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City of Jackson Downtown Development  Authority
July 2016 / Newsletter 

June 20, 2016 Summer solstice storm passing by the Blake Building. 
Downtown Jackson 'Cruise In' hitting record number of attendees
At 5 p.m. on the fourth Friday of months May-September the streets of Downtown Jackson close for over 400 classic cars and trucks. Vendors line Michigan Ave and people begin to fill the streets. This event has been running in downtown Jackson for more than 20 years! The Downtown Development Authority is very pleased about 2016's participation. On June 24th, the DDA welcomed over 2,500 people to the event. 
Airtight featuring soul/funk/rock music! 
    Thank you to this year's event sponsors for the Jammin' In Jackson concert series! CP Federal Credit Union and the Michigan Theatre of Jackson.
 Crowds in downtown Jackson gather to kickoff Jammin' In Jackson. Next Jammin' is scheduled for July 8, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
  Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Free Yoga Fridays at 8:30 a.m. provided by the Jackson YMCA

  • Starting Saturday, June 25th the Jackson YMCA will offer additional free activities for children in the park. See schedule posted below.
  • Grand River Farmers Market accepts Visa and MasterCard. Use your card at the market coordinator's table and receive tokens to use at the market!
     
  • We also accept: Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project Fresh,
    SNAP-MI Bridge Cards, Henry Ford Allegiance Health Fruit & Veggie Dollars. 
  • The Michigan Farmers Market Association will be at the market on Friday, August 12th to conduct a Rapid Market Analysis. Come down and share with us your ideas of how to improve your downtown farmers market!
  • Musicians interested in playing at the market please contact the DDA's office at info@jacksondda.org or call the office at (517) 788-4355
Connect with the Grand Rivers Farmers Market on  Facebook
  Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  Fresh produce from
Marks Farm & Greenhouse
  Redeem your Double Up Food Bucks at our farmers market located in Downtown Jackson
Through the doors of downtown!
Walt's Health Food Store
102 W Michigan Ave  Jackson, MI
  Walt's Health Foods and Specialty Shop is located in Historic Downtown Jackson.
They strive to serve, educate,
and help their customers.

  Walt's Health Foods has been in downtown Jackson for 47 years! With the recent developments, growth, and changes in the downtown district Walt's Manager, Justin Shuberg, decided it is time to invest more into the local community by bringing back convenience items into the store.

"The store now includes such items as bread, milk, cheese, sandwiches, salads, subs, pasta salads, coleslaw, bandages, batteries, fingernail clippers, paper towel, toilet paper, paper plates.

The store may be a good "grab-and-go" lunch option for people working downtown, as sandwiches are in the $3-5 range, Shuberg said."

We are excited to see this sort of growth happen within our downtown community!


Read Full MLive article  here: Groceries are back at downtown health foods store. 

Consumers Energy Innovation Center
165 W. Michigan Ave Jackson, Mi
   The former F.W. Woolworth Co. "five-and-dime" store sat vacant since 2005. Today, the building has been newly renovated as the Consumers Energy Innovation Center a "center of excellence that will help integrate new technologies, services and ideas that will better serve customers," a press release reads.  

The goal for the new center is also to provide innovation in making downtown Jackson a destination to come work, live and play. 

"The lower level of the building includes two conference rooms and a Smart Energy Efficient Solutions room.

The Innovation Center's second floor is designed to serve as an open, collaboration space for its tenants, Consumers employees and any external groups working in the building. 

The third floor has office spaces, more conference and work-spaces, and a bird's eye view of the rest of the building with it's centrally open-floor plan." 

 " The center will house the Anchor Initiative and will provide open work-spaces to promote collaboration across different industries. It will serve as an 'incubator' for start-ups looking to grow not only in Jackson but across the state." stated in an MLive Article. 


Executive Director of the DDA,
Nathan Mack 


   I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday. July is the DDA’s busiest month for downtown events! I would like to take some time and give everyone a rundown of what we have in store for the community this month.

First, are the Jammin’ in Jackson summer concert series made possible by CP Federal Credit Union’s incredible support and the Michigan Theatre of Jackson’s technical expertise. Shows begin at 6:00 p.m. and go until 8:00 p.m. in Horace Blackman Park. All ages are welcome and people are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on during the event. Alcohol is sold during the event for those over the age of 21 that wish to partake. The remaining dates and acts for Jammin’ in Jackson are as follows:

  • July 8: Act III – Top 40 Classics
  • July 15: Leisure Machine – Contemporary Classic Rock
  • July 22: One Love Reggae Band – Reggae
  • July 29: Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday – Blues

We are ecstatic to announce the return of our Friday Film Festival – Jackson’s premier outdoor film series! This year, we are proud to have the support of Tripp’s Auto Shop & Collison Center as well as the Michigan Credit Union League. I’d like to share some tips for the Friday Film Festival.                 

  • Films will begin at dusk (about 9:30 – 9:45pm).
  • Come early and enjoy free, live music at Jammin’ in Jackson.
  • It’s a good idea to show up early because spots fill up fast (and who doesn’t love free music?).
  • The event is free and for all ages.
  • Feel free to bring blankets or lawn chairs as seating is limited. Please remember: Blankets up front. Lawn chairs in back.
  • Beer and wine will be sold by the Michigan Theatre. Bring your ID if you wish to partake.
  • Costumes are encouraged!
  • In the event of rain, we’ll have the show at its regularly scheduled time at the Michigan Theatre of Jackson located on Mechanic Street in downtown. It’ll still be free too.
  • Those under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult

The lineup for the Friday Film Festival is as follows: 

  • July 8 – Princess Bride
  • July 15 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • July 22 – Back to the Future
  • July 29 – Goonies
  • August 5 – E.T.


