Messages From Main Street
Much has been accomplished and more exciting things are coming with Charlevoix Main Street!
Upcoming Events
Charlevoix Farmers Market at the Library
Thursdays 3:00PM - 6:00PM
As summer fades into fall and business hours shorten, there’s still a place to pick up all your farm fresh favorites. Head to the Charlevoix Public Library for the Charlevoix Fall Farmers Market every Thursdays from October 10 until November 21 between 3-6pm.

An evening Market at the library is the perfect time and place to swing by after work and bring the kids after school. Stock your pantry with fall goods and your shecooks to read on those chilly nights. Plus, the Market offers a Junior Marketeer Program for even more fun for your little one. Each visit, your Junior Marketeer receives a sticker and on the fourth visit will receive a free tee-shirt!
 
Never carry cash? At the Market, you can swipe your credit card, debit card, or EBT card to receive market tokens to use at vendors' booths. In addition, the Market participates with Double Up Food Bucks, SNAP, WIC, Market Fresh, and Senior Project Fresh. The Charlevoix Farmers Market aims to be accessible to everyone in the community.
 
The Fall Farmers Market will come to a close with a special Holiday Market on Tuesday, November 26th. Nab those last-minute goodies for your Thanksgiving feast including locally raised turkeys. Stock up on storage vegetables, specialty baked goods, and more!

Like the  Charlevoix Farmers Market   on Facebook for the most up to date information.
Halloween Candlelight Hike
Sunday October 27
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Follow the lighted path to the Bonfire where you will be greet with apple cider and doughnuts

Costumes welcome!
Charlevoix Restaurant Week
November 3 - 9

Eat at your favorite local eateries and experience new restaurants and dishes at special prices. This is a great opportunity to try each of Charlevoix's amazing eateries. Each restaurant will have a unique menu for the week, as well as their regular menu. This event will be running in November. Plan your culinary journey through Charlevoix.
Remote Worker's Collaborative

Do you work remotely?

First Wednesday of the month, Nov 6, 2019
8:00 AM
201 State Street
Lower Level

Bringing together people who work remotely or independently. Our goal is to share ideas, resources, and reduce isolation of those who work from home.
Upcoming Workshop:
Protecting What's Important: Business Security 101

Whether you have your own server, are utilizing a cloud storage solution or just running some PCs, this workshop will help you sleep better at night knowing you have data-loss prevention controls in place. Bring your laptop, tablet or phone and test out tools that are available (some free!) that can identify your business’s cyber weaknesses and secure your internal systems.  

Running a business in today’s economy means more than just providing good service to your customers, clients and patients. Now you have financial information, personal health information and credit card data to protect. This workshop is designed to provide business owners and IT staff with real-world tools so that you leave feeling better about how to operate securely, meet your regulatory security requirements AND how to respond when something does go wrong.
The Vault Co-Working Space is open and flourishing! We continue to build out a schedule of events and activities to keep our co-workers happy. We are also building out our educational classes calendar and have a great workshop coming up (see above) that is free and open to the public.

There are still dedicated desks available for rent, mailboxes, and the conference room can be used for your next meeting!
Sponsor Feature
The Villager Pub in Charlevoix has been serving northern Michigan vacationers and locals, with both dine-in and take out meals, for nearly 4 decades. The menu options and reasonable prices make The Pub popular with families, couples, and friends enjoying a night out.

The Villager Pub is a cornerstone of Downtown Charlevoix. If you’re visiting Charlevoix, it only takes one meal or cocktail at the huge oak bar to
understand why The Pub has endured and thrived over these many years:
they offer the perfect atmosphere for laid-back dining and socializing.

The restaurant itself is divided into two distinct sections offering very different dining experiences. The first side boasts an expansive, stool-lined bar with additional seating arrangements of smaller tables and one-sided booths. This tavern side has several televisions, so you can enjoy your favorite sporting event, and a jukebox. Above the bar and seating area you’ll find an extensive collection of 1950’s memorabilia. The second side offers a more traditional dining experience, perfect for intimate socializing.

The Pub is not just the 38-year, “go-to” restaurant for locals and visitors. It’s
also a consistent supporter of our community. Whether it’s sponsoring Main
Street’s summer concert series, “Live on The Lake,” organizing a spaghetti
dinner for a community need, or promoting Charlevoix Rayder sports, The
Villager Pub is so much more than a restaurant – this pub is a true friend of
our town!

Many thanks to Terry Left and the staff at The Villager Pub for all you do! Stop in, say thanks, and try the fish and chips – you won’t be sorry!
Business Spotlight
The Clothing Company:
A Family Affair
First Generation
In 1974, Jim Mabee took a trip north in search of a better life for his family. He made it as far as Charlevoix and was captivated by the small picturesque town. Right downtown the newly built Market Mall was just being finished and empty store fronts were available.  Jim called his wife Sue from the payphone in front of Neff’s Market and asked “Would you like to know where we are going to live?”
A few months later the family packed a U-Haul and headed to Charlevoix. Along for the ride were their 4 children, 2 dogs, a cat and a horse. The Clothing Company was officially established in April of 1975.
The business grew over the years and in need of more space The Clothing Company moved into its present location on the corner where Dahlquist Five and Dime had been. The entire family worked in the store, including their golden retriever Beau, who happily greeted everyone that walked in.

