Archive for the ‘Northfield’s Good Stores’ Category

Paint It Back

Monday, June 25th, 2012

If you are wondering where the heck I have been, I can tell you now I have been here at home while three workmen have painted all the wooden surfaces on my half brick, half wooden home.  It’s quite a process when they actually paint with a brush as opposed to the quick air brush technique that was applied to our Northfield home. Brush painting lasts longer than air brushing.

Two of the same painters did the work both in Northfield and here in my new home.  Both times, a very good job was done, a nice fair price was paid, and no undue delays, the rainy weather being the only one.  I always like to give you all a heads up when I find a good deal and this is no exception.  If you are looking to stay in your home or sell it quickly, a new paint job, like a face lift, does wonders for the soul.

We hired and recommend Painting Plus of Northfield, talk to Ted Robertson at 506-645-7688.  Tell them Bright sent you.  No kickbacks involved, just a good recommendation for a job well done.  So paint it back to the way it looked on day one.

In addition, Ted’s company also does epoxy floors for industrial or gargage floors in large companies or homes. He showed me pictures and it looks good.

Used A Bit

Monday, August 9th, 2010

No, I’m not talking about how some might feel at the end of a long hard day. Nope, this time I am talking about the nice ladies and super bargains over at Used A Bit Shoppe which is a store operated by the Northfield Senior Center that sells quality furnishings that are previously appreciated and gently used. Every so often, I do a blog on shops I have visited that I left feeling better than when I entered.

We walked into Used A Bit a couple of weeks ago, looking for a rammiken set for my friend and found much more. For instance, we picked up a beautifully made solid pine coffee table mounted on steel frame with a drawer that slides in and out from two sides, a beautiful and large Japanese ginger jar with lovely fish and flowers hand painted on it, both for my newly installed conversation pit. The cost was $60, but it was 30% off everything in the store day, so we stole the two items for just over $40.

The coffee table is quite substantial, read large and heavy, and although my husband could handle it alone, a nice strong lady suddenly appeared and gave him a hand loading it up in our pick up truck. I love that sort of thing! So, we brought the table home, gave it a nice coat of oil soap and it came to life wonderfully! At $30, you just can’t beat that kind of deal.

Now, you won’t find any broken or dirty items at the Used A Bit Shoppe because they don’t accept them. Take a look at the website and see the type of items they sell and they type they accept as donations and if you’re lucky, you might be able to volunteer some time there. It’s all for a good cause and it’s as local as you can get!

Riverpark Mall
624 Water Street South
Northfield, MN 55057

Bright’s Flashes

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

We’ve been doing so much lately,  we don’t have time for a full blown one subject blog, so we’re keeping with what we started recently and that is just a few thoughts, brilliant flashes or ill thought out  dribble, whatever comes up and is relevant, important, or just plain cool or stupid.  You be the judge.

First, I’d like to give a shout out to the owner of Aquatic Pets at 414 S. Division Street in Northfield.  Why?  She said she would take a slightly broken aquarium that was left here when we bought our home…this is saving me a $20 fee at the landfill, as it is the last of stuff I am clearing out, recycling and giving away.  Aquatic Pets will sell the slightly broken aquarium to someone who will use it as a terrarium, fix it, or some great art experiment and then turn the money over to the animal shelter!  How cool is that?

Then, I ‘d like to say that Kurry Kabob is a very good place to eat, the food is fresh, and like homemade the owners tell me they use no prepackaged herbs or anything.  It is always good food and oh, if you are a little afraid of herbs or spices in your tum tum, they will cook you some plain dishes so you can go with the people who love the spice, like me.  It’s so good for you, and the tumeric spice which is in every curry sauce is said to stave off Alzeimer’s by cleaning out the arteries…you see, there is no such disease in India.  You have to eat it a lot, not just one trip to Kurry Kabobs.   At least that is what I have heard lately…andnot meant to be medical advice.  I am not a doctor, nurse or anything like that, but I go to one or two!

We got some super herbs and flowers over at the Northfield’s farmers market a couple of weeks ago, and they are doing very well.  Now I found out that Dundas has a Farmer’s Market, too.  Mon and Wed from 3 to 8pm and on Saturday, hours unknown.  It’s nice because a lot of people cannot make the Northfield hours during the week.  I haven’t been to Dundas yet,  but I will go soon and tell you all about it.

Went to Applebee’s and had the sampler plate,  well, I had one third there, dh had one third and I took a third home.  Gained 3 pounds.  No lie.  That stuff tastes great, but whew, talk about calories.  D had the bbq ribs, which were pretty decent for a chain restaurant.  The waitstaff has improved considerably, imho, and the prices are low enough.  Don’t park in the pick up spots though. I didn’t know servers came out to get the orders!  We just pulled in for a minute to see if they had a spot for us, and out comes the woman ready to take my order!  Fast.

Recently I decided to eat out less, and I have been taking home half my restaurant meals for some time now, but still struggling with the five or six pounds I would love to loose.  Not working. I have decided to stop eating at home as much.  I lost two pounds with this plan, real weight.  Seems like I think my home cooked food is less fattening, so I eat more of it.   Hope this plan sticks and the food I eat doesn’t.

