Friday, December 14, 2012
New restaurant replaces 'Ciao,' offers diverse menu and 'urban' setting.
If the new Urban Table restaurant just opened at Riverwalk Village Center in Basking Ridge looks familiar, you may have seen it on a trip to Morristown. The decor is similar — although not identical — but the menu is the same, including not only an extensive burger area, but also a selection of sushi, Mexican specialities and salads. This Urban Table is the second among Harvest Restaurants' list of restaurants in Somerset, Morris and Union counties, including 3West Restaurant, which is next door to the new eatery off Martinsville Road. Harvest Restaurants also owned Ciao Restaurant, an Italian restaurant that had occupied the space that now has been extensively renovated and transformed into Urban Table. Some of the restaurant's Morristown…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Dawn Paskalides hosts a shopping event with women-owned businesses as a fundraiser to help local single moms in need.
Dawn Paskalides and the Women Business Owners of Chatham (WBOC) offer a chance for Chathamites of all ages to do their Christmas shopping and help out their neighbors at the same time. Twenty Chatham women with their own businesses will gather in Paskalides' home at 3 Karlin Dr. in the township from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday. A percentage of proceeds from the sale will go to benefit single mothers in need in the Chathams, and to fund a $1,000 Girl EmPOWERment scholarship, which will go to a graduating senior from Chatham High School. Paskalides has held the event in her home for several years. "To date, 33 single moms in Chatham have been helped," she said, to the tune of $35,000. The event will also feature wine and cheese, and a …
Stores in the Chatham Mall and Hickory Square will offer special discounts to shoppers Thursday.
After a delay caused by Hurricane Sandy, business owners in Chatham Township are ready to show how they work for the town. From 5 to 7 p.m., stores in those two shopping centers will open their doors and offer special bargains to customers as part of their first organized shopping night, Chatham Township Works. The event includes a visit from Santa Claus and deals at some of your favorite stores, including IYO Frozen Yogurt, The Hallmark Store and more. According to Laura Ali Nonnenmacher, who organized the event, the goals for the business community are: The Chatham High School Key Club has helped to publicize the event, which was originally scheduled for Nov. 1 and was postponed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Women Business Owners of Chatham gather to support women in need, and provide a holiday shopping opportunity at the same time.
The Women Business Owners of Chatham (WBOC) offer a chance for locals of all ages to do their Christmas shopping and support women in need at the same time. Several Chatham residents who have home-based businesses will attend the shopping event Thursday, which opens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Twenty percent of sales will go to benefit single mothers in Chatham who are in need. Twenty business owners will show their goods to those who attend in a relaxed and social environment, complete with coffee and wine, offered in the home of Dawn Paskalides. For more information on this and other events in the area this weekend, see below: Ladies Holiday Shopping Event When/Where: Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9…
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Judy Shanahan's photography studio hosts Kris Kringle in the holiday fundraiser.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Can't wait to go see Santa Claus? He's coming to Chatham Friday, and for more than presents. The Judy Shanahan Photography Studio at 82 Main St. hosts the jolly old man for a photography session Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., just in time for Christmas cards or adding a photo to your mantle. Fees for photographs are $20, and will be donated to Autism Speaks. Shanahan opened her photography studio in Chatham Borough earlier this year after working as a freelance photographer for 7 years and over 10 as a travel photographer and a studio photographer. Her love of photography began when she took a high school class taught by a "great photography teacher," she said. A parent of two, Shanahan has experience photographing special needs …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Division of Consumer Affairs issues tips on refunds, gift cards, layaways and more.
With the busiest shopping day of the year just one week away, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs is reminding shoppers to know their rights about rainchecks, gift cards and refunds and to check the national list of recalled toys before going online or to stores this holiday shopping season. “We’re seeing a resurgence in layaway plans offered by stores this year," said Thomas R. Calcagni, director of the state Division of Consumer Affairs. "As with any offer, consumers should learn all the details, know the associated costs, and judge whether it's a good deal for them." Calcagni urged consumers to know their rights in the marketplace and offered the following advice and information: Store Layaway: Rainchecks: A retailer may, but is…
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Economy taking a toll on seasonal jobs, according to many business owners.
With high unemployment rates and economic turmoil dominating news headlines, it is no secret that jobs have been hard to come by for the unemployed. For those looking to earn some extra cash in retail over the holidays, the outlook does not look much more promising than it has been for the rest of the year throughout Morris County. The state of the economy has launched a two-fold attack on job prospects in the area, making it more difficult for more Morris County-area residents to make ends meet during such a busy time of year. “We’ve all cut everybody back so much,” said Jodie MacKenn Bross of the Glenwild Garden Center in Bloomingdale. “It’s unfortunate, because there are people who really need that work.” Some businesses, such as …
Monday, November 21, 2011
While some are uncertain of what to expect, most are optimistic for a fruitful holiday season.
As the economy struggles to gain traction for a third straight year, local businesses and retailers remain optimistic that they have seen the worst of a dire economic state. “Most of us believe that maybe better days are ahead,” said Ron Sousa, a director of the Montville Chamber of Commerce. “I think we’ll have a stronger recovery after a prolonged slump. There is definitely pent-up demand and money sitting on the sidelines.” Soussa is the owner of an executive suites business, which sets up professional offices for business owners. “We are seeing more and more traffic coming in, people going into a professional office environment,” Soussa said. “To me that is somewhat of a bell weather.” Others, however, such as Karen Meyer, executive …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Good weather and festive holiday lights welcomed shoppers to downtown Chatham.
The third annual autumn Ladies Shopping Night in downtown Chatham got off to a festive start as women (and some men) swarmed to snatch up some deals. Mayor-elect Bruce Harris and shop owners welcomed the crowd at Bliss for the customary ribbon cutting. Holiday lights brightened the streets as teens, moms and grandmothers checked out the stores that stayed opened until 9 p.m. to help shoppers get started for the holidays. “It’s a chance to get together with the girls and go out for sushi,” said Kelley Carney, a Chatham Borough mom, who added that although she wasn’t quite ready for holiday shopping, the event helped her “get in the mood.” Carney enjoyed shopping with a group of her friends ultimately headed to Mitsuba for a planned evening …