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Making the News

Positive Pedals Bike Shop featured in Twin Cities Bicycle Club Newsletter 


The Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood welcomed a new bicycle shop to the area last year -- Positive Pedals at 6603 Queeen Avenue South. Owner Rich Meredyk introduced a new customer-focused energy to the local bike scene with his business, and now he is attracting attention in the greater biking world with his approach to customized service. Positive Pedals was featured in an insightful article appearing in the March/April issue of the Twin Cities Bicycling Club newsletter.


The article showcases Rich's love of biking and how his decision to open an independent bicycle shop grew out of his job selling cars and operating a bike repair shop on the side. While his love of biking was always strong, it was an accident that led Rich to take the plunge to become an independent business owner.


To read the article, click here. The article appears on page 11.



Back on the Market

Brueggers Building at 66th and Penn for sale 


The Brueggers building at 66th and Penn has drawn a lot of attention ever since the bagel maker shut down. The plans for the building have been a mystery to us. Initially after being vacated, the building had a "for lease" sign posted. When that came down and work was being done on the building, it appeared that a new tenant had possibly been secured. But calls to the property owner revealed nothing. 


Recently, the parking lot was freshly resurfaced. Then shortly afterwards, a "for sale" sign was posted. So the building is on the market.


With such a high profile location, the corner of Penn and 66th would seem like an ideal spot for a business. We certainly hope to see a new business in there soon!


A question for the community
Would you like to see a roundabout at 66th and Penn? 


The idea of installing a roundabout at Penn and 66th as part of the upcoming 66th street reconstruction project has been aired. The map above shows a conceptual proposal depicting how it could look, if such a plan moves forward. The most significant impact affects the BP gas station at the southeast corner of the intersection.

It should be noted that nothing has been decided regarding a roundabout, but now is the time to add your voice to the discussion. Your first chance to offer your opinion comes this Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 am during a breakfast meeting. Neighbors, business people and city officials will gather at the next Penn Central of Richfield Third Thursday Meeting at Hope's Silver Spoon Restaurant at Penn and 67th. Jeff Pearson, Richfield's transportation engineer, will be on hand to discuss the idea of a Penn and 66th roundabout, as well as update the group about other transportation issues such as 66th reconstruction and the Penn Avenue overlay project happening this summer. 

Get involved in Richfield at a grassroots level. Stop by the meeting and let your voice be heard!


Deck Demolition Done

Penn Avenue Bridge Deck Removed 

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Deck is gone!
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All quiet on Crosstown 62
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Loading up the old Penn Avenue Bridge deck
Penn Avenue Bridge blocked

It was a loud night as they demolished the Penn Avenue Bridge deck. The deck is gone and now work can begin on modernizing the bridge. 

MnDot has a webpage describing the Penn Avenue Bridge project. To stay current, check it out here


Roundup of news stories covering sprinkler issue

Fireside Pizza makes the news regarding remodeling plans 


A variety of news sources covered Fireside Pizza in recent weeks. The long time Richfield business is facing an issue regarding a proposed remodeling project and city code related to sprinkler systems.  Fireside wants to expand to add a party room, which owner Rich Thompson says is needed to stay competitive in the marketplace.  But an an expansion of that size would require adding fire supression sprinklers to both the new construction and the existing building.  To support such a system, a new pipe under Penn Avenue costing in the neighborhood of $40,000 would be required.

This is a complicated issue. Fire safety is of utmost importance, but supporting our local independent businesses is high priority, too.  The Penn Central of Richfield group supports serious discussions and negotiations to resolve this issue in a way that leads to a prosperous Fireside Pizza, which has been an important member of the Penn Central of Richfield community for decades.

Check out these news stories about the issue.  Go on our Penn Central of Richfield Facebook page to add your thoughts.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 

Richfield Sun Current 

Richfield Patch 



Younger people fuel upswing in typewriter business

Vale Typewriter featured on recent Pioneer Press video 

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In a world of smartphones, iPads, laptops and other technical gadgets, the typewriter seems like a distant memory of the past. But Vale Typewriter, 6319 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, keeps going as one of the few typewriter businesses still operating. Interestingly enough, business seems to be picking up according to a recent video produced by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. According to the video, much of the uptick in business is coming from younger people who have a growing fascination with typewriters.  If you have a typewriter you'd like to have serviced, or have any questions about typewriters, call Vale Typewriter at 612-869-3664.

The video features an interesting interview with Mark Soderbeck, owner of Vale Typewriter. To view the video, click here.


