Neighborhood Spotlight: Downtown Northville

By: Michael Fossbakk | August 22, 2018

Walking through Downtown Northville, you will notice two things primarily: a sense of history and a focus on small businesses. Nearly every establishment in this town looks like a chique “mom & pop shop” and many of them have been around for years. While ownership may pass from one person to another, there seems to be an unspoken wish to maintain the history that comes with every establishment. Just take a look at a few places, like the ones below, and you’ll see where history and small business intersect.

Garage Grill & Fuel Bar

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The Garage Grill & Fuel Bar in Downtown Northville.

Though it has gone through many changes since it was built in 1940, the former gas station, dry cleaner and more is now a popular restaurant with a decor to match its name. The spot was renovated and turned into the Garage Grill & Fuel Bar in 2012. Here, you can enjoy a variety of dishes, from handmade pizza and classic burgers to delicious salads, steak, seafood and more.

If you find yourself in Downtown Northville on the weekend, stop in for brunch from 10:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. Enjoy mimosas, bloody marys, pancakes, chicken & waffles, omelettes, shrimp & grits, sandwiches, gyros and more.

Marquis Theatre

At the center of the Marquis Theatre on Main St. is a focus on the performing arts. With summer camps and acting classes for kids, the Marquis Theatre works to expose more children to the possibilities that the performing arts bring.

If you’d rather find yourself in the audience of a local performance than on stage, the Marquis Theatre has a different show for every season. This year has been dubbed the “Classic Storybook Season.” Currently, you can catch a performance of “Hansel & Gretel” until October when the “Halloween Extravaganza” begins.

 

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The Marquis Theatre in Downtown Northville.

Parmenter’s Cider Mill

One of the oldest establishments in Northville, Parmenter’s Cider Mill has a long history that dates back to 1873 when Benijah Aldrich Parmenter founded Parmenter’s Mill. Originally created to produce vinegar from bushels of apples, the Mill also produced apple butter and apple cider.

The Mill was sold to Vern and Ruth Bodker in 1968, who opened the neighboring Northville Winery in 1982. Cheryl & Rob Nelson with family members Diane & Mel Jones purchased the Mill and Winery in 1991.

Today, Parmenter’s Cider Mill and Northville Winery & Brewing Company (a microbrewery was added in 2012) are owned by Robert Jr. & Carina Nelson. The Nelsons are gearing up for the 2018 season and will be open from August 26 through November 19, 2018.

Downtown Northville may not have the flash and glamour of a big city, but, in a way, what it offers is better. There’s a uniqueness to what you’ll find here. Take a stroll through this neighborhood to see for yourself.

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