The mission of Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority is to enhance a vibrant historic business district through community efforts, plus public and private partnerships.
Grand Haven is one of only eighteen communities in the state of Michigan to be recognized as part of the Michigan Main Street Program. The intention of this program includes revitalizing the downtown, promoting businesses, increasing economic development, and encouraging growth in the community’s business districts.
The Main Street Program uses a Four Point Approach that includes four different committees of volunteers whom undertake aspects related to the Main Street goals. These committees are: Organization, Promotions, Recruitment and Retention, Preservation and Place. All of the committees and the staff at Grand Haven Main Street function under the provision of a governing board of city officials, business owners and appointed members of the local community.
For the tenth consecutive year, Grand Haven Main Street will celebrate winter with the popular Wine About Winter walk-about. This year’s event will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, and focuses on wines from around the globe. This unique occasion offers residents and visitors the opportunity to wander the heated-sidewalks, in the midst of winter, and to experience the warmth and vitality of our Grand Haven Main Street!
The festivities kick off with the Artists’ Awards Ceremony at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum beginning at 5:00 pm. At 5:30 our local storefronts from Beacon Boulevard through Centertown, along Washington Avenue to Harbor Drive will begin this year’s tour of fine wines. Visitors will have the opportunity to view artwork from some of the state’s best artists, shop in the many charming boutiques operating in the district as they traverse Grand Haven’s heated, snow-free sidewalks, or ride the complimentary shuttle throughout the Main Street district, all while tasting wine and appetizers. “Last pour” will be at 9:00 p.m.
This year’s admission to Wine About Winter is the 10th annual commemorative wine glass which will be on sale for $5. These wine tasting glasses make a perfect holiday gift and can be purchased in advance at Fortino’s, located at 114 Washington Avenue. Glasses will also be available to purchase on Wine About Winter Friday, January 18, only at Harbor Front (in the Common Area) located at 41 Washington Avenue, beginning at 3pm. Tastings are available for $3 each and are available at all participating wine venues. Proceeds from this fundraising event are used for downtown beautification projects.
Each year Main Street strives to enhance the heart of the Grand Haven community through promotional events, physical improvements and business recruitment and retention activities. Andy Cawthon, Grand Haven Main Street Promotions Chair states, “These efforts are made so that visitors and residents alike can enjoy our historic downtown and help our West Michigan economy to thrive.” He continued, “Events like Wine About Winter add to the vibrancy of Grand Haven Main Street and make it a year-round destination.”
The A’Capella Bella’s will be performing inside Harbourfront Place from 6:30 – 7:45
WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS?
Lemon Creek Winery Tasting Room ~ 327 Beacon Blvd. ~ Artist: Ginnie Gould
Just Goods Gifts & Café ~ 714 Columbus ~ Artist: Lauren Presutti
Studio JSD ~ 219 N. 7th St., Suite 4 ~ Artists: Katerie Prior
Vintage Green Antiques ~ 7 N. 7th St. ~ Artist: Kim Fuller
Overtime Sports ~ 5 N. 7th St. ~ Artist:
Frame & Mat Shop ~ 728 Washington ~ Artist: Mary Lanka, Sandy Meyer
The Bookman ~ 715 Washington ~ Artists: Carol Berger
J-Dub’s Market & Wine Shop ~ 705 Washington ~ Artist: Edward Doza
Studio 206 ~ 222 Washington ~ Artist: Bob Peskorse
The Yankee Pedlar ~ 220 Washington ~ Artist: George VanderWeide
Borr’s Shoes & Accessories ~ 214 Washington ~ Artist: Michelle Martin
Jean Marie’s ~ 212 Washington ~ Artist: Richard Johnson
Gallery Uptown ~ 201 Washington ~ Artists: Liz Lystra, Jen Muvrin
Tri-Cities Historical Museum ~ 200 Washington ~ Artists: Christine Miller, Kris Campau
Patricia’s Chocolate ~ 126 Washington ~ Artist: Ken Whiting
Cook’s Kitchen & Pantry ~ 124 Washington ~ Artist: Andy Frisinger
J Morgan LTD ~ 119 Washington ~ Artist: Barb Carlson
The Paper Place ~ 118 Washington ~ Artist: Terry Kipling
The Creative Fringe ~ 117 Washington ~ Artist: Ottawa House Clay & Glass
Grand Haven V& O ~ 115 Washington ~ Artist: Tom Saltsman
Fortino’s ~ 114 Washington ~ Artist: Bruce Gordon
Down to Earth ~ 105 Washington ~ Artists: Karen Kolenic
C2C Gallery ~ 104 Washington ~ Artist: Stone Peng
Kilwins –Grand Haven ~ 101 Washington ~ Artist: Jeanne Van Wieren
JJ Marche ~ 16 Washington ~ Artist: Donna Levandowski
Calico Cat ~ 10 Washington ~ Artist: Reini Moser
Harbourfront Place Venues ~ 41 Washington:
12 Corners Vineyards ~ Artist: Lisa Baird
Silverfire Studios ~ Artist: Jen Muvrin
That Hat ~ Artist: Diane Van Noord
Red’s Salon ~ Artist : Ginger Creasy
**Due to last minute changes, artists maybe relocated to another venue, check the artist’s Facebook page or website for the most up to date information**