All posts by Griff Wigley

Jim Bohnhoff’s years of historic signage work in downtown Northfield continues unabated

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:

Howie Holt, Jim Bohnhoff
Howie Holt, Jim Bohnhoff

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:

Teresa Jensen, Jim Bohnhoff
Teresa Jensen, Jim Bohnhoff

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.

 

Photo gallery

Brick Oven Bakery’s Dean Christensen is happy with their move to Downtown Northfield

It’s been about 18 months since owner Dean Christensen moved the Brick Oven Bakery (BOB) from Professional Drive and expanded it at The Crossing in Downtown Northfield.

Dean Christensen, owner, Brick Oven Bakery (BOB)

I interviewed him last week about his rationale for the move and the results:

00:00-02:15: What about BOB (the acronym for Brick Oven Bakery)?

02:15-05:10: What was the rationale for the move and the results thus far?

05:10- 06:00: Where have your new retail customers primarily come from: Hwy 3, downtown, or the colleges?

06:00-7:30: What’s been the evolution of Friday Pizza Night and live music?

07:30-09:05: What impact on your business do you foresee with Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott Hotel to be constructed this year at The Crossing and Tanzenwald Brewing Company opening soon across Hwy 3?

09:05-10:05: What’s up with your weekend specials?

10:05-11:10: Tell us about The Band of 10,000 Aches

11:10-11:58: Closing comments

Photo album:

Downtown streetscape plan – final document

streetscape-coverThis is a 90-page PDF of the Downtown Northfield Streetscape Framework Plan that was discussed at last week’s NDDC forum.

See Ross’ blog post here on the NDDC blog as well a blog post on our Locally Grown that discussed the issue.

You can view the document via the slideshow below, though it’s better to hop to the Slideshare website for the document and click the ‘Full’ button to view the slideshow with the full screen of your computer. You can also copy/paste the embed code in your own blog, or email it to others.