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Friday, November 18, 2016

Holidays in the City -Small Business Saturday in Downtown Muskegon November 26th

I try not to wax too nostalgic about things around Muskegon.  Sure, I've been here nearly 20 years now, but my days began about the time the Muskegon Mall came down and I have had the chance to see everything happen since.  It's been a very unique situation to watch our Downtown Muskegon change.  I remember my first boss telling me to spend time at the Muskegon Mall to get the vibe of the city....and that vibe.....well, let's just say I went there once.



Since 2001... Downtown Muskegon has slowly...too slowly for some, but it's slowly carved it's own little niche.  A couple of small events like pub crawls led to a couple of bigger events like Bike Time and Rebel Road.  A parade or two popped up....along came a couple shops, restaurants and breweries.  We kept the anchors of Downtown Muskegon with the LC Walker Arena and Frauenthal Center and added a new re-purposed retail space or two... there are a couple distilleries on the way and then the big one...the new Muskegon Farmers Market!  Folks....we have our beloved Downtown Muskegon back!



We've got a central point now.  A gathering place!  It might be a First Friday...might be a pub crawl, Lumberjacks game or Frauenthal event, no matter the occasion, Downtown Muskegon is our central point again.  What better place to usher in the holiday season among friends, neighbors and local merchants.  Holidays in the City Small Business Saturday is celebrated Downtown Muskegon and it surrounded by events designed for everyone!  You'll find plenty of unique shopping places, entertainment, carolers, a chance to visit Santa, the wonderful event of lighting up Hackley Park for the season and most of all....you'll find community!




You'll find a place where you belong and you should feel very much at home, because you are!

It's a big effort on the part of many, but one of the central players in the game is Ellen Berends of Downtown Muskegon Now.  Ellen took a few minutes our of her day to join me for a little chat about the goings on.  Take a listen!!



There is so much to be proud of in Downtown Muskegon and I'll tell you why.  We've grown at a very steady pace and it's been very typical of Muskegon.  We've had some big players come along to help, but we have yet to find that "mega donor" that plunks down the money for a convention center, or new hospital or whatever....those things are all great and very much appreciated....but we're doing just what Muskegon does....going at our own pace and watching our new Downtown continue to evolve.  It's such a great feeling from watching the "old mall" come down to see the new revitalized heart of the city...and it's a heart that beats strong and welcomes everyone!  Much to be proud of Downtown Muskegon and many deserve a pat on the back.  Shop Small on Saturday November 26th.  Our thanks for Downtown Muskegon for their sponsorship of the Positively Muskegon blog!

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