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What Should Go Here?: Hoffman's Photography

This is a new feature that asks residents how Northfield should fill its vacant spaces.

Northfield's business landscape is constantly changing—and part of that change includes vacant properties peppered throughout the community.

There’s little doubt residents have their own ideas on how they'd like to see these spaces filled.

In this new feature, Northfield Patch asks you to imagine the future of these spaces. Do you see a new restaurant? A new store? Something no one else has considered? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

In this edition, we look at the former  space.

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504 Division St. S.

What was it? Hoffman's Photography

Vacant: Since late 2011

Current owner: Shane Austvold and Prashanti Govindu

History: The longtime Northfield business quietly . The photography and framing studio has been a staple in the Northfield business community for more than 55 years. Larry Hoffman sold the business to Erin Delmore in 2005. Hoffman’s moved from 506 Division St. S. to 504 Division St. S. in 2010.

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Martha Davies May 01, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I am clueless as to what sort of business should go there, but it would be nice if the facade could be restored to it's original appearance. The "remudeling" of our historic downtown buildings is one trend we need to reverse, especially in that block, where there seems to be less draw than the shops further north on Division.
Corey Butler Jr. May 01, 2012 at 04:36 PM
From Robin on our Facebook page: It's all about How Much is the Rent or Lease per month?? If it's high then it will be limited to a few high end businesses and If it's low it will be open to a lot of businesses that can stay open and make some good money for a long time, keep your fingers crossed!
Betsy Gasior May 02, 2012 at 07:17 PM
As always, if a restauraunt, I'm all for a NY style Deli. :) That having been said, I would love a bookshop with cozy places to read and stay awhile. Monkey See Monkey Read is great for browsing and buying, but a place that encourages nestling in with your new purchases sounds fantastic. There was a shop in my hometown that was like it...if I ever win the lottery, I'll open it. :)
Corey Butler Jr. May 03, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Deli! I don't think this would be a restaurant space in the future (too much work redoing it, I reckon). A cozy bookstore seems fun, but I wonder if there's enough room on Division Street for two bookstores.
Martha Davies May 04, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I agree with Corey-the space would not work for a restaurant without lots of remodeling. I thought of bookstore too, but didn't we have one right by Hoffman's that went out of business? It was a cozy, lofty space filled with tons of books and seating, but it eventually closed. Probably due to poor sales.
Elizabeth Larson May 06, 2012 at 11:49 PM
If we can keep one book store open by not buying at Target or Barnes and Noble that's all we can possibly hope for
Mateo June 17, 2013 at 08:34 PM
I would like to turn this space into a family medical clinic. I am going to bring back the old time country doc with house visits and focusing on wellness. Dragonfly Medical Clinic and Wellness Center. Please let me know what you all think Northfield. Dr. Mateo Caffrey

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