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?.
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 ??