Flint Downtown Development Authority

Flint Downtown Development Authority Official page for the Flint Downtown Development Authority. Meetings are open to the public.

The DDA Board of Directors meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:30am at the DDA Offices, 502 Church St., downtown Flint.

The built environment of downtown Flint was forever changed when a full block of buildings were demolished in 1983/84 to...
11/07/2023

The built environment of downtown Flint was forever changed when a full block of buildings were demolished in 1983/84 to create a parking lot. Fortunately for us, talented photographer Joan Plamondon was there creating a priceless record of the process. This photo is taken from the corner of First St. and S. Saginaw, looking north. Smith Bridgman department store is coming down, and the Milner Arcade with first floor tenant Hatfield Jewelers awaits its date with the wrecking ball. We will share more views from this series in the coming weeks on our page.

This Saturday is your chance to find out if Flint’s Got Talent at the Capitol Theatre! Show at 7pm, tickets are free.
11/03/2023

This Saturday is your chance to find out if Flint’s Got Talent at the Capitol Theatre! Show at 7pm, tickets are free.



The Flint’s Got Talent showcase returns to downtown Flint on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the FIM Capitol Theatre. Ten aspiring local acts will get a chance to perform in front of a live audience and compete for a grand prize of $1,000.

These days the first floor of the Dryden Building is home to 100K Ideas, a program supporting entrpreneurs and small bus...
10/30/2023

These days the first floor of the Dryden Building is home to 100K Ideas, a program supporting entrpreneurs and small businesses in the Flint area. For decades before that it held Heitzner's, which carried gifts, china, luggage, Flint Woolen Mills products, and much more. Also shown is Stuart's Jewelry, and upper floors advertise Nu-Vision Optical, Anderson Music Shop, John Burek Insurance, and attorneys Andrew Transue, E.P. Trobert, E.M. Tanner, R.C. French, Wm. E. Barrett, and W.G. Krapohl. Down 2nd St. to the east is the edge of the Capitol Theatre building, and south on Saginaw to the right is Ferris Furs.

How cool is this? We didn’t know Paul's Pipe Shop did their own to***co blends and did mail-order to anywhere. Stop into...
10/26/2023

How cool is this? We didn’t know Paul's Pipe Shop did their own to***co blends and did mail-order to anywhere. Stop into downtown’s oldest business next time you’re nearby!



Quick run through of the pipe to***co flavors available at Paul's Pipe Shop. Pipes and accessories can be purchased through the website paulspipeshop.com but...

Join the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance tomorrow for the Flint & Genesee Business Bridge Minority Business Contractin...
10/25/2023

Join the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance tomorrow for the Flint & Genesee Business Bridge Minority Business Contracting Expo!

Enjoy a day of networking, training, and speakers.
Connect with buyers from larger Genesee County organizations, other small business owners, and community resource partners.

For more info and to register, visit https:// member.flintandgenesee.org/events/details/business-bridge-minority-business-contracting-expo-18014

Please join the Flint Genesee Economic Alliance for the Business Bridge Minority Business Contracting Expo an inspiring and motivating event for minority-owned small businesses in Genesee County. Enjoy a day of networking, training, and speakers. Connect with buyers from larger Genesee County organi...

Congratulations to Flint’s own, Claressa Shields!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
10/23/2023

Congratulations to Flint’s own, Claressa Shields!
👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Shields received the award from the Women's Sports Foundation

There are so many fun and spooky Halloween activities going on! Don’t miss tonight’s Halloween Pub Crawl downtown for a ...
10/20/2023

There are so many fun and spooky Halloween activities going on! Don’t miss tonight’s Halloween Pub Crawl downtown for a chance to win a one-night stay at Hilton Garden Inn! 🎃

This time of year makes it hard to choose which activities are perfect for you, your friends, and your family to do to celebrate the onset of fall and spooky season. There is so much to do that the fear of missing out on something becomes as much an impediment as time, but the good news is that

Almost time for the Halloween pub crawl! A dozen downtown bars and restaurants will be providing cold drinks, hot food, ...
10/18/2023

Almost time for the Halloween pub crawl! A dozen downtown bars and restaurants will be providing cold drinks, hot food, and a costume contest with killer prizes!

We love these classic corner gas station photos! This shot from the mid-30s shows the White Star Refining Company at the...
10/16/2023

We love these classic corner gas station photos! This shot from the mid-30s shows the White Star Refining Company at the corner of Avon and Lewis St. White Star was a regional firm and they sold Mobil gas and oil. We believe this corner is now under I-475.

Happy 40th Anniversary to Buckham Gallery!
10/13/2023

Happy 40th Anniversary to Buckham Gallery!

