Get with the Downtown Saline art scene! Learn about The 109 Cultural Exchange here.
For the past five years, we’ve proudly partnered with the Saline DPW to display banners honoring our local Veterans for both Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. However, for the last two years, due to the overwhelming popularity of the program, we’ve been unable to accommodate new veterans as all available light pole brackets are occupied. When we initiated this program, we never anticipated such enthusiastic participation or the challenge of limited space. Additionally, we hadn’t foreseen a need to limit how many years a banner is hung.
Currently we have about 95 light poles that are outfitted with brackets to display banners. Although there are additional light poles downtown that could host brackets, the cost ($270 each) poses a financial obstacle. Neither the City of Saline nor S
It’s January 15, marking the midpoint of the first month in the new year. I appreciate the significance of these moments, where we embark on new years, new months, and even new days with a clean slate. The beauty lies in the potential for anything to happen and for positive changes to unfold. In 2024, Downtown Saline is poised for significant developments, and our commitment is to keep you informed as these changes take place.
Saline Main Street is initiating the new year with fresh Transformation Strategies that will guide all our activities, ensuring we stay aligned with our goals. The strategies adopted in 2017 served us well, but the world, including Saline, has undergone profound changes since then. From navigating a pandemic to the creation of Umbrella Square, we brought ou
Oktoberfest is Saline Main Street’s biggest fundraiser every year.
We needed to make this change in order to secure the success of our event and our organization as a whole. We originally began charging $5 admission over 8 years ago! Expenses have increased considerably since then including the cost of tents, security, and beer.
How are we funded, you ask? We rely on three sources of revenue: event income, corporate sponsorships and financial support from the City of Saline. While our support from local businesses in community has remained steady, our support from the City of Saline was reduced by $20,000 in June. This represents 10% of our total budget.
What do we do with our funds? In a nutshell, we he
Often mistaken for Robert Plant, the lead singer of Tall Cool One sounds like him too! Come downtown to hear the classic sounds of Led Zeppelin performed by T.K. “Kinks” Heiss and his band, Tall Cool One.
From their website:
T.Kink Heiss, Lead vocals, percussion, harmonica. He has been in rock n roll bands since the age of 14. After buying a set of drums with money earned working for his father’s construction company at the age of 13. For the next 20 yrs he has worked with members of ; Ted Nugent’s band (Rick & Vern Wagoner) Savoy Brown (Nate Peterson) The Rationals (Scott Morgan) Ike & Tina Turner (Herb Sadler) Temptations (lead guitarist Corey Catalano) and many other well known musicians.
Take one part outlaw country, add influences of punk / funk / rock / jam band and soul, add ukulele and fiddle, and finish with some colorful storytelling earned through a life well-lived. This is Unkle Lay Lee’s Moonshine All-Stars.
Join us for a special evening filled with fun, toe-tapping and all out dancing in the streets when Unkle Lay Lee’s Moonshine All-Stars come to town. With influences ranging from The Doors to Merle Haggard and all things between, Unkle Lay Lee’s Moonshine All-Stars is one of the most original musical experiences you will find.
It’s the week of the Celtic Festival! And we are proud to bring Ironwood to our stage in preparation for the big event. Even though it’s not in Saline proper anymore, it’s not far away.
Ironwood is a Celtic Folk band made up of husband and wife duo Mark Pierce and Anna Dorsey who come to us from Troy, Michigan. Their joy of performing brought them together. They were married in 2016, and have since begun writing their own songs as well as performing folk favorites.
Salty Summer Sounds and Saline Main Street are proud and honored to welcome John E Lawrence to the N. Ann Arbor Street stage on June 29. You won’t want to miss out on this amazing jazz performance.
Local favorite, Step Aside will be performing on June 22, with Ambrosity - an A2 Saline Music Center Student band, opening.
Step Aside covers classic rock, with a little country sprinkled in and have a wide following in Milan and the surrounding areas. “We’re a 60’s band…because we’re all in our 60’s,” said rhythm guitarist, Curt Dettling, laughing.
Don’t miss this fun evening with recognizable tunes to dance in the street with!
Step aside takes the stage around 8 pm, Ambrosity opens it up at 7 pm.
Our summer music series opens with the popular Dig-A-Phony - the Beatles Tribute Band - Live Beatles music, no wigs.
Detroit’s own Dig A Phony is fanatical about reproducing songs from The Beatles recording catalog - LIVE.
From the cowbell in “Drive My Car”, to the handclaps in “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, to the kazoo sound in “Lovely Rita” (even though it was actually paper & combs), to the guitar fade out on “A Hard Day’s Night”– you will hear the song as it sounds on the album.
It’s a kind of “hybrid” approach to the whole Beatles tribute thing. We take the u
Saline Main Street is excited to announce a partnership with Wayland, MI Main Street to bring a FREE in-person marketing workshop to Saline, MI to help our local businesses grow! This training is open to all local businesses, not just to those in the downtown area! It can be attended by any business in Saline and/or surrounding areas as we believe in creating a strong community and supporting business growth across our region.
