We are closed to the public per the Governor's order, to stop the spread of coronavirus. However, we will be taking orders by phone (from 10 to 3, Mon to Sat), by email, and on-line. Stay safe and sane (reading and knitting should help!).
Northwind Book & Fiber opened its doors in May, 1993. Alene and Norm Peterson turned their shared passion for books and Alene's passion for yarn & weaving into a bookstore/yarn shop. The original store was located across the street from its current location in space one-quarter the size. When books and yarn overflowed the shelves in 2000, the store moved to 205 Walnut St.--in the historic 1915 A.D. Burnett building. The space now occupied by Northwind Book & Fiber was a hardware store for its first 85 years.
In April of 2007, Carol Blizzard Dunn, a long-time employee, purchased the store. She and her family--husband Jamie and children Max and Hannah--spent the spring remodeling and restoring some of the original features--floor to ceiling windows and part of the tin ceiling. Carol & Jamie manage the entire building, which includes the old corner bank, now a cabin & home decor store, and the original Masonic Temple & dance hall upstairs, which are now a dance studio.
Carol has had a life-long love of books, so owning a bookstore is a dream come true. She grew up in Elgin, Illinois and attended Kalamazoo College in Michigan. After a detour through upstate New York, she and Jamie came back to the Midwest, where Carol earned her Master's in Public Policy & Administration from UW-Madison. She worked for the state of Wisconsin until Jamie persuaded her to move up north for his job with the DNR. Now, they can't imagine living anywhere else.