Monte’s in Faribault  is still good, if not better with nicely priced lunches.  Depot in the same city, not to be confused with Home Depot, is under new ownership.  The food was pretty good when we visited last week and the three trains roaring by made it super fun for us sitting next to the window! Monte’s is closed again.

Gotto try the Cheese Cave in Faribault,  a new store on the 300 block of Central Avenue, west side of the street.  Mmmmm.  The cheese is aged right back of Depot restaurant in a cave.  Wow.  Right here in Minnesota.  Whodah thunk it?

Bon Voyage for now and Ciao, ciao, good bye!

Northfield Stores I Like

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Viking Auto Salvage
26548 Chippendale Ave
Northfield, MN

I called just now and a very nice man said I could bring a painted metal table that we  inherited with this house over for recycling…at no cost,  just get it in before 4PM.

Rice County Recycling  wants $19.95 for a truck load or less, but I have so much less, so maybe next time, Rice!  Oh, and I tried Northfield FRecycling Egroup…no takers…

check them out at, -  I have had good results with free offers there.  I think a Wigley family member started it up locally.

Bright’s Award for Generosity of Heart-Retail Category

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Right now, Beef o’Brady’s (I call it BOB’s) on Heritage Drive and Hwy 3, is hosting a free dinner night for those amongst us who are less fortunate. It’s a real inspiration, and while I am sure a lot of us are doing something really nice for somebody somewhere, Beef O’Brady’s, its owners and volunteer staff, is the most apparent to me at this time. SO, you go BOB! I think they are pretty much booked to the hilt right now, but if you can help, give them a call.

Happy Holidays, you all!

La Vencedora

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

La Vencedora, a grocery store, restaurant and bakery. Located at CR 3 and Hwy 19 in Northfield, west side of 3.

It was a sunny autumn afternoon, just after 1PM. I walked in, was greeted by a lovely senora who graciously asked me, “Can I help you?” ‘Si’, I said showing off my Spanish :) , I ordered a corn taco, pork. Everyone was so nice. Did I want onions? Por favor, I bragged. Did I want cilantro? Did I want spicy green salsa? Si, si, si, I replied. It only took about a minute and then, there it was, my pork taco with everything. Gratias.

I took it home, shared it with dh and ate it. I was amazed, I was surprized, I was happy. Look folks, for $1.98 total we got a nice happy little snack. If I had two, that would be dinner for me. So delicious. The corn tortilla was not that rubbery one I am used to, the pork was lean and juicy and chunky, not ripped up shredded muckety muck. The cilantro had some guts to it, not that weaky, thin, and barely flavored cilantro I usually see around. Then, a nice hunk of fresh lime to go with it, and fresh onions, not those about to disappear ‘caramelized’ ones you don’t see but sort of feel. The green side container of salsa was very good. A deep spicy but mellowing out sort of salsa. I liked it mucho bueno.

I saw a man eating there with several plates set out before him. I want that next time.

How do you say ‘authentic’ in Spanish? Let me give them four stars so far.

Fireside Orchard and Gardens

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Went to Fireside Orchard and Gardens on Hwy 19 today for the first time this season. Oh, what a lovely, lovely place to see an apple orchard, gardens, apple store and more! It is a nice place to escape for a few.

Every year, it just gets better. They have an incredible rose garden with roses of many colors and types. They built a pergola and are now growing grape vines that have just about covered the lovely seating area where you can go with some homemade donuts and coffee or cider and look out over the boulders and the gazing pool and rose gardens that surround the pergola.

The Fireside owners, Todd and family, want you to come out and do art and bring some children and have an afternoon of peace and beauty. They are great people. Get all their info, including when apples are available and what type will be ready on any given date at the website listed below. They also have some great cheeses, apple pie from heaven, fudge, and apple butter and more gourmet items. I have a lovely red hot chocolate cup I bought three years ago and it is still lovely red, after many, many trips thru the dishwasher. They also feature Good prices, too.

Totally handicapped accessible and they have a website, too…

PJ’s Fabrics and Crafts

Friday, September 12th, 2008

PJ’S Fabric and Crafts
660 Professional Dr

Stopped by today for the first time. Was greeted with friendliness and a nice smile. Looked around and found some lovely fabric, design patterns I have never before seen, children’s kits, crochet, knitting and sewing supplies, including clothing patterns, and they also have lessons for all these crafts. Nice.

I would love to see this store do well in Northfield, so I am offering a free blog on it’s behalf with the owner’s blessings. You all call come by and see the Halloween costume patterns she has, Penny Roy I think is the owners name, and have a little fun. Oh, they do quilting, too. And it is a fully handicap accessible store.

I bought a wooden airplane kit, and made notes for things I want in the future, once I decide what I will make with that lovely lavender swirl material I saw at such a nice price.  They are easy to find, right behind McDonald’s, and a few doors down from Brick Oven Bakery.  See ya there!

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