On June 12th, 12:00 pm at 109 Cultural Exchange, Teresa Heger – a local marketing expert and Grow with Google Digital Coach – will lead a free, in-person workshop to help small businesses build new skills.
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED - ONCE AGAIN THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE FOR ALL ATTENDEES.
With the trees turning bright green practically overnight, we realized it’s time again for our Design Team to get ready for Be Bloomin’ in 2023. We are partnering with KBK Garden Center again this year, and they have our baskets of flowers growing to add bright pops of color to our streets this summer.
Be Bloomin’ is a fundraising campaign for Saline Main Street to bring beauty, color and life into our downtown each and every spring and summer. Our petunia pots can be seen all along Michigan Avenue and Ann Arbor Street, from the 4 corners outward.
If you love seeing these flowers adorn our city center and want to be part of making it happen, you can sponsor one for $100 a bas
I’m an administrator for the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at theUniversity of Michigan. We support physician scientists—those are people with MDPhDs who do clinical work and see patients, and they also have laboratories and doresearch. I came here from California to go to U of M, and I’ve been with the universitysince graduating in 2002. I got a temporary job at the university, then went back to gradschool, but never really left U of M.
I met my husband in 2008—we’ve been married for 11 years, and we have three kids.We’ve lived in Saline for all of that time, and
I’ve wanted to own my own restaurant ever since I was a kid. I started in the restaurantbusiness at Bill Knapp’s in Ann Arbor, which was where Zingerman’s Roadhouse isnow. After graduation, I started working for a guy named Kevin Downey.
The year I started working for Kevin, he was the owner of a restaurant called Fox &Hounds in Bloomfield Hills. I was just out of college, and getting that job was likewinning the lottery: I learned more there than I actually learned in my four years inschool.
Honestly, I was surprised he hired me at all. One of the questions I was asked was,‘You are brand new out of college. You’re rea
Put your business front row and center at Salty Summer Sounds, Summerfest and Oktoberfest!
We love this building. It was a pilot project for the Match on Main Grant Program by Michigan EDC and was brought up to code for seated dining — new 40 gal water heater, upgraded electric, 2 ADA bathrooms and kitchen. Home to the former beloved Cheese Shop of Saline, the project ended just as the pandemic reared its ugly hea
Grants awarded to Grand Haven, Grosse Pointe, Lansing, Lapeer, Niles, Otsego, Saline and Sault Ste Marie
LANSING, Mich. – Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) have announced that eight communities around Michigan have been awarded a total of $160,000 in grants to support downtown enhancement and improvement projects.
Governor Whitmer is committed to supporting small businesses as Michigan continues growing its economy. Michigan has added jobs for 10 straight months, including adding 172,000 jobs year over year, and has a low unemployment rate of 4.7% that has declined 10 months in a row.“Vibrant downtown areas are critical to creating jobs, attracting new investments, and helping local businesses
Join us at The 109 Cultural Exchange in the heart of Downtown Saline for a live theatre performance presented by Mind the Gap Theatre Productions!
Concord Theatricals summarizes this hilarious full-length play —
Middle-aged and married, overworked and a bit of a sad sack, Barney Cashman (played by Adrian Diffey) wants to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late and arranges three seductions. The first, Elaine Navazio (Margaret Gilkes) proves to be a foul-mouthed bundle of neuroses. Bobbi Michele is next, a young actress who’s t
SALINE, Michigan — The 109 Cultural Exchange will host an exhibition of oil paintings by Sandra Difazio, April 18–May 18.
Difazio paints en plein air, in locales throughout the state, where she focuses on the effects of shifting light and shadow within the environment. Her exhibition,“Visual Impressions of Michigan,” captures urban scenes, farms, fields, lakes, rivers, and shore lines of the Great Lakes. “Plein air painting gives me the opportunity to feel the environment and attempt to translate what I experience. The complexity tests my ability to think things out.”
Difazio’s work has been included in “Art Aroun
SALINE, Michigan — The 109 Cultural Exchange will host an exhibition of watercolors by Nancy Murray, March 15–April 13. Murray, a resident of Milan, MI, draws inspiration from the natural world and through travel.
The series of watercolors, exhibited under the title “Everyday Life: Finding the Commonplace in Uncommon Places,” is painted from her travels, depicting a blend of culture, commerce and interesting locales. Subjects include a woman guarding sheep in the higher elevations of Peru, a fish market in the Galapagos, life along a river in Guatemala, as well as moments captured in Japan, Scotland, and several islands in the Caribbean.
Murray’s work has been included in “Art Around Saline,” and in the permanent collections
One afternoon on the day before Christmas Eve 2021, a big semi-truck cut the corner from eastbound Michigan Avenue onto S Ann Arbor Street and plowed over a lamp post onto the sidewalk without stopping.
So grateful to think that temps are getting warmer and our downtown hanging flower baskets… last year they really did splash a ton of color from our lamp posts! It’s one of those things that we absolutely enjoy when we’re here. Our Design Team works with KBK Garden Center every winter to get our flowers growing on, and it really is a sweet effort.