Watch the video

Richfield Lunds site of  do-town dancers

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We just found a fun video taken inside the Richfield Lunds at Penn & 66th. The people behind the do.town campaign organized a dance event their YouTube page descrives as a flash mob of "dancing diva" seniors. The goal of the do-town campaign is to get people of all ages to be more physcially active. 

To watch the video, click here.


Sun Current 2013 Readers' Choice Winners Announced

Eleven Penn Central of Richfield Businesses Named as "Best"


The Sun Current newspaper released the results of their 2013 Readers' Choice Awards, and we're happy to announce that eleven members of the Richfield Penn Central area walked away as winners! This is quite an honor because the Sun Current was rating businesses from all over the region.  But as we all know, the Penn Central of Richfield community is a unique and special place.
The following members of the community are 2013 winners:
Best Car Wash
Lerums Auto
6420 Penn Avenue So., Richfield 
Best Auto Repair Shop
Penn Auto Care
6724 Penn Avenue So., Richfield
Best Candy Store
Cone Brothers
6633 Penn Avenue South, Richfield
Best Hamburger
Sandy's Tavern
6612 Penn Avenue South, Richfield
Best Window Cover Store
Drapery Place
7301 Penn Avenue Soouth, Richfield
Best Florist
6545 Penn Avenue South, Richfield
Best Toy/Hobby Store
Hub Hobby
6410 Penn Avenue South, Richfield
Best Lawyer/Attorney
Pat Elliott
Elliott  Law Office
2409 West 66th Street, Richfield
Best Place to Bowl
Lariat Lanes
6320 Penn Avenue South, Richfield
Best Bicycle Shop
Penn Cycle
6824 Penn Avenue South, Richfield
Best Consignment Store
Arc's Value Village
6525 Penn Avenue South, Richfield
Congratulations to all the winners!

Event date announced
Open Streets at Penn Fest returning Sunday, September 21 

Open Streets at Penn Fest is returning on Sunday, September 21 from 12 noon to 4 pm. Billed as "Richfield's Biggest Block Party," the event will feature music, dancing, food, crafts, arts, sports, biking, walking, skateboarding and lots of other fun activities on Penn Avenue, whcih will be closed to motorized vehicles on that day! Watch this website for more exciting announcements. 


To see the official Penn Fest announcement, click here

We have a winner!

Winning entry in our Halloween pumpkin drawing 


Thanks to everyone who entered our Penn Central of Richfield Halloween pumpkin contest. The creativity of entries was fun to see. 

The winning entry was submitted by Kevin Klos, who wins a $25 Davanni's Gift Card.

The names of all persons who uploaded a photo to our Penn Central of Richfield Facebook page were entered in a random drawing. The winner was chosen by the luck of the draw, rather than making a subjective decision. 

Congratulations to Kevin!


Ribbon cutting ceremony

Arc's Value Village celebrates completion of remodeling project 


The Richfield Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Arc's Value Village on Tuesday, December 10. The ceremony was to mark the completion of the extensive remodeling project that has been underway at Value Village. Both the interior and exterior of the store has been modernized with a fresh and contemporary feel. 

Numerous store, community and Richfield Chamber dignitaries atttended the event. Besides the ribbon cutting, guests were treated to delicious treats and special coupon promotions.

Photo above is courtesy of the Richfield Chamber of Commerce.



Unifying the neighborhood

Penn Central banners working to build the identity of the community 

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Just before Penn Fest, new Penn Central banners made their appearance along Penn Avenue. If you've been wondering what's up, it's all part of a continuing effort to build our community's brand and identity -- as well as sense of pride.

The public was surveyed about a neighborhood name at the very first Penn Fest six years ago. Prior to that, the community lacked a common name that people could rally around. There were miscellaneous names that were randomly used, but nothing that was used consistently. That's when the grassroots, citizen-driven group that has become Penn Central of Richfield starting asking the public for its feedback. Through an open process, the name Penn Central emerged as the choice of the neighborhood.

The banners are just one more piece of the effort to create a stronger sense of community. The effort to mount banners was spearheaded by area resident David Gepner, a longtime advocate for the Penn Avenue neighborhood in Richfield. Gepner worked with City staff to develop a policy that would allow display of banners.

While the banners are a significant step forward in branding the neighborhood, they will not be the last. Watch for future announcements about efforts to build our Penn Central of Richfield spirit!


Local florist wins award

Danae Timmerman of Flowerama honored 

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Richfield Patch is reporting that Danae Timmerman, owner of the Flowerama shop at Penn and 66th, recently won an award at a convention in Las Vegas. To read the article, please click here.