Second Generation
The Clothing Company was a great place to grow up, and when Jim and Sue were ready to pass it on, their daughter Jacqueline jumped at the chance. She and her husband Kirby were anxious to settle back into the simple life, and raising their family in Charlevoix the Beautiful was part of that dream. The Clothing Company was passed on to the second generation in 1994.
The Clothing Company has been a fixture in Charlevoix for over three decades. We have an amazing staff that we consider part of our family. Our customers come from miles away and just down the street. We are grateful to have our family all nearby and our customers as our friends. We continue to strive to make you feel like you are coming home when you walk in the door, just like Jim and Sue did.
Pictured above is Cole & fiance, Annie, one of Jacq's daughters who recently moved back to Charlevoix.

We (Charlevoix Main Street - CMS) sat down with Jacq Dipert, 2nd generation owner, to learn a bit more about this destination business so many have learned to love

Click the link below to read this month's blog feature!
Service Highlight
Luann Keinath volunteers on the Main Street Design Committee. She was born and raised in the Saginaw area and attended Reese Schools. She met her husband Scott in High School and they've been married for 42 years.

Luann attended Northwood College where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She and Scott moved to the Charlevoix area in 1999. Luann has been in the banking business for 42 years and is the Chief Lending Officer for Charlevoix State Bank.

Scott owns his own gutter installation business that is called Seamless Gutter. They have 2 sons who have blessed them with 5 grandchildren. The boys and their families currently live in the Frankenmuth area.

Luann loves to spend time with her grandchildren and also enjoys traveling, boating, camping and car cruises. They own an anniversary edition 2003 Corvette and a 2016 Corvette that they cruise in. She loves being on the water and the beautiful summers we have in Charlevoix.

Her volunteer work on the Design Committee has included creating design guidelines for the downtown business community that they've used for the Facade Grants.

Luann also volunteers for several other organizations including
Rotary Club of Charlevoix-Board Secretary, Bethany Lutheran Church-Congregation President, Charlevoix Housing Committee- providing housing improvement grants. Street Legends Car Club-Treasurer. Past volunteer positions: Charlevoix Chamber- Board President, Rotary Club-Past President, Bethany Lutheran Church-Treasurer, Street Legends Car Club-President. 

When Luann was asked why she volunteers she said, "I volunteer because it is rewarding to help other people accomplish a goal or a project. Everyone benefits when you give back to the community." Well said Luann.

Thank you for all you do for Charlevoix!

Get Involved
Passionate Volunteers Wanted!

If you are passionate about making Charlevoix the best place it can be and would like to share your expertise while getting involved with the exciting things happening in downtown Charlevoix please click here to let us know.

You're Invited:
See what's happening by joining 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
Match on Main:
Local Business Receives $25,000 Grant
CHARLEVOIX, Mich.  — Nine communities around Michigan have been awarded more than $260,000 in grants aimed at supporting small local businesses, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced last week.

Introduced in March, the Match on Main program was intended to provide grants of between $5,000 and $25,000 to Select or Master level Michigan Main Street communities in conjunction with eligible businesses seeking support. Projects could include interior building renovations, furniture and fixtures, permanent equipment, point of sale systems, marketing expenses, and inventory. Participating businesses must also have worked with the Michigan Small Business Development Center on a business plan. The cities of Niles and Saline were selected in March as the first two communities to pilot the program.

“Small businesses drive the economies of our communities,” said Michelle Parkkonen, Director of Community Development Technical Assistance Programs at the MEDC. “These grants will support local businesses, further strengthening the downtowns and commercial districts in these communities, while building unique places that are attractive to residents and visitors.”
2019 Match on Main grant winners include My Grandmother’s Table , a new business that opened on October 5th in downtown Charlevoix.

My Grandmother’s Table (MGT), inspired by a loving relationship between grandparents and their grandson, is a Charlevoix Farmers Market success turned storefront. As a bakery café & coffee bar in a prime location in Charlevoix, MI, MGT offers both plate and retail service. International dishes and baked goods, both savory and sweet as well as traditional and vegan, comprise the menu. They produce specialty selections including items that are gluten-free along with a delicious array of coffee drinks. Thanks to $25,000 from the Match on Main program, My Grandmother’s Table made the following purchases to complete their project: Refrigerated Sandwich & Salad Prep Table, Hot Food Table, Wells for Above Prep Tables, Donut Fryer, Donut Fryer Hood, Dough Sheeter, Commercial Floor Mixer, two Commercial Mixers, and two Commercial Food Processors.
Reminders
Please take our pulse!
Charlevoix Main Street, in conjunction with Michigan Main Street, wants your take on the pulse of Downtown Charlevoix.

The quick nine-question survey takes less than five minutes to complete and all information is collected anonymously. Your responses will be used to help gauge our progress and guide priorities for the coming years.

The survey will only be available until November 1st, so act now!
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

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!
Charlevoix Main Street DDA | 231-547-3257 | lindseyd@charlevoixmi.gov | downtowncharlevoix.com