Bookfellows realizes the worth, and recognizes our out-of-town customer base, whom have been supportive to our business. For that curious and inquisitive bunch of you out there, here is a special treat

You have wondered about the home of Bookfellows—Northfield—and inquired about the town in your many e-mails. So, we decided to open the secret of our beautiful small town and its treasures for you.

Northfield is a small college and historic town about 35 miles South of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Boasting two fine colleges, Carleton and St. Olaf, Northfield is a cultural center.  Many fine arts displays and programs are ongoing throughout the year, both downtown and at the colleges.

Our historical downtown features many small shops with unique gifts, antiques, and, of course, wonderful used and new books! Located on the Cannon River a stroll on the “River Walk” is a relaxing “back to nature” experience. Many benches, and even a gazebo, give walkers a place to sip on their lattes or lick an ice cream cone while enjoying the sound of water rushing over the dam.

The city slogan has been, “Cows, Colleges and Contentment”, which relates that we still have a small town and country feel.

We also hold claim to one of the wonderful areas to see Fall colors within our state.

On the first Thursday in December we hold a wonderful Winter Walk where merchants and townspeople come together to stroll the downtown and get in the Christmas mood.  All the shops have special entertainment and the streets fill with sleigh rides and caroling along the luminary lighted sidewalks.

And, of course, our annual “Defeat of Jesse James Days” going through Labor Day Week-end every year is recognized as Northfield’s claim to fame world-wide. For more information on the event check out

To learn more about the town in general visit

To learn about the downtown businesses and how we are working together visit

If you are an explorer of finer places and want to know what part of your tastes you can satisfy in Northfield, visit

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