Category Archives: Focus on Retail

Be Local…Be Downtown Northfield, MN (Weekend Update)

Sure, as usual, there will be a whole lot of entertainment going on in downtown Northfield this weekend.  The Contented Cow, the Tavern Lounge, the Rueb’N’Stein, and the 620 Grill all have live music…and great food and beverages…for your enjoyment.  But this weekend is also the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.  So let’s talk about the retailers. Continue reading Be Local…Be Downtown Northfield, MN (Weekend Update)

NDDC Marketing Committee Announces New Mini-Grant Program

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The NDDC’s Marketing Committee has long supported community efforts to produce events and promotions that help attract people to downtown Northfield.  Whether through bucks or biceps, we’ve always worked to pitch in to the best of our abilities.

Recent work by the committee has resulted in a fine-tuned process.  “Make It Happen” mini-grants up to $100 are now available to help with event funding. The new application form can be found online in the NDDC  Library.

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation values the outstanding efforts that bring events—and people—to downtown Northfield.  With this mini-grant, we hope to help support many future downtown events, especially those created collaboratively.

So, if you’ve got an idea, some initiative, and an eagerness for collaboration, check out the new NDDC “Make It Happen”  Mini-Grant Program Application.  We’re working together for a vibrant and vital downtown.


Let the Chocolate Set the Mood

Hey, Monday is Valentine’s Day.  (Yes, I admit, I just realized it.)

Don’t let the pressure overwhelm you.  Downtown Northfield will make you free.  Let the chocolate set the mood.  (Fortunately, for people like me, there’s downtown Northfield.)

Downtown retailers are hosting Le Tour du Chocolate.  As the days grow longer, the temperatures (finally) warm up, and we begin coming out of hibernation, it’s a great time to come downtown, and do a little shopping.  (…and pull off a last minute rescue of Valentine’s Day…) Continue reading Let the Chocolate Set the Mood

Start Your Holiday Shopping in Downtown Northfield

…unless you really want to drive to the mall.  Friday is the traditional start of the shopping season.  So, if you want to get started, there are plenty of possibilities to get a good start on your list…in downtown Northfield.

There’s clothing, including Aescendant Accessories, Anna’s Closet, Champion Sports, Downtown Dancewear, Fashion Fair, Fit to be Tri’d, Kids on Division, Larson’s, Ragstock, Rare Pair, Rocky Top, Sisters Ugly, Thrifty Parrot, and Willie’s Shoes.

There are antiques, including Antiques of Northfield, D & M Gathering, and Old Stuff Antiques, and Seven Gables, and there is art, including the ArtOnWaterEclectic Goat, Fine Craft Collective, Northfield Arts Guild Gift Shop, Oolala, Studio Elements, and swag.

There are the gift shops, including Cocoa Bean, digs, Glass Garden, the Northfield Historical Society, Jenkins Jeweler, Monarch, Paper Petalum, Present Perfect, and Rooms by Tagg 2, Secret Attic and Sketchy Artist, and, of course, the retail stores, including Ace Hardware, Aquatic Pets, Bierman Home Furnishings, Echo Used DVDs and Games, Mike’s Bike Shop, Monkey See Monkey Read, NAPA Auto Parts, Northfield Liquor Store, and the Used A Bit Shoppe.

In fact, there are well over fifty fine establishments in Downtown Northfield where you can find some great gifts for your holiday shopping.  And that doesn’t include the restaurants and service providers, who would be happy to make a gift card available to you.

So come on down(town) and check out the exceptional offerings in Northfield, Minnesota.