And so this is how we roll to make those flowers spill over our sidewalks! Be Bloomin’ is a fundraising campaign to help provide these colorful flowers in hanging baskets that breathe beauty, color and life into our downtown each and every spring and summer. Our petunia pots can be seen all along Michigan Avenue and Ann Arbor Street, from
Come to Downtown Saline and find us at The 109 to view SVA’s collaborative art installation, Sum of the Parts!
Salt Valley Arts has taken a well-known work of art and divided it onto a grid. Check it out and learn more here!
Each participating artist purchased a square that matched one part of the grid and reproduced it any way they wished in any media - quilt, paint, bead, weave or knit, pom-poms, wood, colored paper, feathers - anything that could adhere to foam core board was fai
We are really proud to present our last two annual reports on the work we did throughout 2020 and 2021 in the name of local economic recovery! Our efforts to address impacts created by the pandemic are outlined in these graphic reports that are easy to read and compare. Take a look at how Downtown Saline adapted to safety regulations and exciting outdoor innovations to support our brick and mortar shops and restaurants. And learn more about our work and message to make Downtown Saline a welcoming place for all! It’s easy to see why we really are the perfect pinch of home.
Download your copy of the 2020 Saline Main Street IMPACT Report
So. We didn’t do such a hot job promoting this amazing opportunity, but at Saline Main Street we really do want to show your art in our gallery space at the 109 Cultural Exchange! If maybe people could just get to know our artist and arts critic in-residence, John Anderson — they couldn’t help but want to be part of this new downtown artspace? He’s really such a big part of what we want this space to be for downtown visual arts and cultural richness! Let us introduce you via this pretty cool Q&A to our amazing friend / artist / arts critic – John Anderson AKA “JA.”
We all needed a little glitz this year to cheer us up. The burden of the pandemic on our downtown brick and mortar businesses weighed heavily, and at Saline Main Street it all but killed us to see our wonderful community struggle so much. When things are rough, but you have to keep going? It can be hard as hell.So we wanted to lighten things up a little. Enter local artist and our partner in light crimes, Gary Parker Nola.
Last winter, we were awarded an Art
I recently listened to a podcast because the title compelled me. “Chef James Rigato on future of restaurants | One of Metro Detroit’s top chefs talks about what the transformations of the past few years mean to the restaurant business.”
So it really is happening in other places… Almost daily, I engage in conversations with our brick and mortar business owners and employees about the hidden pain they are dealing with, and as such I’ve decided to use this space to share with you, our beloved and most important public, how much the way we
It’s fall in rural Michigan and the leaves are busting out with color. What a perfect time to hop on a small town shopping / leaf peeping excursion! We live in the most beautiful place with sweet little downtown shops and restaurants — and this is the perfect way to experience it! This Saturday ride with us! Start in Downtown Blissfield and then head to Saline Main Street and on to Milan M
When I first arrived in Saline to take the helm as executive director at Saline Main Street, I thought how great it would be to have a mixed media arts space in the heart of downtown — something similar to Amazing Things Arts Center (ATAC) in my hometown of Framingham, Mass. I saw how instrumental ATAC was in attracting visitors and patrons to its small business neighbors, and believed that an arts and culture community space like that would benefit the small businesses in Downtown Saline.
That arts space vision included a gallery — open to artists
Another letter recently crossed my desk (lol email landed in my inbox). But, the theme lately is the same. I was thinking the other day how a year ago, people were really pulling together. We kinda thought the populus would start to feel burnout last fall. Fall 2020. But, it was a whole lot more hopeful feeling than we figured and people showed up to eat outside with coats on and blankets, and just made it a crazy year to remember.
Well, here we are a whole year later.
People are feeling fried. Folks are on edge. And, painfully, the sad and ugly truth is our service industry is feeling it. Hard. I took a pic of this sign in Brecon Grille’s window yesterday and it just really underscores the reality these guys are dealing w
Invitation to Submit Honorees for this Living Tribute
SALINE, MI (September 7, 2021) – Saline Main Street brings back our annual banner project to commemorate veterans and active duty military! This Veterans Day, the organization will once again line the streets of Downtown Saline with the faces of locally connected women and men who have served or are currently enlisted in the US Armed Forces.
We invite residents and stakeholders of Saline to honor your friends, family and loved ones by dedicating a banner in their honor.
It is loud and it is wicked fast. And, it stirs a feeling within the very core of you, the pedestrian when waiting on the curb for the light to cross. If you have kids, chances are that you experience anxiety and even fear. For me, as much as I cross? I often envision what would happen if I, like my dad who has Parkinson’s Disease, lost my balance or simply faltered a misstep.
Sometimes it is downright infuriating. Double trailers, huge oversized trucks and semi’s crank through this intersection when it turns yellow and even red. The noise is deafening and the speed pulls at you and takes your breath away. This is NOT an exaggeration. The light turns to allow