Check it out // Bachmans celebrates 125th anniversary

Bachman’s started out as a vegetable farm on Lyndale Avenue in 1885.

Since then, the family-owned gardening and floral business has blossomed into an enterprise with 29 retail locations in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud with 1,300 employees.

Bachman’s is celebrating its anniversary with a two-day “Birthday Bash” on May 1–2 at its Southwest store at 6010 Lyndale Ave. S. and other metro area locations.

Highlights include:

— Discounts on veggies and herbs;

— A free 3-inch tomato plant for the first 500 customers;

— Free birthday cake and punch; and

— A chance for kids to make a May Day basket with Children’s Home & Family services (10 a.m.–3 p.m.).

Bachman’s has also unveiled a new Spring Ideas House in the historic Bachman Family Home on Lyndale. The house will provide visitors with decorating and landscaping ideas.

“The house is being designed with an imaginary family in mind — a husband and wife with two children, a boy and a girl,” said Larry Pfarr, director of merchandizing for Bachman’s, in a statement. “This is unlike any other decorated house done in the Twin Cities — the ideas presented are for the average person. Expect the unexpected with lots of repurposing of items. Simple and easy decorating tips and ideas will be found in every corner of the house.”

The house at 5936 Lyndale Ave. S. will be open this spring for visitors May 1–2. Admission is $5. Two generations of the Bachman family lived in the 1,800-square-foot home, which was built in the 1920s at the site of the original Bachman farm.


Images for Humanity raising money for Joyce Preschool

Images for Humanity, a new local website dedicated to selling images taken from around the globe to benefit charitable causes, has selected Joyce Preschool in Uptown as its first charity.

Cinematographer Marc Shap and photographer Alex Morath, the husband-wife team behind the new website, is about one-third of the way toward raising $1,500 for a Joyce Preschool scholarship, according to a news release.

The couple visited Joyce Preschool, a dual immersion Spanish-English program, in March. They read from a book about traveling to the students and did some show-and-tell.

“We’re two photographers who want to do more than decorate walls — we want to make a real difference in the lives of others,” Shap said. “Nothing drives the importance of that home more than interacting with the amazing children at Joyce. Now we feel the push to further increase our efforts.”

Photos from Images for Humanity can be purchased for $35 at or


Riverbend Farm Days

Curious about what it’s like to work at an organic farm?

The folks at Riverbend Farm in Delano are inviting people to check out their farm on April 24.

The farm is partnering with Common Roots, The Birchwood Café, Lucia’s, Fair Food Fight and Simple, Good and Tasty on the event.

The event runs 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and includes a chance to help Greg Reynolds plant onions at the farm. That will be followed by a lunch provided by Common Roots.

Those interested can meet at the farm, or head to The Birchwood Café or Common Roots at 9 a.m. to carpool.

It’s free, but space is limited. If you’re interested, e-mail to reserve a spot.

This is the first in a series of Riverbend Farm Days, which will be held the last Saturday of each month through September.


Service Works’ April project

Service Works, the team of Southwest volunteers organizing monthly volunteer projects, is organizing an event to benefit New Hope-based Kids Against Hunger on April 24.

Volunteers will be doing some spring-cleaning at the organization’s warehouse. There will be cleanup work outside and inside. There will be painting work, too.

Additionally, Service Work is collecting supplies for Kids Against Hunger, including: toilet paper, liquid hand soap, nine-volt batteries, poster board, card stock, paper clips, staplers, white board, hanging files, manila folders, an easel and paper pads.

Kids Against Hunger packages nutritious meals for children and their families in the United Stages and developing countries.

The Service Works event runs 9 a.m.–noon at Kids Against Hunger headquarters, 5401 Boone Ave. N., New Hope. For more information, contact Welcome Jerde at


Record Store Day

The Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Ave. S., is celebrating the third annual Record Store Day on April 17 — an event celebrating independently owned record stores across the country.

The store will be serving breakfast in the morning and hosting a cookout in the afternoon.

There will be in-store performances by Dr. Dog at 1 p.m. and Paul Cebar at 4:30 p.m.

Electric Fetus will also give tickets to a special Solid Gold/Idle Hands show at Nick & Eddie’s in Loring Park to the first 200 people who visit the store and spend $15 or more.


Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour

More than 50 homes — including several in Southwest — will be on display for the 23rd annual Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour the weekend of April 24–25.

The tour is designed to give people access to “real homes, real people, real ideas,” according to a news release about the tour.

There will be opportunities to get new ideas for kitchens, bathrooms and house additions, among other things. Homeowners, contractors and architects will be on hand to talk about design trends.

A drawing will be held, too, to pick 10 households for a free design consultation.

Go to for a schedule and more information. Home Tour Guides are at Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

The Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program and the City of St. Paul Planning and Economic Development department coordinate the tour.