Park Avenue Prowl

What is the Park Avenue Prowl?

In Charlevoix, we talk about “side street businesses,” the downtown businesses not on Bridge Street.  Sometimes people don’t know we’re here.  But the upside is that we are fortunate to escape the noise, dust, huge crowds, and general confusion of Bridge Street.   

Park Avenue, the first street south of the bridge, has a long and distinguished history.  Before 1906 it was called Main Street, in anticipation of its becoming the main business street in town, away from the muddy waterfront activities that took place on Bridge Street.  Then Boulder Park was developed, and our street acquired both a new name and a new character. 

It is still, in many ways, the center of old Charlevoix.  The oldest standing buildings in town are there.  Many of the Earl Young houses are there.  And the path to Michigan Beach, and the lighthouse, are there.  If you take a look at an aerial map, you’ll see that Park Avenue links Round Lake to Lake Michigan — a walk down Park is a walk from Lake to Lake.

We invite you to take a walk through Charlevoix’s history.  Take the Park Avenue Prowl (also known as the Main Street Meander).  For more information, visit our website:  Park Avenue Prowl





  1. We met the other night at CCHPS meeting. I told my aunt, and she looks forward to meeting you also. Some info about your brochure. Hoffmann, two f’s, two n’s. And Uncle Walter didn’t pull down that house, the city did. And Aunt Liz wants to know if your official address is now 103 Park Avenue because the original is gone. She says your building was called 102 1/2 for awhile!! Also, I wanted to tell you about the silver Christmas tree if JoAnne Beemon doesn’t beat me to it!! Uncle Walter was Santa Claus at the bank for years. One year, they stored their silver Christmas tree in the top story bay window. I didn’t know until years later that going by the house to see the Christmas tree–year round, wasn’t just a family thing. All the kids in town did it. It was a tradition! And JoAnne found out about this and now the tree is at the consevancy house across the street. There was an article about this several years ago in the Courier. Aunt Liz says that they were often asked why they had a Christmas tree in their window. She said it was because Walter kept Christmas in his heart all year long.

  2. Excellent blog. good luck.

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