Friday, December 14, 2012
Holiday shopping event in Chatham Township drew kids, shoppers to the area.
A few hours before she sat down for her last meeting as a member of the Chatham Township Committee, Laura Ali Nonnenmacher was at the Chatham Mall for the first Chatham Township Works event. The event was a coordinated effort to draw consumers to Chatham Township's two shopping centers aind increase the local profiles of small businesses located there. It was originally scheduled for Nov. 1, but was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. As a special treat for the event, Santa Claus made an appearance and spent some time in Hickory Square Shopping Center and the Chatham Mall, where he distributed candy canes to children at the event. Do you have photos from Chatham Township Works? Upload them to this gallery!
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
From upcycled furniture to customized household objects, Ellen Hanley is the Monet in her attic.
Ellen Hanley's garage is full of old furniture. Bureaus, desks, bookshelves, hutches, tables, they're all there. It's not that she hasn't gotten rid of them yet: It's that she hasn't finished working on them yet. Hanley refinishes antique furniture, makes pillows, blankets, tablecloths, curtains, pin boards, photo frames and coat hooks, all from material she finds at yard sales, Salvation Army and Goodwill stores and estate sales. She recently turned her love of DIY crafts into a small business called Monet's Attic. She opened her online store in June after her two children got out of school and since then has maintained the website, the Facebook page and a growing presence on Etsy.com. Hanley started revamping old furniture as a young …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
American Express promotion benefits businesses and cardholders.
While Black Friday has been a day for major box stores, the day after has become a day to celebrate locally owned businesses. These local merchants offered deals of their own on Small Business Saturday. Businesses in Chatham participated, but also took it a step further. Many of the businesses opened their doors from 7 to 10 a.m. for an extra boost to business. Businesses also added their own special premiums and events to the promotion. They also made an effort to circulate information about the event to their regular customers through Facebook and email, providing the information and links for cardholders to enroll in the program. Customers who registered ahead of time for Small Business Saturday and spend more than $25 at …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
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 Chatham. Doris Crater, owner of d.j. crater in Chatham Borough, said shopping locally supports the community in more ways than one. "When local churches or groups want to raise money for a cause, they don't go to the big businesses and ask for a…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A lot shuts down on Turkey Day, but not everything. Here's what's what.
So, Thursday is Thanksgiving which, mostly, means pretty much everything is going to be closed. Several stores, however, will remain open in case you run out of that one spice you desperately need for your turkey, or just want to get out of the house for a bit. Here are their hours:
Store owner Doris Crater arranged for many small businesses in downtown Chatham to open early Saturday for shoppers.
Doris Crater is busy this week promoting Small Business Saturday. "You have Black Friday, with all the corporate money behind it. You have Cyber Monday to shop online. Now we finally have a day for us," Crater said. Crater arranged for most of the small businesses in downtown Chatham Borough—including her own womens clothing store, d.j. crater,—to open at 7 or 8 a.m. Saturday and remain open most of the day. These small stores give residents a chance to support local businesses and find unique gifts at the same time. "I think people really want to shop locally, and hopefully we've provided enough variety here that they can find what they want," Amy McGrath, one of the owners of Quartet on South Passaic Avenue, said. "It's not what you find…
Hey, not all of us can cook.
Sometimes the pressure of trying to cook a turkey, along with starters, sides and desserts, plus table settings and finding the right wines and cleaning up afterwards, can just be too much. For those who prefer to have someone else do the cooking this Thanksgiving, here are some local restaurants that offer to cook the turkey—or other main dishes—for you. Restaurant Serenade is fully booked on Thanksgiving, but they are offering their Thanksgiving menu as take-out and the bar will be open. This year's Thanksgiving menu is $69 a plate, $35 for children 10 and under. Some of the menu options are: A full menu is attached as a PDF. Restaurant Serenade will open from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Call (973) 701-0303 for reservations. For the third year, …
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 …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Just after the hurricane and before the holidays, downtown stores offer an evening of bargains and elegance.
Tony Britt of the Chatham Downtown Alliance (CDA) has been in Chatham Borough since before Tropical Storm Sandy hit the area, and he knows firsthand what all residents of the Chathams do. "It has been a tough two weeks for all of us," Britt said. As power is restored to town and Chathamites slowly return to normal, Britt and the CDA have organized the 6th Ladies Shopping Night Thursday along Main Street and other downtown borough stores. Lori Ann Medico, owner of Bliss Clothing and Accessories, started the concept of Ladies Night Out in 2009 to help bolster small businesses in Chatham. Since then, other citizens and business owners have gotten involved with Ladies Shopping Night. Stores participating in Thursday's event will include: …