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NDDC Forum will tackle downtown restaurant challenges

Submitted by Amy Gage 

The Northfield Downtown Development Corp. (NDDC) will present its monthly Downtown Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 9, with a panel discussion that examines retail vitality on the main street of Northfield in the wake of the recent closing of Las Delicias restaurant on Division Street. 

Editor's note: You can catch up on the las Delicias story here. 

The Downtown Forum is held at 8 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month in the lower-level conference room of the Archer House, Third and Division streets. The public is welcome, and refreshments will be served. (This month's event was delayed by the holiday.)

Among the topics to be covered: rental rates, the community’s responsibility to businesses and businesses’ responsibility to the community, high property taxes, the cost of maintaining and expanding historic buildings, the viability of available financial tools and how downtown can function as a business incubator for the larger community.

Grezzo opening last night!

Click to view more photosWe (Grezzo Gallery) opened January with "scrap" last night! The show runs through January and features scrapbookers from all around Minneosta and even from all around the nation. The doors opened last night at 6 pm. We had Wes Thomsen in the house to screen his documentary, Scrapped. Wes is a local film maker, and I hope now a good friend. We had a packed house, somewhere up towards 70 people at one time (we can't fit any more than that in our gallery). After the movie Wes answered some questions and people stuck around to check out some of the scrapbook art on display and to mingle with other scrapbookers including some from the movie.

I want to thank the Northfield Arts Guild and the Archer House for letting us use some of their chairs, and the Art Store for giving us props to stage our window. Please visit these businesses in our community and show support for the local business owners! 

Update: Las Delicias to Close on December 30

Update (01/02): The Star-Tribune weighs in on this complicated and emotional story with its own reporting here

Update (12/28): More information and discussion on Locally Grown including response from the landlord and links to background information.

Submitted by Mary Savina (12/26):

Many Northfielders will be surprised and sorry to hear that Las Delicias - the restaurant in the Ideal Cafe space - has posted a notice saying they will be closing on December 30. The Barrientos family has operated the restaurant for more than seven years. They have been on a month-to-month lease, not only for the restaurant space, but also for the family's apartment upstairs and the landlords have chosen not to renew the leases into 2007.

The loss of Las Delicias is a blow to a family that has contributed in many ways (and not just the good food) to the Northfield community. It is also a loss to the community.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view/downloadThe holiday is behind us and a new year is upon us! It's time to make your new year's resolutions. If your resolution is to enjoy Northfield and have more fun, as always there is much to do in the area:

Tonight, Kim Bloom will be entertaining folks at The Hideaway with his classical guitar from 7 to 9 p.m. The Hawthorne Palace Band plays at the Tavern starting at 8 p.m. Or you could head to Dawn's Corner Bar in Dundas on for their New Year's Bash with Harmonic Voodoo.

On New Year's Eve, Bjorn to be Wild will be entertaining those ringing in the new year at the Contented Cow.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

There's so much going on in town this weekend that we couldn't even get this post online in time to cover it all! You may have missed Kim Bloom at the Hideaway last night, and Norwegian Cowboy at the Tavern, but you'll get another chance when they return next weekend.

Tonight at The Grand, CBO will fill the dance floor with little big band boogie – I’m counting 11 members in their publicity photo. Doors open at 8:30 with a $10 cover charge (less than $1 per band member!), and you can reserve holiday dining before the show by calling 663-1773.

Spend your Saturday downtown shopping the fine shops of Northfield, after you get your exercise with the Jingle Bell Run. Just Food Co-op is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary from 12-3, and at 2 p.m. Doug Ohman is signing books at Monkey See, Monkey Read. Then there’s a high school concert choir at Carleton at 7:30, Anthony Newes at the Tavern at 8, Clearblue at Dawn’s at 9, The Jack Project at the Cow and a DJ upstairs at the Rueb.

And on Sunday...

2006 Jingle Bell Run/Walk This Saturday

Jingle Bell Run The fifth annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk will be held this Saturday. It's a charity event, with all registration fees going to the Northfield Area Family YMCA.

Saturday is going to be a great day to be outside, with the weather forecast of sunny skies and the temperature in the 30's. Enjoy live music, a horse drawn wagon, free jingle bells, holiday treats and a free 2006 Jingle Bell Run t-shirt. Also free holiday stockings will be given to all family run/walk participants with stocking stuffers handed out along the route. Registration starts at 8 a.m. in the Northfield Armory (519 Division Street) with the race starting at 9 a.m. More details can be found at the Jingle Bell Run/Walk website. The event is sponsored by Carlson Capital Management and Fifth Bridge.

