Messages From Main Street
Much has been accomplished and more exciting things are coming with Charlevoix Main Street!
Upcoming Events
Charlevoix Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 17
Charlevoix will be recognized this May as an inaugural Pure Michigan Trail Town. We are very lucky to live in a community that continues to improve its walkability and bikeability.

To celebrate, Charlevoix Recreation has teamed up with Charlevoix Main Street DDA, Sustainable Charlevoix, and Revolution Bike to present Bike to Work Day.

Make plans to bike in with a friend or co-worker. Commuting from outside the city? Consider parking at Ferry Beach (south) or Charlevoix Township Hall (north) and biking from those locations.
Group Ride 7:30 AM from Charlevoix Township Hall and Ferry Beach to East Park.

Be sure to visit East Park between 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM to pick up a special gift and learn about specials in Charlevoix. Thank you for participating in bike to work day 2019!
Round Lake Music Festival
May 24th - May 26th
Friday, May 24th at 5PM
Bridge Park is the place to catch Northern Michigan's most popular live rock-and-roll, rhythm-and-blues act, The Jelly Roll Blues Band. Music fans travel great distances to experience this crowd favorite. You are guaranteed an unforgettable evening of exhilarating music and raucous dancing.

There will also be a spaghetti Dinner from 5:30 - 8:30 to support the Top of Michigan Trails 2019 Memorial Weekend Marathon

Saturday, May 25th at 5PM
Bridge Park is the place to catch Matt Meehan and Rick Detkowski, Michigan natives, bringing you everything from Waylon Jennings to Elton John. All with a bit of an "Outlaw" twist. Good ol' foot STOMPIN', table THUMPIN', revelry to get the crowd to CLAPPIN' and the Toes to TAPPIN'!!.

Sunday, May 26th at 5PM
Bridge Park is the place to catch Jill Jack! Jill began her professional career singing backup with well known Detroit country and rock bands.
By the late 90s she was writing constantly, fronting her own band and beginning to open for what would become a long list of prominent touring acts -- Bob Seger, John Waite, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Dan Fogelberg, Marshall Crenshaw, Chris Issak, and Loretta Lynn.As well she developed her reputation as headliner at venues & festivals -- SXSW (South by Southwest), Ann Arbor Folk Festival, 30A Songwriters Festival, WYCD Downtown Hoedown, Blissfest Music Festival, The Bluebird Café, The Living Room in NYC, and consistent sell-out shows at the historical Ark in Ann Arbor, MI. Regional touring has branched to successful tours of England and all over America. Jill was also a finalist in the Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Showcase, and was chosen as an Americana semifinalist in the International Songwriting Competition for Fallen (A Love Song). Jack now has 12 Award winning CD’s to her name.
Charlevoix Farmers Market
Thursdays 8:00AM - 1:00PM
Farmers Market is finally back! May 16th is opening day.

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 Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, June 1st, 1PM- 6PM
Join us on the shores of Round Lake in downton Charlevoix for the 5th Annual Charlevoix Craft Beer Fest Featuring Michigan Breweries, Local Food, and Live Music!

This festival brings a great casual culture to downtown Charlevoix during a beautiful season in Northern Michigan! VIP Attendees get : 5 Drink Tickets, Early Entry, Souvenir Glass, and $2 off pints at Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company After-Party
Do you work remotely?

Remote Worker's Collaborative

First Wednesday of the month,
1-2 pm
Trustees Conference Room
Charlevoix Public Library
June 5, 2019

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.
Inaugural Experience Charlevoix Event
June 6 - 8th
Experience all that downtown Charlevoix has to offer! Purchase a custom tote bag for $25 to get entry to the event. Only 100 tote bags are available!! Inside the tote is a passport that gives you access to specials and giveaways at over 30 businesses at the two day event plus free admission to the fashion show on Thursday evening. The Passport has a combined value of over $800!

Tote bags are available for purchase at Thistle & Panache Hair Studio beginning May 24th. You can order by phone with a credit card by calling 231-437-3966.
Hoop Skirt Alley
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Saturday, June 8th
6PM - 8:00PM
It's time to celebrate! The Hoop Skirt Alley project will be complete and we've having a party. Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony, live music, & hula-hooping! Food will be available for purchase on site from HotDoggers Charlevoix .

There is so much to celebrate since this project was made possible by YOU! For more info on how we got here, visit:
Sponsor Feature
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B, B & A also believes that giving back means giving of themselves. This value is reflected in their commitment in our community through their investment in the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce and Charlevoix Main Street, in addition to many other community partners.

Thank you Bickersteth, Brown and Associates Wealth Advisors for supporting the health and growth of your clients and your community!
Business Spotlight
Bridge Street Tap Room: Flavor with a View
Bridge Street Tap Room opened in Charlevoix in 2014 and is located at 202 Bridge Street right next to Bridge Park overlooking Round Lake. We (Charlevoix Main Street - CMS) sat down with Aaron W. Hagen, Partner / Vice President of Round Lake Group, LLC. to talk about the business.

Click the link below the photo to read this month's blog feature!
Service Highlight
Jessica Anderson grew up on Drummond Island. After high school she went to North Central Michigan College. After a couple of years she took a break and did the Disney College Program at the Magic Kingdom. She said that during that time she sewed names on mouse ears and also made fudge. She finished college at Lake Superior State with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Public Relations.

Jessica has worked at Castle Farms for the last 7 years and is currently the Gift Shop and Group Tours Director. She's had a very busy year as she moved into a new home in Charlevoix and had a beautiful baby girl named Abagail. 

Jessica has been involved in Main Street since its inception. She currently serves on the Promotions Team as the secretary. She also volunteers for the Live From Charlevoix events and Shadowfest. We're so thankful for all the time she dedicates to these teams!

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
Charlevoix County Community Foundation Grant
We are thrilled to announce that  Charlevoix County Community Foundation awarded a $4,000 grant to support the Live on the Lake Summer Concerts in downtown Charlevoix! We are so grateful for this funding as it lessens our need to ask for sponsors. Click the link below for the full schedule and mark your calendars!
Your Feedback is Needed!
Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Survey
Are you an entrepreneur?

Thank you in advance for taking the time to assist us as we work with our local partners, Michigan Main Street, and Main Street America on developing a more formalized entrepreneurship ecosystem to support the launch, growth and expansion of entrepreneurs within downtown (community) and adjacent areas.  Your insight and perspective as a local entrepreneur is most appreciated as part of this effort.
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 May 20th!

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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