Great Lakes Burger Bar Celebrates its Grand Opening

With a perfect summer evening, a line of hungry customers backed up out the door, burgers sizzling on the grill, and the contented sighs of satisfied diners, the Great Lakes Burger Bar’s  grand opening was a success.

Mayor Randy Walker and County Commissioner Glenn Anderson joined a host of dignitaries to welcome the new restaurant to Garden City. The traditional ribbon cutting took place as a DJ spun tunes and Beefy the Burger Guy charmed the crowd.

The Great Lakes Burger Bar is at 5726 Middlebelt Road.

See photos from the Grand Opening.

2016_logoContestants Can Now Register for the Chili Cook Off

Contestants in the Amateur and Restaurant categories can now register for the 2016 Chili Cook Off which is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Registration should be submitted as soon as possible as space is limited. Submit by fax, mail or drop off at DDA office, 29213 Ford Road, Garden City, MI 48135, to reserve your spot. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 7, 2016 by 1:00 pm.

Please send the completed registration form and payment to the DDA and make checks payable to the Garden City DDA. If you have questions please call Theresa 734-261-2830 or Kim 734-563-0373.

2016 Amateur Chili Cookers Registration

2016 Restaurant Chili Cookers Registration

2016 Amateur Rules Chili Cook Off

2016 Restaurant Rules Chili Cook Off

Vendor Applications Now Available for the Chili Cook Off

Food and merchant vendors can now access the registration forms for the 2016 Chili Cook Off which is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2016

The application and payment for food vendors is due by Friday, September 2, 2016. Remember, spaces are limited as are the spaces with electricity available.

Merchant vendors have until Monday, September 26, to submit their application and payment.

Please send completed applications and payment to the Garden City DDA, 29213 Ford Road, Garden City, MI 48135. Please make che cks payable to the Garden City DDA. If you have questions please call Theresa 734-261-2830 or Kim 734-563-0373.

Download and print the 2016 Merchant Vendor application

Download and print the 2016 Food Vendors Application


Vendors Can Sign Up Now For September’s Lucky Squirrel

Event registration for September’s Lucky Squirrel festival is now available. The registration form can be downloaded and printed.

The event takes place on Saturday, September 17, 2016, and runs from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. 10 foot by 10 foot spaces are $10.

The deadline for the form’s submission is September 1, 2016. Payments must be received by September 1, 2016 payable to Garden City DDA 29213 Ford Road, Garden City, MI 48135

For more information, please call the DDA Office at 734.261.2830 or email

scavenger_hunt_bannerScavenger Hunt Clues Are Now Available on the DDA Website

Participants in next month’s Scavenger Hunt will be able to pick up a clue packet any time between June 27 and July 8. The clue packet is also available on the DDA website. Print the Scavenger Hunt Clues

The Scavenger Hunt begins Friday, July 8 and runs through Friday, July 22. The event is cosponsored by the Garden City Business Alliance and the Downtown Development Authority will be hosting a city-wide scavenger hunt. 

Those who are picking up clue packets ahould come to the  Downtown Development Authority any time in between June 27 and July 22. The DDA is at 29213 Ford Road and is open M-F 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Solve all the clues correctly and return your packet to the DDA on or before 3:00 pm, July 22. You will be entered into a drawing for cash prizes. Winners will be drawn at the Music in the Park Event on July 28, 2016 in Garden City Park.

The drawing will be held on the first intermission. You must be present to win. The first place prize for the Scavenger Hunt is $500. The Scavenger Hunt and Music in the Park are free events. Food will be available for purchase at the music event.


Pets and Their Owners Turn Out for the 2016 Flea Circus

With trainers giving demonstrations under the big tent, the pet photo contest (what puppy, cat, bird, lizard, rat or snake doesn’t want its picture with a pretty princess?), a ton of pet products and treats to purchase, and dogs waiting to be adopted, the Kroger parking lot was abuzz (or abark) with activity on Saturday, June 11.

See all of the photos from the 2016 Flea Circus.

great-bacon_run_starting_lineThe Great Bacon Run Was Just That – Great!

More than 300 runners and walkers took part in Garden City’s first-ever Great Bacon Run and hundreds more were there to cheer them on.

The fastest runner, Malik Jordan of Wayne,  completed the course in 17:01, while the last walked crossed the finish line after an hour and seven minutes. The fastest woman was Lenna Kirby from Columbus, Ohio who clocked in at 22:10.

The kids got into the action, too, as they took part in the Junior Bacon Fun Run, Children 12 years and under raced a half-mile down Central to Maplewood and back. Each child received a participant medal.

Once the race was over, participants snacked on various bacon-flavored goodies, and the top-three winners in each age division were awarded bronze, silver and gold medals.

The Great Bacon Run was jointly sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority, Garden City Public Library, and the Department of Parks & Recreation.

See all of the photos.


First Lucky Squirrel of the Season a Success

It was a perfect Saturday for the first Lucky Squirrel of 2016. There were plenty of sellers (150 vendors in all), hundreds of treasure seekers bargain hunters, and the weather cooperated. And there was plenty to eat with offerings from the Garden City Cafe, pizza bread from the Villa Bakery, and even a stand selling ice cream.

See all of the pictures from the event.


2016 Garden City Taste Fest a Culinary Delight

Once again, Garden City restaurants and venues outdid themselves in the second Garden City Taste Fest, as more than 200 participants visited seven locations during the event.

The evening kicked off at the Golden Feather Feather restaurant where participants signed up. Buses ferried attendees from venue to venue where they had their fill of gastronomic delights.

The Straight Farmhouse offered a delicious selection of sweets from Garden City businesses, while Garden City Mini Golf (celebrating its 50th anniversary this year) offered Detroit Mini Donuts and a chance to win a free round of golf.

New Taste Fest restaurants this year included Leon’s Family Restaurant and GJ’s Coney Island. Al Sultan, the Golden Feather and Sports Venue were repeat venues from 2015.

The Taste Fest ended up at the Golden Feather with a raffle drawing including gift certificate to participating restaurants.

The annual Taste Fest Event is jointly cohosted by the DDA and the Garden City Business Alliance.

Check out all of the Taste Fest photos.

Documents You Need

The GCBA & DDA Scavenger Hunt Clues
Print the Clues

The Lucky Squirrel, September 17, 2016
Event Registration Form
Due by Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Chili Cook Off, October 8, 2016
2016 Amateur Chili Cookers Registration
Due by Wednesday, September 7, 2016 by 1:00 pm.

2016 Restaurant Chili Cookers Registration
Due by Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by 1:00 pm.

Upcoming Events

Regular Board Meeting – June 21, 2016
Willy’s Birthday is in July!
GCBA Scavenger Hunt, July 8-22
September 17 Lucky Squirrel
9th Annual Chili Cook Off, Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show, October 8
October 28 Spooktacular Trunk or Treat
56th Annual Santaland Parade, November 26
Second Annual Holiday Craft & Business Expo, November 26
November 28 Holiday Christmas Tree Lighting

What We Do

The mission of the Garden City Downtown Development Authority is to enhance the quality of life for Garden City residents through revitalization of the downtown district.

The DDA’s operating philosophy is built upon the principle that strengthening a core area benefits the entire community, improving property values not only in the core district, but throughout the community.

This is done by promoting economic growth, encouraging expansion of commercial enterprises in the downtown district, and by eliminating the causes of deterioration.

We also work with business leaders and community organizations to sponsor events in the downtown district such as the annual Chili Cookoff, Lucky Squirrel Festival, Willie the Pig Road Rally, and the Santaland Parade.

These events help draw city residents downtown and foster a sense of community.