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We love these weather ball tees from Flint City T-Shirts! Stop in this week and check out their new designs. ❤️💙💛
02/05/2023

We love these weather ball tees from Flint City T-Shirts! Stop in this week and check out their new designs. ❤️💙💛

“Some of the most important artists from the mid-20th century to today will now be on display at the Flint Institute of ...
02/04/2023
The FIA dedicates a new gallery to African American and African Diaspora artists

“Some of the most important artists from the mid-20th century to today will now be on display at the Flint Institute of Arts. The museum announced its new gallery space, dedicated to artworks by African American and African Diaspora artists. The figurative and abstract art collection features over 320 pieces, ranging from paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works from the museum's permanent collection.”

The FIA announces its new gallery space, dedicated to artworks by African American and African Diaspora artists.

Congrats to Blueline Donuts on their ribbon cutting and grand opening!
02/03/2023

Congrats to Blueline Donuts on their ribbon cutting and grand opening!

This photo is likely from 1911, taken from Flint's first 'skyscraper,' the nine story Flint P. Smith Building (later kno...
01/31/2023

This photo is likely from 1911, taken from Flint's first 'skyscraper,' the nine story Flint P. Smith Building (later known as the Sill Building). It shows the Grand Trunk Railroad depot, and across the river the Randall Lumber Company. To the right you can see the original Hamilton Dam partially obscured by trees. The depot area is now part of the UM-Flint campus.

Enjoy the Flint Institute of Arts for FREE on Saturdays, courtesy of Huntington National Bank! Huntington Free Saturdays...
01/30/2023
Huntington Bank continues support of free Saturdays at the FIA in 2023

Enjoy the Flint Institute of Arts for FREE on Saturdays, courtesy of Huntington National Bank!

Huntington Free Saturdays allows all visitors regardless of where they are from to enjoy temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection galleries free of charge every Saturday in 2023.

Huntington Bank has it will continue its sponsorship of Free Saturdays at the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) through 2023.

Attention all community groups!
01/29/2023

Attention all community groups!

Clean & Green applications are now available! Apply today! Applications are due by 3:30 PM on Friday, February 24th, 2023.

Paper copies of the application are located in the Land Bank lobby. To apply online or learn more about the Clean & Green program visit https://www.thelandbank.org/clean_green_prog.asp

Some more good news for the YMCA of Greater Flint! 🙌
01/28/2023
Anonymous donor pledges $1 million for new Flint YMCA

Some more good news for the YMCA of Greater Flint! 🙌

An anonymous donor is pleading $1 million toward the new YMCA at Third and Harrison streets. The YMCA portion of the Harrison Street Commons project is estimated to cost $21

Our deep appreciation to the amazing DDA crew members who help keep the Flat Lot, sidewalks and crosswalks downtown clea...
01/27/2023

Our deep appreciation to the amazing DDA crew members who help keep the Flat Lot, sidewalks and crosswalks downtown clear of snow and ice! Depending on the amount of snowfall they start their days as early as 3am. Thanks guys!

What’s for lunch today? Warm up with a delicious smothered potato from Spectacular Spudz before they move from the Flint...
01/26/2023

What’s for lunch today? Warm up with a delicious smothered potato from Spectacular Spudz before they move from the Flint Farmers' Market to their new location at 131 W. Second St, right across from Comma Bookstore & Social Hub!

Valentine’s Day is a great time to check out downtown Flint, but things fill up fast so make your reservations soon! Bla...
01/25/2023
Live Laugh Love Valentine's Event | Blackstone's Smokehouse | Barbecue Restaurant in Flint, MI

Valentine’s Day is a great time to check out downtown Flint, but things fill up fast so make your reservations soon! Blackstones Smokehouse is going to be jumping, with the incomparable Feimstro. Black Rose Band providing the entertainment.

We have some of the best BBQ and eats in the state of Michigan. The ambiance is warm and comfortable. A great venue space for live music and other entertainment.

Herlich Rexall Drugs occupied a beautiful building at the southwest corner of Harrison and 1st St., across the street fr...
01/24/2023

Herlich Rexall Drugs occupied a beautiful building at the southwest corner of Harrison and 1st St., across the street from the Flint Journal and next to the Garden Theatre. Interestingly the Garden's marquee says "ENJOY THE BEST - ATTEND THE MOVIES FIRST RUN AT THE CAPITOL & PALACE." All three had the same management at the time, and the Palace was cheaper, showing movies that were a few months old. Both of these buildings were later demolished to make room for Genesee Towers, and the area is now the green space Brush Park.