Just Food Turns Two!

Submitted by Joey Robison, Marketing and Member Services Manager, Just Food Co-op:

Just Food Co-op

If you are looking for organic food, food produced locally, products without additives, natural health and body care products, and eco-friendly housewares, you can find them at Just Food Co-op. This weekend, the Co-op celebrates its second anniversary with an anniversary bash on Saturday, December 16.

Northfield Wine Club Holiday Show this Thursday

Submitted by Stephen DeLong

The Northfield Wine Club will hold our final event of the year, this Thursday, December 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Grand, featuring Wines for the Holidays.

As usual, we will be offering a variety wines from around the globe, with special emphasis on styles best suited for holiday entertaining and food pairing.

Come all ye faithful, and sample some bubbly, along with stylish and affordable whites and reds, with even a little sherry thrown in for good measure.

This collection of Holiday Wines will be accompanied by an assortment of cheeses courtesy of Just Food Co-op, and baguettes from Brick Oven Bakery.

Thanks to the sponsors who keep us online would like to take a moment to thank our generous sponsors, who have agreed to match the contributions of our new members.  Please take a good look at the list, and remember the names when you're doing business here in town.

Their generosity continues to help Northfield and become a better community.

Northfield Public Library starts its own info blog!

Do you ever wonder when storytimes are?
When First Steps is open?
How to get a library card?
Information on book group?
What's the latest news on Booker?

Now you can click either from the library's website or go directly to the library's own info blog by clicking on the image or this link to

Have fun and keep informed the easyway!

Kathy Ness is a children's librarian at Northfield Public Library. 

Come celebrate another year of

Tis the season for fun—and for the Northfield Citizens Online annual meeting. We will be gathering at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Carlson Capital Management to share a toast to another great year, another as we elect and install our new board members, another as we honor and thank our outgoing board get the idea. Let's just say it won't be a boring business meeting.

Winter Walk warmed the cold crowds

Last night's Winter Walk was cold but seemingly more popular than ever, according to our old friend Griff Wigley, who sent us the photo at left. You can see the 50+ photos he took on Locally Grown.

Local photographer and another friend, David Perez, also got some wonderful photos of the event, including the one on the right. You can see his photos at his site. And if you have any photos, just send them along in an e-mail to and we'll add them to the Winter Walk 2006 gallery. (Thanks to Maureen Rado and Cindy Jenson for the submissions.)

NEW Birds Eye View map available during Winter Walk!

Click to view larger imageThe first Bird's Eye View of Northfield since 1888 will be available for people to order at the Northfield Historical Society during tonight's Winter Walk. We are the only place in town that will be selling the prints! Be the first to get your hands on the new map, which was created by Jim Bonhoff. It took him over 14 months to complete the map. We invite you to get your order in before the holidays and be one of the first people to get this new piece of Northfield History!

(Editor's Note: A bird's eye view of Northfield published in 1869 can be seen here.)

Hayes Scriven is the Executive Director of the Northfield Historical Society. 

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere: Repeal Day Edition

TWINB LogoThe 'Sphere ish back and we're got that... uh... thing, 'cause it's Repeal Day today wooooooooo!  Yeah!  We wuz jusht sitting here and we were all like "We should totally write that Blogostuff 'cause, it's like, due, man." And I was like "That's the besht idea I've heard all night" and then that waitress came by, you know the one... yeahhh, you know the one... and we ordered another pitcher, 'cause it's Repeal Day!  Wooooooo!  The Sphere is back!

Rushing through the holidays? We'll help you get it done

Jon Manners, here. Connie and I have decided to keep Custom Framing Studio open longer during this busy time. Not round-the-clock, mind you, but:  Monday through Saturday, 10 am until 5 pm. We're going to drop the weird hours we've been keeping on Thursday and make it like any other day--there will be no siesta! And yes, you read that right, we will be open on Mondays.
    How long will we keep this up? Bring in your framing right up to, (maybe even through), December 19th and we will have it ready for The Big Day. For that matter, if you are truly a last minute gambler, I might be able to squeak something through on the 20th. Talk about last minute! 
    And even after the 20th, I'll take whatever jobs I can using moulding I have in stock.  I can work with your pre-existing frame, as is, or cut and resize to fit new projects.   Matting - no problemo.  Is there anything else I can do for you? I'll sure try!

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