Flint, MI — Downtown Flint's Buckham Gallery was founded in late 1983 by Flint-area artists seeking an exhibition and performance space that would propel

We are looking forward to riding in the trolley pub!
10/11/2023

We are looking forward to riding in the trolley pub!

Flint, MI — Sitting down with Denise Morgan, owner of newly-launched Morgan’s Trolley Pub, it’s clear she has the personality for a

The Sports Bar was located in Brush Alley between 1st and 2nd Streets. This photo from 1965 shows the classic sign in fr...
10/09/2023

The Sports Bar was located in Brush Alley between 1st and 2nd Streets. This photo from 1965 shows the classic sign in front, and neon letters proclaiming "Air Conditioned Cocktails Television." The house band was the Sherman Mitchell Trio, who performed every Friday and Saturday night.

Tire Buyback Event! 🛞🛞🛞Saturday, October 14, 20239am-1pm Environmental Rubber Recycling, 6615 N. Dort Hwy.Flint resident...
10/06/2023

Tire Buyback Event! 🛞🛞🛞
Saturday, October 14, 2023
9am-1pm
Environmental Rubber Recycling, 6615 N. Dort Hwy.
Flint residents will receive $1 per tire up to a maximum of 25 tires.
Participants must show proof of city of Flint residency.

Downtown in the News:
10/04/2023

Downtown in the News:



Contractors are busy at work renovating the former Citizens Bank building in downtown Flint into a new headquarters for Genesee County government offices.

Two iconic Flint businesses are pictured in this 1948 shot of Harrison St. where it used to end at the Flint River; Rett...
10/02/2023

Two iconic Flint businesses are pictured in this 1948 shot of Harrison St. where it used to end at the Flint River; Rettke's Flint Garden Center and Beecher, Peck & Lewis paper merchants. Peeking over the roof is a billboard for Krasner Co. jewelers. Across the river you can see the top of a neon Buick sign on the old downtown Buick.

We love old snapshots of downtown Flint, especially in color. This shot catches the Bill Lamb Record Shoppe, owned by Fl...
09/25/2023

We love old snapshots of downtown Flint, especially in color. This shot catches the Bill Lamb Record Shoppe, owned by Flint's most prominent DJ. That looks like a 1966 or 1967 Buick Electra so we're guessing the shot is from around then.

This is a two part post - first, a street closure, and second, a plug for a great public activity. MLK is closed north o...
09/21/2023

This is a two part post - first, a street closure, and second, a plug for a great public activity.

MLK is closed north of the river setting up for The Better Block Flint, but all for a good cause. Check out the flyers below for info on a Flint night concert, and a Saturday 11am-3pm event with live music and art, drop in fitness, local vendors, food, and more! Stop by these fun free events, and see how a single block can transform the city.

Magick in Motion Belly Dancers Vertical Ambition Dance Company La BelleWerk Queens' Provisions Autoworld Clothing Co. Slice of Flint Black Amor Brand and much more!

09/21/2023

Morgan Andrew Somers of Masphoto continues to amaze with his pictures of downtown Flint. Arches, weatherball, brick streets, full moon, and the whole vibe of a city just waking up - or maybe just turning in.

Official page for the Flint Downtown Development Authority.

09/20/2023
Happy 100th birthday TODAY to Flint's own Kewpee Hamburgers! While a few Kewpee locations remain (Lansing, Wisconsin, Oh...
09/18/2023

Happy 100th birthday TODAY to Flint's own Kewpee Hamburgers! While a few Kewpee locations remain (Lansing, Wisconsin, Ohio), the legacy is carried on mainly by Halo Burger. Stop by any location today for special deals. This photo was taken in the mid-20s of the original spot on Harrison St.; the Flint Journal building would be just to the left. If you would like to learn more, author Gary Flinn has published a new book, "Kewpee Hamburgers: A Mity Nice History."

09/15/2023

What downtown business that is no longer around do you miss the most?

120 years ago this week the future of Flint was changed forever. On September 10, 1903, a group led by James Whiting, on...
09/12/2023

120 years ago this week the future of Flint was changed forever. On September 10, 1903, a group led by James Whiting, one of the founders of Flint Wagon Works in 1882, bought the Buick Motor Car Company and moved its operations from Detroit to Flint, MI. Whiting became president, and David Buick remained as general manager. Not long after Billy Durant came on board, and the rest, as they say, was history. This 1903 photo depicts the very first Buick car.

One street closure for this weekend, one for next week:Downtowners are already finding the Flat Lot some streets closed ...
09/08/2023

One street closure for this weekend, one for next week:

Downtowners are already finding the Flat Lot some streets closed off for Bikes on the Bricks as they get ready for police skills competition tonight and the main event Saturday and Sunday. Leave yourself an extra few minutes to park tonight if you are coming down for the bikes or ArtWalk, but while you're here please walk around and enjoy everything happening outside!

