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.
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.
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
Local florist wins award
Danae Timmerman of Flowerama honored
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.
Local Richfield News
Review of October Third Thursday Meeting
Community and business leaders met on Thursday, October 17 to discuss local issues at the Penn Central of Richfield
Third Thursday meeting.
Christine Costello, Community Development Coordinator from the City of Richfield, reported on new business in the community, including:
- Lakewinds Food Coop - footings are being poured for the
new building sited at the Lyndale Gardens property
- O'Reilly Auto Parts plans for store at former King Oscars site
Bell - new building near Menards is up and work on interior now underway
- Firehouse Subs, Von Hanson's Meats and Salon
Becky Strom from Posters on Board
mentioned they are working with local arts to develop concepts for a wall mural on their building
Munoz, store manager of the Richfield Arc's Value Village
, gave a progress report on the renovation of the store facade. She said the update will take the building out of the 1980s
and into 2013. Work should be done in a couple weeks.
Erika from the new E-Cigarette Lounge, 6419
Penn Avenue So., Richfield, reported on the business and its product line. She said e-cigarettes use a rechargable battery
that plugs into a USB port. The device uses an e-liquid that turns to vapor. Liquids are available with various levels of
nicotene. She mentioned some people use e-cigarettes to give up tobacco cigarettes.
Schaefbauer, Richfield Chamber of Commerce President, suggested that Richfield investigate grants offered by the Mainstreets
Revitalization Program. Grants may be used for numerous aesthetic enhancements She also encouraged attendance at the next
Richfield Chamber luncheon on Wednesday, October 23 from 11:30 to 1 pm. There will be a panel discussion of the new Affordable
Healthcare Act. For more information, click here
David Gepner reported that Richfield was named a Bike Friendly City by the League of American
Bicyclists. Richfield is now the first and only Twin Cities metro city to receive that distinction.
will be no Third Thursday meeting in November. Plans are for the next meeting to happen in December.
Penn Avenue between Minneapolis and Richfield now open
The Penn Avenue Bridge linking Minneapolis and Richfield opened around 7 pm on October 14. Now we can travel freely
around the neighborhood between our cities. A long summer of detours has come to an end.