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First Friday Experience

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Experience Downtown Northville
the First Friday of Every Month
 
Artwalk ~ Shopping ~ Dining
6:00pm - 9:00pm
  
  
The first Friday of every month the merchants of Downtown Northville welcome you to browse their galleries and boutiques.  You'll be greeted with featured artists, trunk shows, demonstrations, and specialty products. 
 
Make a date to spend the evening in Downtown Northville – grab a bite to eat at one of our many restaurants, stroll our picturesque streets, do a little shopping, and learn about a new art style.  It’s a great way to spend a Friday night with family and friends!   
 
 

May First Friday Experience

 

DOWNTOWN NORTHVILLE’S OLD CHURCH SQUARE BUSINESSES TO HOST OPEN HOUSE – First Friday, May 6
The businesses located in Downtown Northville’s Old Church Square building – located on the corner of N. Center Street and Dunlap – are hosting an Open House on Friday, May 6 (4-7 p.m.). The event is open to the public and will take place during Downtown Northville’s popular First Friday Experience. A historic Victorian church, the two-story, 25,000 square foot Old Church Square was completely renovated in 2003 by the building’s owners, Northville residents, Bob and Margene Buckhave. Old Church Square is home to a mix of retail and service-oriented businesses such as PCS Global Counseling, Centered Body Work, Stampeddler Plus Memories, Broughton Music, What a Massage, KB Jewelers, Jack’s Barber Shop, Northville Dermatology, and more.

During the Open House on Friday, May 6 guests will be greeted by live music by the 26-piece Novi Middle School Chamber Orchestra outside in the Old Church Square Courtyard from 4-6 p.m. (weather permitting) and if there is inclement weather, the music will take place inside Old Church Square. McSpillin, an Irish folk band will also perform inside Old Church Square from 4-6 p.m. Open House attendees are welcome to visit the various businesses in the building. Each location will be offering a little something different at their business, including light snacks and specials. “We are excited to see the veteran and new businesses located in Old Church Square working together to provide unique experiences to guests in Downtown Northville. The building is beautiful and houses a mix of service and retail that provide wonderful shopping options and resources to residents and neighbors,” said Lori Ward, Northville Downtown Development Director. Old Church Square is located on Center Street at the corner of Center and Dunlap in Downtown Northville.
 
Centered Bodywork 
145 N. Center Street, Suite A, 4-7pm. 
Stop by, say "hi!" enjoy downtown Northville!
On Friday, May 6th, Centered Bodywork and many of the other businesses in Old Church Square will be holding Open Houses from 4 - 7 pm.
This is a great opportunity for you to see the new space if you haven't been by already.
You can also check out the other businesses in the new building and then enjoy the rest of downtown Northville's monthly "First Friday" activities from 6 - 9 pm.
 
MainCentre Renovation Reveal
150 MainCentre, 4-7pm. 
Singh reveals their new community renovations. MainCentre has been renovated throughout, including new amenities and updated apartments with beautiful City and Courtyard views.
 
Make It Memories
112 W. Main Street, 6-9pm. 
Mother and Child Photo Blast.

Northville Art House
215 W. Cady, 6-9pm.
Student Fine Art Exhibit Opening
May is student art month in Northville.  The Northville Art House will feature its 17th annual juried Student Fine Art Exhibit, featuring the work of middle and high school students.  This exhibit will open Friday, May 6 at the Northville Art House and is a collaboration with Northville’s art educators to promote art appreciation among the community’s youth.  This annual exhibit features an array of exceptional two and three-dimensional work from Northville’s most talented students.  The public is invited to celebrate the work of our many talented young artists on Friday, May 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Northville Art House. This show will continue through May 21 during regular gallery hours of Tuesday through Friday, 12-5 p.m. and Saturday, 12-4 p.m.  From May 24-27, National Art Contest “Reflections” award winners will be showcased.


Kristina Smith (Senior) - Water Fountain

The Northville Gallery
123 E. Main Street, 6-9pm
The Northville Gallery will be featuring acclaimed artist Gerald Freeman for First Friday.  We'll have a number of original pieces of his Automotive Artwork on display, as well as prints available for purchase.  

Orin Jewelers
101 E. Main Street, 6-9pm
Orin Jewelers will be featuring an expanded collection of jewelry from renowned designer, Alwand Vahan.  The collection includes sterling silver and 14 karat gold bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings and rings often featured in national magazines.  Stop in to select your special piece!

