Jim Bohnhoff’s contribution to downtown Northfield’s visual appeal through his historic signage has spanned decades. Among his recent projects: three signs for the Northfield Public Library. A month ago I took photos of him and Howie Holt installing the sign at the Division St. entrance:
Last week, after a mini-photo shoot of him with Library Director Teresa Jensen, I interviewed him about how he got started with historic signage and how he approaches each project:
I then took photos of him with 22 of his current signs along Division between 3rd & 4th streets and on Bridge Square. Watch the 14-minute video, see the gallery of 30 photos below, and visit his Jim Bohnhoff Design website.
Downtown Northfield is now in the quarterfinal round of the America’s Main Street contest sponsored by Independent We Stand. The quarterfinalists are the top 25 vote-getters of the 242 United States downtowns nominated during the first round of the contest. Participants can vote for their favorite downtown (Downtown Northfield!) once each day until May 28. Just go to www.mainstreetcontest.com , find “Downtown Northfield,” click “View Profile” and click “Vote”. Simple!!
You can help Downtown Northfield win $25,000 for downtown improvements and bragging rights as “America’s Main Street”!!
Friday night, May 12, is Girls Nite Out in Downtown Northfield. The festivities begin at 4pm and continue until 9 (or later?) Shops and restaurants will have specials all night long, there will be snacks and adult beverages for tasting, and drawings for prizes. This is the 10th annual repeat of this tradition in Downtown Northfield.
How many of you remember the first Girls Nite Out in 2007 and the debut of the “Shop Local Boys”? It’s too bad there isn’t video of the boys’ amazing performance on the stage of the Grand Event Center, but there is photographic evidence and we present it here for those who missed it in person. Quite a night!
For a complete photo gallery of the 1st annual Girls Nite Out, click here: https://get.google.com/albumarchive/104249465721871659850/album/AF1QipOGOEj2qWs7jyJGQJmrb4j8JAcwAlQeFxK7AG4r
Taste of Northfield, a summertime tradition in Downtown Northfield for many years will be reborn this coming June 15. Renamed “Downtown Northfield Taste Tour”, the event will be held from 5-7pm in a number of eateries and watering holes. Taste Tour is a walking food and drink crawl from one end of Division/Water Streets to the other. Tickets will be available at Bridge Square beginning at 4:45pm. A list of participating restaurants will be published soon. Added bonus: Northfield Community Band concert in Bridge Square at 7pm!
Have you heard the news? Content Bookstore is moving to a new location in Downtown Northfield. But don’t worry about having a hard time finding the new store, the owners are only moving it across the hallway in the same building!
The shop will open at its new location on Saturday, April 29th, as indie bookstores around the country celebrate the third annual Independent Bookstore Day.
“When we opened the shop, we knew this was a community that would enthusiastically support an indie bookstore,” says owner Jessica Peterson White. “We didn’t know quite how enthusiastic our customers would be! We already find we need more space to support our robust events schedule, to expand our offerings for kids and families, and to continue to cultivate the cozy, relaxed atmosphere and lovingly curated selection our readers appreciate.”
Customers will still find Content at The Shops at 314 Division St., in the heart of Downtown Northfield. In their new space, they’ll gain about 30% more square footage and a huge increase in shelf space. The shop already has a full events schedule set for the new space, including Lorna Landvik on May 1 and Kathleen Ann Kenney on June 22. Details of events are available at www.contentbookstore.com.
Independent Bookstore Day has always been a favorite celebration at the store, and this year it will feel extra special,” says Peterson White. The shop will open at 10 am with free donuts and coffee for customers. At 11 am, local illustrators Aimee Hagerty Johnson and David Huyck will help young readers 4 and up make their own Little Golden Books, in commemoration of the iconic books’ 75th year in print. At 4 pm, the shop will host a celebratory happy hour in the shop.
From April 24-28 business will be anything but usual at Content. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to pick up a box or two and carry it over the threshold!!