View of Albion Malleable Brewing Company on Superior Street Albion

Downtown Albion is continuing to change as this photo dated 2/27/18 showing three new projects shows.  This view of the 400 block of South Superior Street shows Albion Malleable Brewing Company building on the left.  The reconstruction on the building is still underway with the opening later in the spring.  At the end of the same block on the left is the Peabody Building which is also being renovated.  There will be a bakery next door.

Further down is Parks Drug Store, and the next block shows the new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel that will be opening in March.  We’ll post some photos of the inside soon.  There is a golden building in the next block which is Cascarelli’s of Albion, just under the water tower.  There is also some talk of the Albion Water Tower being repainted in the near future.  The new brick streets look good from this altitude, but have not held up well under the wet weather of this past winter.  There was an article written about the brick project in the Albion College student newspaper, The Pleiad that you can access here.

Broken Brick Road

Courtyard by Marriott, Albion opening date information

Thanks to the Courtyard by Marriott, Albion hotel for sponsoring General Guide XXIX.  People are curious as to the opening date.

Jan. 31, 2018  “At this time, we our looking to open towards the end of February. We can’t give a definite date at this time, but we can tell you that we are able to sell rooms for dates of March 9 and beyond.

You can make reservations by calling the reservations hotline, 1 (888) 236-2427, or by going to”

Visit the CourtyardAlbion facebook page for more information!

New Bricks and Aerial View of New Hotel, Nov. 6, 2017

Check out downtown Albion’s new brick street and new displays of local artists showcased in many front windows. Also, be on the lookout for more stores “popping up” like the Green Scene next door to Stirling Books & Brew, open from November 15th through the holiday season.

Downtown Albion has a new look with the Courtyard by Marriott hotel that is taking shape.  Here we can see the bike lanes, the wider sidewalks, and Kids ‘N’ Stuff.  In the distance we see Cascarelli’s, the water tower, Ludington Center, the Coca Cola mural, and the Bohm Theatre.

Festival of the Forks 2017

This year the Festival was not on the brick Superior Street, but in true Albion style we adapted to the situation and made it work.  These aerial photos show a different perspective of where most of the activities were.

Albion College


Albion College is a private liberal arts college located in Albion, Michigan. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, it was founded in 1835 and was the first private college in Michigan to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Its student population during the 2013-14 academic year was approx. 1,350.

The College’s athletic teams are nicknamed the Britons and their colors are purple and gold. They participate in NCAA Division III and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).

Albion College is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Michigan Campus Compact, an organization dedicated to encouraging student volunteerism.

As of 2013, Albion College was ranked No. 100 in the U.S. News & World Report list of national liberal arts colleges, and 115th in the Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges, which includes universities as well as colleges. U.S. News also includes a high school counselor ranking, in which Albion placed 85th among national liberal arts colleges. 

source: wikipedia

Visit the Albion College website.

Thank you to Albion College for being a sponsor of the General Guide.

Including the Back to School Issues for Sept 2017, Sept 2016

Rebricking for Festival?

This is how the Superior Street renovation looked in the third week of August 2017.  The bricks were not yet up to the Bohm Theatre and Cascarelli’s.  It was a long summer for merchants, but the excitement is building for the new look for Albion downtown in the Fall of 2017.  The question on many people’s minds is – will the bricks be done enough to have the Festival of the Forks (3rd weekend of September) on Superior Street – or will the Festival need to be more towards Stoffer Plaza or Rieger Park??  We did hear there might be a Cruise in on the bricks at least, the Friday of the  Festival on September 15.  This is not the official news!  We also heard that it is hoped the bricks will be done for the Festival, and the new micro brewery will be open but no beer there.

Superior Street Albion MI – short clip – curb appeal July 21, 2017

Short clip – The new shape of Superior Street Albion Michigan begins to appear with more room for bicycle paths through town.  The rebricking process involved installing new water mains, and major digging.  Meanwhile, the brick facade of the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel is moving along.  Work on Superior Street is expected to be complete for Albion College Homecoming in October 2017 if not sooner, possibly in September.

Albion’s Farmer’s Market Aerial View 2017

French Market 2017

Take an aerial tour of Albion’s Stoffer Plaza by clicking on each photo to see it larger and to read the stories about each photo.
See the ground level photos of Albion’s French Market on this same day by clicking here.