Monday morning will see Saginaw St. closed off between 1st and 2nd Streets for the next phase of the brick replacement project. This will involve 2nd St. being closed between Buckham and Brush Alleys as well as staging areas for equipment and material storage. All businesses will be open and accessible during the project. We will update you on completion dates as things proceed.

Summer is ending with a bang in downtown Flint. ArtWalk, Comma-versary, live music, historic buildings, GoodStock, AND B...
09/08/2023

Summer is ending with a bang in downtown Flint. ArtWalk, Comma-versary, live music, historic buildings, GoodStock, AND Bikes on the Bricks? It is almost too much fun! Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be busy with things to do, see, eat, drink, and enjoy.

2nd week of September means Bikes on the Bricks week, the last signature event of the summer for downtown Flint. Today i...
09/07/2023

2nd week of September means Bikes on the Bricks week, the last signature event of the summer for downtown Flint. Today is set-up day, with the Flat Lot closed while they get things ready. Friday will see bikes rolling into town and parking on Saginaw St., and Saturday and Sunday streets will be closed for the event as shown below.

Heads up that 2nd St. is closed east of Saginaw for utility work. Brush Alley is still open between 1st and 2nd.
09/05/2023

Heads up that 2nd St. is closed east of Saginaw for utility work. Brush Alley is still open between 1st and 2nd.

Downtown in the News:
09/05/2023

Downtown in the News:

By Tom Travis About 11 years ago I moved into a 100-year old house in Flint. The decision was made to remove all the big, heavy radiators that were connected to the old boiler heating system. There…

Downtown Flint in the News:
08/30/2023

Downtown Flint in the News:

"It is a legacy endeavor to leave the place you call home better than you found it." Flintside spoke with Mark L. Miller about his new role as the Community Foundation's Interim President and CEO.

The original Hurley Hospital, shown soon after opening in 1908. Why Hurley this week? To help wish a happy birthday to f...
08/28/2023

The original Hurley Hospital, shown soon after opening in 1908. Why Hurley this week? To help wish a happy birthday to founder James J. Hurley, born on August 31st, 1849 in London!

He arrived in Grand Blanc in 1871, working in a livery stable for $10 month. From there he was in the hotel business, owned the Flint Soap Works, started a wood and coal yard, headed the Flint precursor to Consumers Energy, and was a director at the Union Trust Bank - located where the Mott Foundation Building is today. His impact might have been even greater but he died young in 1900, just 43 years old. His legacy was secured however by his donation of $55,000 and the land at the highest point in the city to build the hospital that bears his name.

The marquee race is tomorrow, but set-up for the Crim begins this morning all over downtown Flint. There are four ways t...
08/25/2023

The marquee race is tomorrow, but set-up for the Crim begins this morning all over downtown Flint. There are four ways that traffic and parking are disrupted:



1 – The Saginaw St. corridor from Water Street to Court St. is closed to parking beginning at 9am.

2 – Sections of Saginaw, Kearsley and 1St St. are closed for equipment set-up at 9am.

3 – Starting at 5pm Saginaw St. will be closed from the Flint River to Court St., as well as the east/west cross streets.

4 – Saturday will see many streets from downtown and the neighborhoods to the west closed for the duration of the 10 mile race.



Getting around can be frustrating, so please avoid the area unless you are looking to enjoy the energy and excitement of race weekend. If you do need to come down leave some extra time as you might need to find a parking spot a block or two further out than you are used to. Good luck to all the walkers and runners on Saturday!

FIM planning End of Summer JamSwon Brothers with special guestsBilly Gunther & The Midwest Riders and ShiatownThursday, ...
08/24/2023

FIM planning End of Summer Jam

Swon Brothers with special guests
Billy Gunther & The Midwest Riders and Shiatown

Thursday, September 7• 6:00 pm - Free Event
Downtown Flint, E. 2nd St., between Saginaw and Brush Alley

Click here for details: https://fb.me/e/Vb2zl41U

Downtown In The News: Hagerman Sells Last Downtown Building
08/23/2023

Downtown In The News: Hagerman Sells Last Downtown Building

Phil Hagerman has sold the Dryden Building in downtown Flint to a Florida real estate investment company nearly a decade after purchasing the five-story landmark and giving it a new lease on life.

 from the City of FlintAs a precaution, the City of Flint is issuing a citywide boil filtered water advisory due to a la...
07/09/2023

from the City of Flint

As a precaution, the City of Flint is issuing a citywide boil filtered water advisory due to a large water main break. Residents and businesses are advised to boil filtered water for drinking and cooking until further notice.

