The Downtown Chili Cook Off is slated for Saturday, January 13th from 11am - 3pm. With the Park Place Dome under construction, we will be hosting the DTCA's only fundraiser at the State Street Marketplace. There will be a heated tent located in the alley that will double the size of the seating of the facility. From vegetarian, to three alarm, to seafood chili, it’s an exciting (and tasty) event that’s bound to keep you warm this winter!
Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or card.
$10 for a tray of 8 tastes
$4 for a bowl
$1 for additional tastes
This year's competitors include:
Aerie Restaurant & Lounge
Betty's Hot Dish
Blue Heron 2
Red Mesa Grill
S2S - Sugar to Salt
For more information, please visit www.downtowntc.com. If you would like to volunteer, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form.
The Chili Cook off is sponsored by C.H. Robinson, MyNorth Media, Bay Area Recycling for Charities, Pepsi, & Golden Shoes.
Gift Certificate Sales from 2017
The holiday shopping season generated huge sales in Downtown Gift Certificates! The DTCA sold over $500,000 in Downtown Gift Certificates in 2016! The DTCA reached a new record and sold over $600,000 in gift certificates in 2017, with 46% of those sales in the month of December alone. A huge thank you to the DDA and DTCA Board Members that helped in the office during this busy time!
We want to thank all of you that chose to celebrate the holiday season with supporting local not only in gift certificates, but by shopping in Downtown Traverse City. Thank you all for making our community great!
Merchants, please remember to talk to your staff about the gift certificate policies. ALWAYS give cash back on the Downtown Gift Certificates and never write “VOID” on the certificate. If you have questions regarding the program, please feel free to contact the Downtown Office.
Meet Elizabeth, the DDA's New Administrative Assistant
Elizabeth is very excited to be a part of the DDA office team!
Originally from the Chicago area, Elizabeth has lived in Downtown TC for 9 years. You can frequently find her walking her Scottish Terrier, Sarge around the great neighborhoods, heading in to take a yoga class at Yen Yoga, or enjoying one of the many great establishments in Downtown (Cali’s, Amical and Poppycocks are among her favorites!)
Free Parking at Hardy Garage
Free parking is offered at the Larry C. Hardy Parking Garage weekdays after 6 pm and all day on the weekends until January 15, 2017. Additional free parking can be found in designated permit lots on weekdays before 7 am and after 6 pm and all day on weekends. Overnight parking fees of $10 per night will still apply. As always, free overnight parking from 6 pm until 8 amMonday - Saturday can be found on the ground level of the Old Town Parking Garage.
As of January 1, 2018, we will no longer sell annual permits or quarterly permits. All permits will be sold in 1 month increments, and may be purchased for no more than 12 months at a time. The permit rates will be $48 per month for the parking structures, and $36 per month for the surface lots. All parking structures will require an access (RFID proximity) card which is $6. The access card fee will apply to all new permits. Lost access cards may be replaced at $6. Daily permits will still be available online for $2, https://downtowntc.t2hosted.com.
Lot D Information
Lot D is available seasonally for permit parking Monday-Friday, 8 am-6 pm from Sept 15th - April 15th. Permits are not valid at the spaces signed "vehicle with boat trailer parking only" on the north side closest to the boat launch.
Overnight parking is prohibited on City streets November 16-April 14 per City Ordinance 410.04(d). Any vehicles parked between the hours of 3 AM-6 AM may be ticketed or towed at owner’s expense. Overnight parking downtown is also prohibited, but you may park on the ground level of the Old Town Garage or in Lot T.
Snow Removal & the Golden Shovel
Snow is on its way! Please remember to keep your sidewalks clean and free of snow and ice throughout the winter season. If possible, try to pile the snow around trees and keep the meters and bike racks clear. Also, for those business near bumpouts, please do NOT pile snow in the bumpouts, but rather help keep them tidy by clearing snow from them. The merchant that helps lead this charge and shows exemplary work removing snow will be rewarded with the Golden Shovel. Get your shovels ready to take home the gold! We will be taking nominations all winter!
Member Benefit: Classified Listing
The DTCA will be paying for a classified listing in the Ticker the second week of every month that shares the downtown jobs page. If you're a DTCA member and have an open position, feel free to complete THIS FORM by the first Friday of the month.
Bridal Show News
We are pleased to announce that MyNorth Media will be hosting a Bridal Show in April 2018. The format will be different than a traditional bridal show and we believe this will open the opportunity for increased participation and attendance. For more information, please contact Jill Hayes at email@example.com.
Traverse City Restaurant Week
Planning is underway for the 8th Annual Traverse City Restaurant Week. (#TCRW) The event will kick off on Sunday, February 25 through Saturday, March 3. Participating restaurants will offer a three course dinner for $25 or $35 per person! Keep an eye out for a full list of participating restaurants at www.downtowntc.com. All menus will be posted as soon as they are received from participating restaurants!
TCRW is sponsored by MyNorth Media and Great Lakes Wine & Spirits.
Gaijin is now taking reservations for our New Year’s Eve dinner! Chef Gabe has created a stunning 8 course menu, paired expertly with MI Bubbly & Big Little Wines. 6 or 9 pm seatings available. Call to reserve your spot!
Cherry T- Ball Drop December 31st
Downtown Chili Cook Off January 13th
DDA & DTCA BOARD
DTCA Board Meeting January 11th
303 E. State St.
DDA Board Meeting
400 Boardman Ave.
Looking for a little glitz for the New Year? Stop by Daisy Jane and check out these earrings handmade in Guatemala using glass seed beads and surgical steel earwires. They are bound to be a hit at any party and go with a stylish outfit!