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City of Jackson Downtown Development  AuthorityDecember 2016 / Newsletter 

Downtown Jackson to Welcome 2017!
Every New Year’s Eve, W. Michigan Ave in Downtown Jackson becomes the location where families, friends and couples come together to ring in the New Year. Just before the clock strikes Midnight, an illuminated ball begins to drop from City Hall. After the ball drops a firework display is set off into the New Year sky. This year will mark the 16th anniversary of the Downtown Jackson's free Eve on the Ave event!
This event is made possible by our sponsors, Emmons Service Inc. and The Midtown Association of Jackson.
Thank you!

Click Here for the Facebook event!
Invite your friends and family!
2016 Event Recap
Thank You!
to our 2016 event sponsors! 
New businesses in Downtown Jackson  in 2016!
North-Ply Contracting
Opened March 2016 at 
124 W. Louis Glick Hwy.

     North-Ply is a Commercial and Industrial Roofing Company specializing in Low-Slope Roofing.  North-Ply wanted to start the company in downtown Jackson in order to better serve the businesses and industry in and around the City of Jackson. 

Charlie Dunigan

Tom Adams

North-Ply Contracting Co. was founded in 2015 by Charles Dunigan and Thomas Adams. 

A large reason they chose downtown was the opportunity to renovate a historic building and operate their business out of it.  
Consumers Energy
Innovation Center
Opened April 15, 2016 at 165 W
. Michigan Ave.

   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.
Notch 8
Opened May 9, 2016 at 
125 E. Michigan Ave.

  The DDA, Chamber of Commerce, and Anchor Initiative worked together to bring Notch 8 to downtown.

Notch 8 is a retail store which sells overstock items from Amazon. You can find anything from tooth paste to purses. Items can vary and change frequently. 

Neil Fernandes, owner, is also the  CEO of the non-profit organization “Rise Above". Rise Above helps troubled youth re-enter back into high school if they’ve been suspended. 100% of the profits from Notch 8 will be donated back into the community and to Rise Above. 
Mon-Fri: 10am-5:30pm
Sat: 10am-5pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Facebook:Notch 8
The Dirty Bird 
Opened September 9, 2016 at
140  W. Michigan Ave.

One of the most anticipated announcements of the 2016 summer was the opening of the newest bar and full-service restaurant with outside patio seating, The Dirty Bird, 140 W. Michigan Ave in downtown Jackson. 

The Dirty Bird features 40 beers on tap, which can be tracked on TapHunter. Beers change based off of the flavors of the seasons and customer feedback. Alongside beer, The Dirty Bird also s erves hand-breaded chicken wings, chicken tenders, salads, sandwiches and flat-breads !
Mon - Tues: 11am - 10pm
Wed - Thurs: 11am - 12am
Fri: 11am - 1am
Sat: 12pm - 1am
Sundays: Closed

Phone: (517) 784-5314 
Facebook   Dirty Bird
Gilbert's Chocolates 
Relocated to downtown Jackson. Opened October 14, 2016 at
233  N. Jackson St.

Brian Krichbaum talked about the move of Gilbert Chocolates to their new downtown location at 233 N. Jackson St., Jackson MI.

The ribbon cutting for the new location happened on Friday, October 14th. 

The new location has 2,200 square feet of production space for hand crafting the gourmet chocolates, plus 800 square feet of space dedicated to a new retail store.

Store hours are 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday.

Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm
Sunday: 12-5pm

Phone:   (517) 788-6060
Email: brian
Facebook   Gilbert Chocolates 
Junk Yard Dog
Opened October 24, 2016 at
128  W. Michigan Ave. 

Downtown Jackson became home for another locally owned restaurant, The Junk Yard Dog. The restaurant features 12 specialty hot dogs, burger sliders and a full-service bar that serves domestic beers and liquor. 

Junk Yard Dog also supports other local businesses by purchasing many of their ingredients by other local sources.
The hot dogs come from Towne Club in Detroit, veggies come from Keyes Produce in Jackson, coney sauce is from Todoroff Group in Jackson and three bread options are coming from Aunt Millie's bakeries.

Mon-Thurs: 11am-10pm
Fri- Sat: 11am- 1am
Sunday: CLOSED

Facebook: Junk Yard Dog
The Blue Julep, LLC
Opened October 27, 2016 at
145  N. Jackson St.

Founded by Laura Davenport after she traded careers as an attorney to pursue her passion of baking and pastry. 

The Blue Julep (formerly The Vintage Bakery) of Jackson County offers specialty cakes, custom cookies, and unique dessert buffets for any events. From tarts, cakes, cupcakes and cookies, all deserts are made to order from scratch.   
Wed-Fri. - 11:30am-3pm

Phone: (517) 945-8011 
Facebook: The Blue Julep

Evolution Hair & Skin
Opened October 27, 2016 at
141 N. Jackson St.

Evolution was founded in July 2016 by Jacque Shepherd.
Evolution specializes in high quality hair color and products from Goldwell. They also do skin care and make-up application. Evolution Hair & Skin is a small studio with a more personal and intimate approach to high end salon care.
Tues-Fri: 11am - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 3pm
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

Phone:   (517) 395-4512 
Facebook  :   Evolution Hair & Skin
Windy Hills Creations 
Opened October 27, 2016 at
139 N. Jackson St.

Windy Hill Creations  is a full service florist  and unique boutique that is sure to satisfy any taste in gift and decor.

They provide customers with unique boutique gift items, beautiful custom floral designs and superior personal service. The custom  floral design area is as extensive as you need it to be.  We can even visit your site by appointment if that will help.  
Mon - Fri: 10am - 3pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Phone:   (517) 945-6674
Facebook:   Windy Hill Creations, Inc.
Community Vibrations 
Opened October 29, 2016 at
229 S. Mechanic St. 

Community Vibrations made plans to open "a   100% community-owned organic foods co-op in downtown Jackson". The mission of this  organic foods cooperative is their commitment to connecting Jackson residents with their local organic farms and growing their access to organic options for everyday living. 

Their focus on local sustainable offerings including organic produce, humanely raised meats, organic stone-ground flours, honey, syrups, soaps, and many other amazing products.

Mon - Fri: 8am - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

Phone:   (517) 513-3960 
Facebook :   Community Vibrations
for links to the event schedule on our website!
Downtown Jackson
Christmas Parade was a hit!

Thousands of star-gazed faces lined the streets in downtown Jackson on Friday, November 18th for the 26th annual Downtown Jackson Christmas Parade.
DDA Business Assistance  
Facade Loan Program

This program provides financial incentive for improvement of the exterior appearance of buildings within the DDA district. Financial assistance is in the form of a grant/zero interest loan combination, forgivable over a seven year period. Interested applicants should review the guidelines below and contact the DDA regarding the availability of funds. For further information on facade improvement, visit the National Parks Service's guide on appropriate storefront design here. Please contact the DDA at 517-788-4355 if you are interested in the Facade Loan Guidelines/Application.


The DDA has 3 advisory committees comprised of individuals in the community who have a passion for Downtown Jackson. The Promotions Committee, Economic Restructuring Committee, and Design Committee advise the DDA Board on issues and help make downtown a better place through their work.

We are currently looking to add members with an architectural background to the design committee. Read more about our design committee below. 

Design Committee

Works to get Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets — such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets — is just part of the story. Learn More 

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


DDA Staff
Nathan Mack
Executive Director

Kaiti McDonough
Executive Assistant

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