Welcome, readers, to what is now officially called the "Morristown Business Roundup." What began as a constantly-reoccurring "Question of the Day" has evolved, as the Morristown business landscape continuously evolves. So, be sure to check in here for Morristown business updates.
While whenever this article posts to the site, it's usually announcing a new business. But, not always. Sometimes, it's also to announce a business that has shuttered this doors.
It was only a few months ago that Morristown Patch announced the opening of Gray Lily, a fine leather handbag store on Speedwell Avenue. While unconfirmed, it appears the store has now closed, as its showroom has been completely cleaned out. The number listed as Gray Lily's also bore no fruit, as it has been disconnected.
While Gray Lily appears to have disappeared from the Morristown business landscape, several others aim to take its place.
Nearby on Speedwell Avenue, Gold Rush of Morristown–a gold and silver buyer–is open and ready for your finest metals.
The Original Music School, formerly of Cedar Knolls, has moved to 26 Morris St., the former home of the Milk Money children's clothing consignment shop.
And, right next to OMS, it appears a new dining destination might be in the works. The Grilled Cheese Factory, at the moment, is still empty, and the website attached to the name is still unused. But, as anyone knows, grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food (especially when paired with a nice, hot bowl of tomato soup). As soon as we know any new information on this potentially-tasty new business, we'll let you know.
- Over the past several months, it became obvious Morristown was about to become a hub for frozen yogurt lovers, as not one, not two, but three of the businesses were set to open within our three-square-miles of heaven. On Nov. 27, first blood (or, in this case, first froyo) was drawn when Taro was the first to open its doors at 41 South St. Two more–Cups and Strawberry Fields–also are poised to call South Street home.
- Meanwhile, another new South Street business, Millie's Old World Meatballs and Pizza, was set to appear before the Planning Board on Thursday, Dec. 1 (see the PDF included with this article for the complete Planning Board agenda).
- We recently interviewed the owners of the soon-to-open Top This, a women's boutique, which will be located next to Interiors at 40 Main. They, too, will soon have a lot of competition, as two other women's boutiques (Cheeks and Willow St. Boutique) are set to open sometime soon on South Street (more on those two below). We'll include a link to our profile on Top This once it's up on the site.
- The Jury Box, at the corner of Washington and Court, is not yet ready for business. However, getting into the holiday, the proprietors left a seasonal note on one of the store's windows, to let everyone know they're coming soon.
- Much of Spring Street is quiet, with a number of industries businesses of years past shuttered, and only a few shops and organizations active there, under the shadow of the back of Headquarters Plaza. That is expected to soon change, as a sign advertising a coming Portuguese Barbecue restaurant has appeared outside the former House of Glass.
- Meanwhile, Don's Burgers months ago put up its "Coming Soon" sign next to the Brick Oven of Morristown. And, then, silence. Amidst that sign, and wood blocking the entrance, nothing much seemed to happen. That is, until early November, when the wood was finally removed, to reveal a set of doors, which carne carnivores likely hope will soon say "Now Open!" in Morristown.
- While heading down Speedwell Avenue this week to get one of those tasty subs at Longfellow's, the color orange in an unfamiliar spot caught our eye. Pan Casero (973-998-9800), at 199 Speedwell Ave., opened for business on Sunday, Oct. 23, and offers, according to its business card, "bakery and fast food." It also offers empanadas, so places like Raul's Empanadas Town now have a little extra competition.
- We reported earlier this year that the uniquely-named Another 24 Hours, on Morris Street, was expected to become the more-familiar 7-Eleven this fall. Finally, earlier this week, the familiar sign seen the world over appeared on the storefront, along with some additional branding (including coffee cups and the ominous "Big Bite is Coming" poster in the window). Much remains the same at the moment, as the owners complete the transition.
- In addition, on South Street, not one, but two new boutiques are expected to open soon–right next to each other. Signs have appeared for Willow St. Boutique, taking the space of the former Nonchalance, which gained notariety earlier this year when the bridal store closed suddenly, leaving many in a lurch.
- Next to Willow St. Boutique–which advertises on its sign another location in Summit–Cheeks Boutique is slated to open. Cheeks, in the place of the former Wilson's Interiors, advertises itself as "chic" and "exotic." Its website notes a South Orange location.
- Over on Washington Street, work continues at The Jury Box, a bagel, deli and grill eatery.
- Recently, Morristown Patch received a "tweet" on our Twitter page from something called "Cafe on the Green," whose owners have begun the process of gutting and rebuilding the space at 28 West Park Place, once home to Godiva Chocolate–but, for a long time now an empty space. According to their Twitter page (and newly-launched Facebook page), the cafe plans to serve "homemade gelato and ice cream, artisan-roasted organic coffee and more."
- Morristown Partnership a little while back released a list of new businesses–including popular destinations like Roots Steakhouse and Urban Table–which even now is becoming out of date. Several signs have appeared up and down South Street promoting soon-to-open businesses, including a burger joint next to The Community Theatre, a kebab place that had been on the verge of falling through until finding a new owner and not one, but two (Update: Actually, now it's three) frozen yogurt shops (is frozen yogurt the new cupcake?).
- Recently, another sign popped up, this time for Millie's Old World Meatballs and Pizza, specializing, according to its website, Neapolitan and coal fired pizza. They will have a lot of competition, however, as many pizza joints already call Morristown home, including the recently-opened Tomato Pie, located just down the street.
- And recently, Kebab Fusion, which had been planned by another business owner last year, finally opened its doors to hungry customers.