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City of Jackson Downtown Development  Authority
June 2016 / Newsletter 

Downtown Summer Planting Day
May 21st, 2016
Downtown Jackson is in bloom!
Summer is in the air and so are hanging flower baskets in downtown Jackson! The DDA hung over 40 petunia flower baskets in mid-May, brought to downtown by Adams Farm of Clark Lake, MI.  
 5th Ward City Council Member, Andrew Frounfelker, unloading flower pots. 
Downtown Summer Planting Day took place on Saturday, May 21st. This event is an opportunity for the community to volunteer their time to beautify the Downtown District. 
Thank you to all of the volunteers for a successful planting day! 
  Season Opening!
Friday June 3, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • 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. 
  • Musicians interested in playing at the market please contact the DDA's office at or call the office at (517) 788-4355

The farmers market will be open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Connect with the Grand Rivers Farmers Market on  Facebook
New Businesses Coming to Downtown!
  'Community Vibrations'     
Support Community Vibrations at their next fundraiser! For more information on their Silent Auction Fundraiser,  Click Here .
  Launched in September, 2015, Community Vibrations received an immediate positive response from the Jackson community. Announced in early February, just 5 months after their initial launch, Community Vibrations made plans to open "a  100% community-owned organic foods co-op in downtown Jackson" located at 229 S Mechanic Street. 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. 
Community Vibrations is projected to open in June. Their focus on local sustainable offerings including organic produce, humanely raised meats, organic stone-ground flours, honey, syrups, soaps, and many other amazing products will all be produced right here in the Greater Jackson area. 
'Junkyard Dog'
Downtown Jackson is getting another new restaurant option this summer. The inside remodeling is near completion at 125 W. Michigan Ave., the site of the former Libby's Jazz Club. The restaurant will be known as "Junkyard Dog," and will offer a variety of hot dogs and additional options for toppings. Patrons will be provided with booth styled seating and bar seating for dining.  

On  Tuesday, April 12, 2016,  City Council approved the  construction of an awning and sign over the sidewalk adjacent to the Junkyard Dog.

Andrew Frounfelker,
5th ward city council member, on Downtown Jackson.

   The official start of summer hit downtown Jackson this past Friday, May 27, with the first of five Cruise Ins. This great community event happens on the fourth Friday of months May through September and has brought thousands of people together in the downtown area for over 20 years. With the Dig Downtown project on Michigan Ave completed and over 300 classic cars returning to display along the avenue, events in downtown are hitting the ground running this summer.
   Many people are taking notice of the positive changes happening in our community and are reinvesting in downtown. Announcements of positive developments, such as new apartment spaces, restaurants, storefronts and the construction of the CP Federal City Square, set to house the Glidden Park Mural are all expected to enrich the downtown within the next year. 
   The opening of the Grand River Farmers Market is this Friday, June 3rd, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - another attraction sure to bring an influx of people into the city's core. I look forward to all the exciting offerings downtown has to offer this summer.
Andrew Frounfelker. 
  June Ca lendar of Events
~ Amy LaVere at The Wax
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $12 In Advance/ $15 At The Door. Amy LaVere is an American singer, songwriter, upright bass player and actress based in Memphis, Tennessee. Her music is classified as Americana, combining a blend of classic country, gypsy jazz, and southern soul. Visit for tickets

3 ~ Season Opening of the Grand River Farmers Market!
The farmers market will be open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for the grand season opening on Friday June 3rd with new and returning vendors, live music, and yoga! Click here for the Facebook page. 

5 ~ Jackson County Rose Festival 5k Fun Run/Walk
This 5k run will take place prior to the Rose Parade. Race Day Registration is from 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. at  Governor Austin Blair Memorial Park. For further information on this event Click Here.

5 ~ Jackson Country Rose Parade & Picnic in the Park
Free community and family focused event. Theme: “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”
The Rose Parade is one of the largest in Michigan with over 100 entries. Parade starts at 1:00 pm. For more information on parade route and picnic Click Here.

10 & 11The Foundry Race Party
Indoor and outdoor race party. Doors open at 8 p.m. 21+ Only (must have Valid ID to enter). For more information on performances visit the event page>>> Race Weekend

10-13 A Special 3 Day Herbal Intensive Workshop at The Wandering Owl
Friday 7-9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10-6. Taught by Brian Hornbeck and Lorie Patiño Alba, teachers at the Mexican National Festival of Medicinal Plants. They have over 20 years of experience helping people to encounter a balance in their lives through the use of plants as medicine. For more information on registering Click Here. 

11 ~ Summer Reading Kickoff 2016
Presented by Jackson District Library Carnegie Branch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Start with a family walk around downtown Jackson at 11 a.m., music of Gemini at 11:30 a.m. Games, activities, a live DJ, a police car and fire truck! Jackson County Health Department will present “Food for Thought.” For more information Click here. 

12 ~ Silent Auction Fundraiser at Community Vibrations
Join Community Vibrations for hors d'oeuvres and refreshments on June 12th to help raise funds for opening the Community Vibrations storefront in downtown. Help the good cause of providing local, organic food to Jackson! 229 S Mechanic St, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For the Facebook the event page visit >>> Silent Auction

22 ~ 3rd Anniversary Pig Roast at Grand River Brewery 
Join in on Wednesday, June 22nd, for Grand River Brewery and Winery’s 3 Year Anniversary Pig Roast! … along with Live Music and a special 3 Year Anniversary Beer! For the Facebook event page visit >>> 3rd Anniversary Pig Roast.

22Pathways as Economic Drivers
Jackson has trails & pathways!! Find out how trail & multi-modal pathway systems can be leveraged to support new opportunities for community and economic development. Following the seminar, you can take a bike tour of our trails and find out more about this valuable asset in Jackson. 
For more information and Facebook event page visit >>> Pathways as Economic Drivers

24 ~ Jammin' in Jackson - Summer Evening Concert Series
Join in on the music every Friday night June 24th to July 29th in Horace Blackman Park
6-8 p.m. 

24Cruise Night!
Family oriented events featuring classic cars on display. Visit the event page for updates by clicking>>> 2016 June Cruise In.
Interested in vending at the Cruise-In? Click here for the vending application!

25 ~ Summer Solstice Party with Koa and the Smoking Flowers
A Fundraiser for The Jackson Symphony Orchestra and The Michigan Theatre.
Event Location: Grand River Brewery Parking Lot, 117 W. Louis Glick Hwy., Jackson, MI 49201
. Rain Location: Michigan Theatre, 124 N. Mechanic St., Jackson, MI 49201
for more information visit>>> JSO Summer Solstice Party.

25 ~ Mick Webster 8th Annual Memorial Bike
Hosted by the P & T Fitness Relay for Life Team. All proceeds go to The Relay for Life - Jackson, MI. For more info and application go to their website at For the Facebook event page visit >>> Micks Ride. 
Photos from first Cruise In on Friday, May 27, 2016 
  Mayor Bill Jors with his first cruise in favorite of the 2016 summer!
Mike "Doc" Ott live painting outside of
The Orange Peacock Gallery
Classic cars and trucks lining the streets of downtown Jackson. 
 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 
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
Jeannette Woodard, 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.  
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