At the Howell MainStreet Applause Awards Tuesday, April 25th, 2FOG's Pub received an awards for Building Interior Improvement. They received this award for the expansion they did, which added an additional dining space and a full kitchen. This has allowed them to seat an additional 60 people and move to a full, creatively delicious menu. The award was received from the Howell MainStreet DDA at their annual Applause Awards, which recognizes volunteers and local businesses that have gone above and beyond.
Beer lovers can still find a bit of For the Love of Howell, a special brew concocted by Eternity Brewing to support the efforts of the Howell Main Street DDA.
The project got its roots last year, when brewery founders and owners Dayna and Mike Tran met with the DDA to brainstorm collaborative efforts.
“We saw an opportunity to work with them and with other businesses,” said Dayna Tran, noting the brew debuted in mid-March. “We wanted to do something simple, so we decided to brew a beer just for Howell, something...to help support all the events and the cool things they do.”
The American Pale Ale is described as a slightly fruity, light-bodied session ale with light caramel notes.
“We purposely picked a beer style we knew a lot of people like,” Tran said, noting ahtanum, centennial and citra hops give the brew a fruity character. “We knew the hops we used would be fun for people to taste.”
And she was right. Eternity Brewing, Cleary’s Pub and 2FogsPub are already sold out, but those who want to try it can head over to Main Street Winery or Diamonds Steak & Seafood, and $1 from each beer sold benefits Howell Main Street, Inc.’s community-led, non-profit organization, which supports efforts to create a vibrant, strong and economically viable downtown.
“This a very unique way of supporting the efforts of Howell Main Street, Inc.,” said Cathleen Edgerly, COO. “Eternity Brewing has been a good partner to our community, and by joining forces with these other quality establishments, we can spread the Howell love even further.”
At 2Fogs Pub, owner Joe Parker said he went through two kegs quickly.
"It's very crisp, and it's a good time of the year for something crisp," Parker said.
Inspired by the idea, Parker said beginning Monday he's starting a program of his own: The Main Street Martini. From each drink sold, he said, he'll donate $1 to the Howell Main Street DDA.
Contact reporter Laura Colvin at 517-552-2848 or email@example.com.
Supporters of downtown Howell are raising their glasses with a new, unique-to-Howell brew by Eternity Brewing called “For the Love of Howell.”
The brew debuted at a special VIP event at 2Fogs Pub in Howell and will be on tap throughout the downtown beginning in April, including Cleary’s Pub and Howell Main Street Winery. For each beer sold, $1 goes to benefit Howell Main Street’s community-led, nonprofit organization, whose mission is to support a vibrant, strong and economically viable downtown, and promoting it as the heart and hub of the community.
“This is a unique way of supporting the efforts of Howell Main Street,” said Cathleen Edgerly, the organization’s COO. “Eternity Brewing has been a good partner to our community, and by joining forces with these other quality establishments, we an spread the Howell love even farther.”
Cleary University Launch Preview for
Vehicle To A Better Future
February 16, 2017 from 6 – 9 p.m.
The Lingenfelter Collection
7819 Lochlin Drive, Brighton, MI 48116
Take a strolling tour of nearly 200 unique cars. This preview celebration of our annual Vehicle to a Better Future event thanks our supporters and connects the business community to the event. All proceeds support the Lingenfelter Collection and Cleary University student initiatives.
Tickets $20 each
To purchase, visit CLEARY.EDU/vehicle
Light refreshments will be served
C & B Machinery will be in attendance and we urge our customers, suppliers and friends to attend as well!
Fantasy of Lights Parade Grand Marshals Joe and Becky Parker have a heart for Howell
Business owners and Howell investors Joe and Becky Parker are the 2016 Grand Marshals of the Fantasy of Lights Parade. The Fantasy of Lights is Friday, Nov. 25 in downtown Howell.
The Grand Marshals are selected based on their contributions to the city. The Parkers own the Heart of Howell and Frontal Lobe in downtown Howell, and are know for their generous charitable contributions to an array of organizations. With the Heart of Howell, the Parkers have made a substantial investment in downtown. Joe Parker’s vision’s resulted in a multi-million dollar project that took three under-used-but-historic buildings, and combined them into one magnificent, multi-use facility.
The idea for the investment started with the purchase of one building, but quickly escalated to three. Tenants include Your Peace of Mind on the top floor, SoulShine Yoga and the Loft on the second floor, Silverstone Jewelers and Encore 118 on the street level, and 2FOG’s Pub, owned by the Parkers and currently being expanded in the lower level. The Heart of Howell was recognized with an Architectural Investment Award at the 2015 Howell Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.
The Frontal Lobe, located next to the Dairy Queen is the first coworking facility in the county and was also developed by the Parkers.
“The Parkers are such an asset to the chamber and the entire community,” said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. “Their family, including their two daughters and grandchildren are rooted and committed to this community and downtown Howell.”
The Parkers moved to Howell in 1989 and have raised their two daughters, Courtney and Brooke, here. Joe Parker found himself investing in business and real estate in and around Howell, but it was when his daughters convinced him to invest in downtown that the Parkers truly devoted themselves to the city’s growth.