Congratulations to Danae, one of our leading business professionals in the neighborhood.


Past Event: Meet Richfield school board candidates 

Evaluate the candidates in one-on-one meets and greets 

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Richfield School PTOs are hosting a session for the public to meet and greet the seven candidates running for the school board. This public meeting will be held Tuesday, October 29th from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Richfield STEM School at 7020 12th Avenue South, Richfield. This is your chance to form an opinion about which three out of the seven should sit on the school board. The three individuals who prevail on election day, next Tuesday, November 5, will truly be influential to the future of Richfield as they guide the policy of the public school system. 

That's why you should attend, whether you have students in the school system or not. The fate of the school system is one of the most important factors in charting the destiny of our city. It's important that guiding the schools is given the most capable, visionary and insightful leaders.

The seven candidates are:

  • Sandy Belkengren
  • Brenda Biever 
  • John Easterwood
  • David Lamberger 
  • Christine Maleck
  • Tim Pollis
  • Peter Toensing  


Thanks to the PTOs for arranging this in-person meeting with candidates. Truth be told, meeting candidates in person is perhaps the best way to evaluate them. You can ask questions, listen to responses and see how the candidates think on their feet. That's much more revealing than reading professionally produced campaign literature, and even better than reading candidate profiles in the media, where each word has been carefully scripted for public consumption. A face-to-face meeting will give you a chance to form a personal opinion about who should have this important task.

Penn Central of Richfield is pleased to see this session because it's grassroots community involvement at its best!

if you come half an hour earlier at 6 pm, you'll have a chance to hear Dr. Robert Slotterback talk about the technology levy issues also on the ballot on Tuesday, November 5th. The referendum issues are also vitally important to the success of educating Richfield students.


Community-building at its best

Penn Central of Richfield businesses support Wood Lake Nature Center 

Alex of the Minnesota Zoomobile displayed a wide assortment of critters

Community businesses are at their best when they help build community. That's why we would like to thank the Penn Central of Richfield area businesses that made donations to the Wood Lake Nature Center benefit dinner held in late April. Funds raised at the dinner help enhance the programs, services and habitat of our hometown nature center. 

Thanks to the following local businesses for their contributions:

Aida Two $30 gift certificates 

Davanni's Two gift cards 

Fireside Pizza - Five buy one get one free breakfast certificates

Johnston's Sales and Service - Carpet cleaner rental 

Penn Cycle - Bike tune up 

Penn Nails and Spa - $10 gift certificate

Posters on Board - Mounted print 

Richfield Liquor - Two cases of wine  

Wagner's Greenhouse - $100 gift card 


Photo courtesy of Karen Shragg, Director of Wood Lake Nature Center 


Davanni's wins!

WCCO-TV survey ranks Davanni's as Minnesota's Best Pizza Place

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WCCO-TV reporter Matt Brickman has been hosting a series called "Best of" on the news. Every week they ask viewers to vote on a "best of" in a certain category. On Thursday, April 25, WCCO named Davanni's as best pizza place.  

To see the story naming Davanni's as the best, click here.



New Ownership

Richfield family assumes ownership of Posters On Board 

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Steve and Becky Strom

Posters On Board, a popular store in the Penn Centrai of Richfield neighborhood, is now under new ownership.  Becky and Steve Strom recently assumed ownership of the store located at 6237 Penn Avenue South in Richfield.  Although new to the store, the Stroms are really longtime friends in the community. That's because Steve and Becky are Richfield residents and active in the community and schools. The store is actually staying in the same family, but now under the direction of Becky and Steve.

If you haven't stopped by Posters on Board recently, you should visit soon. It is a one-stop shop for a vast collection of posters and art prints. Whatever your tastes, you'll find something to fit your style. In fact, Posters On Board has 40 different categories, all separated by subject to make browsing easy. You'll find movie posters, landscape prints, sports scenes, Picasso prints and even the classic "dogs playing poker" prints -- just to name a few!

Posters On Board also offers framing and wood mounting services. They can preserve memories by mounting just about anything, including posters, prints, certificates, greeting cards, pages from the newspaper, kids' school artwork and much more.

The store has a warm and friendly atmosphere, and the Strom's invite you to stop by for a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a tour of the store.  During March, Posters On Board is running a month-long St. Patrick's Day sale where you can pull a coin out of a leprechaun's hat to get a discount of anywhere from 10 to 30%. 

