The Measuring Cup, coming to Northfield in April

Anyone have details about this new business?

Posted to Craigslist: Part Time Retail Sales Position (Northfield MN)

The Measuring Cup is a place for amateur and professional chefs to purchase fun and essential tools, equipment, supplies and gadgets for cooking, baking and entertaining…a place to learn and share your passion for all things delicious. Opening April 1st, 2011.


  1. Hooray! If they give cooking lessons, baking lessons, and sell some special food, they might make it past a year. I wish them luck and I will try and stop by when we are in town.

    January 24, 2011
  2. Oooh, kitchen stuff store. That’ll reduce the amount of driving to the Cities I do. 🙂

    January 24, 2011
  3. Jim Haas said:


    January 24, 2011
  4. Martha Cashman said:

    A real SWAG from me — for what it’s worth — in the old Oohlala building owned by Jan Osterkamp and Gina Lovestrand. Think they have the passion, love, the vision to pull it together and make it shine and keep it downtown. Other possibility — Diane Brill and Norman are building a new empire. No facts. No inside guesses. Just know the people with the vision to create something unique. Any bets out there?

    January 24, 2011
  5. Griff Wigley said:

    Thanks for the Scientific Wild Ass Guesses (SWAG), Martha.

    Did you mean Dianne Burry and Norman Butler?

    January 24, 2011
  6. Martha Cashman said:

    Oh, looking at my post I realize that I was less than clear. SWAG = Silly Wild Ass Guss. Ooohlala building is actually owned by Missy Donnecker (I think SP). I was SWAGing that Jan and Gina would be new tennants with a new business —- The Measuring Cup. Jan and Gina are brilliant retailers.
    On the other side of the coin you have Diane Burry (I stand corrected and Norman Butler) – brilliant restauranters. Either way, whomever it is —- BRAVO for Northfield, BRAVO for downtown. The suspense is killing me!!!!!

    January 24, 2011
  7. As a local food blogger, I’m quite excited! Where is this store going in?

    January 25, 2011
  8. Griff Wigley said:

    Hey Annie, good to have the author of The Dabble blog chime in here.

    As for where, we don’t know yet. There are plenty of Northfield area retail spaces available, including downtown of course.

    January 25, 2011
  9. I read the first few words of the store description, GASPED LOUDLY, my hands flew to my mouth to contain my excitement, and I can’t stop smiling as I type this. This sounds incredible! I will be here every day if this really happens.

    January 25, 2011
  10. Griff Wigley said:

    Mike Lovestrand, husband of Gina Lovestrand who manages The Monarch Gift Shop, told me tonight that indeed, The Measuring Cup will be opening in the current Oolala building.

    January 28, 2011
  11. Griff Wigley said:

    I got an alert from a reader that there is a similar store in downtown Stillwater called The Chef’s Gallery. "Cookware, Bakeware, Utensils, Kitchen Gadgets, Gourmet Food, Dinnerware, and Cooking School."

    January 30, 2011
  12. Griff Wigley said:

    Northfield Patch: New Cooking Store Coming to Northfield

    A new store aimed at budding chefs—regardless of skill level—plans to open April 1, confirmed Gina Lovestrand. Lovestrand, who currently manages her family’s store, Monarch Gift Shop, is set to open the store, called The Measuring Cup, in the space formerly home to Oolala, which closed last month. In addition to Lovestrand, The Measuring Cup will be run by Jan and Steve Osterkamp, Lovestrand’s parents, who also own Monarch, and her brother, Adam Osterkamp.

    February 1, 2011

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