Messages From Main Street
We're hiring!

Charlevoix Main Street DDA is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. The Charlevoix Main Street VISTA member is responsible for creating and managing programs and projects that meet the objectives and goals of the Charlevoix Main Street Program. The VISTA member will assist the program with economic revitalization efforts in Downtown Charlevoix based on the objectives in the VISTA assignment description. The VISTA member will promote entrepreneurship, small business, and start-ups to improve the economic conditions of Downtown Charlevoix.

Application deadline is July 8th. Please click below for full posting.
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.
Charlevoix Marathon
Saturday, June 22
Welcome to the Charlevoix Marathon! We are so excited to host you on one of the most beautiful running courses in the world. 

Whether you're running the full marathon, half marathon, 10km or 5km course, you're in for an amazing start line on the famous Bridge Street, along Lake Michigan and finishing in old town Charlevoix and Round Lake!
Thursdays Beginning June 27
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
2019 Live On The Lake Concert Series Lineup in East Park Pavilion:
June 27 - The Horton Creek Band
July 4 - Buskers on Bridge Street only
July 5 & 6 - Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company presents: Romeo & Juliet
July 11 - The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Band
July 18 - Petoskey Steel Drum Band
August 1 - Ray Kamalay & His Red Hot Peppers
August 8 - 1000 Watt Prophets August 15 - Matt Austin
August 22 - Doug Thomas Music
2019 NOMI "Fundraiser"
June 27, 11:30AM - 3:00PM
At the Bay Harbor Yacht Club, Lange Center
Honoring the Pool and Northern Michigan History
Special thanks to the Charlevoix Historical Society and the Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers
Area Historical Photography
Live Music By Peter Fetters
Vendor Booths + Shopping
Seated Lunch
Silent + Live Auctions
Auctioneer, Scott MacKenzie
Photographer, Paul Horgan Photography
21ST Annual Summer
Art Show
June 29 - 30th
The Charlevoix Summer Art Show, features a mix of art and crafts displayed on the shores of scenic Round Lake in downtown Charlevoix.

Participating artists are carefully selected to ensure a well rounded show with many fun and unique items on display. Join us as we welcome the arrival of summer in northern Michigan at the Charlevoix Summer Art Show, where works of art and scenic views are just a step away!
Do you work remotely?

Remote Worker's Collaborative

First Wednesday of the month,
Charlevoix City Hall - Council Chambers
July 3, 2019
8am - Special Meeting Time

Bringing together people who work remotely or independently. Our goal is to share ideas, resources, and explore a possible remote worker/co-working space at the library. If you'd like to help us design a space and meet with other independent workers, please come to the meetings.

A collaboration of the Charlevoix Public Library, Chamber of Commerce and DDA Main Street.
51ST Annual Charlevoix
Art & Craft Show
July 13 - 14th
Combine one of the most picturesque settings in the state with a gathering of 160 artists and craftsmen from around the country, and the result is Charlevoix’s 51st Annual Art & Craft Show. This popular event will take place downtown Charlevoix in East Park on July 13 & 14, 2019.

This year’s show has something for everyone, offering an exciting mix of fine arts and hobby crafts. Acrylic and oil paintings, sculpture, hand blown glass beadwork, pottery, baskets, furniture, clothing & accessories, hand woven rugs and quilted works are just a few of the things you will find.
It is a spectacular representation of craftsmanship and artwork with many fun and unique products to choose from.

If you are looking for a unique shopping opportunity in a one of a kind community, Charlevoix the Beautiful is the place to be this summer.
Sponsor Feature
DTE has become a valued partner in our area, empowering Michigan through grants and sponsorships with the DTE Foundation. In sponsoring the Holiday Open House and Live on the Lake concert series, DTE has helped downtown Charlevoix continue the season celebrations and entertainment offerings to the community.

Moving into the future, DTE is investing in strengthening the safety and reliability of our energy grid, while investing in clean energy. They are committed to building a clean energy future for customers, planning to more than double their renewable energy generation capacity by 2024. Just recently announced at the Mackinaw Island Policy Conference, DTE has partnered with Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Consumers Energy on a $15 billion commitment to spend with Michigan-based companies over the next five years, furthering their dedication to Michigan communities and residents.
Business Spotlight
Brian's Ice Cream Experience
Brian's Ice Cream Experience  opened in 2017 in a cute little shop back in The Mercado/Van Pelt Alley (217 Bridge Street Unit C). This bright and happy space is full of flavor, good vibes, and fun. What's better is that natural, locally sourced ingredients are used so you feel slightly less guilty about "cheating" on your diet. 
We (Charlevoix Main Street - CMS) recently sat down with Brian and Emily Freund for a Q&A.

Click the link below to read this month's blog feature!
Service Highlight
Laura Simmonds is a part of the Economic Vitality Committee. She's married to Caleb (who works for Frontier Communications) and they have an 11 year old son named Skylar who is going into the sixth grade. Laura moved to Charlevoix when she was 13 years old and started her first year of High School here, which she said was rough. Her parents had vacationed in Charlevoix prior to them moving here.

After high school she attended North Central Michigan College and got degrees in Psychology and Nursing. She worked as a nurse at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital for 10 years and then worked at Charlevoix Hospital for 10 years. After that she worked for Charlevoix High School teaching a Health Occupations class. She ended up going back to school for double masters degrees in Business and Nursing and shortly thereafter started working for Catasys as a Care Coach in telephonic care. She's now managing the performance of the program.

Now that she's not immersed in her studies, she loves to mountain bike, go to the beach and just be in the outdoors. Laura has a real love for Charlevoix and it's economic vitality and is a real asset to the team.

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
Hoop Skirt Alley is complete!
Thanks to all in the community who made Hoop Skirt Alley possible - we are blessed with a long list of donors and supporters and also volunteers who made this happen! Our Junior Main Street Committee worked hard on this project and hosted a ribbon cutting celebration on June 8th. If you haven't yet, stop by and play a game of chess or giant Jenga!
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 (coming soon!)
  • 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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