Monday, May 13, 2013
The business hosts a celebration May 16 with appetizers, spirits and giveaways.
Painting with a Twist reaches a "huge milestone" May 16, with an event celebrating the business' first anniversary in downtown Farmington. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the past year," owner Michelle Lewis said. "This community is so vibrant, and it’s done nothing but embraced us from the second we opened our doors.” Guest will enjoy light appetizers and spirits starting at 6:30 p.m., as well as giveaways during a 7 p.m. class and a free t-shirt for all painters. Painting with a Twist™ offers daily classes, available in two- and three-hour sessions, that give veteran and novice painters alike the ability to recreate an original piece done by a local artist, or occasionally, a piece by a famous artist. The studio is equipped with all …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
We captured just a bit of the action from many activities, so add your photos and videos to the collection.
From the opening bell at the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market to opening day for South Farmington Baseball and Softball, downtown Farmington was bustling with activity Saturday morning. Share your memories of the day's events by signing in to the site with your name and email (or signing up here) and clicking on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Grove Street will be closed for reconstruction from Grand River to Orchard Street, with staging of the site to begin Friday.
With the turn of a shovel, the reconstruction of Grove Street in downtown Farmington launched on Thursday, a few days later than city officials had hoped. Mayor Tom Buck said the hang up was over paperwork for a property transfer between the City of Farmington and Manifold Ventures, owner of The Groves shopping center. The original plan was for construction to be done by the Downtown Farmington Founders Festival in mid-July, which still may happen, he added. Crews will remove the concrete on Grove, from Grand River to Orchard Street, and install an asphalt street with a boulevard and on-street parking, stamped concrete sidewalks and a look similar to the existing downtown Farmington streetscape. Representing Manifold Ventures, partner …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Enjoy samples, mini-services, giveaways, one-night-only discounts and more on April 25 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Downtown Farmington merchants invite ladies to a night of shopping, savings and surprises during Ladies Night Out, held from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on April 25. “We are excited to bring Ladies Night Out to Farmington,” said Valerie Greer, Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board member and one of the promotion organizers. “We hope that guests will see how our merchants and businesses shine during the evening.” Participating businesses will offer in-store activities that appeal to women, from samplings and give-aways to one-night-only discounts, complimentary or low-cost mini-services. “Ladies Night Out is a great opportunity to explore downtown Farmington. With spring in the air, finally, you can invite your friends to enjoy a fun night out …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Silver Tree Yoga owner Melissa Andrade takes over as president for the coming year.
Three downtown Farmington business owners were elected Monday to lead the Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board of directors. The slate of leaders is comprised of faces familiar to the downtown revitalization effort: Melissa Andrade, who steps up from Vice-President to President; Steve Schneemann, former Vice-President who is reassuming the role; and Dan Higgins, returning Secretary. The trio is expected to continue leading activities that enhance the sense of place in Downtown Farmington and promote its assets and that help to retain existing businesses and attract new opportunities. An active upcoming agenda includes important redevelopment and streetscape projects, reorganization in cooperation with the City of …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Downtown Development Authority and city officials continue to work with merchants concerned about parking near their businesses.
The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market will move this season, but not because of parking concerns raised on Jan. 28 by downtown merchants. Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) director Annette Knowles said Monday that construction on Grove Street adjacent to the market's home at the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion will mean a temporary relocation of the popular market, due to potential "danger to the public". "That decision was under consideration before the meeting (with merchants)," Knowles said. The idea of moving the market's May 4 start date was considered, but the DDA has already promoted the date with vendors, Knowles said. The market will be located in the western-most parking lot on the south side of …
Friday, February 15, 2013
KickstART Farmington is posting clues on Facebook about where to find works by local artists that are free for the taking.
Have you ever wanted to own an original piece of art? Free Art Friday gives you the chance to take one home, at no charge. kickstART Farmington, a locally based nonprofit, is placing works by local artists all around downtown Farmington on Feb. 15 that will be free for the taking. About a dozen pieces will be placed in the morning, and clues to their locations will be posted on the organization's Facebook page. To learn more about kickstART Farmington, visit kickstartfarmington.org.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
kickstART farmington will place the works of artists out in the open, for anyone to take home.
Thursday, February 7
kickstART farmington is bringing the international Free Art Friday movement to downtown Farmington Feb. 15, offering local residents the opportunity to take home a piece of original art. Free Art Friday Farmington will feature works by area artists, placed around downtown Farmington. The Farmington area nonprofit will post photos of the art on its Facebook page, along with clues about where the art has been placed. There's no charge, and everyone is welcome to participate. kickstART farmington aims to strengthen the community through the arts. More information is available at kickstartfarmington.org or on Facebook. Source: kickstART farmington press release
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
City officials on Monday approve a $600,000 purchase agreement and a special assessment for redevelopment of The Groves shopping center and Grove Street streetscape.
Farmington city officials approved several measures on Monday to seal the deal on a project with a dizzying number of components – and the potential to spur even more redevelopment in downtown Farmington, officials say. The city entered into a $600,000 purchase agreement with Manifold Ventures, owner of The Groves shopping center at Grove Street and Grand River, for a parking lot on the west side of the building. In addition, officials established a special assessment district through which Manifold Ventures will pay the city $600,000 over 15 years, at 5 percent interest, to help fund the Grove Street streetscape project. "We had an appraisal (of the parking lot) done on the lot a number of years ago, when the price was considerably …
Monday, February 4, 2013
City council members took action Monday on The Groves renovation and Grove Street reconstruction.
The plan to transform a 1960s-era shopping center in downtown Farmington took another step forward Monday, as city officials approved several resolutions related to The Groves redevelopment project. Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christiansen showed plans and renderings that provide a glimpse of the planned Grove Street streetscape and improvements proposed by Farmington Hills-based Manifold Ventures, new owners of the shopping center anchored by T.J. Maxx and Dress Barn. The façade improvements will create three distinct sections to the building's elevation, he said. "The intent of this elevation modification is to breathe life into the center, and to blend in with other façade changes in the downtown," Christiansen …