Monday, November 26, 2012

Deck the Halls

The Local Joint has decked the halls and our holiday hours start next week!!!
Monday thru Friday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Sending you Holiday Cheer!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Meet Jill Caya

My name is Jill Caya.  I love to knit and I love to shop handmade! I learned to knit 10 years ago when I was in the Peace Corps in Russia. I bought some yarn at the market and the little old lady who lived next door to me taught me to knit. I knit many scarves in Russia and when I returned, I took a few classes and have been knitting ever since! I love designing new things, everything I knit is an original design. I also love to shop for vintage items to include in my knitting, especially buttons.  When I am not knitting, I have a full-time job teaching English as a Second Language at the University of North Dakota.  I grew up in Northfield and love to visit anytime I can.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Meet Derrin O'Connell

With a background in graphic design, Derrin D. O’Connell, “creative adventurer”, has been dabbling in anything art since ‘the beginning”. From spirit posters, doll furniture and scrapbooks throughout her school years, graphic illustration in the US Army, award-winning senior design at a publishing company, and numerous projects for family members, specifically the “little ones”, it has all contributed to her current adventure of owning and creating for her business, “Tillie’s”.

Started in January 2012, Tillie’s was “inspired by my nieces and nephews who were always asking “Auntie, why don’t you have your own business?” I couldn’t very well tell them to “be all they could be” when I was letting my fears get the best of me.” When the opportunity to join a local artist’s co-op presented itself, she jumped.

Inspired by texture and color in nature, fabric, paper and more, Derrin prides herself on not always doing things the way people might expect. With attention to detail and personal touches to make each piece unique, she enjoys implementing “old school” techniques such as sewing, hand-stitching and letterpress in her creations.

Derrin is also a Certified Massage Therapist and when asked how graphic design and massage could possibly be related stated, “these positions require many of the same skills: creativity, attention to detail, problem solving, are results oriented and I am able to apply my own unique signature, whether it be an art project or treatment plan. And most importantly, it usually involves a smile on someone’s face!”

You can currently find Tillie's products at the "Local Joint" in Northfield, MN, or place an order via e-mail,

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Meet Virginia Berry!

Virginia Berry is a textile artist with training in drawing, painting, sculpture, textile arts and costuming. Berry's design work ranges from clothing, to purses, jewelry, table linens, notebooks and other assorted creations. She hand makes everything in her home studio, including the tags in each creation. She has been making wearable art since childhood and has been designing under her label YazBerry Fashion since 2005.

Berry graduated from Skidmore College with a Double Major in Spanish and Government and a Minor in International Affairs. She designed costumes for the Skidmore Theatre under the tutelage of Patti Pawliczak and would sculpt period hairstyles for shows. Berry had garment collections featured in annual fashion shows at the college.

YazBerry has been shown at art fairs throughout Minnesota. In 2011, YazBerry was available at Northfield, MN’s Riverwalk Market Fair. YazBerry Fashion is currently available only on and at The Local Joint store in Northfield, MN.

Berry's collection, YazBerry Fashion can best be described as vintage inspired design in bold colors and structural shapes. Her keen eye for color and volume come together nicely throughout her pieces. YazBerry Fashion ranges in price from $10 for handmade earrings up to $227 for a handmade messenger bag made of antique Japanese kimono obi silk. She also carries a carefully curated selection of vintage purses and accessories and has recently started offering vintage decor items. Her work is sustainable in nature as she uses a mixture of recycled textiles and jewelry bits, found objects and new and melds them into must have one of a kind creations. She boasts that YazBerry will leave people asking you where you got it! 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Meet Mary Titus

One member of our very creative and eclectic group!

A member of the Minnesota Button Society and National Button Society, Mary Titus is a passionate collector of all things old, odd, and delightful, especially antique and vintage sewing buttons and needlework related stuff.  About five years ago Mary and her daughter Laura started the small business ButtonsUp!.  Both Laura and Ellen (Mary’s other daughter) lend a hand selling at Minnesota flea markets during the summer months.  When not sorting buttons, Mary can be found teaching English and American Studies at St. Olaf College.  Her scholarship focuses on American material culture, especially collecting practices from high brow museum acquisition to low brow hoarding. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Northfield's New Store: The Local Joint. Local, Vintage, Handmade

Welcome to The Local Joint! We are a new store in beautiful downtown Northfield located at 310 Division Street South. The store is a collective of handmade and vintage vendors collaborating to provide you with a unique shopping experience.               
2 dozen vendors have come together to create a new kind of store. Each vendor pays a share in the expenses of running a store, works hours each month and participates in the success of the venture. There's a huge variety of items to peruse. From locally created woodworks by artist Lars Stromayer to Ed Kuhlman's cool antique finds the store provides an array of vintage and retro merchandise mixed in with artisan created items. 
Need a hand-tied runner for the upstairs hallway? This is the place to come! Want to outfit your dorm room with a set of 50's diner style kitchen table and chairs? Check us out! Interested in finding a unique jewelry item for your sweetheart's birthday? Look no further! Need a locally handmade hat to warm your noggin & bring some chic to your wardrobe in the February chill? Come on down!              

Open 7 days a week:
Sunday 12pm-4pm
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thurday 10am-7pm
Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm

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Pssst! We still have space open for a few more vendors! If you are interested email us at:

OH! And by the way ALL that stuff I mentioned above that you might need? It's all here! Come down, shop and COME OFTEN. New items are put out daily and the whole store is "restaged" on a weekly basis. Things around here move quickly.