Light Up State Street 2014

Thursday, December 4 we will officially kick off the holiday season with our annual tree lighting event.

I know it’s not yet Halloween, but now is the time to start planning ahead.  Please contact us at 989-791-9865.  We are looking for volunteers for before, during and after the event as well as businesses who want to be included in the bags that we are providing to families (filled with coupons, pens, etc).

This year we are also looking to coordinate 12 days of giving.  If you are a State Street business and have a holiday donation or charity already designated, we would love to help you coordinate and promote your event.  Please contact us by posting information here or by email.


The Power of One Person

I met Tim Lynch about 8 years ago.  Describing him in a single word would be difficult but I would probably go with energetic. More than one word – almost zealous, devoted, committed, ready to be the change.  Tim and I discussed the State Street corridor many times.  He was excited about the possibility of State Street. He was willing to walk the talk.  Not only did he immaculately maintain his property, he maintained MDOT’s right of way along State Street. Tim was one of our best advocates for what State Street could be.

He passed away December 31, 2013.  During their January meeting, the State Street Corridor Improvement District Board discussed Tim’s passing.  Also on the agenda was a plan to institute an annual clean up event beginning this May.  It seemed like the two items were meant to be discussed together.  From that meeting, the Tim Lynch Spirit of State Street Award was created.

The award will be given annually to a business, nominated by the public and their peers, selected by the State Street Corridor Improvement District, for the businesses consistent, ongoing commitment to their property and business.  The business should represent “the face of State Street.”  A focus shall be not necessarily based on dollars invested but in the effort and impact of the thousands of little things that set a well cared for business apart.

Tim Lynch was a local Saginaw attorney with a  passion for the State Street Corridor.  In addition to the many other causes he was so active in, Tim quietly worked to keep State Street a thriving commercial corridor.  He was an avid supporter of keeping the area clean, attractive and well maintained.  He devoted his own money, time and effort to maintain sections of the roadway that would otherwise go unkept.  This award will be given annually to a business and or business person who exude these same characteristics and commitment to State Street.

Would you like to nominate a business? Let us know who and why below:

Nomination Form



Sunday Sunday Sunday

This Sunday.

The tree.

The Big Man himself.

Cookies and hot chocolate.

And firefighters. And the Heritage High School Band. And 3rd Grade Singers from St. Thomas Aquinas.

Join us at Green Acres Plaza in front of Kroger on State for our 3rd Annual and best yet Tree Lighting. The event will start at 4 pm.  In addition to the multitude of shopping and dining options in the area within walking distance we will also have kids crafts, cotton candy, music, firetrucks and firefighters, hot chocolate and cookies, singing and general merriment to kick off December and the holiday season.  We hope to see you there.


Tree Lighting

We are quickly ticking away toward our third annual tree lighting event on December 1.  We have an earlier start this year for our festivities.  Beginning at 4 pm, the State Street Corridor and its Elves will welcome holiday goers to the Green Acres Plaza and Kroger.  There will be craft activities for children and cotton candy (two things that obviously go well together).

The shops in Green Acres Plaza will be open so you can browse and shop for everything from gift for your loved ones to gifts for yourself and even stop and enjoy dinner or a coffee.

St. Thomas Aquinas will provide a youth choir for entertainment and then at 5:45 the Heritage High School Band will arrive.  A short program will follow, and then a very special guest (ho ho ho) will arrive to officially light our tree.

There’s still time to participate.  Please contact us at 989-791-9865.  We are looking for volunteers for before, during and after the event as well as businesses who want to be included in the bags that we are providing to families (filled with coupons, pens, etc).


People often ask what makes a commercial area special.  Often times they phrase it in a question like, “I wish we could be like <insert tourist town name here> because all the businesses look so nice and everything is so clean and neat.”  My philosophy has always been that every day, businesses make choices. And every day, people make choices.  At the heart of every business – and it doesn’t matter if you’re serving coffee, or cleaning teeth, or helping someone with their taxes – are people and the way they respond to the public, to the environment and each other.

tim hortons

Last week I stopped at Tim Horton’s for some coffee.  I think this  (see photo) is the message that State Street is sending.  It doesn’t have to be a coordinated effort to decorate businesses for Halloween.  It has to be a clear message that businesses (local, chain, small, large) care.  The people working at Tim Horton’s made a deliberate choice to spend the extra money and the extra time to decorate for Halloween.

