Last Wednesday I had a front row seat from my corner office window at GBM as Jim Bohnhoff , Howie Holt and crew mounted the exterior signs for the new Tandem Bagels shop next door that opens tomorrow morning.
Shop co-owner Tony Frentz was inside, also wearing his hat as owner of Frentz Construction in Mankato. Tony said his wife, Anne Frentz, runs the bagel business (they also have a shop in Mankato) but that one of their employees there will be moving to Northfield to manage the shop here.
This means that the east side of the 300 block of downtown Northfield will now have three shops selling baked goods with coffee: Tandem Bagels, Goodbye Blue Monday Coffeehouse ("Coffee, Tea, Bakery"), and CakeWalk Custom Cakes & Dessert Bar?.
Nfld News: Tandem Bagels opening Tuesday in downtown Northfield
Update March 5, 6 am:
I arrived for my GBM coffee at the usual hour this morning and the new manager of Tandem Bagels next door, Marty Larson, was out shoveling the sidewalk. Marty and his wife and daughters (ages 6 and 8) will be moving to Northfield in the near future. He took one look at the fat bike I was on and noticed the Milltowns Cycles sticker on it. "I’m friends with Ben Witt." He then let me inside to take some pre-7-am-opening photos.
Left: There’s a back room for meetings and those seeking a little peace and quiet.
Center: The menu has some items named after Northfield businesses
Right: The A-Team on duty for opening day: Marty Larson, Lisa, Anne Frentz (co-owner), and ??
In May of 2011, I blogged that the Archer House had finally installed an external sign that let people know there were public restrooms inside, upper and lower levels. (I had been complaining about the lack of signage for the $100,000 public toilets, paid for by taxpayers.)
I was still unhappy that the sign was so tiny. See the photo of Jim Bohnhoff, Bohnhoff Design, pointing to it.
This morning, Ray Cox of Northfield Construction, stopped by my corner office at GBM to let me know that they were working with Jim to install a huge new sign on the back of the Archer House.
I took a photo but as you can see, the sign was not visible yet.
I’m hopeful that the new sign addresses my concerns. If they’re reluctant to use direct language (eg, ‘public toilets here’) then maybe a euphemism like:
Anyone have better suggestions?
Update 9/2, 11:15 am:
Alas, no such wording. But the sign looks terrific, day and night (apologies for the crappy night photo, taken with my smartphone):
I noticed Jim Bohnhoff (Bohnhoff Design) bringing a sign into the north side of the Summa Building this morning and to my surprise, discovered that a new clothing and accessories store is about to open.
Kelly Hubbard (pictured above with her mother Neva and daughter Brooklyn) will be opening Pink Posh Boutique on May 1. She’ll soon have a Facebook page up.
More background in last week’s Nfld News.
Jim Bohnhoff, Bohnhoff Design, installed a new sign on the front of the Archer House River Inn in downtown Northfield yesterday afternoon.
I asked Jim to point to the small sign at the bottom that says:
Main & Lower Levels
Given that I’ve been complaining for a year about the lack of signage for the $100,000 public toilets, paid for by taxpayers, I’m happy to see it. But it sure is small.