Gift Guide – Shop Small in Dundee!

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  Maybe you just have a few more things to get.  Or maybe you are looking for the perfect, unique host/hostess gift for a holiday party.  Whatever your situation is, we have something for you.  This gift guide shows the amazing range of options available to you when you choose to Shop Small in Dundee! 

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Shop Small in Dundee on Nov 26

Once the turkey has settled and you are burnt out on mall-shopping, there is Small Business Saturday.  We invite you to join us at businesses and restaurants throughout Dundee to show your love and support for what your local scene has to offer.  You may be surprised at the range of choices… there really is something for everyone!

See for yourself…
Check out our “Shop Small in Dundee!” gift guide for the 2016 holiday season!

 

If you Shop Small in Dundee on November 26, you will be given a shopping passport that will be stamped or signed at each participating business you visit.  At the end of your shopping excursion, you will turn in your passport.  Passports with 3 or more stamps will be entered into a prize drawing!  AND… passports with 5 or more stamps will be entered twice to increase your chances of winning!

We are super-excited to have so many businesses participating – we have 50% more than we did last year!  Here is the list of participating businesses:

Businesses with * have already confirmed that they will be providing prizes for shoppers to win.  That’s a lot of prizes!  In addition, we have 200 Shop Small tote bags to give away to those making purchases.  Limited quantity… they will go fast.

Please remember that our small business owners are our friends and neighbors.  Their livelihood and presence in our community depend on your support.  And our community depends on the success of these small businesses.  Show your support… come shopping on Nov 26 and any other day.  Share this event with everyone you know.  Let’s show these businesses how much with love them!

Our Facebook event page is great for sharing and spreading the word!
The press release is available for the media.

Prizes, deals, and other goodies

Thanks to the generosity of our participating and supporting businesses, there are so many prizes and other goodies for you! Passports with 3 or more stamps are entered in the prize drawing; 5 or more gets entered twice AND entered for the grand prize from Mamie & Mossie’s Gal ($150 value).

A purchase is not required to get your passport stamped, but please be courteous and wait in the checkout line, if there is one, to get your stamp. Take your time and look around to see what each shop has to offer.

One of these great prizes could be yours…

Mamie & Mossie’s Gal
Grand Prize: Beautiful, refinished wooden TV table set.
Plus light refreshments and 10% off coupon for a future purchases
** Passports with 5 or more stamps get entered to win this prize.

Silver Bells Christmas Shoppe
Prize: Christmas music box
Plus a free gift with purchase (while supplies last)!

Uncle Lyle’s Tavern & Grille
Prize: 2 tickets to comedy show; 2 tickets to a wine and canvas

Cielo Soaps
Prize: Gift arrangement

Open Door Boutique
Prize: Gift arrangement
Plus free in-store prizes every hour!

River’s Edge Pizza, Pub & Grille
Prize: $25 gift certificate

Great Lakes Eatery & Pub
Prize: Gift arrangement

Swan Creek Candles
Prize: Gift basket
Plus many in-store discounts

Tiffany’s Pizza
Prize: 2 $20 gift certificates

Re: Vive Boutique
15% off storewide

CK Antiques & Restoration
Prize: $15 Gift certificate
Plus many in-store discounts

Beef Jerky Unlimited
Prize: Jerky sampler set (3 ¼ lb bags)

St. Julian Winery
Free gift with qualifying purchase

Port Royal Cigars & Pipes
Prize: $20 gift certificate

Cella-Mar Studio of Hair
Prize: a Gift certificate for a shellac manicure

Rexine Newhouse Photography
Santa will be on site for you to get a free selfie/photo with him.

Kozy Korner Family Restaurant
Prize: $10 gift certificate

Old Mill Museum
Prize: Glass fairy ball

Beef Jerky Outlet
Prize: Gift basket

Dundee Auto Parts
Prize: Screwdriver set

Home Winery Supply
Prize: Winemaking book

Cool Beanz Coffee
Prize: Mug & tea set

Extra Space Storage
Prize: $20 gift card

Papa John’s Pizza
Prize: Gift arrangement

Our Facebook event page has all of the details.  And don’t forget to check our gift guide for some inspiration!

Bringing Main Street to Dundee!

Our organization, the Downtown Development Authority of Dundee, has been working toward applying to become a Michigan Main Street community for a while.  Your trusty downtown representatives (including Beth LaPensee, Denny Polito, Lyle Jaworski, Mima Kubiske, Ray Gammo, etc.) have been busy learning about the program and how to bring it here:

  • Training with Main Street staff in nearby communities that are already in the program (Howell and Wayne).
  • Attended online training about the program, historic preservation tactics, determining the main street district, and more.
  • Traveled to Milwaukee, WI to attend the National Main Street conference

Now, it is it time for us to buckle down and get serious about sharing what we have learned and what we want to do with all of you.  It is easy to say that we want to create a close-knit community that sees the heart of Dundee as their center of activity and commerce. But what does that really mean?  Dundee is filled with people who are committed to this place and have loved it forever.  And our downtown has seen a pretty significant revitalization in recent years.  We believe that the Main Street program will bring us the support, the structure, and the discipline to ensure that we continue to strengthen our downtown.  We want our small businesses to thrive.  We want our residents to come here first before going out of town. We want our children to have a safe and fun place to go. And we visitors to flock to us to see what we have created.

