Messages From Main Street
Much has been accomplished and more exciting things are coming with Charlevoix Main Street!
Upcoming Events
Charlevoix Farmers Market
Thursdays 8:00AM - 1:00PM
Join us in East Park between 8:00 AM - 1:00PM every Thursday. 

Market patrons get FREE 20 minute parking along the east side of Bridge Street and East Park to make your shopping experience easy as pie.

Please be sure to move your vehicle by 12:30 to allow vendors adequate space to load their vehicles.
Thursdays 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Buskers on Bridge Street
5:00PM - 7:00PM
Stroll the streets of downtown Charlevoix and enjoy the sounds of buskers in 4 different locations throughout downtown. Shop and dine and then join us in East Park at 7PM for the "Main Act"
Summer Concert Series
7:00PM - 9:00PM
August 1 - Ray Kamalay & His Red Hot Peppers
August 8 - 1000 Watt Prophets
August 15 - Matt Austin
August 22 - Doug Thomas Music
2nd Annual
Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, August 3
The Charlevoix Circle of Arts' biggest fundraising event!

Come watch the Dragon Boat races & enjoy food & beverage vendors, and more at Ferry Beach.

There are many ways to get involved: • Become a Sponsor • Put together a Team • Volunteer - We'd love your help!
Remote Worker's Collaborative

Do you work remotely?

First Wednesday of the month, August 7, 2019
8:00 AM
The Vault
201 State Street
Lower Level

Bringing together people who work remotely or independently. Our goal is to share ideas, resources, and plan for the future of the co-working/business incubator space in Charlevoix. If you'd like to help us design a space and meet with other independent workers you are welcome to attend!
Water Front Art Fair
August 10th
On August 10, 2019 from 9:00AM - 6:00PM, many of the nation's finest artists and craftsmen will be coming to the Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair to exhibit their best works.

These have been chosen from hundreds of applicants who subject their work to the jury. This is a most difficult task as this fair attracts the finest but only a limited number of spaces are available.
Summer Sidewalk Sales
August 15th - 17th
Charlevoix area merchants are pleased to once again offer hot summer deals at their annual end of summer sidewalk sales. Take advantage of substantial reductions on a variety of seasonal inventory that must go. 

Merchants will be out in force with great sales to reduce inventories before the fall season. Shoppers will find great discounts on gift items, home decor, clothing, books, jewelry, accessories and more.

Hours may vary, but most merchants will be on the sidewalk from 9am to 6pm and inside after 6pm. So shop early for the best steals, deals and unbelievable savings. 

Don’t miss the best bargains of the year on an array of quality merchandise at participating merchants located downtown Charlevoix and throughout the area.
Sponsor Feature
In 1977, Primerica was founded on a simple idea: Just do what's right. That concept remains at the heart of everything we do for Main Street families every day.

Primerica teaches people how money works, because a solid financial knowledge foundation is the key to making healthy money choices. We pioneered the "Buy Term and Invest the Difference" philosophy - a crusade which revolutionized the life insurance industry and the investment business. And from the beginning, we have offered term life insurance as part of our commitment to market only products that are right for the consumer. If you're like most people, you probably know little about personal finance. Perhaps you think long-term security is impossible on your income.

Contact District Leader Gary Stutzman to explore how, no matter what your income level, you can achieve financial security. You just have to take the time to learn a few simple principles about how money works. Gary has been an integral part of the Charlevoix arts community for years, as band director at Northwest Academy, Charlevoix High School, the Community band, and now as a proud supporter of Main Street’s “Live on the Lake” summer concert series. Gary is passionate about his current role as a financial educator with Primerica, offering services in Term Life Insurance and Investments & Savings. You can reach Gary at 616.554.7274 or click below to find further information on his website.
Business Spotlight
Mushroom House Tours
Edith Pair, owner of  Mushroom House Tours , started strictly with walking tours in 2009, but soon realized that she needed to be able to use transportation so customers could view ALL 28 houses. So in 2015, she purchased the first 6 seat GEM car and the tours sprung to life. The GEM tours became a success virtually overnight! You can find her based out of Elements Gallery at 211 Bridge Street or book your tour online  here .

