Girls Nite Out is Ten Years Old: Remember the Shop Local Boys?

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!

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For a complete photo gallery of the 1st annual Girls Nite Out, click here: https://get.google.com/albumarchive/104249465721871659850/album/AF1QipOGOEj2qWs7jyJGQJmrb4j8JAcwAlQeFxK7AG4r

Save the Date: “Downtown Northfield Taste Tour” June 15

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!

Sip. Savor. Shop. See you on June 15th!

Content Bookstore is moving!!

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!!

Let’s Make Downtown Northfield “America’s Main Street”

We need your help. Downtown Northfield has been nominated to become “America’s Main Street” in a contest run by a non-profit organization called Independent We Stand. What’s the payoff you ask? $25,000!! The Stihl Company is sponsoring the cash and other prizes for the winner. The public can vote once a day from now until April 24, 2017. After that, there will be another round of voting for 25 semi-finalists.

Friends of Downtown Northfield can go to America’s Main Street website, find the “Downtown Northfield” profile and click on the “vote” button. Everyone is also encouraged to share this voting opportunity with all contacts in their social and professional networks, especially their contacts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There are share buttons for these platforms on the Downtown Northfield profile on the America’s Main Streets contest website. Make sure that you vote every day and tell your friends to do the same!

Smoqehouse Satisfies Eager Customers

This week I went along with a welcoming delegation from the NDDC to pay a visit to Downtown Northfield’s newest dining venue, Smoqehouse. Owners Andy and Heidi Kubes opened Smoqehouse on March 15th at 212 Division St. in the Archer House River Inn and have quickly generated a steady stream of daily patrons. Smoqehouse is a fast casual eatery featuring handcrafted sandwiches with smoked pork, chicken and beef, salads and soups. The café in Northfield is the second location for Smoqehouse. Andy and Heidi located their first restaurant in Faribault, Minnesota in the fall of 2015. Foodie magazine HeavyTable.com called their porchetta sandwich “one of the best sandwiches in the state.” Smoqehouse uses ingredients from local sources like Downtown Northfield’s own Brick Oven Bakery and Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars.

The restaurant occupies the Archer House space formerly used by Bittersweet Café. However, diners who are familiar with the previous tenant won’t recognize the space. Andy told us that they basically gutted the space and rebuilt it from a bare shell, doing much of the work themselves. They separated the kitchen and order counter from the seating areas and traffic seems to flow much more smoothly with the new floor plan.  Future enhancements include craft beer and possibly wine in the coming months. Smoqehouse offers takeout catering and occasionally operates a food truck during the summer as well.

Smoqehouse is open Monday – Saturday from 11am-7pm. They’re closed on Sunday.