Despite Move, September 2016 Lucky Squirrel a Success

Because of unfortunate weather predicted for Saturday, the Lucky Squirrel was moved to Sunday, September 18. Moving the event did nothing to dim the enthusiasm of the bargain seekers or the bargain sellers.  And the competitors still were able to consume as much chicken shwarma as possible.

See all of the photos


Photos by Katherine G. Palmer

Find a Treasure or Two at the Lucky Squirrel

Come out this weekend and browse through our live Etsy-like venue of arts, crafts, antiques and yard sale finds! You may find a treasure or two!

The event will runs from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm will be held at the old Farmers Market lot in the Kroger Parking Lot – NE Corner of Ford Rd and Middlebelt.

The Lucky Squirrel is sponsored by the Garden City Downtown Authority and it’s geared to hoarders, crafters, and treasure seekers who will shop an array of arts and crafts, vintage goods, bric-a-brac, books and toys, as well as third party sales, like Scentsy, Tastefully Simple and Paparazzi Jewelry. The event spans a more than 10,000-square-foot space. Local crafters will provide jewelry, outdoor yard art, homemade soaps and pet goods.

Garden City Gives a Boot

Visitors to this weekend’s Lucky Squirrel Event are inited to donate men’s and women’s new or gently used boots. The boots will be collected by the Southeast Michigan Veteran’s Standown. (  the organization aids homeless veterans in the Detroit Metropolitan area.

For questions, please call Kelly Bailey 734-837-7940, or David Spiteri 734-812-1518



First Annual Harvest Market Begins in September

The Garden City Downtown Development Authority is pleased to announce Garden City’s 1st Annual Harvest Market! Please join us every Friday evening between 3pm –7pm, September 16th through October 28th. The Harvest Market will feature local farmers, artisans, food and entertainment for all ages!

Market will be held at the Northeast corner of Ford Rd. & Middlebelt Rd, Garden City Michigan, 48135 – At the Garden City Town Center Plaza.

Stay tuned for event updates and exciting news! And as always, please share this with your friends! We would not want anyone to miss out on the fun!

Interested Vendors, please contact us at


Garden City Rocks at Music in the Park

The first-ever Music in the Park event attracted hundreds to the main pavilion in Garden City Park on July 28. Bonnie and the Working Girls mixed oldies and rock standards to an appreciative audience. The area around the pavilion was packed with families on blankets and in folding chairs.

The event, sponsored by Gordon Chevrolet, featured the winners drawing for the Garden City Scavenger Hunt, and for a pair of tickets to a Tiger’s game (also provided by Gordon Chevrolet). The Garden City DDA and Garden City Business Alliance hosted the event. See the photos.

Scavenger Hunt Winners Picked
Winners of the 2016 Garden City Scavenger were drawn at the Music in the Park for a first, second, and third place. The first place prize was $500, second place was $300, and third place was $200.


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

Upcoming Events

Regular Board Meeting Set For Tuesday, August 16
Special Board Meeting for Thursday, August 4, 2016 Has Been Cancelled
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 27 Spooktacular Trunk or Treat
56th Annual Santaland Parade, November 26
Second Annual Holiday Craft & Business Expo, November 26

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.