We (Charlevoix Main Street - CMS) sat down with Edith. to talk about the business. Click the link below to read this month's blog feature!
Service Highlight
Kirby Dipert is on the Main Street DDA board and is past chair. He's also on the Economic Vitality Committee. 

Kirby is originally from Central Illinois and moved to Charlevoix in 1986. He's been married to his beautiful bride Jacq for 26 years. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Kirby owns Charlevoix Wear and Jacq owns The Clothing Company. Their children are also very involved in the business as well. Ann is working at the Clothing Company, Jill is at Charlevoix Wear and Brittney runs Harbor Wear in Elk Rapids. Their two grand children Ryder and Lilah live here in Charlevoix.

In his free time, Kirby loves to golf, boat and hang out in their cottage at Douglas Lake. He says he also still likes working. Thank you Kirby for all your investment and time in Charlevoix!

If you would like to share your expertise and get involved with the exciting things happening in Charlevoix Main Street please click here to let us know.
You're Invited
Please feel free to join us at any of our upcoming meetings to learn more about Charlevoix Main Street and what we are working on. Click here to view the upcoming meeting schedule and find which one you'd like to attend. We hope to see you soon!
Charlevoix Highlights
New Historic Signs
Have you seen the seven new historical signs located at the train depot, along the channel, Bridge Park and East Park? The sign project was a collaborative effort between the Charlevoix Historical Society and Charlevoix Main Street. The seven signs, have a total of 76 historic images with text that tell the story of the area's illustrious history. An online map of the signs locations can be found on the "Life in Charlevoix App" which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

To fund the project, grants and sponsorships were awarded from the following:  Great Lakes Energy  People Fund,  Charlevoix County Community Foundation Charlevoix Rotary , Todd and Pam Wyett and Charlevoix Downtown Development Authority.
Attention Entrepreneurs:
Charlevoix County Ignite Pitch Competition
Your business idea could win $10,000!
Polish up your business plan! All Charlevoix County entrepreneurs and new businesses two years old or less are invited to apply to compete for startup capital toward their business and a chance to advance to the finale competition, Grand Event, to compete for more startup funds.
To fill out an application and for more information visit

Competitors will receive business counseling from professionals to help in preparing a 4-minute business pitch for the panel of judges on the night of the competition. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be awarded as well as an audience selected People’s Choice Award.
The public is welcome to come and cheer on their favorite businesses for this exciting competition!
There will be time for competing businesses to network and make connections with other business professionals and angel investors in the audience.

The competition will be held at Castle Farms on October 9, 2019. Doors open at 5:00pm and the event starts at 5:30pm.

Sponsored by Consumers Energy and DTE Energy Foundation
Life in Charlevoix Mobile App
Have everything you need to know about life in Charlevoix in the palm of your hand! The app, designed by Junior Main Street, features:

  • Event Calendar
  • Business Directory and Specials
  • Interactive Tour
  • News Alerts
  • Shopping & dining specials

Available for free in the App Store & Google Play

Facade Grants
Applications are due August 1st!

The Facade Incentive Program, which helped to improve multiple downtown buildings by providing funding last year, is developed by the Design Committee of Charlevoix Main Street.

The grant program was created to encourage private investment in historic facades by providing financial incentives. Historically sensitive rehabilitation and dramatic improvement of facades in downtown Charlevoix will encourage good design that will serve as quality examples to preserve the architectural character that is distinctive to Charlevoix. By improving the appearance of the building facades, the Program helps to improve the economic vitality of the downtown.

Click here for more information on projects completed in 2017 & 2018 or to apply for your building.
Much More
The accomplishments mentioned earlier are only a few of the exciting things Main Street has been working on.

Click here or on the infographic to the right for program highlights and accomplishments over the past three years. Note that the private investment statistics are simply numbers we track, not numbers we claim responsibility for!
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