Northfield Business: A Look at 2012's Headlines

Plenty of businesses came, went and celebrated milestones. Here's a look at what made news in 2012.

In 2012, businesses opened, businesses closed and businesses celebrated milestones.

Some of Patch's best-read stories in 2012 were pieces about Carbone's Pizza, Tandem Bagels, Starbucks and CakeWalk coming to Northfield, as well as the closings of Kurry Kabab and Pan Pan Café. Changes to well-known business, like Cocoa Bean and the Northfield Athletic Club were also well read. 2012 also saw a new executive director at the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce, a group of investors make a pitch to buy the downtown post office, and J. Grundy's Rueb 'N' Stein celebrate 30 years in business.

Here's a look at some of the Northfield business headlines for the past year.


  • Tandem Bagels Construction Begins
  • Bagel Shop Coming to Downtown Northfield
  • Carbone's Pizza & Sports Bar Opens
  • Carbone's Pizza and Sports Bar to Open August 1
  • Carbone's Pizza and Sports Bar Applies for Liquor License
  • Carbone's Pizzeria in Northfield Not a Done Deal
  • New Bakery in Downtown Northfield Now Open
  • Custom Cakes and Dessert Bar Coming to Downtown
  • Former Erbert and Gerbert's Space Gets Tenants
  • Home Furnishings Store to Open in Downtown Northfield
  • CherryBerry to Open Friday
  • CherryBerry Close to Opening
  • CherryBerry Frozen Yogurt Bar Coming to Northfield
  • Northfield Starbucks to Open Next Week
  • Starbucks Coming to Northfield
  • St. Olaf Grad Opens Downtown Dance Studio
  • Loon Liquors Coming to Northfield
  • Dayna Burtness of Laughing Loon Farm has Returned to Her Roots
  • Trio of New Businesses Join Downtown
  • Not Another Digs
  • Target's Fresh Food Grocery Department Now Open
  • Northfield Target Could Expand; Starbucks Not Planned for Now
  • Pharmacy Coming to Northfield Target
  • Massage Business Expanding to Northfield
  • Medical Equipment Provider Opens in Northfield
  • St. Olaf Student Launches Wireless Internet Company
  • Denmark-based Firm to Set Up U.S. Headquarters in Northfield
  • Student Exchange Organization Comes to Northfield
  • Downtown Gets New Boutique


  • Kurry Kabab to Close Sunday
  • Pan Pan Café Closes for Business
  • Fermentations Wine Bar & Bistro Closes


  • Economic Development at Work in Northfield
  • Health Craze Finds New Downtown Home
  • Northfield Chamber Selects New Executive Director
  • Northfield Chamber Director Steps Down
  • Investors Submit Offer for Downtown Post Office
  • Downtown Northfield Salon Moves
  • Carleton Memo Shows 35 Staffers to Work in Downtown Space
  • Carleton College Purchases Building at 200 Division St.
  • Froggy Bottoms River Pub Sees Ownership Change
  • Malt-O-Meal Changes Its Name
  • Massage Therapist Coming to Downtown Northfield
  • Northfield Resident Builds Successful Business as Pirate Impersonator
  • The Ole Roll is Back!
  • Northfield Graduate Named ‘Designer of the Year’ at Phoenix Fashion Week
  • An Institution: Grundy's Celebrates 30 Years
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts Coming to Northfield
  • PHOTOS: Small Business Saturday 2012 in Northfield
  • No Beef: Northfield Family Farms Alpacas
  • Northfield McDonald's Now Has a 24-Hour Drive-Thru
  • VIDEO: How to Manage Your Free Business Listing on Patch
  • Rice County Review: Economic Development and Unemployment Updates
  • Pilot Flying J Acquires Big Steer
  • MOM Brands Purchases Additional Space in Lakeville
  • PHOTOS: Evening Rain Does Not Dampen Busy Thursday in Downtown
  • Rural Enterprise Center Featured on MPR
  • Sears of Dundas Moving
  • Laura Baker Services Named Business of the Year; Pryor Named Business Person of the Year
  • Just Food Co-op Featured for International Year of Cooperatives
  • Chuck and Don's Pet Food Outlet Leaving Dundas for Northfield
  • Salon Synergy Moving
  • Curves of Northfield to Stay Open
  • Curves of Northfield Closing
  • Perfect Partners: Chinese and Traditional Medicine Complement Each Other
  • Epic Enterprise Earns Top Accreditation Rating
  • Silkey Gardens' Future is as Uncertain as Minnesota Weather
  • Celebrating Good Business News ...
  • Question: When Do You Shop Downtown?
  • The Three C's of Business
  • 2012 Better Business Bureau Integrity Award Recipients Announced
  • Northfield YPro Raises $600 for a Local Cause
  • Economic Development in Northfield—Ideas Wanted!


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