This is our downtown. The Main Street program will help us to make the most of it. And to ensure that it will continue to be the cute, charming, lovely place it is now, long into the future.

We want to tell you more about the program and what we need to do to get into it.  Please join us at one or both for the following sessions coming up in September:

September 12, 2016: 6:30 at the Village Office
Members of the Heart of Dundee team will give an introduction to the Main Street program and why we think it is right for our community.  This will be followed by a review of our progress so far and pairing volunteers with volunteer opportunities.
Let us know if you are interested or planning to join on our Facebook event page.

September 21, 2016: 7:00 at the Village Office
Michigan Main Street staff will be visiting our community to learn more about us. They will be giving a community presentation focused on how the program will benefit different groups in our community, for example, residents and business owners.
Let us know if you are interested or planning to join on our Facebook event page.

In the meantime, you can read more about the program and how you can help ensure that Dundee becomes the next Michigan Main Street community here: https://heartofdundee.org/mainstreet/

More Flowers!

There was such a great response to our last post about our flowers downtown that we thought we’d give you some more!  A huge thanks to Cheryl Murphy-Smith, volunteer, and resident, for taking and sharing these beautiful photos of our downtown… featuring our lovely flowers.

Flowers!

This is our 3rd year hanging flower baskets in the downtown area and they are looking great!  It has been a real partnership between the village and volunteers to get the flowers to be the spectacular show they are today.  Some are getting as big as 3 feet from top to bottom!

Flower basket as it appears this weekend.  I wonder how big it will get?!

Earlier in the season, the baskets were hung and were looking quite nice.  Unfortunately, we had an uncharacteristically hot and dry Memorial Day weekend and our weekday watering routine didn’t cut it.  We almost lost most of the baskets that weekend.  Thanks to some quick action by Denny Polito (DDA member and owner of Antiques, Collectibles and Upcycled Treasures, the shop below Swan Creek), the flowers were saved.  With a small budget from the DDA, he volunteered to get a portable watering system together and to water the flowers every Saturday and Sunday morning.  The DPW waters the flowers each day throughout the week.

We have been getting so many compliments about these flowers and hope you are enjoying them too!  People always want to know where we get them.  Here it is Koraleski Flower Center.

Flower basket when it was new – as a point of comparison.

We would love to expand our coverage of flower baskets – over the bridge, along the river, around the triangle, etc… But we’ll need help to do that.  We have learned that these flowers need water every day to make it through the long hot summer.  As we begin planning for next year’s flower purchases, we’ll be reaching out to our residents.  We would like to create a flower program for the downtown and get more volunteers involved in keeping our downtown colorful throughout the summer!

7/18 DDA Meeting

Business owners and community members hard at work at our downtown meeting earlier this week. On the agenda: farmers market progress, creating a team to plan and carry out the upcoming car show, our BEAUTIFUL flower baskets, new downtown Christmas decorations, and the next steps in bringing the Main Street program to Dundee. Busy meeting!!

Working hard at a recent downtown meeting.

Pictured (left to right):

  • Beth LaPensee (DDA chair, resident)
  • Marcella Osenbaugh-Valle (DDA member, business owner)
  • Lisa Haver Wain (business owner)
  • Jamie Crozier (DDA member, business employee)
  • Lyle Jaworski (DDA vice-chair, business owner)
  • Mima Kubiske (DDA secretary, business owner)
  • Mary Schultz (DDA member)
  • Denny Polity (DDA member, business owner)
  • Jessica Hubbell (farmers market manager, resident)

Not pictured but also present last night:

  • Nancy Pilbeam (farmers market vendor)
  • Ann Marie McCollough (resident)

And finally, usually present but absent that night:

  • Terry Potts (DDA member, resident)
  • Dave Uhl (DDA member, village manager)

Farmers Market Update

As I’m sure you are aware, we made some significant changes to the Dundee Farmer’s Market this year.  As with any major change, there will be a period of adjustment but we are really quite happy with how the new market is shaping up.

As a reminder, the farmers market is held every Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm right downtown in the triangle.

Here are some details:

  • We are averaging about 12 vendors per week.  One week we were up to 18 vendors!
  • Each week there are 200-300 shoppers.
  • More shoppers visit the business side than the bandstand side so be sure to check out both sides when you come!
  • 1:00-2:00 tends to be the busiest time.
  • We are seeing lots of families and people walking to the market
  • Many people come for the market and also visit downtown businesses or vice versa.

The biggest challenge for the market so far has been the weather!  Such a cool spring and dry summer meant that the veggies didn’t come in as early as usual.  But they are in now!

Market vendors and shoppers have enjoyed many different special events and activities, including donut day, pie baking competition, Hike it Baby demonstration, live musicians, and more.  Upcoming events include:

Be sure to stop by any Sunday to see what is going on.  There is always something new!

What is this Main Street thing?

We have mentioned being the associate level of the Main Street program before – but you might not know what exactly that means.  Here are some facts for you…

Main Street is:

  • Focused on historic preservation and economic vitality for small downtowns like ours
  • About residents, business owners, organizations, and the village all working together
  • A proven program that will teach us all the right things to have a strong and successful downtown
  • A 5-year program that we will be applying to this fall
  • Just what we need to bring us together to create the downtown we want

Several community members have been attending various Main Street training activities over the spring and summer to get us ready to for the application process that will begin in the fall.

You will be hearing a lot more about this and what it will mean for us going through the application process and beyond.  Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get involved!