With Becky Parker’s absolute love of winter, the Fantasy of Lights Parade is one of her favorite holiday traditions. The Parkers are honored and thrilled to be the 2016 Grand Marshals, but are most excited to have their five grandchildren on the Grand Marshal float with them for the parade.
“They are going to absolutely love being in the parade,” said Joe Parker about his grandchildren. “Becky and I are so honored to be named the 2016 Grand Marshals.”
The 33rd annual Fantasy of Lights is hosted by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Activities begin at 4 p.m., followed by the Fantasy 5K at 6 and the start of the parade at 7. Major sponsor of the Fantasy of Lights is Cobb-Hall Insurance. Supporting sponsors are Citizens Insurance and Blue Care Network of Michigan. Champion Automotive Group is the Fantasy 5K Platinum Sponsor. Other sponsors include LOC Federal Credit Union, Christmas Alley; and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital, Santa and Reindeer.
For more information about the Fantasy of Lights, visit howell.org or howellfantasy5K.com
Howell Area Chamber of Commerce
Livingston County has spoken! Thank you for making 2FOG's Pub the #1 Bar in Howell!
Here are the winners from the Livingston Daily website:
Best happy hour Howell
1. Cleary’s Pub
2. 2FOG’s Pub
3. Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill
Best bar Howell
1. (Tie) 2FOG’s Pub and Cleary’s Pub
2. Block Brewing Company
3. Eternity Brewing
There’s no secret knock or password required, and there’s no bouncer standing at the door.
118A GRAND RIVER AVE., HOWELL, MI 48843 | 517-518-8056 | WWW.FOGSPUB.COM
There’s no secret knock or password required, and there’s no bouncer standing at the door. There are no elaborate mechanisms that quickly turn the bar into a “living room” or an “art gallery” — but 2FOG’s Pub has that speakeasy feel. It’s literally underground, in the basement of three 1870’s era buildings, whose original brick and stone walls will take you back. Owner Joe Parker has successfully achieved his vision of a unique gathering spot in opening this establishment. Creative and innovative, 2FOG’s Pub embodies sophistication, with upscale sipping spirits, classic cocktails, small plates, and music from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s always gently playing in the background. 2FOG’s Pub offers an upscale yet comfortable ambience in Livingston County, and guests will feel like family as soon as they enter the space. When you walk through the alley and descend down into the basement, you may hear Dean Martin singing. And then — then, you will feel the magic of 2FOG’s Pub!
Reprinted from the Livingston Daily website!
Downtown Howell is a beautiful place, no doubt about it. And it's catching the attention of travelers nationwide.
The county seat continued to surge today in a USA Today national main street contest, just ahead of Ann Arbor.
Howell has been nominated for USA Today's "10 Best" list for favorite main street. Howell appears along with other cities like Alexandria, Virginia; Saratoga Springs, New York; and Charleston, South Carolina, just to name a few.
"Grand River Avenue, the main street in Howell and a finalist for the 2016 Great American Main Street Award, is home to numerous 100-year-old buildings that now house more than 40 unique shops and local eateries," the voting website says. "This street is where you'll find the Howell Opera House, as well as the popular 2FOGS Pub."
Howell was in eighth place Tuesday and moved up a spot today. Staunton, Virginia, holds the top spot today, followed by McMinnville, Oregon; and Ogden, Utah. Howell is also ahead of Galena, Illinois, and Georgetown, Texas.
2FOGS Pub owner Joe Parker today said the Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority and Howell Area Chamber of Commerce, along with his pub and Howell's MainStreet Winery, Brewery & Pizzeria should receive some of the credit for making the downtown a great place.
"Howell, to me, has been just sleeping a little bit, and it's waking up," Parker said. "With the influx of people moving out here, I just think they're finding just a great way of life.
"It's helping and almost forcing downtown Howell to wake up and grow," he added. "There's so much going on here. It's a wonderful place."
According to the best main street contest site, more than 40 main streets were discussed and were pared down to 20.
You have until noon June 20 to cast your vote for favorite main street, and possibly move Howell to the top. You can vote once per day.
Click here to vote or visit www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-main-street/howell-mich/.
USA Today contributed to this report. Contact Livingston Daily business reporter Noe Hernandez at 517-552-2854 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @sayyesnoe.
2FOG's Pub in Howell, MI is the best pub in Livingston County! Watch our new video to get an in depth look at our bar and all that it has to offer!
ok, ok, ok...I will make a comment: I have been run over by comments and questions about how I feel about the new "Pig" in town!
To be honest, I agree with a lot of the comments that have been posted on the Livingston Daily Facebook Page on this story. I am also humbled by the positive comments for 2FOG's Pub. Thank you all so much!
We all know that Adam and his "group" have the right to do whatever, wherever. My plan is to continue to be creative in what we do. We are proud of Heart of Howell and very proud of 2FOG's Pub. In the last year, we have introduced many new things to Howell, creating many firsts for us and the community, and our plan is to continue to do so.
Our Family is very supportive of our hometown and we appreciate the support we already have and know we will continue to get from the citizens of Howell and the surrounding communities.
