Early Hours for Food Truck Rally

2FOG's Pub will be opening at noon on the following Downtown Howell Food Truck Rally days!

  • Saturday, May 19th from 12 PM (noon) - 12 AM (midnight)
  • Saturday, September 29th from 12 PM (noon) - 12 AM (midnight)

We thought this would be a great opportunity for guests attending the Howell Food Truck Rally to stop in and see what we have to offer. Enjoy this year's Howell Food Truck Rally and then stop in for a drink on our patio!

Main Street in Howell named Great American Main Street

We would like to congratulate the entire town of Howell, Michigan for winning this prestigious award! This shows the hard work by the 2FOG's Pub team and many other local businesses and organizations that make this town a great place to eat, work and play in!

Check out the video of 2FOG's Pub owner Joe Parker on WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit representing the Howell Downtown in the aftermath of Howell, Michigan winning this prestigious national award!

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/main-street-in-howell-named-great-american-main-street

Via www.mainstreet.org:

Howell Main Street, located in Michigan, is one of the three winners of the

2018 Great American Main Street Award
Selected by a national jury of community development professionals and leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation, the award winners serve as exceptional models for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. The National Main Street Center recognized Howell Main Street’s achievement in transforming the downtown district into a cultural destination through community-driven economic development and placemaking efforts. The awards were made possible through support from U.S. Bank.

“Howell is a prime example of a small rural community that is doing big things. They have all the charm you’d expect in a historic Main Street community, but they don’t stop there,” said Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Downtown Howell is setting itself apart as a supportive place for entrepreneurs and business owners and that’s how we’re seeing small communities stay competitive in today’s economy.”

This transformation is spearheaded by Howell Main Street Inc., in conjunction with the Downtown Development Authority. Despite a challenging regional economic environment, downtown Howell now has a vacancy rate of just 1.2 percent and is home to a diverse mix of businesses that foster a strong sense of place to attract and keep people downtown.

In years past, downtown Howell was home to mostly professional services that filled a need, but failed to bring the kind of energy and enthusiasm needed to make downtown a place that drew people in and gave them a reason to stay. Through extensive engagement with local partners and the City, and strategic business recruitment, downtown now boasts a diverse mix of businesses featuring unique retail, dining establishments, and service industries. Anchored by entertaining destinations like the new local brewery Aberrant Ales, entrepreneurial attractions like the Frontal Lobe co-working space, and cultural institutions like the Howell Opera House and Howell Movie Theatre, downtown is once again a destination.

“Downtown Howell has long-been a charming and family-friendly town. However, the community recognized that we needed to grow, change, and get creative in our approach to making Howell a destination for our residents and visitors. The Main Street program was just the change that was needed!” states Howell Main Street C.O.O. and DDA Director, Cathleen Edgerly. “Through years of hard work, strategic planning, collaboration and creative vision, we are proud to have fostered a strong sense of place in our community. Today you’ll find millennials and retirees alike coming to downtown Howell as a place to invest, live, work, and play!”

The impact of the Main Street program, and its focus on deliberate, strategic investment in downtown is especially evident in Howell’s burgeoning arts scene. What began as a couple one-off initiatives to bring outdoor art to the district has become a transformative movement in the community. In the last three years alone, Howell Main Street has overseen the addition of murals in the downtown district, installed six new art-inspired bike racks, and raised over $30,000 for an alley transformation resulting in a pedestrian plaza and outdoor art gallery.

Taken together, these efforts have transformed Howell from a quaint and charming historic bedroom community into a thriving downtown that draws thousands of students, young families, and retirees to arts and cultural celebrations year-round.

“Being named a Great American Main Street Award winner is not the end for downtown Howell. While the staff, volunteers, and community partners have set-up a solid framework of success, we look forward to the Howell Main Street program continuing to push the envelope and lead positive and purposeful economic growth in our city,” states Howell resident and Outreach Coordinator, Kate Litwin.

2018 Valentine’s Day Menu

Valentine's Day is coming up quickly and we can't wait!!! We love any excuse to celebrate the love of family and friends, so grab your sweetheart and join us for a SPECIAL 2 Fog's Valentine's dinner!!!

💕 Valentine’s Day Menu 💕

Appetizer:
Tuna Tartar with Fresh Avocado, Pickled Jalapeno, Mango Puree and Wonton Chips

Black Bean and Chorizo Egg Rolls with Roasted Pepper, Onions, Corn and Smoked Southwestern Ranch

Entrée:
Steamed Crab Legs with Smoked Bacon Roasted Red Skins, Fresh Broccolini, Drawn Butter

Beef Wellington with Mushroom Duxelle, Roasted Cipollini Onions, Encroute, Asparagus, Duchess Potatoes and Spicy Dijon Cream Sauce

Dessert:
Espresso Crème Brule
Peanut Butter Lava Cake

2017 Holiday Schedule

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We would first like to wish you and your loved ones a Safe and Happy Holidays! 2FOG's Pub will be closed on the following dates so that our work family can enjoy the Holidays with their loved ones as well!

Closed Dates:

  • Sunday, December 17th
  • Sunday, December 24th - Christmas Eve
  • Monday, December 25th - Christmas Day
  • Sunday, December 31st - New Years Eve
  • Monday, January 1st - New Years Day

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2FOG's Pub Wins the Award for Building Interior Improvement

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.

Eternity Brewing's special Howell beer proving popular

 (Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)

(Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)

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 lcolvin@livingstondaily.com.

‘For the Love of Howell’ brew benefits Howell Main Street

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.”

 

Published:April 4, 2017 :The Livingston Post

C & B Supports The Cleary University Launch Preview

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!

2016 Grand Marshals for the Fantasy of Lights Parade

2016 Grand Marshals for the Fantasy of Lights Parade

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

 

 

Michelle Tokan

Howell Area Chamber of Commerce

People’s Choice results: Best in restaurants and dining

  2FOG’s Pub, a modern speakeasy, is literally underground — located in the basement of three 1870s-era buildings, whose original brick and stone walls will take you back.   (Photo: Livingston Daily)

2FOG’s Pub, a modern speakeasy, is literally underground — located in the basement of three 1870s-era buildings, whose original brick and stone walls will take you back. (Photo: Livingston Daily)

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

HOUR Detroit - The Faces of Back Alley Sophistication

There’s no secret knock or password required, and there’s no bouncer standing at the door.

2FOG’S PUB

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!

Published: August 1, 2016: HOUR Detroit Magazine

Howell surging in USA Today top 10 main street contest

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 nhernandez@livingstondaily.com. Follow him on Twitter @sayyesnoe.

A Message From Joe

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!!!!

Cheers,
Joe Parker

Chamber Announces 2016 Board of Directors!

 Joe Parker - Owner of 2FOG's Pub

Joe Parker - Owner of 2FOG's Pub

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.