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Richfield Gateway Monument Takes A Step Forward
|Richfield Gateway Monument as it looks today
|Gateway monument in an earlier stage of construction
The new Richfield Gateway Monument has taken a step forward since the last time we shared a photo. It is not yet complete,
but is looking great so far. A "Penn Central of Richfield" branding badge will be added to the monument. Next spring
there are plans for adding lighting.
In addition to this monument at Penn and 62nd, gateway monuments
have also been installed at the northern Richfield/Minneapolis border at Lyndale, Nicollet and Portland Avenues. Monuments
have been built for both Richfield and Minneapolis to welcome people to each respective city. Funds for these monuments came
from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) as part of the Crosstown Commons reconstruction project.
monuments are a great addition to the community. They welcome visitors to our city and let everyone know they have entered
Richfield. We really dislike when people are in Richfield and think they are in Minneapolis, Bloomington or Edina. No offense
to any of our neighbors, all of which are great communities. We just want people to be in a "Richfield state of mind"
when they are in Richfield. It would be great to secure funding for gateway monuments at the southern border, too. Too often,
we have heard people refer to "the Best Buy building in Bloomington."
We look forward to
seeing the monuments fully completed.
Brad's Christmas Tree Lot brings
holiday cheer to the community
Brad's Christmas tree lot is a sign of the holiday season in the Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood. The warm
glow of lights takes the chill out of the air. Neatly stacked Christmas trees wait for their holiday homes. Festive wreaths
adorned with bright red ribbons add cheer and merriment. A Christmas tree lot is a special place where memories are made and
traditions are celebrated.
When you visit Brad's Christmas tree lot in the northwest corner of the Lunds
lot on Penn Avenue, you are part of a long neighborhood tradition in Richfield. Owner Brad Thompson says he has been selling
Christmas trees in the Penn and 66th area of Richfield for about 35 years. During that long tenure, he has moved around, but
always stayed loyal to the neighborhood. Prior to working out of the Lunds lot, he set up along 66th Street, just west of
where CVS now stands. He also recalls selling trees in both the Car-X and CarHop locations before those businesses were in
According to Brad, setting up the tree lot was once delayed when he operated out of the building
where CarHop now does business. It was in 1987 when the Twins won the World Series for the first time. The building, which
was an old Arby's restaurant, had been vacant. But with the success of the Twins, temporary souvenir stands were popping up
all over town, including at this site. He couldn't set up until the souvenir business vacated. He was happy to wait, however.
Being avid Twins fans, Brad and his wife were part of the huge crowd that packed the Metrodome to welcome the team back to
town after defeating Detroit in the first round of the playoffs.
When asked which type of tree is
most popular, Brad says that the Fraser Fir is still king. People like the fir for its attractive yet soft needles.
addition to quality trees, Brad's Christmas tree lot prides itself on top notch service. They will help you get the tree into
your vehicle or tied to the rooftop. If transporting a tree is not possible for a customer, Brad's does offer a delivery service.
When not selling Christmas trees, Brad also runs a landscaping service to keep himself occupied during
Check out these links:
Brad's Landscaping - Home page
Brad's Landscaping - Christmas Tree Lot Page
Brad's Christmas Tree Lot Facebook Page