Next DDA Meeting May 17, 2022 @ 4:30 PM
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How we began:
Lying amidst the rolling hills and farmlands of Southern Michigan, Grass Lake remained a jewel in a state that hosts thousands of jewels in small towns that dot the landscape. While many have found Grass Lake on the map (exit 150 on I-94), the quiet sleepy little village was missing from the map of adventure and interest as it continued its modest living style and quiet essence.
Mapping out the unique assets that existed here in history, culture, vision and potential for the future, the Grass Lake Village Council authorized the establishment of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in 1990. From its meager start that year, the DDA began its path to prominence with a simple plan to revive the historic downtown buildings, maintain the quiet solitude of the residential areas and promote the whole community as a “destination” of regional and national interest. Yes - Grass Lake does actually have a Grass Lake “lake”!
It was the DDA's mission to put the Village on the map of adventure and curiosity by keeping the downtown stores alive and thriving, and pointing out to passers-by that we are more than just a sleepy little Village. Grass Lake offers a destination for a wide array of visitors from antique and thrift store enthusiasts to boat racing and bass fishing specialists.
Today, the excitement surrounding the Copper Nail Community Resale Shop brings many Southern Michigan area visitors to our little village. While here they can visit the Architectural Salvage buildings, visit the Lost Railway Museum, the Grass Lake Historical Society and grab a refreshing drink from the Roaming Goat Coffee shop, or a good burger from Missy's Little Grass Shack. Need your computer fixed - stop into the Computer Source? Got a prescription that needs to be filled - the Grass Lake Community Pharmacy has you covered.
Are local events your thing? Maybe with the seasonal Farmers Market and Music in the Park Series, the 4th of July Festivities, the Grass Lake Traffic Jam’in with free live music and a car show, Michigan Hydroplane Racing Association’s 2 summer races (in 2009 MHRA even hosted the National Stock Outboard Races on Grass Lake!), Heritage Days with a car show, our December Festival of Lights and so much more going on and suddenly, a picture now comes to the imagination and you realize you're going to need a nap to handle our "sleepy little village" because there's always something going on! Stop by to see what we've come up with next amidst our rolling hills of farmland. You'll see why Grass Lake isn't just a great place to visit - it's a great place to call home.