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Tandem Bagels, opening Tuesday: Northfield likes baked goods with coffee

Jim Bohnhoff Tandem Bagels Howie Holt
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.

Tandem Bagels, Northfield Tony Frentz Tandem Bagels
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:

Marty Larson, Tandem BagelsTandem Bagels, NorthfieldTandem Bagels, NorthfieldTandem Bagels, Northfield
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.

Back room, Tandem Bagels, NorthfieldMenu, Tandem Bagels, NorthfieldThe A Team, Tandem Bagels, Northfield
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 ??

Archer House gets a big new sign in back. I think it’s going to read: ‘You can relieve yourself here anytime’

Jim Bohnhoff, Bohnhoff Design, with Archer House sign 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.

Archer House, west sideThis 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):

Archer House sign, west side Archer House sign, west side Archer House sign, west side

Pink Posh Boutique opens in downtown Northfield on May 1

Jim Bohnhoff  Pink Posh Boutique Neva, Brooklyn, and Kelly Hubbard
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.

Photo album: St. Patrick’s Day parade

Kevin O'Connell, Jim Bohnhoff St. Patrick's Day parade, downtown Northfield Jim Pokorney
Yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade began on downtown’s west side and wound its way over the pedestrian foot bridge, along Riverwalk to Bridge Square, and then back to the Contented Cow‘s outdoor stage area.

The holy trinity of Kevin O’Connell, Jim Bohnhoff, and Jim Pokorney, after many weeks minutes of planning, once again pulled off this great contribution to Northfield’s legacy of community events.

By keeping the parade entirely on pedestrian walkways instead of having it on Division St. as in years past, no street barricades or police were needed. Therefore, organizers were evidently able to avoid having to file an application 45 days ahead of time and pay the $20 fee required by Northfield’s Community Event Policy.

I thought it was better, actually, as the parade participants and the observing crowd were in closer proximity to one another.  People also lingered much longer afterwards on the Riverwalk and around the Cow’s outdoor stage where live music made the gathering all the more festive. Of course, 80-degree weather helped, too.

Robbie and I both took photos. See our large slideshow of 55 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

For more:

Angela Lauterbach, Lauterbach Photography, has 21 photos in a gallery on Northfield Patch.

Jerry Smith has 10 photos on the Northfield News website.

See my parade photos from 2005 and 2008 and Bridgette Hallcock’s (Hallcock Photography) photos from 2010.

A new route for the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day parade

Norman Butler 2012 St. Patrick's Day poster - Northfield, MN
I took this blurry photo (I had too much wine, evidently) of proprietor Norman Butler on the deck of the Contented Cow last night, holding my smartphone with the poster for tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day parade that Jim Bohnhoff sent me.

Take a close look at the poster, as the parade route is different this year.

Norman said they have post-parade festivities planned at the Cow but I don’t see any info about it on the Cow’s website. Anyone have details?

Jim Bohnhoff’s hanging dub dub dub promotes the WWW exhibit at the NAG

Jim Bohnhoff with the WWW Exhibit promo at the NAG WWW Exhibit promo at the NAG Elaine Nesbitt, WWW Exhibit promo at the NAG
This morning, Jim Bohnhoff pointed me to his latest creation, a hanging dub dub dub that promotes the WWW Exhibit at the Northfield Arts Guild.  Right photo: psychologist Elaine Nesbit struts her stuff while under the influence of art.

According to the blurb on the NAG home page:

This innovative show explores how communications technology has influenced contemporary life, revolutionizing how we interact and process time and experience. Features a ten-minute mediated tour of the show running continuously at the NAG, the Northfield Public Library, and on U-Tube.

25 local and regional artists exhibit in this intriguing and very diverse show. The opening reception is this Friday evening, July 8, 6 – 9 pm, and is part of the Northfield Gallery Crawl. Stop in to meet artists and enjoy this thought provoking work.

The Archer House gets a new sign. See the fine print.

Jim Bohnhoff, Bohnhoff Designs Jim Bohnhoff, Bohnhoff Designs
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:

PUBLIC RESTROOMS
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.

4th Annual Earth Day Contra Dance at the Northfield Ballroom

Jim Bohnhoff and Suzie NakasianJim Bohnhoff and Suzie Nakasian were practicing their contra dance moves today on Bridge Square, in preparation for tonight’s 4th Annual Earth Day Contra Dance at the Northfield Ballroom, where everyone will be dancing to the music of Contratopia.

See this Northfield.org blog post for details: Celebrate the Season with the 4th Annual Northfield Earth Day Contra Dance.

What’s a contra dance all about?

See my album of the 2008 Winter Stomp Contra Dance, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow, and below, a one-minute video.

 

Aescendant Accessories moves into 13 Bridge Square

Aescendant Accessories Aescendant Accessories is the name of the new store at 13 Bridge Square, formerly occupied by Sisters Ugly. The proprietor: Andrea Torgerson.

I’ve not yet been in the store nor is their website ready so I’m not exactly clear on the kinds of accessories their selling. I’m pretty sure it’s not motorcycle accessories, though.

Jim Bohnhoff did the exterior signs.