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Art in the Rough

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce are excited to co-sponsor Art in the Rough II.  Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success and brought positive attention to our beautiful downtown while offering a unique cultural experience.  People from the Imlay City area and visitors from outside of Lapeer County enjoyed an evening of art, conversation and shopping. Art in the Rough II will be held on Third Street in downtown Imlay City on Saturday, September 24 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. During this time, Third Street will be closed to traffic between Almont Ave and Main St to allow Art in the Rough participants freedom to walk amongst the art. Artists from around the state of Michigan will display and sell their artwork in buildings along Third Street. The evening will be a wonderful way to meet artists and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork. Downtown merchants have been encouraged to have extended hours, offer specials and/or put up a tent by their store front. Live music will also be on-site. 21 and over only.
Tickets are $15 (presale) and include admission and beer and wine sampling.  $25 tickets will be available at the door the night of the event. Tickets will soon be available at the City Office, 150 N. Main Street, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30p.m. or at the Mulefoot Gastropub, 596 S. Cedar Street, Tuesday-Sunday, 4pm-9pm

Pickle Barrel Contest

The Imlay City DDA is proud to once again sponsor a pickle barrel decoration contest. Community members will be asked to use pickle barrels as a canvas for decorating and get creative. 
 Pickle barrels will be available during the Thursday, September 8th Farmers’ Market from 1pm to 6pm or special arrangements can be made with the City Office. The Market is located at the corner of Third Street and Main Street in downtown Imlay City. There is a $20 deposit required per barrel that will be refunded once the decorated barrel is given to the DDA.
Prizes of $75, $50, and $25 respectively will be awarded to the individual(s) or non-profit organization who create the top three most creative or ‘arty’ barrels, and a trophy will be awarded to the business with the most creative barrel. Judging will be performed by city officials and winners will be announced at 10:45 am on Saturday, October 29th at the Farmers’ Market during Merchant Trick or Treat. We request that no political campaigning be conducted through pickle barrel art. For more information and a comprehensive list of the official rules of the contest, visit the City Office or email ddapromotions@imlaycity.org.

Facebook Advertising Seminar


The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce are proud to host a presentation event featuring author and digital media marketing consultant Kathy Perry. The event will take place in Imlay City’s City Hall, 150 North Main Street, on August 30 at 5:30pm. The price of attendance will be $10 for individuals located within the DDA District or Chamber of Commerce members, and $12 for all others. Light snacks will be served.

A native of North Branch, Kathy Perry is a social media and digital marketing consultant who works with business owners to maximize every dollar spent in marketing, to get more clients or orders, using today’s available social media technology.  Perry co-authored the successful book Stepping Stones to Success with best-selling authors Deepak Chopra and Jack Canfield, among others. She is a featured BrainTrust member on the Small Business Advocate Radio Show and is also one of the University of Tampa MBA Leadership Coaches.

“At the August 30th presentation entitled “How to be Successful with Facebook Advertising” attendees will learn how to target their best client, discover key strategies for effective digital marketing campaigns and learn how to leverage the power of Facebook advertising to grow their client list and make sales,” Walker explained.

For more information and to register for the seminar, please contact Dana Walker at the Imlay City DDA at 810-724-2135 or dwalker@imlaycity.org.

Meet Your Neighbors

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority want you to Meet Your Neighbors!
DDA business owners and employees are actively involved in our community.  They Are Your Neighbors.

Downtown Art in Action

The DDA would like to thank the Imlay City Rotary Club, the Imlay City Lions Club and Frontier Communications for their generous support of the Downtown Art in Action We would also like to thank Ian Kempf,  Lapeer County FFA, JER Equipment Rentals and Tom Germayne for their time and donations.
14 pieces of large, outdoor public art were produced by Randy Hughes and Hunter Pope. The artwork will be displayed throughout downtown in the upcoming weeks.

2016 Blueberry Parade

Thank you for making the 2016 Blueberry Festival Parade a huge success!
We had 65 entries for the 2016 parade.  Thank you to the Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds and our volunteers for making everything run so smoothly!
Congratulations to our parade trophy winners:
Pirates of Michigan- Best Use of Theme sponsored by Kempf's Imlay City Florist
Wheelin Team 457-Mayor's Trophy sponsored by Mayor Walter Bargen
Imlay City Junior Spartans- Best Community Spirit sponsored by Frontier Communications
Imlay City Kroger- Best Local Entry sponsored by Kelly's Pet Salon
Imlay City Eagles- Most Patriotic award sponsored by Tri-City Times

Parade Application

Farmers' Market on Thursdays

The Farmers' Market will be held at the corner of Third Street and Main Street every Thursday until October 27 from 1-6 p.m.
The Market does accept food assistance programs including WIC, Senior Fresh and EBT and payment with a debit card.  Double Up Food Bucks will also be honored this year.
For more information on the Market, including a vendor application, please click here.
On Thursday, August 18, a special Crafter and Artisan market will take place.  A special rate of $5 for the day for crafters and artisans will apply.  For more information, please click here.

Vendor Application


In the fall of 2014, Imlay City teamed up with Attica Township and Imlay Township to participate in the Frontier Communication’s “America’s Best Communities” contest.  The Imlay Team received a $50,000 grant in May of 2015 when it was selected as one of the top 50 communities from 350 contestants.

The grant money was used to develop a Revitalization Plan that has laid the foundation for future economic and cultural growth for our region.

Copies of the Revitalization Plan, along with conceptual renderings, are available at the City and Townships’ offices, at both branches of the Ruth Hughes Library and by clicking on the link found below.

Although the Imlay community did not advance to the final round of the competition, the experience was truly amazing and Imlay City, Attica Township and Imlay Township are truly one of America’s Best Communities!

See how the America's Best Communities Contest will Impact our region by clicking here.
A big Thank You to Frontier Communications click here.
Why Do You Love Imlay City?  Click here.
Want to see our Progress? Click here.
Our Revitalization Plan process has begun!  Click here.
The Imlay Region's Quality of Life can't be beat!  Click here.

America's Best Communities- Imlay City

Welcome to Historic Downtown Imlay City!

Whether it is an abundance of things to do, or a pleasant smile and friendly atmosphere you desire, Imlay City’s Historic Downtown Depot District offers both. Nestled amongst the quiet tree-lined streets of Michigan’s Thumb Region, Downtown Imlay City provides locals and visitors a wealth of opportunity and possibility. With a great mix of businesses, outstanding service, and a pleasant environment, why go anywhere else? Please take a moment to visit our many shops, eateries and service establishments. We guarantee you will be greeted with a smile as you indulge in all Imlay City has to offer!

2016 Blueberry Parade July 23 4pm


Buy Local

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority and the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce are proud sponsor the ongoing Buy Local Campaign.

Why Buy Local?  Click here to discover the importance of buying local.
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