items to bid on, and guided tour of the church.

Please RSVP no later than May 12th by calling (517) 545-4240 or by emailing Hope to see you there!

News Updates & Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities in May:

Thank you to all who attended our Volunteer Appreciation event on Tuseday, April 29th at Heart of Howell! We had a great turn out, tons of delicious food, and honored Richard Lim as Volunteer of the Year for his work with the Lunar New Year Festival.

Volunteer Opportunities:

May 12 – 8:30 AM – Downtown Howell Planting Day! Meet at Uptown Coffeehouse with gloves and garden tools!
May 14 – 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Historic Preservation Awards Event Set Up at First Presbyterian Church
May 15 – 4:00 – 9:00 PM – Various shifts and positions during our Historic Preservation Awards at First Presbyterian Church.

To sign up for these activities, please click or visit our Volunteer website for more information. (

Help us welcome our new Howell Main Street DDA Director!

You’re Invited: Cathleen Edgerly Meet & Greet

Help us welcome the new Howell Main Street DDA Director,  Cathleen Edgerly, to downtown Howell!

Light Hors d’oeuvres included, cash bar available.


Howell Main Street DDA (517) 545-4240

Date: Tuesday, April 15th

Time: 6:00 PM

Moes BarBar Shop

106 East Grand River Avenue

Howell, MI

One Remaining Howell Marketplace at Howell Opera House

Only one Sunday date, April 13, remains on the 2013-2014 schedule for the indoor Howell Winter Marketplace at the Howell Opera House. The family-friendly venue is open to the public on April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the first floor of the Howell Opera House, 123 W. Grand River, downtown Howell.

The annual Winter Marketplace offers a variety of items offered by vendors from the local and surrounding area. Products include: fresh eggs, meat and cheese; fine art and crafts; jewelry and pottery; tulip bulbs; jams, jellies, and honey; baked goods; home decor and much more.  A Howell business, Teeko’s Coffee and Tea, is on site for customers to grab a cup as they browse and shop.

The Howell Winter Marketplace is an annual program of the Livingston Arts Council. The Marketplace schedule for 2014-2015 begins in November. For more information, call the Howell Opera House, 517-540-0065.

Photo Contest Winner’s Works Now on Display!

Last fall we held a photo contest online and had many great submissions. All of the winner’s photos are now hanging on display in the front room of Frontal Lobe Coworking (110 E. Grand River Ave.) – feel free to stop in and take a look! Winners will also be recognized at our Volunteer Appreciation event on April 29th at Heart of Howell.

March Volunteer Meet & Greet – 3/25 @ 5:30 PM

If you’ve been interested in volunteering more this year and want to learn how you can help Howell Main Street DDA stop on by Frontal Lobe Coworking (110 E. Grand River Ave. next to Dairy Queen) to learn about upcoming opportunities! Uptown Coffeehouse coffee will be served and t-shirts will be free for the taking!
Opportunities include but aren’t limited to:
  • Quarterly Newsletter content …writer/organizer
  • Howell Main Street Historic Preservation Awards
  • Welcoming residents of Wyoming to Michigan on May 17th
  • Shopping & Dining Guide Distribution
All are welcome! Event starts at 5:30 PM and lasts for one hour. Stop by anytime to get information!

March 21st – “Main Street Building Basics” Webinar at Frontal Lobe!

The Howell Main Street DDA will be hosting a “Main Street Building Basics” presentation webinar on March 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM at Frontal Lobe Coworking 110 E. Grand River Ave.) The public, especially downtown property owners and individuals interested in historic preservation are invited to attend.

The presentation will be a webinar conducted by Kelly Larson, Design Specialist for the State Historic Preservation Office. The presentation will focus on the history of downtowns and the evolution of older buildings over time. Also discussed will be good historic preservation principles and practices to maintain the unique qualities of historic buildings while also making them functional for today’s needs.

The presentation is an opportunity for the Howell Main Street DDA Design Committee to communicate design services available to facilitate the rehabilitation of a building’s facade. Any building located within the downtown is eligible to receive the no-cost design services that include a schematic drawing of the proposed façade improvement, paint samples, and other information to assist with the improvements. The design services are provided by the State Historic Preservation Office in the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Any property owner interested in receiving the services from the State of Michigan must first attend a “Main Street Building Basics” presentation. An application, available at the Main Street office, can then be submitted to the Design Committee for review and approval. If you do not attend you are still eligible to receive incentives made available by Howell Main Street DDA.

To learn more about the presentation and design services, please contact Lindsey Wooten, 611 E. Grand River Ave. Howell, MI 48843 (517) 545-4240

Historic Preservation Awards Nomination Deadline on March 7th!

The Design Committee of the Howell Main Street DDA is currently seeking nominations for the 8th Annual Historic Preservation and Design Awards Program. This program recognizes outstanding achievements and investments in commercial buildings by property owners that are consistent with standards of historic preservation stewardship and result in significant aesthetic and design improvements to the community.

Eligible properties include any building located within the DDA district that is more than 50 years old.  New development is eligible for a special category.

Nominations are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014. Awards will be given in the following categories:

•Preservation Stewardship: To recognize buildings that are well-maintained over a significant period of time; with special attention to careful maintenance, façade alterations that are sensitive to historic character, and work that is shown to be appropriate for the historic resource. The original use of the building may be changed, but care has been taken to maintain the building’s integrity and changes over time have been compatible with the historic character of the building.

•Exterior Restoration or Rehabilitation: To recognize exterior of properties that have undergone significant rehabilitation or have been restored to their original style or appearance.

•Building Interior: To recognize significant investment and renovation in historic building interiors, including:  general building code upgrades; ground floor commercial improvements demonstrating excellence in merchandising, customer orientation, and/or business functionality in an office or retail setting. Upper story commercial or residential renovation resulting in high quality space, while maintaining or restoring the historical appearance of the building.

•Sympathetic Addition: Construction of an addition to an existing structure that is complimentary to the original architectural style of the property, following The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

•Compatible New Construction or Property Improvement: Any new structure that is compatible with the architectural character of the neighborhood/area in which the new structure is located, and/or site improvement that results in significant aesthetic enhancement to the property.

For further information regarding program, or to nominate a project, please call (517) 545-4240.

Every Day is an Event.

Here in Howell’s Downtown, we’re a lot different. In a good way. Where else can you stroll amid nearly 200-year-old historical buildings? Be greeted by folks who actually own the store you’ve walked into? And, of course, there’s our unique mix of independent dining, entertainment and “shoppertunity” options you simply won’t find anywhere else. Especially not with the warmth, style and generosity that we serve up in Howell.

Proud of ourselves? Well, yes. We have a lot to be proud of. The inviting atmosphere. The wide smiles and warm welcomes. Our acclaimed festivals and events. Over forty different specialty retailers (from traditional to hip & quirky) and deliciously different dining options. Parks, a beach, that remarkable historical architecture…we could go on. But really what we’re most proud of is each other.

People make a town. Through their love of the place. Their commitment to developing a vibrant community – and their commitment to each other, and to our guests. This makes a big difference. The Howell difference. We’re a town with roots and a real family feel. We believe you’ll feel it, too.

We invite you to explore our site and get a better look at what we’re about. Why we’re different…in a good way. We hope you like what you see enough to come, spend a little time here, and Shop Different…Shop Downtown Howell.

P.S. We’re really easy to get to. We’re conveniently located right off of 1-96 (Exit 137 is a good one to take). Plus, parking is free, whether it’s on the street or in one of our newly-redesigned, re-paved, re-landscaped and re-markable lots.

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