In her letter (PDF) emailed to me (and I assume others in the local media) she doesn’t explain the reason for the closing, other than to say "I have decided that it is time to spread my wings." As for Coldwell, she writes:
This means that where there was just one person standing behind a counter, thirteen local agents will now be working out of this space in downtown Northfield. Thirteen people will be bringing in clients, buying coffee and lunch in the downtown, and adding to the vitality of Division Street.
Let it not be said that shopping in downtown Northfield is strictly a highbrow experience. To wit, see this educational display at Present Perfect. That our mayor is the purveyor of this type of material is, IMHO, impressive. I plan to get my Xmas shopping done early this year.
Yesterday, I took the photo on the left of Mary Rossing, proprietor of Present Perfect, holding up the number ten in her store. I’ve taken more than a few photos of her picturesque store over these ten years. Click to enlarge.
A few select people (those living in the western hemisphere) are invited to a birthday celebration, coming up at undisclosed location which she’s promised to reveal here Real Soon Now.
I stopped by Present Perfect this afternoon to take a photo of proprietor Mary Rossing (click to enlarge) who, according to this announcement on the Northfield News web site…
… found the Jesse James horseshoe this morning, just before 7 a.m. The prized shoe was magnetized and hanging on the back of an air conditioning unit at the public library on Washington Street, one of the key clues. Rossing said she was out of town until Tuesday and thought for sure her chances of finding the prize were slim. Nonetheless, on Wednesday and Thursday morning, she was out and about diligently looking. But it wasn’t until Friday morning at 6:40 a.m., when hunt organizer Franklin Lee read the fifth clue on KYMN that Rossing knew for sure. By 6:41 a.m., she was at the library. Rossing has a registered button and says she plans to donate a portion of the $1,000 bounty she won to the Friends of the Library.
Every week, Mary Rossing, proprietor of Present Perfect (not their website but at least it’s something), hosts a KYMN (not their website but… um, never mind) radio show with Jeff Johnson called “What’s happening downtown” that’s broadcast (1080 AM) on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s sponsored by both the NDDC and the Northfield Entertainment Guide published by By All Means Graphics.
I’ve been nagging Jeff and Mary to create a podcast for the show to give it a wider audience. They keep pretending to be clueless newbies so I thought I’d at least get the MP3 of the show and post it here on Locally Grown. (Note to the clueless: this does NOT make it a podcast. It just means the audio is available here for you to click and listen to. A podcast means you’d be able to subscribe to it, TiVo-like, and have it automatically delivered to your computer.