Locations throughout the city may experience low water pressure. The City of Flint Water Department is making repairs at several locations.

So many good things happening downtown in July!
07/09/2023

So many good things happening downtown in July!

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Thank you Flint Downtown Development Authority, I appreciate you guys!! Do not appreciate the stack of parking tickets I have in my office tho 😂
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We would like to thank each and every business, community member, and family that made Small Business Saturday a huge success. We look forward to next year!

Flint United
Bella's Concessions & Catering
The Roman
Sista Girl Greeting Cards
Rare Genetics
Paints, Chalices & Hues
Leni Kei Photography
Hoffman's DECO DELI & CAFE
Drinks of Essence
501 Bar&Grill
Shift Flint
Buckham Gallery
Reclaimed by Whaley
Flint Trading Co.
Comma Bookstore & Social Hub
Tees' Plentiful Salads
Mateen Madness Training
Kids Like Mine
BAU - HŌUSE
Bedrock Apparel
Churchill's Food & Spirits
The Local Grocer
Mi Coffee Co.
Gavin Geoffrey
The sound of hooves clopping and bells jingling could be heard on the bricks of Saginaw Street Saturday evening, marking the start of Flint’s winter wonderland-themed Small Business Saturday.

https://flintbeat.com/flints-holiday-spirit-shines-during-winter-wonderland-event-downtown/

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🖊 & 📸: Fernandes
Check out this beautiful shot of the Christmas arches! Shout out to Flint Downtown Development Authority for getting downtown in the holiday spirit! 📸: Paul Counelis
Small Business SATURDAY!!!

It’s back ⬇️⬇️

Salted Caramel Boozey Hot Chocolate! 🍫🥃
✨Foggy Mountain Salted Caramel Whiskey
✨Hot Chocolate
✨Whipped Cream

We have GIFT CARDS!! 🎁🎄🎅🏼

Stop in and pick one up for that special person on your holiday shopping list!
*Market Tap is located upstairs at the Flint Farmers' Market 🎉

DOWTOWN FLINT TREE LIGHTING
Happening at 7:00pm Saturday! 🎄

Stop by and see Santa for your family photo’s @ The Capital Theatre 4pm - 6:30pm.

Free Carriage Rides 4pm-6:30pm

You don’t want to miss it!
Flint Downtown Development Authority

Truly blessed thank you Flint Downtown Development Authority
Flint Enough
Check out these upcoming events in Michigan.

Holiday Bazaar 2022
Nov 27 10AM-6PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/691552402312390

Small Business Saturday
Nov26 3PM-7PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/898910321082665

The Polar Express 3D at Henry Ford
Nov25 1PM-3PM (Check event for additional times)
https://www.facebook.com/events/645644010370679/645644030370677



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Don’t be alarmed if you see hay-stuffed figures, clad in sparkly hats and local businesses’ t-shirts, tending the doors of businesses down University Avenue—unless you’re a crow, that is.

Local residents, the Flint Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Kettering students together are ringing in the fall with the 3rd annual Scarecrow Convention, steadily expanding the tradition that began in the Glendale Hills neighborhood to more parts of Flint, Mich.

https://flintbeat.com/flints-annual-scarecrow-convention-continues-to-grow/

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Just a friendly reminder that Pure Pro Wrestling is returning to Iceland Arenas in Flint on Saturday, September 17! Family friendly fun at an affordable price!

https://fb.me/e/1QLi8fGqr
Join Crim and Flint Downtown Development Authority for Mindfulness Yoga on Wednesdays! Every Wednesday at 6pm until August 31 visit Riverbank Park for some yoga with our community yoga instructors! Register for a summer full of yoga!
Whether it was for the food, a fashion show or a concert, residents came to Downtown Flint, Mich. in droves on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 to celebrate 810 Day, a holiday originating from Flint’s area code, 810.

Check out more photos and vides on our website: https://flintbeat.com/flint-celebrates-810-day/

Flint Downtown Development Authority Chef Nate Brown La BelleWerk Sprout Worldwide 98.9 The Beat Figga Da KID Drinks of Essence Tees' Plentiful Salads
Major shoutout to Nathaniel B. Brown on launching the Inaugural Street Food Cypher in Downtown Flint today! Grateful to have a downtown that keeps the door open for visionaries to thrive, regardless of barriers. And, it’s amazing to see entrepreneurial minds attack and execute their vision, head on.


Flint Downtown Development Authority
The Flint Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will host Flint Flat Lot Day Fest this Sunday, August 14, 2:00-6:00 p.m. There will be food trucks, live music, and family activities. For more information, contact the DDA.