For more information about Posters On Board, click here


Welcome to the neighborhood

Penn Nails & Spa opens as newest Penn Central business 

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Owner Michelle Truong doing a manicure
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Settle back in these luxurious chairs to pamper yourself

Looking for a way to indulge yourself in luxury? A visit to Penn Nails & Spa, 6329 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, might just be in order. Penn Nails & Spa is the newest business along Penn Avenue in Richfied, just opening their doors in February.

The Penn Central of Richfield group would like to welcome owner Michelle Truong to the neighborhood. Penn Nails and Spa is another chapter in the success story of our Richfield community attracting new independent businesses.

Penn Nails & Spa offers 8 luxurious massage chairs to relax in, 2 wide screen TVs for your viewing pleasure and full service manicure tables. It's the perfect place to enjoy exceptional spa services, which include manicures, pedicures, polish changes, acrylic nails, nail art and many more.

Penn Nails & Spa is open 7 days a week: M-F 9:30 am-8 pm, Saturday 9 am-6:30 pm and Sunday 11 am-5 pm. Phone (612) 315-2150 Walk-in customers are welcome.

To visit Penn Nails & Spa's website, please click here

A destination for a sweet tooth

Cone Brothers Ice Cream Shop Expands Candy Selection

70 taffy flavors and over 100 penny candies
Vintage candy brands you may remember from youth
Upscale candies for discriminating tastes
Original classic bottled soft drinks on display

If your sweet tooth is calling out to you, it might be just the time to head to Cone Brothers Ice Cream Cafe, 6633 Penn Avenue South, Richfield. And if you haven't visited lately, you'll find that Cone Brothers has a lot more than ice cream nowadays. Jock Shields, owner of Cone Brothers, has been rapidly expanding his selection of candies. So if you're coming to the end of your stash of Halloween candy, or are searching for unique gift ideas for someone on your holiday gift giving list, Cone Brothers is the perfect place to visit.

Cone Brothers is rapidly becoming a destination for people searching for unique, flavorful and nostalgic candies with its Candy Town line. Cone Brothers carries candies that go beyond the ordinary. Recently, Cone Brothers became a distributor for Taffy Town, offering 70 flavors of taffy. Shields says these candies are made with high quality flavors, making them different from lesser candies that simply rely on sugar and sweetness. Customers will also find over 100 varieties of penny candies. Besides the bulk candies where customers can pick and choose their flavors, a taffy gift pack is also offered. Shields says that the gift pack contains two pieces of each flavor, which he jokingly says could prevent marital disputes where both husband and wife like the same flavor.

Cone Brothers is a sweet tooth flashback for customers looking for candies from their childhood. The vintage candy display will fill many customers with feelings of nostalgia, offering many brands from an earlier time. Shields says one of his most popular vintage candies is Turkish Taffy, which came with the slogan "Smack it and Crack it." The idea was to smack the taffy against a hard surface so it breaks into many bite-size pieces. Shields say this candy was one of his favorites from childhood because it would last a long time,which was perfect for a kid without a lot of money. Cone Brothers carries the four original flavors of Turkish Taffy, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and banana, plus two recently introduced flavors, blue raspberry and wild cherry. The vintage candies are displayed in authentic vintage Life Saver display cases.

Shields says he likes to collect actual samples of old candies to keep as collector's items and says he is not alone. According to Shields, you will actually find collectible samples of decades old candies sold on eBay. He said he recently saw a roll of clove Lifesavers that sold for $40 - not a bad payout for an old candy that probably got tossed in a drawer and forgotten for years. Of course, candies such as these are for collecting and display only, not for consumption.

The store also has an expanding inventory of gourmet candies more suited to discriminating adult tastes.

Cone Brothers offers vintage soft drink brands sold in glass bottles for sale. He plans to offer a brand called Moxie next summer. The tagline of this brand is "Distinctively Different." Shields says that tagline is definitely true because he can't quite connect the flavor to anything else he has ever tasted. He says it is a good flavor that people should try.

Not for sale is a collection of old-time soft drinks that are up to fifty years old in their original glass bottles. These are actual soft drinks bottled decades ago and never opened. They are for display only as collectibles. But they lend a museum-like quality to the store, as do the vintage signs, Schwinn Stingray bicycle, jukebox and other memorabilia items throughout the store.

Shields is always looking for new introductions to his store. Ideally he would like to add a collection of fudges where the candy is cut and weighed to order. 

Cone Brothers will be open through the holiday season for gift giving shopping. Store hours are Tuesday through Friday 1 pm to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 6 pm.  Visit Cone Brothers in person at 6633 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, or online at www.conebrothers.com.


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