Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Mixed message December 3, 2019

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AS A WORDSMITH, I’m especially drawn to signage, including this one spotted Sunday afternoon along Division Street in downtown Northfield.

I laughed given the falling snow, the snow banked on the front of the pick-up truck parked curbside and the mixed message sent.

Cacti are not warm and fuzzy, although the environment in which they grow is warm, even hot. I suppose that was the idea—to get us Minnesotans thinking about warmer places like Little Joy Coffee with its hot brew.

While the words and art seem especially mismatched to me, I noticed, photographed and remembered them. Thus, marketing accomplished.


© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


12 Responses to “Mixed message”

  1. Missy’s Håndarbeid (Missy’s Crafty Mess) Says:

    Your post reminded me of the chicken noodle soup commercial from the late 80’s/early 90’s. The one where the snowman melted into a little boy.

  2. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson (One Minnesota Writer) Says:

    I laughed when I saw the cactus, too. Hot and prickly! Not my idea of fun, or of cozy, but the humor would help get me in the door of Little Joy Coffee. My coffee addiction would do the rest.

    • I’m not addicted to coffee. I drink a single cup each morning and it’s plain coffee. I only bought a coffee pot in recent years due to my visiting children who drink coffee. And I’ve only ever purchased coffee once, a vanilla latte. I know…I’m in the minority.

      You would love Northfield with its many coffee and other shops and beautiful historic downtown.

      Yup, nothing fun or cozy about cacti. But the humor, yeah, works for me.

  3. 🙂 Made me smile, so you’re right, mission accomplished! 🙂

  4. Randy Says:

    If there is only “little joy” in having a cup of coffee, why bother at all?

  5. Bella Says:

    I thought the coffee cactus posting was perfect certainly caught my attention!!

  6. That’s cute! Maybe the artist is feeling like a cactus (‘keep away from me’) until they’ve had their brew. I tend to be like that as a non-morning person until I’ve had the first sip of my morning cup-o-joe, but not quite that prickly.

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