The same can be said for the business owners who, when they are walking into their business and see a piece of trash on the ground, pick it up and toss it in the trash.  At the end of the day, it’s not the beautiful streetscapes and benches that build a community.  Those things just decorate it. At the end of the day it’s people who make State Street great.


Well we may not be quite ready for our close up but we are in full swing for our Holiday Tree Lighting Production.  Mark your calendars for December 1 at 6:30 at Kroger’s on State Street.  Santa has been confirmed as our very special guest, along with the Fire Department.  We are looking for entertainment before the tree lighting.  If you know of a school or church group who would be interesting in performing, please contact us.

Special thanks to businesses that have already committed to provided goodie bag items or otherwise donating and participating:

Chemical Bank
H&R Block
Future Insurance
Country Sampler

We are also encouraging businesses to decorate for the holidays.  We have priced packages of lights – although you need not purchase them through the CID.  There are no restrictions on colors, etc. If you’d like to buy a specific package of lights, please email us or call us at 989-791-9865.

Green Acres is the place to be….

“There have been some exciting developments occurring in Green Acres Plaza as of late!  Most recently, the Country Sampler has added a café within their business.  The Fireside Café opened on August 19th, and serves a variety of delicious and refreshing coffee products right in the store.  The coffee itself is produced by Fireside Coffee, a Michigan-based, family-owned company that the Country Sampler has been stocking for close to a decade.  The store has also hired four new employees to work at the café, and provides Wi-Fi internet access for those looking for a place to sit back and relax.

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The Plaza has also welcomed the addition of an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in the space previously occupied by Big Lots.  Ollie’s offers name brand merchandise at a fraction of the cost of other stores.  Come by on September 19th at 9 AM for the grand opening event, featuring an appearance by NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne!

Finally, the Lettuce Lounge Eatery is set to open up shop soon in Green Acres Plaza.  Saginaw Township residents Margo and Kurt Lambert hope to offer salads, sandwiches, and other healthy food options to the area at reasonable prices.  The restaurant will feature indoor seating, Wi-Fi internet access, and catering services.”

Who’s ready for some holiday shopping?

3rdtreelightingIt may seem a long time from now but Christmas really is just six months away.  It’s July 23 and already most retailers are promoting back to school shopping (it’s still barely summer!).  But even though we like to savor the holidays as they come, now is just the right time to start planning your December events.

We are looking for you to commit to participating in Lighting up State Street.  For more information and to sign up without a ton of decision making, visit here.

United Financial Credit Union


united financial

Congratulations to United Financial Credit Union!  The official ribbon cutting was held on June 24, 2013.  The 10,000 square foot addition will be home to administrative offices for the credit union.  The building and it’s beautiful landscaping are a welcome addition to the State Street Corridor.  Do you have an upcoming event?  Let us know so we can help spread the word.

Father’s Day

Shopping for Father’s Day can be a challenge.  Not necessarily because Dad is picky but because it can be a struggle to find a gift that isn’t a traditional tie, set of golf balls, etc.  The State Street Corridor is home to some creative examples of Father’s Day gifts and we’re going to highlight some different options here over the next few days.

stonequestOne great option for a gift is a construction project where you do the actual hard labor.  Stone Quest is located at 6245 State Street.  They offer materials and services ranging from mulch to  materials for paver patios, stone outcroppings, outdoor kitchens and fire pits.   They have a large selection of decorative stone with 31 different kinds from 15 states and 3 countries. In addition to the decorative stone they offer 13 different mulches, a number of different wall and paver suppliers in addition to natural stone.  If you’re thinking of a fire pit gift for dad, click here to see more information.

A unique and exciting feature that Stone Quest offers is the ability to learn how to install their products. There are two upcoming seminars to learn how to install paver and wall systems, June 11 (Tuesday) from 6 to 7 p.m. and June 22 (Saturday) from 3 to 4 p.m.  All seminars are at Stone Quest and last about 1 hour. Pre-registration is required, and spots are limited so please call 989-791-2281 to reserve your spot.  Stone Quest is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Wednesday and Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm.  Stone Quest is currently running a special promotion where you can be entered to win a $200 certificate toward Oaks Pavers and Wall Block.  All you need to do is like their Facebook Page.  The promotion runs through June 15th.