Category Archives: Business Visits

Members of the NDDC Board and staff make regular visits to Downtown Northfield businesses to recognize special occasions and discuss pertinent community or industry issues.

NDDC Board Visits ECO Gardens

NDDC Board Members visited with Howie and Jeni Holt of eco gardens recently and got the full tour.  It’s really amazing what they’ve done with the old Tires Plus site.

As part of the founding family of Mother Earth Gardens in South Minneapolis, they have over a decade of experience in the business.  They sold the business a few years ago, eventually moving to an old farmstead west of Northfield. After seeing the vitality of our historic commercial district, they decided to get back in the garden store businesses. Continue reading NDDC Board Visits ECO Gardens

NDDC Board Visits Tea Creations

Members of the NDDC Board visited with Daniel Xiong at Tea Creations.  It was a cool and refreshing break in our morning.

Tea Creations just celebrated their one-year anniversary in Northfield.  Daniel told us that he and his wife were attracted to Northfield by the historic buildings, the beautiful setting, the people on the street (might I summarize as our vibrant and vital downtown?), and the presence of the two colleges.  Continue reading NDDC Board Visits Tea Creations

NDDC Board Visits Rare Pair

The NDDC Board’s most recent monthly business visit was to the Rare Pair.  With NDDC Board member Mark Quinnell and Rare Pair Owner Krin Finger, it was like Old Times at Northfield High.

Krin would seem to be pretty happy with Northfield.  She grew up here, married her high school sweetheart (first date was at The Grand when it was  movie theater), is raising a family here, and has owned and operated the Rare Pair for twenty years. Continue reading NDDC Board Visits Rare Pair

NDDC Board Visits Northfield Arts Guild

The NDDC made its first visit to a non-profit organization as part of the business visit program; the board visited the Northfield Arts Guild.  It may be a little out of the ordinary, however, NDDC board members realize that strengthening our community requires more than creative business development; non-profit and civic organizations also add vibrancy and vitality to our local economy. Continue reading NDDC Board Visits Northfield Arts Guild

Downtown Northfield is an Economic Driver

Downtown is a powerful driver for the Northfield economy.  Taken as a single entity, it is one of our largest employers.  It is also home to most of the businesses in our community, more than two-thirds of all of the firms in Northfield are located in the downtown.

However, downtown’s contributions to the Northfield economy go beyond the many jobs and business located in our historic central business district.  Downtown is one of Northfield’s most powerful assets in attracting new businesses and new residents. Continue reading Downtown Northfield is an Economic Driver