There are many great things happening in Downtown Jackson! Bring the entire family downtown and enjoy our free events! 

  July Ca lendar of Events
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July 
8 ~ Jammin' In Jackson: Act III
(All Ages) Fridays from 6-8 p.m. Live and local summer evening concert. Free family friendly event located in Horace Blackman Park.
For more information visit event page: Act III

8 ~ Friday Film Series: "The Princess Bride"
(All Ages) Join us for a family friendly classic in Jackson's Horace Blackman Park (next to the Hayes Hotel). This event is free and open to the public.
For more information visit: Friday Film Festival: "The Princess Bride"


9 ~ JSO Summer Pops– Beer, Brats & Beethoven IV
7:30-9 p.m. At the Riverwalk Amphitheater in Downtown Jackson. 
Click Here for tickets to this event.


12  ~ Picnic in the Park featuring Brad Frey
(All Ages) A free concert series during lunch time in Bucky Harris Park from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your packed lunch or stop at your favorite lunch spot for take out! Either way bring your lunch to the park to enjoy live & local music!
Visit event page: Brad Frey

15 ~ Jammin' In Jackson: Leisure Machine
(All Ages) Fridays from 6-8 p.m. Live and local summer evening concert. Free family friendly event located in Horace Blackman Park.
For more information visit event page: Leisure Machine 

15 ~ Friday Film Series: "Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade"
(All Ages)  Join us for a family friendly classic in Jackson's Horace Blackman Park (next to the Hayes Hotel). This event is free and open to the public.
Visit the Facebook event page for more information: 
Friday Film Festival: "Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade"

19  ~ Picnic in the Park featuring Tom Timlin
(All Ages) A free concert series during lunch time in Bucky Harris Park from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.  Bring your packed lunch or stop at your favorite lunch spot for take out! Either way bring your lunch to the park to enjoy live & local music!
Visit event page: Tom Timlin

21-24 ~ Toy House Summer Sale!
(All Ages) Yes, the  Summer Fun Sale  will only be  4 days long  this year! Only 4 days of HUGE savings and incredible deals throughout the entire store.
Hours for sale days ~  Thursday 10am-7pm,  Friday 10am-9pm,  Saturday 10am-7pm (yes, staying open later than usual) &   Sunday 12pm - 4pm. toyhouseonline.com

22 ~ Cruise Night 6-9pm,  Jammin' In Jackson, 6-8pm & Friday Film Festival 9:30pm.  
(All Ages) Family oriented event featuring classic cars on display, live and local music as well as a free outdoor film in the park! All three in one evening!
Interested in vending at the Cruise-In? Click here for the vending application!
Event Pages: One Love Reggae Band & Back to the Future

23 ~ Beads to Live By: Trunk Show
(Ages 14 & Up)Heather Powers is BACK selling her Polymer clay beads from 11am - 4pm and teaching class and a Trunk Show! The Trunk Show will take place from 11:00am - 4:00pm, for class information>>  Bead Classes   >>> or visit:   www.beadstoliveby.com

26 ~ Picnic in the Park featuring Cooper Young
(All Ages) A free concert series during lunch time in Bucky Harris Park from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your packed lunch or stop at your favorite lunch spot for take out! Either way bring your lunch to the park to enjoy live & local music!
Visit event page: Cooper Young

29 ~ Jammin' In Jackson: Kevin Nichols & Blue Tuesday
(All Ages) Fridays from 6-8 p.m. Live and local summer evening concert. Free family friendly event located in Horace Blackman Park. 
For more information visit event page: Kevin Nichols & Blue Tuesday 

29 ~ Friday Film Series: "Goonies"
(All Ages) Join us for a family friendly classic in Jackson's Horace Blackman Park (next to the Hayes Hotel). This event is free and open to the public. 
Visit the Facebook event page for more information: 
Friday Film Festival: "Goonies"
 
30-31 ~  How Bazaar
(All Ages) Presented by The Midtown Association, a summer weekend street festival July 30 & 31, 2016, combining a Juried Art Fair, Taste of Jackson, Kids Zone, beer and wine tasting and live entertainment.  For the event page
click here . For more information about vending or volunteering visit the website at www.howbazaarjackson.com

 Jackson Downtown
Development Authority
 
161 W. Michigan Ave
Jackson, Michigan 49201
Phone: (517) 788-4355
www.jacksondda.org

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DDA Staff
Nathan Mack
Executive Director
nmack@cityofjackson.org

Kaiti McDonough
Executive Assistant
kmcdonough@cityofjackson.org

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DDA Board of Directors 
Bart Hawley, Chairperson
Steve Duke, Vice Chairperson
Jason Butterfield, Treasurer
Kathryn Snyder, Secretary
Bill Jors, Mayor
Jacqueline Austin, Director
Donna Blake-Simmons, Director
Wendy Clifton, Director
Chris Gancsos, Director
Allan Hooper, Director
James Stovall, Director


The mission  of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to encourage historic preservation, to create and implement development plans, to promote economic growth, and to correct and prevent deterioration in the District.  
  Thank you to our summer event sponsors!