We love having Blueline Donuts at Carriage Town Ministries downtown!
01/23/2023
Carriage Town Bakery offers Flint's homeless a fresh start

We love having Blueline Donuts at Carriage Town Ministries downtown!

It’s about so much more than doughnuts. “Carriage Town Ministries didn’t save my life, but it did give me life,” said Bruce Sowles, who was homeless before the Flint shelter took him in and helped

Have you been by the expanded Flint Public Library yet? What do you think of it?
01/20/2023
Your New Flint Public Library A Wonderful Place for the People - My City Magazine

Have you been by the expanded Flint Public Library yet? What do you think of it?

Kay Schwartz, Director of the Flint Public Library (FPL), remembers February 29, 2020 like it was yesterday. “That was the last day the old FPL was open to the public. It was two weeks before the start of the pandemic and we served nearly 2,000 people that day,” she shares. The next day, the FPL...

Hubbard's Hardware outgrew their Saginaw St. space and the only place to expand was across Brush Alley to a warehouse on...
01/18/2023

Hubbard's Hardware outgrew their Saginaw St. space and the only place to expand was across Brush Alley to a warehouse on Harrison. To facilitate moving products in all weather, and without blocking traffic, they built a 2nd floor walkway between the two buildings. This photo was taken in the 1970s, looking north from the intersection of Brush Alley and Kearsley St. These buildings were later demolished to make way for the Waterstreet Pavilion project.

My City Magazine’s epic 11-part series The Mayors of Flint has concluded. This is the link to the very first article, wh...
01/17/2023
The Mayors of Flint Part 1: Opening the Office - My City Magazine

My City Magazine’s epic 11-part series The Mayors of Flint has concluded. This is the link to the very first article, which kicks off with Flint’s first mayor, Grant Decker. These stories are a must read for anyone interested in Flint history!

After the establishment of the Michigan School for the Deaf, the building of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, and 44 years after Jacob Smith built his trading post at the Grand Traverse of the Flint River, the growing village of Flint became a city. After reaching a population of 2,000 in 1855, Flin...

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County will focus its discussion and theme around "Navigating New Norms," ...
01/15/2023
DeAndra Larkin to keynote Big Brothers Big Sisters MLK breakfast in Flint

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County will focus its discussion and theme around "Navigating New Norms," encouraging the community to attend on Monday, Jan. 16 at the Flint Farmers' Market. Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m.

Larkin, a lifelong Flint-area resident, has served in leadership roles across the community for years and currently is the Mott Community College chief of staff.

Happy 100th to The Northbank Center! 🎉“The 12-story building on the north bank of the Flint River was constructed during...
01/13/2023
Northbank Center high rise in downtown Flint marks 100 years

Happy 100th to The Northbank Center! 🎉

“The 12-story building on the north bank of the Flint River was constructed during the bustling 1920s as home to Industrial Savings Bank, which was experiencing rapid growth as Flint's economy boomed.”

The 12-story building on the north bank of the Flint River was constructed during the bustling 1920s as home to Industrial Savings Bank, which was experiencing rapid growth as Flint's

* Quick bump - see you at 2pm!Just a quick reminder that our strategic plan sessions start tomorrow. We hope you can joi...
01/11/2023

* Quick bump - see you at 2pm!

Just a quick reminder that our strategic plan sessions start tomorrow. We hope you can join us!

Plans are starting to be made for Saginaw Street’s historic bricks to be restored in the spring. This article does a nic...
01/11/2023
The Road Home A Brief History of Saginaw Street - My City Magazine

Plans are starting to be made for Saginaw Street’s historic bricks to be restored in the spring. This article does a nice job of sharing some history of one of the longest-used pathways in the country!

Before the cars, the bricks and the buildings, the roads and highways, and before the United States were established, a small footpath led the way from the lands of the Ottawa in the south (Detroit) to the lands of the Chippewa (Saginaw) in the north. Native Americans strode this path for centuries,...

This is a Jenna Bankston Photography appreciation post! Jenna lives and works downtown, and she has a real gift for catc...
01/10/2023

This is a Jenna Bankston Photography appreciation post! Jenna lives and works downtown, and she has a real gift for catching the stark beauty of the city before it wakes up or after it goes to bed. The downtown seen by janitors and bus drivers, security guards and bar staff. Give her page a follow to see more killer photos of Flint.

