Downtown businesses get blooming

Many downtown businesses and organizations have climbed on the America in Bloom — Northfield bandwagon. Others have had flowers for a long time. I zoomed around Division St. over the weekend and snapped photos of the increasingly colorful downtown. Attach a comment if you know of storefronts I missed.

See the album of 4 dozen photos or this slideshow:


  1. Mary Schier said:

    I’ve noticed some pots and planters popping up outside of downtown, too. For instance, there are some containers with the Northfield in Bloom colors near the James Gang coffeehouse on Hwy. 3.

    May 28, 2008
  2. Vicki Dennis said:

    Not to be blowing our own horn (ok, so I’m tooting a bit) – Grundhoefer and Ludescher has some beautiful planters!

    May 28, 2008
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    Thx for the heads-up, Vicki. I’ll swing by for a photo. I need to earn some brownie points with that Ludescher fella anyway. 😉

    May 28, 2008
  4. Props to John “Frenchy” Jacob for choosing and tending to all the flowers at Froggy Bottoms and the decks and on Water Street for the law office and pub. He says they will be at full glory in a couple weeks. He also gets the flags going on the decks. Frenchy has lived in one of the apartments above Froggy Bottoms for 22 years now. All the other apartments are now available as Froggy Suites (since Jake Hv. moved to a house, there are now two suites that face the river, three facing the street).
    Frenchy does a great job bringing color to the river and we featured his flowery work in the Summer/Fall Froggy Times which can be read at, click on FrogBlog, then on Froggy Times, Summer/Fall 2006. Thanks, Frenchy! Your volunteer work is appreciated.

    May 28, 2008
  5. Griff Wigley said:

    Vicki, I’ve added a photo of your workplace, plus 8 others near Water St./Third/Hwy 3.

    May 29, 2008
  6. Thanks to you, Griff, these photos will be in the archives of the Northfield Historical Society for future generations to ponder and enjoy! It is important to document the scenes of our town, subject to change as they can be, and these photos from May of 2008 are a help in that mission. Thanks again!

    June 16, 2008
  7. What about the beautiful floral displays at Lansing’s Fresh Start Flower Emporium…my name, not theirs. That’s a natural.

    June 16, 2008
  8. John S. Thomas said:

    Check out the new plantings in the boulevard at Just Food.

    June 16, 2008
  9. David Ludescher said:

    Griff: Thanks for the great pictures. You earned those brownie points (#3) back, and then some.

    June 17, 2008

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