Taste Tour Food Crawl Thursday June 21, 5-8pm

Join us for the Downtown Northfield Taste Tour on Thursday evening, June 21 from 5-8 pm. Last year, at our first annual food crawl event, hundreds of people savored and sipped their way through downtown, enjoying food and drinks at 12 different locations. This year we’ve made it longer, added beer and we’re selling advance tickets!

Here’s the lineup for 2018: Chapati, The Contented Cow, Froggy Bottoms, The Hideaway, Hogan Brothers, Imminent Brewing, Just Food Co-op, Mandarin Garden, Northfield Olive Oils & Vinegars, Quality Bakery, Smoqehouse and Tanzenwald Brewing. Tickets will be available at 19 Bridge Square in the Northfield Business and Tourism Center (19 Bridge Square) beginning Monday, June 18 during business hours. Or get your tickets at the event on Bridge Square. Tickets are $1 each and food/drinks are priced by number of tickets.

Eat at four or more stops on the Taste Tour and enter to win a 2-night stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Decorah, IA or the new Fairfield Inn & Suites Northfield, opening in early September. Thanks to Rebound Hospitality for donating this amazing prize!

Fairfield Inn & Suites Northfield Job Fair on June 20

On Wednesday, June 20th the Fairfield Inn by Marriott and the Archer House River Inn will be holding a joint job fair in the Archer House lower level conference room from 8am-11am and 3pm-6pm. Job applications for both properties may be picked up in advance at the Archer House River Inn or by emailing kenpankow@reboundhospitality.com or generalmanager@archerhouse.com. Both hotels will be hiring for guest service, housekeeping and night audit positions. The Fairfield will also be taking applications for guest service and housekeeping managers and supervisors as well as a bar manager and bartenders.

Rebound Hospitality has hired Ken Pankow as General Manager of the new Fairfield Inn & Suites Northfield. Ken spent the last six years as general manager of the Super 8 Hotel in Bemidji, MN. The hotel is scheduled to open in early September of this year. The Fairfield by Marriott will feature 80 guest rooms and suites, a full-service bar including a 1200sqft deck overlooking the Cannon River, a pool, fitness room, market and a board room. For more information visit www.marriott.com/mspnf

NDDC Becomes Newest Program of Minnesota Main Street

Northfield is the newest Designated Main Street community in Minnesota. The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) applied for designation with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in March and has been accepted into the program at the Big City Affiliate community level. The public is invited to attend a special announcement in Downtown Northfield on June 1, 2018 at 5pm on Bridge Square.

The NDDC collaborates with the City of Northfield, the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Northfield Convention & Visitors Bureau , Northfield Enterprise Center (NEC), the Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA), and local businesses in the community. Downtown Northfield is the heart of the city and includes a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The downtown area contains nearly 200 businesses including a diverse mixture of retail, restaurants and service establishments. There is also a vibrant residential community from rentals to condominium properties to retirement living facilities.

Main Street Programs in Minnesota, such as the NDDC, are local, volunteer-driven downtown revitalization programs coordinated by a local staff person. Each program follows the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Four Point Approach® of historic preservation based community development.  The Four Points are Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion, and Organization which help volunteers to improve the district physically, economically, in its marketing, and to bring enough resources to the effort.

To assist local programs with their work, Minnesota Main Street provides approximately $7,000 in technical assistance funds annually, complimentary training registrations, networking with other communities, and consultation from state program staff. Northfield joins nine other Minnesota Main Street communities: Red Wing, Winona, Faribault, Mankato, New Ulm, Owatonna, Shakopee, Willmar and Wabasha.

Minnesota Main Street is recognized by the National Trust Main Street Center as the official statewide coordinating program in Minnesota and has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society. Every year, the Minnesota Main Street program collects reinvestment numbers from each local Main Street community. In 2017, for every $1 spent to run a local Main Street program in Minnesota, $23.77 was reinvested back in to the community. From 2010 to 2017, local Minnesota Main Street communities recorded $61.4 million in public and private financial reinvestment, 147 net new businesses, 772 net new jobs, and 549 property improvements.

“We are looking forward to partnering with the Minnesota Main Street organization and the other nine communities in our state,” said Jenni Roney, NDDC Executive Director. “The networking and resources they provide will be very valuable to us as we work to sustain a vibrant Downtown Northfield.”

For more information about Minnesota Main Street, visit archive.mnpreservation.org.

Northfield EDA Awards Micro-Grants

The Northfield Economic Development Authority has approved three Clem Shearer Micro-grants since the beginning of 2018. Congratulations to these fine Downtown Northfield businesses for attaining these awards!!

A $5,000 grant was provided to Hot Spot Music, LLC for building re-model and business expansion efforts. Hot Spot Music is at the corner of Division and 8th Streets.

Hot Spot Music

A $5,000 grant was provided to Northfield Physical Therapy for business expansion efforts. Norhfield Physical Therapy is in the Phoenix Building on the corner of Division Street and 7th Street.

Northfield Physical Therapy

A $4,995 grant was provided to Northfield Yarn for remodel and business expansion efforts. Northfield Yarn is at 314 Division Street.

Northfield Yarn
Clem Shearer Micro-Grant Program

The Micro-grant Program is part of the EDA’s progressive business support program. It is designed to strengthen emerging businesses and position them for future growth by helping them take a significant step in developing their technical, management, or marketing capabilities. The maximum micro-grant award is $5,000.

Micro-grant funds can be used for a wide variety of purposes including, but not limited to:

  • Leasehold improvements
  • Gap financing
  • Working capital

The Northfield Enterprise Center (NEC) continues to provide coaching opportunities for new business and coordinates initial discussions on micro-grant opportunities. For more information, reach out to Chris Whillock at 507-339-0336 or at the Northfield Business & Tourism Center at 19 Bridge Square.