Friday, November 23, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally-owned stores in the Morristown area.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities. This year, some of the stores (…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
8,000 square foot location, at 155 South St., set to open in January.
Another Morristown business icon is closing its doors. But, unlike Hennessey's Washington Bar, whose owner has sold his business and is in the process of transferring ownership, Swiss Chalet Bakery is just moving—across the street. At 155 South St., home to the former business offices of a glove manufactuer that closed last year, Swiss Chalet will be expanding from 2,220 to 8,000 square feet, said co-owner Bill Moran. Work at the new location is about 75 percent complete, Moran said. A tentative opening is set for Jan. 15, with plans for a Grand Opening celebration to follow. This move has been needed for a long, long time. Any regulars to Swiss Chalet Bakery can tell you its location is cozy—which is code for cramped. The Morristown …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
American Express' 'Small Business Saturday' promotion is one way. But other, more local promotions exist, as well.
Small Business Saturday is important, and not just because it gives American Express card users a $25 credit for shopping locally. Held the Saturday after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 as a way to encourage shoppers to not only take advantage of the doorbuster deals at big box stores the day after Thanksgiving, but to spread that love a little closer to home. But, while the nationwide program functions in conjunction with being an American Express cardholder, C'est Cheese store manager Patrice Anderson suggested it goes beyond that. "I think most people that come in and do see the signs for Small Business Saturday don't come in because they're using their American Express card," she said. "I think they are …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Bavaro is a former tight end for the New York Giants, and a former resident of Chatham.
Mark Bavaro, a former New York Giant and Chatham resident, will sign autographs and take pictures with fans at Legends Gallery from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Advance tickets, including an item for Bavaro to autograph, is $50. An 8-x-10 in. copy of the cover of Sports Illustrated's Dec. 15, 1986 edition, which features Bavaro on the cover, is $55. Legends has also hosted several other Giants in past months, including Eli Manning in September, Jason Pierre-Paul in July and Victor Cruz in March. Bavaro last appeared in Chatham in November 2010. For more information, visit the Legends Gallery website.
Rob's Bistro chef/owner Robert Ubhaus, who learned to cook at a restaurant on Long Beach Island, is inviting restaurants to set up in Madison for a night.
Rob's Bistro on Main Street in Madison is offering any chef or restaurateur affected by Superstorm Sandy the opportunity to use its place to create a "pop-up" restaurant of their concept on a Monday night, when Rob's is normally closed, the restaurant has announced. Proceeds from the pop-up can be designated to the rebuild of the restaurant, the surrounding community, or to a charity of the chef's choice, Rob's said. Rob's Bistro chef/owner Robert Ubhaus, a Chatham resident, learned to cook at The Green Gables in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island in the 1990s, and "wants to help the Jersey Shore come back better than before," he said in a news release. Many restaurants flooded, including where he used to cook. Ubhaus' parents' house on the …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
What exactly is fondant anyway?
The short, easy answer to the above question is: Edible Play-Doh. That, according to Tracey Silverman, owner of Sweet Lucy's Bakery, who showed Patch the inner-workings of just how one of those intricate design cakes go from sugar and flour to a work-of-art. The trick to getting the sweet substance—which either consists primarily of sugar and water for a poured product, or add ingredients like gelatin for a rolled consistency—to stick properly to a product is, at least here, vodka. What? "It dries faster than water," said Morristown resident Sara Francella, who has worked at Sweet Lucy's since it opened early last year. But, don't worry, this isn't drinking vodka, it's the kind that comes at the lowest possible price, in a large plastic …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Downtown never lost power, which has drawn many from outside our area.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Morristown's downtown has been open and ready for your business pretty much since the recovery phase of this week's storm began. Since much of the town's retail sector has opened, many have availed themselves of our services from where electricity remains a scarce commodity. Earlier this week we posted what was open and closed, and now we want to clean up that list and let our readers—from both inside Morristown and beyond—know what is open right now and ready to take your order and hard-earned dollars. This is not just about where to eat and drink, however. If you know that the Morristown and Morris Township Library has reopened, or whether a gas station is open and pumping gas, let us know that in the comments section as well. Also, let …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Governor's new gas plan and restrictions imposed by station owners results in slightly shorter waits in some places, same story in others.
At noon Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie's even-odd gas rationing mandate went into effect for 12 New Jersey counties, including Bergen, Essex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren. The result, in some cases, was modestly shorter gas lines than have been seen in the days since Sandy hit. Of course, other stations featured the same long lines and interminable waits that have dotted North Jersey in recent days.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Still, some decided it wasn't time to close up shop in anticipation of the storm just yet.
In preparation of Hurricane Sandy's arrival later Monday, many area businesses didn't take chances and closed up well before things started getting windy and rainy Monday morning. Which is what helped make the lit-up "open" sign outside Jersey Boy Bagels stand out that much more. "The news crews always come here, because we're the only ones ever open," said owner Aref Aboukwaik between customers. "We may close a little early, it really depends on the weather." C'est Cheese, just a few storefronts down, also announced they had opened sometime after 9 a.m. and would be open "at least until 2 p.m.," according to their Facebook page. A reader also noted The Jury Box and John's Deli, both on Washington Street, also had decided to open Monday …