PCS Global & PCS Counseling Open House
141 N. Center Street, 4-7:30pm
Get to know your Northville neighbors!
Food, Drinks, Entertainment, Networking
The event is open to the public and will take place during First Friday Experience.  Including great live music from the Novi Middle School 26-piece Orchestra, and McSpillin, an Irish Folk Band.  See Old Church Square information above for other open house participants and more information.
 
Salvaged
133 W. Main Street, 6-9pm
Salvaged will be filling the shop with markdowns and sales during this coming First Friday Experience. 
They will be giving a gift with minimum purchase of $10.00.

Salvatore and Prescott
105 E. Main Street, 4-8pm. 
You are invited to a Grand Opening at Salvatore Prescott! Salvatore Prescott, located at 105 E. Main, is hosting a Grand Opening from 4:00-8:00pm on Friday, May 6. 

Starring "The Gallery"
118 W. Main Street, 6-9pm
Starring “The Gallery” hosts an artist reception each month.  Some of our artists have exhibited with us in the past and others will be exhibiting with us for the first time – each showcasing their newest pieces in their own unique style. Each artist will be available to answer questions and their artwork will be on display and available for purchase throughout the remainder of the month.

Artists, hors d'oeuvres, shopping, music and good friends - Experience it all at Starring “The Gallery” during the First Friday Experience.

Featured Artist: Denise Cassidy Wood

Artist Reception: 6:00pm - 9:00pm  

We regret that Denise is unable to attend the artist reception on May 6th, but will visit "The Gallery" for a mini reception on the evening of Friday, May 20th from 6:00 - 8:00. 

 

Artist Bio: I have found great passion in creating the colors and textures which eventually bloom into a bold, vibrant flower. For me, flowers have always induced feelings of joy, peace and warmth. These feelings are what I try to capture and convey through my paintings. 

In painting these flowers, I feel as though I have bloomed internally as a person, a mother, a friend and an artist.  I am grateful every day for the opportunity to share my passion for art and flowers.

 

Internal Bloom was born after my first solo exhibit in 2010. My work is sold through my website, social media, art fairs, exhibits and galleries. In 2011, I began instructing acrylic painting classes. I offer acrylic painting classes for both adults and children throughout the year. Classes are offered at Plymouth Community Arts Council in Plymouth, MI.  In 2015, I launched Expressions in Bloom, a line of framable greeting cards and collectable gift boxes containing note cards, all derived from my original art.



   

See more paintings by Denise Cassidy Wood on "The Gallery"' website.

Wok Asian Bistro
144 Mary Alexander Court, 6-9pm. 
They are debuting two new desserts for First Friday: our Yin Yang Donuts and Strawberry Napoleon Wonton Stack!

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Participating Galleries

 
The following galleries, as well as a variety of other boutiques and restaurants, participate each month in the First Friday Experience.  Please visit each gallery's website for more information on events taking place at their business.
 
Dancing Eye Gallery
101 N. Center
(248) 449-7086
 
Northville Art House
215 W. Cady
(248) 344-0497
 
Northville Gallery
123 E. Main
(248) 465-9630
 
Salvaged
133 W. Main
(248) 773-7075
 
Starring "The Gallery"
118 W. Main
(248) 347-1642
 
Tiffany Art Glass
121 E. Main (2nd floor)
(248) 349-2777
 
The Urban Pearl
120 East Main
248-773-7390
 
 

Also Worth Mentioning

 
The First Friday Experience is not just for gallery lovers; it's a great way to relax on a Friday evening. In addition to our galleries, we have many restaurants and business that support the First Friday Experience and are open until at least 8:00pm. You will find special events such as artists and musicians on hand at some and others simply invite you to come in and eat or shop. These include:
 
Bark Avenue Chocolates ~ Bricks of Northville ~ Broughton Music ~ Celebrity Pets Company ~ D & D Bicycle & Hockey ~ The Next Chapter Book Store & Bistro ~ Gardenviews ~  Joseph's Coney Island ~ Koji ~  Long's Plumbing & Bath Showroom ~ Lorla's ~ Make It Memories ~ Massage Green ~ Northville Square ~ Orin Jewelers ~ Pear-aphernalia ~ Pendleton ~ Rebecca's Family Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor ~ Salon Tre Bella V ~ Simply Wine ~ Sincerely Yours ~ The Bee's Knees ~ Tirami Su Italian Ristorante ~ Tuscan Café ~ Urban Optiques Vision & Eyewear ~ Utopia Salon & Spa ~ Van Dam's Boutique
 
Walking maps are available at each business to help you find your way around.
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