Completed Bricks in Albion September 2018

Superior Street in Albion Michigan is looking good after a brick replacement process that lasted through the summers of 2017 and 2018.  The bricks and new businesses will be ready for the Festival of the Forks, the weekend of September 22, 2018.

Albion Malleable Brewing Aerial View – August 2018

Work is progressing on the Superior Street (second) rebricking project that spans from 2017-2018.  The construction has not stopped visitors from coming to Albion to enjoy the food and beverages at Albion Malleable Brewing Company on the left of this photo by aerial photographer Kent Davis.  On the right is Homestead Savings Bank.  In the distance on the left Parks Pharmacy can be seen, the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in the next block and Cascarelli’s  The bricks are actually now up to Erie St as of August 15, 2018.  This photo was taken one week prior.   We’ll get another shot once the bricks are complete.

 

See the Brewery Open House – Spring 2018

Courtyard by Marriott – Albion – Tour – April 2018

The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Albion Michigan opened in March 2018.
The 75-room hotel is located at 200 S. Superior Street and managed by the Veridea Group from Marquette, Michigan.  Courtyard Albion offers convenient lodging for visitors to Albion and nearby, whether they are coming to enjoy Blues at the Bohm, Albion College events, the Albion Malleable Brewing Company, to take the classic Purple Gang Tour and visit to Cascarelli’s, or as an option for visitors to the Equestrian Center or Michigan International Speedway.


Take a tour of the Courtyard by Marriott Albion hotel and then come to see it in person.  Learn more about Albion by visiting the other links on this site.

The new state-of-the-art lobby at Courtyard Albion provides greater flexibility and choices for our guests. At the center of it all is The Bistro, your destination for a great breakfast or drinks and dinner during the evening. You will also enjoy inviting, flexible spaces where you can work or relax, free Wi-Fi throughout and easy access to the latest news, weather and airport conditions via our GoBoard technology. Plus, our well-equipped fitness center and indoor pool will help you stay refreshed and energized. Our friendly staff will point you in the direction of local events and attractions that are fun for the family and business traveler alike. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, your stay at Courtyard is sure to be more comfortable, more productive and more enjoyable than ever before!

Source:  link below

Visit the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Albion website.

Visit the Courtyard by Marriott Albion Facebook page.

Courtyard by Marriott, Albion opening date information

See a tour of the downtown Albion hotel here:

Courtyard by Marriott – Albion – Tour – April 2018

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 www.marriott.com/jxnab.”

Visit the CourtyardAlbion facebook page for more information!

General Guide – Issue XXIX – February 2018 – Black History

The first ever February-only General Guide was delivered the weekend of January 27, 2018 to homes in Albion and Marshall Michigan.   The Guides are also available at participating businesses. The Black History Edition of the General Guide features information about this special month and Michigan’s role as a destination along the Underground Railroad.

This issue features custom art by Maggie LaNoue of downtown Albion and Marshall on New Year’s Day, when there was a good amount of snow and few cars. The scene of Albion highlights the new hotel, which will be opening soon. The Courtyard by Marriott hotel is the sponsor of this special issue of the General Guide featuring many reasons to come and visit Albion, and nearby.

A correction is shown above, about the Classic Films at the Bohm Theatre.  They now will be shown at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays, and have become a popular morning pastime. Also the Cardboard Classic is now scheduled for Feb 10, where there will be plenty of snow.  Other new events listed include a Credit Management Workshop on Feb 13, 1pm  at the Charles Snyder building, and also on Feb 22 at 5:30 pm at  Albion District Library.  There is a new event listed “Making Democracy Work” on Feb 11 at Lewis Chapel at 5pm.  We also have made changes to the participating businesses on the back of the Guide below.  See more about all of the sponsors of the Guide over the past year by clicking here.

Also featured in art in this custom Guide is the Sojourner Truth statue at the entrance to Battle Creek. Sojourner Truth was a pioneer of civil rights and womens’ rights. Her courageous and heroic life ended in Battle Creek.

The first weekend of February includes the always fun Cardboard Classic at Albion’s Victory Park and Marshall’s Ice Wine and Blues. There are at least seven local live music events in February, and a special Soul Food free lecture with catered food taking place in Battle Creek on Sunday, February 11.

Other local February events include Albion’s “Men Who Cook,” which is possibly the biggest event bringing together the community of Albion around food, fellowship, and fun on Sunday, February 18. The event will again be taking place at First Baptist Church in Albion. Look for photos and a map online at GeneralGuide.net, as well as links to more official information about each event.

The Walk for Warmth, a state-wide event that originated in Albion will happen in both Albion and Battle Creek on Saturday the 24th. The First Annual Black History Month Music Celebration will take place on Monday the 26th at the Bohm Theatre. February is a great month to venture out to see friends and neighbors, while learning about our region’s cultural heritage. It is also important that we honor those who took risks to gain their freedom and help others to be free.

There is an online version of the community events calendar at GeneralGuide.net with links to more official information about these topics, past issues of the General Guide, photos of progress in Albion and Marshall, and Farmer’s Almanac news. Please support the participating businesses listed on the Guide who make the free publication possible.

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 Momentum

Issue XXVI of the General Guide is sponsored by Albion College, which is continuing to invest in the community of Albion. Some exciting markers of momentum from Albion College and it’s alumni include:

  • The renovation of 101 N. Superior Street into the Ludington Center
  • New Courtyard by Marriott Hotel nearing completion across from the Bohm Theatre
  • Peabody Project – renovating the corner of Superior and Erie St., the Peabody will include two commercial spaces and four apartments
  • Revitalization of the Cass St. corridor between the college and downtown, made possible with the Harrington Project
  • Albion Malleable Brewing Company, at 420 S. Superior St. will start off with a small kitchen, selling the beers it brews; but they are already looking towards a future wine license to make ciders (Source: https://www.albionpleiad.com/2016/09/albions-first-microbrewery-on-its-way/)

Be on the lookout for more stores “popping up” downtown, like the Green Scene next door to Stirling Books & Brew, which opened on November 15 and will be there until after the holidays.

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.

Superior Street Progress May 3, 2017

Downtown Albion is continuing major renovations with the rebricking of Superior Street. There have been some setbacks, such as hitting of water mains, and a delay of Stirling Books opening.
The progress continues nevertheless.
Come downtown for food, (use the back doors), Music, Movies and More.
Live Music by River Jazz Band on Wednesdays May 3, 17 and 31 at Cascarelli’s. See the calendar for more.
Get a cup of tea, or another beverage, and sit back to watch this exciting 8-minute video below of the workers at work on the street.  Video credit to Kent Davis.