Downtown Northville offering heated outdoor shopping, dining experiences during winter months

Posted at 4:35 PM, Nov 11, 2020

NORTHVILLE, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michiganders may wonder how they'll manage shopping and dining during winter amid a pandemic, with businesses maintaining capacity limits.

It's certainly no fun waiting for your to-go order in the snow. So downtown Northville has found a unique way to address that with heated and covered outdoor socializing spaces.

It's called the Heat in the Street experience.

The Northville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced the new effort on Tuesday. The organization is working with local business owners to provide these spaces for visitors to stay warm while shopping and dining in the downtown area.

Local restaurants will occupy the vendor stands and serve seasonal dishes and beverages to keep guests warm while strolling through town, a release states.

In each heated pod there will be high-top tables for four to six people. The dining pods will be available noon to 10 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Vendor stands will be open noon to 10 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

There will be street closures on East Main Street, between Center and Hutton, as well as on North Center Street between Main and Dunlap. The closures will be through March 1.

Visitors will also enjoy live music and activities.