Plenty of shoppers swept through downtown Northfield on Saturday.
Well, that was a bit different than Friday. Downtown Northfield was relatively vacant during the annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza, but hustle and bustle returned to Division Street a day later for Small Business Saturday. Many businesses—Fine Threads, The Rare Pair and The Sketchy Artist, to name a few—had deep discounts on merchandise, as was evident by filled stores and packed downtown parking.
Area shoppers got in and out of major stores quickly.
As it has gone in years past, Northfield's Black Friday wasn't as fierce or chaotic as our suburban neighbors. Major retailers like Target, Kmart and Menards had plenty of shoppers, but people navigated the aisles with relative ease and got out of stores quickly. Downtown Northfield was quiet Friday morning, with very few shops open ahead of their usual times. The early-morning mainstays were welcoming customers as usual, including The Hideaway, Goodbye Blue Monday and Quality Bakery. Joining them for sunrise shopping was Fine Craft Collective, a temporary shop at 314 Division St. featuring works from several Northfield artists (look for a story soon). Business is expected to pick up on Saturday in downtown Northfield as business owners …