Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Here are the Better Business Bureau's tips for November.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tis’ the Season - for Scams! We all look forward to the holidays, and so do scammers. As people begin to make their holiday plans, unscrupulous scammers are dusting off their tried and true seasonal scams. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is advising shoppers and donors that by knowing the red flags to watch out for and by adhering to the following tips, they’ll hopefully be able to steer clear of Grinch-like scams: Always check a business’s BBB Business Review, at www.bbb.org, before making a purchase in the store or online. Make sure that the company has a physical address and telephone number. When shopping online, some websites offer electronics or luxury goods at prices that are too good to be true. …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Downtown Northfield is home to three new businesses: an olive oil/vinegar shop, a new studio/gallery, and a dog grooming salon.
A bottle of extra virgin olive oil, a cuff made out of an old license plate, and a dog walk into downtown Northfield. No, this isn't a joke. It's fact. Downtown Northfield is home to three new businesses: an olive oil/vinegar shop, a new studio/gallery, and a dog grooming salon. Joe Morgan plans to open Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars around mid-December. The business will be run by Morgan and his wife, Northfield residents for 10 years. The shop is at 18 Bridge Square, which is the former Reboot Computers space next to the Northfield Historical Society. The Morgans have wanted to open a small shop in Northfield for some time, tinkering with the ideas of opening a guitar or sandwich shop. After visiting an oil and vinegar shop in Galena…
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Shoppers flocked to downtown Northfield on Saturday to support local shop owners for the third annual Small Business Saturday.
Shoppers flocked to downtown Northfield on Saturday to support local shop owners for the third annual Small Business Saturday. Many Northfield businesses offered discounts up to 20 percent or more off of items to highlight the day. Shoppers scurried from store to store along Division Street on Saturday morning and afternoon to check out merchandise and deals. During the past two decades, small businesses have created 65 percent of net new jobs and for every $100 spent in locally owned, independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures, according to the Small Business Saturday website. Follow Northfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free newsletter
Friday, November 23, 2012
The Fine Craft Collective, a holiday pop-up shop, is once again offering a unique opportunity for local artists and the community to intersect.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Editor's note: Submitted by the Fine Craft Collective. The artisans of 2012 are excited for the Grand Opening of this year's Fine Craft Collective on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 4-7 p.m. The Fine Craft Collective, a holiday pop-up shop, is once again offering a unique opportunity for local artists and the community to intersect. The store is located at 506 Division St. Not only does this show offer artisans an opportunity to show in a professional gallery space, it also allows for members of the community to meet them, learn about their work, and support the local economy. More than just the personal touch of an object made by hand, this co-operative gallery gives a personal connection between artisans and shoppers. A member of the show is …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Are there other specific Thanksgiving openings or closings to note? Leave a comment to let our readers know.
If you need to take care of business at any Northfield establishments, check to see whether they'll be open on Thanksgiving Day. Here are some we've nailed down for you. What's Closed Thursday What's Open Thursday Follow Northfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free newsletter
Monday, November 19, 2012
During this time of the year, many of us are climbing in the car or hopping on a plane to visit family and friends. Be prepared.
During this time of the year, many of us are climbing in the car or hopping on a plane to visit family and friends. These trips, whether just a few hours or several days, can be a time to create long-remembered family memories, but as you head out on the road or board that plane, don’t forget to follow the Boy Scout’s motto: Be Prepared. Pre-plan Before leaving home, make sure items such as mail or newspapers will be picked up by a neighbor or friend. If that won’t work for you, consider having your mail held and newspaper delivery stopped while you are out of town. A house with mail and newspapers piling up is a beacon for burglars. A house sitter is another option to consider. And don’t forget about the four-legged members of your family…
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Open a new world of understanding while pushing your kids to the top of the class with these literary picks.
Toy catalogs and commercials have children begging for the latest new toys, but a bounty of books also appeal to kids’ varied interests while honing early reading skills. As Dr. Seuss wrote “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Open a new world of understanding while pushing your kids to the top of the class with these literary picks. Head to Monkey See, Monkey Read to see if these great books are waiting for your child! For the budding artist: The Wall Street Journal recommends What is Contemporary Art? A Guide for Kids from New York’s Museum of Modern Art. A great book to prompt further discussion, kids and parents can share their impressions of the contemporary artwork …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
This feature 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 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 start off with the former Kurry Kabab space. __________________ What was it? Kurry Kabab Vacant: Since October 2012 Current owner: Heritage Square LLC owns the strip mall Age of structure: 2004 History: After seven years in Northfield, Kurry Kabab chef-owner Satinder "Pappu" Singh …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tom Niemsto with Minnesota 2020, a public policy think tank in St. Paul, recently produced a video featuring Darin Steffl, a St. Olaf College junior who launched his own business.
Tom Niemsto with Minnesota 2020, a public policy think tank in St. Paul, recently produced a video featuring Darin Steffl, a St. Olaf College junior who received a $3,000 entreprenuerial grant to launch a small business installing and servicing wireless Internet in rural southeast Minnesota. Check it out! Follow Northfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free newsletter
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
As you look over the list of gifts you need this holiday season, an unsettling feeling starts. How will I pay for all these gifts? How about homemade gifts?
As you look over the list of gifts you need this holiday season, an unsettling feeling starts. How will I pay for all these gifts? Gift-giving is meant to be a time for sharing how much you appreciate others, but rising prices and tight budgets take the feel-good vibes right out of gift-giving traditions. This year, take the money stress out of the holidays by turning to homemade gifts. Homemade gifts are a great way to show you appreciate someone while also adding a personal touch. Gifts don’t need to be expensive to be special. Get the family involved in the fun and you will be creating memories while making unique gifts for those who mean the most in your life. Northfield Patch explores the homemade holidays in hopes that you will find …