UPDATE: Power has been restored downtown. Please be aware the traffic signal at 1st St. and S. Saginaw is still out - th...
01/10/2023

UPDATE: Power has been restored downtown. Please be aware the traffic signal at 1st St. and S. Saginaw is still out - there are signs there making it a four-way stop. Other traffic lights are now blinking red four-way stops until the city can reset them.

Much of downtown south of the river has lost power, including along Saginaw St. from 2nd St. down to City Hall and over to I-475. Please use caution at all intersections. We will update you as soon as we learn more about the cause and estimated time for power to be restored.

This mid-1920s shot is of Saginaw St. looking south from Kearsley St. The buildings on the left are where the Flat Lot i...
01/10/2023

This mid-1920s shot is of Saginaw St. looking south from Kearsley St. The buildings on the left are where the Flat Lot is now - note the chop suey house in the middle of the block. In the 20s Flint had more chop suey places than coney island joints! On the right you can see the Edison store selling records and phonographs, and just past that the Economy Shoe Store. That building is now Cafe Rhema, and the restored shoe sign is at Sloan Museum.

Here is a throwback to January, 2015, when Vehicle City Tacos started livening up the Flat Lot at night! While the truck...
01/09/2023

Here is a throwback to January, 2015, when Vehicle City Tacos started livening up the Flat Lot at night! While the truck is now a permanent feature at Tenacity Brewing, shout out to Danny, Tim, Jayson and the rest of the crew who braved cold and rain to feed us, and help kick off food truck culture in Flint.

What’re your lunch plans today? Blackstones Smokehouse
01/07/2023

What’re your lunch plans today?

Blackstones Smokehouse

👉FREE Blackstone's Smokehouse!👈 Join our FREE Messenger Smokehouse Social Club today and we'll send you a great offer, like a FREE Appetizer*, and many more! Click the link below to enroll and start saving today! 👇
https://m.me/blackstones.smokehouse?ref=join

Please note: You can only join the program once.
*with entrée purchase, excluding wings.

01/05/2023
There are many fine photographers documenting our amazing downtown, but this is a Masphoto appreciation post! Morgan is ...
01/04/2023

There are many fine photographers documenting our amazing downtown, but this is a Masphoto appreciation post! Morgan is out at all hours in all weathers capturing the beauty of Flint. Give his page a like to see many more shots, and hit the link to his store - many of these are available to purchase and make great office or home decor.

If your New Year’s resolution is to practice relaxation, be sure to check out these free online yoga classes from the Cr...
01/04/2023

If your New Year’s resolution is to practice relaxation, be sure to check out these free online yoga classes from the Crim Fitness Foundation and Mindful Flint! 🧘‍♀️

Join us for free, adult yoga classes every week at the beginning of next year! All are welcome to come and practice relaxation and cultivate wellness for your mind and body. Visit https://loom.ly/pTYO8Sw to learn about all of the weekly yoga classes we have to offer in 2023!

01/03/2023
July 8, 2023, save the date! One of downtown’s favorite events, FOTA Friends of The Alley, returns.
01/02/2023

July 8, 2023, save the date! One of downtown’s favorite events, FOTA Friends of The Alley, returns.

01/01/2023
What’re your lunch plans today? 🍻Soggy Bottom Bar
12/31/2022

What’re your lunch plans today? 🍻

Soggy Bottom Bar

Might have a real winner of a special this NYE weekend! Cajun Fried Pork Loin Sandwich! This thing is delicious! Tenderized Fried Pork Loin with a Cajun Honey Butter, Remoulade, Dill Pickle, Muenster Cheese.

Did you have relatives at the Flint Sit-Down Strike?
12/30/2022
86 years ago today, Flint autoworkers started the Flint Sit-Down Strike

Did you have relatives at the Flint Sit-Down Strike?

Flint autoworkers seized control of the General Motors body plant where they worked 86 years ago today, starting the Flint Sit-Down Strike that ended only after the company recognized the United Auto Workers as their bargaining representative.

Joel Rash shared these classic Flint signs, photos taken twelve years ago. We see four from downtown, how many do you re...
12/27/2022

Joel Rash shared these classic Flint signs, photos taken twelve years ago. We see four from downtown, how many do you recognize?

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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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Mark your calendars!

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We want to hear from you! Please take a moment to participate in a quick survey to help make improvements for Downtown Flint. Flint Downtown Development Authority

Three lucky survey entries will also win a $50 gift card! Click the link to participate ✔️

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DowntownFlintDDA
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!

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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.
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