Howell, like any city, needs variety and diversification. Without that there is no real growth and definitely no sustainable growth.
I hope the best for any and all businesses that come to, or are already in Howell, especially ones unique in their own way!
Now that I have said that, let's continue to move forward to more interesting things and talk about our upcoming EXPANSION, EVENTS and DRINKS!!!!
March 10th, 2016 at 6pm... Join us in our celebration of 2FOG's first year anniversary and receive one dollar off all items as our thank you, to you! We wouldn't be here without you.
We also invite you to "star" in the filming of a short video we are making for advertising. **All patrons visitng 2FOG's during the business hours of the 10th must agree to sign a waiver.**
We want to congratulate Joe Parker the owner and visionary behind the Heart of Howell and 2FOG's Pub projects for his recent appointment to the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors! The original press release can be found HERE on the Howell Chamber of Commerce website.
Sandie Cortez of First Impression Print & Marketing, was named the chamber’s 2016 Chairman of the Board at the chamber’s Annual Meeting, immediately preceding the Annual Dinner.
Cortez takes over the reins of the chamber from Ron Long of First National Bank, who becomes past chair. Other members of the chamber’s Executive Board are Glynis McBain of Your Peace of Mind, vice chair; Trevor Brooks, The UPS Store and Laurex Realty, treasurer; and Jeff Rey of Express Employment, secretary.
The rest of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Board was announced: Renee Chodkowski, The Great Foodini; Lynn Elberson of Howell Western Wear; Brynt Ellis of Saint Joseph Mercy Livingston; Jodi Hoag of the Tanger Outlet Center; Candy Jones-Guerin of WebWorld Advantage; Michael Jonna of Jonna’s Market; Devanir Moraes of Chem-Trend Limited Partnership; Joe Parker of Heart of Howell and 2FOGs Pub; Jesse Parsley of Edward Jones; and Prasad Puttagunta of Asahi Kasei Plastics North America.
Board members Jessica Brooks of Crystal Gardens – Livingston, and The Dress Shop; Candye Hinton of the Hinton Real Estate Group; Steve LaCommare of the Kizer Law Firm; and Debra VanHevele of Comerica Bank are leaving the board and were recognized for their service.
Bob Dymond of R&D Screw Products and Don Cortez of First Impression Print & Marketing were recognized for serving on the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation board.
It has been brought to my attention. That one of 2FOG's Pub's employees recently visited Mr "B"'s for dinner. After his visit he posted his feelings about his meal. I don't know if his post was in fact what he experienced at Mr. "B"'s. I cannot control the personal life or actions of an employee. Our GM spoke with this individual and he removed his post prior to me even knowing about it.
Howell is a town that does not need this type of drama. Actually no place needs this stuff. I will not support negative attitudes or actions by my employees as it pertains to those working in the same industry. Nor will these kind of comments or actions be tied to 2FOG's and it's ownership. My Family is above this. We work to share a positive view and actions to grow Howell as a whole.
I have personally sent an apology to Mr. Merkel. I wish him, his family and investors success.
- Joe Parker
My grandkids are calling me and spending some time with my "other" family is alway a high priority on my list! So we will be closing 2FOG's Pub for Sunday 9/6 and Monday 9/7 to celebrate Labor Day. We not only want to spend time with our friends and family, but also want to give this time to our employees as well to refresh and relax. We thank you all for your understanding and appreciate the continued support by The City of Howell, The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce, the DDA and our wonderful Howell Community. WIshing you a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend!
2FOG's Pub in Howell, MI is looking to expand our growing team! We are looking for good, reliable and talented people to make our pub the best in town. We have high expectations and high standards to ensure that we are all successful in this endeavor!
We have open positions as follows:
- Mixologists / Bartenders
Please send your resumes by email to email@example.com or give us a call at 517.518.8056!
For the entire month of August 2FOG's Pub has a special growler offer! We will be offering a FREE 2FOG's Pub Glass Growler with your purchase of 64 ounces of any of our Michigan craft beer on tap. This is a limited time offer for the month of August so be sure to get yours before these are all gone. You can then use these for many years to come to fill up with your favorite Michigan tap beer that we will continually rotate for your enjoyment. We hope to see you all very soon!
Please ask your server for all the details on your next visit!
2FOG's Pub will be showcased on FOX 2 Detroit's Morning Show next Wednesday August 5th, 2015 in the 9 o'clock hour. Chef Jamie Crozier accompanied by owner Joe Parker will showcase a signature 2FOG's Pub dish. This is a great warmup leading up to the following night's Iron Chef Event!
Watch the video below!
When it comes to whiskey, Joe Parker knows a thing or two. He has spent countless nights committed to drinking- I mean studying what makes a good whiskey. Now his hard work and dedication to the craft is finally being recognized. Joe recently traveled to Ireland to further his knowledge and "love" for good Irish Whiskeys. On May 6, 2015 Joe Parker became a certified Jameson Whiskey Taster, proving his palate is just as refined as the whiskey.
Joe's only direct quote pertaining to the certification was.........
" I did this for my customers, not for myself! A cross I must bear."