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
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
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
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:
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
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
WCCO-TV survey ranks Davanni's as Minnesota's Best Pizza Place
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.
Richfield family assumes ownership of Posters On Board
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
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
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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