Pop-Up Store Coming to Walnut Street

BY  |  Friday, Nov 01, 2013 1:43pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

102 walnut streetPop-up stores first began appearing in the U.S. in 1999 when a Los Angeles-based company called Vacant sought a way to promote its limited edition products. Usually appearing around the holidays, these short-term retail spaces can benefit well-established brands looking to boost new products, or amateur designers and artists seeking greater exposure. They can also bolster a community’s economy.

Two Montclair entrepreneurs are taking that idea to Walnut Street. Selma Avdicevic (owner of Woolly Boo) and Helene Richman (owner of brandhelene) have announced Montclair Pop-Up 2013, a 1,300 square foot space that will open Nov. 22 at 102 Walnut Street. The two hope the store, a block from the Walnut Street station, will breathe new life into empty retail spaces and reimagine their potential.

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Smile Pretty! Valentine’s Day Photo Portraits Offered This Afternoon

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 1:35pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Valentine Portrait - M. Stahl - coupleMichael Stahl, of Best Friends Photography, creator of beautiful custom portraits, is offering a terrific way to mark Valentine’s Day. He’s inviting folks in to his studio today to “celebrate relationships” — whether that means couples, parent and child, best friends.

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All afternoon today, you can sit for a photo and receive 30 and 50 percent off his regular pricing. Interested? Call ahead (973-783-3618) and he will hold a a 30 minute slot for you, or simply try strolling by (32A Church Street) and walk in.

His last session will begin at 6:30. Stahl, recognized for his lovely portrait work, especially black and white images, has been working in Montclair for 11 years. Take a look at some of his fine work at his website or on the Best Friends Facebook page.

Photos courtesy Michael Stahl/Best Friends Photography.

Vintage Valentine Postcards: Vestiges of a Vanished World

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Time to stop worrying about not keeping up any of your New Year’s Resolutions because tomorrow is February 1 and you know that that means — time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day.

Want some help getting in the mood? Drop in at Makeready Gallery and step back to a time when folks sent their beloved a fancy postcard for Valentine’s Day, bedecked with cupids, cherubs, flowers, hearts and other iconic images of love.

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Gallery owner Maureen O’Brien collects early 20th century Valentine postcards, and for 2013 she’s matted and framed 100 of the more unique pieces, mostly from the years between 1906 to 1926. The postcards have been carefully placed in 8 by 10 inch double matte, and are on sale for $20 each. To preserve the archival nature of the items, in some cases the matte backs are hinged to reveal the century-old messages inscribed on the back.

The matted cards make a clever, one-of-a-kind Valentine greeting or gift. With just about everyone whipped into a Downton Abbey-inspired nostalgia for the early 1900s, what could be lovelier than a dainty, gold embossed postcard complete with ladies in long dresses, their hair upswept, a castle in the background? Continue Reading

Booker Turns Bullets into Bangles

BY  |  Friday, Jan 18, 2013 1:30pm

The City of Newark has raised $20,000 for its next gun buyback program thanks to an innovative idea by Cory Booker.

The mayor, with the help of with Jessica Mindich of Jewelry for a Cause, has turned 250 weapons and shell casings seized by Newark police  into fashionable bracelets. The jewelry is made from the weapons’ melted metal and turned into steel or brass baubles, complete with the former gun’s serial number engraved on the outside.

On the Rachel Maddow Show Wednesday night, Booker said the jewelry was not “a cure-all” but was “one strategy” for curbing gun violence. “We’re using them as an instrument of peace,” he said.

The Caliber Collection sells for between $150-$375. According to the Star-Ledger, more than 400 items have sold since the collection went public on Nov. 28. Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio, who was initially skeptical of the enterprise, told the paper, “I’m certainly going to buy some for my wife.”


Rabid: Are you Crazy About Your Dog Or Just Crazy?

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

There are dog lovers and there are dog LOVERS. In Pamela Redmond Satran‘s latest book Rabid: Are you Crazy About Your Dog Or Just Crazy?, she shows us the difference.

What is the difference? You include your dog in your holiday family card—crazy about your dog. You send out a holiday card of only your dog, dressed in a Santa suit, and include a newsletter including all of Max’s doggie accomplishments—CRAZY. You treat your pooch to your steak bone—crazy about your dog. You make Sadie a homemade organic smoothie with kefir, flaxseed and kale—NUTS.

I had the pleasure of enjoying a cup of coffee with Pam at Red Eye Cafe recently, she’s a Montclair resident, where we discussed Rabid.

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Does Dad Like to Swim with the Sharks?

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 11:55am  |  COMMENTS (2)

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This caught our attention: Adventure Aquarium in Camden recently offered a “Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Swim with the Sharks & Feeding Fury” Facebook Offer. For $175, Dad and a lucky guest could participate in a Swim with the Sharks Adventure; the Feeding Fury Adventure is $150.  “Give Dad the gift of a lifetime!” said the ad.

Unfortunately the offer is fully booked; however, if you wondered what Dad will be missing, here is how the aquarium website describes the experience:

So you think you’ve got guts? Well, come on down and go for a swim in our Shark Realm. Our cast will brief you on what to expect, teach you about the animals you will encounter and give you a quick snorkeling lesson. Once you’ve gotten your nerves under control, you’ll enter the Shark Realm where you’ll come within inches of sandbar sharks, nurse sharks and barracuda. Once you’ve gone around the perimeter of the Shark Realm, you’ll enter the Stingray Lagoon where you can swim with and feed dozens of stingrays.  You can even have your picture taken to prove to everyone that you actually did it.

The Feeding Fury gives guests the chance to feed the sharks:

They will see the behind-the-scenes food preparation area, get harnessed in and be within inches of the ominous sharks of Shark Realm. We will take a picture of your experience as a proof of your adventure for family and friends. Guests will receive instructions regarding procedures and guidelines before entering the feeding area on the catwalk of Shark Realm.

Of course, you can still pay full price to enter the Shark Realm or feed the creatures whenever you’d like.

Now that this offer is off the table, what ARE you going to get Dad for Father’s Day?

Fundraising with Ferraris at George Press

BY  |  Monday, Jun 04, 2012 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Does your dad want a Ferrari for Father’s Day? He probably wouldn’t turn one down, but a sports car is a little beyond most Father’s Day gift budgets. For $20, however, you might be able to get your dad a ride in a Ferrari: all it takes is a donation to Fundraising with Ferraris at George Press Jewelers in Livingston, an event on June 9, 12 noon-2pm, to raise money for the 2012 Parkinson’s Unity Walk.

The store, located at 74 South Livingston Avenue, will be showcasing four cars from the collection of Baristaville Ferrari enthusiast Richard Stein: a Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari 599 GTO, Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M, and a Ferrari Spider. The cars are free to check out, and anyone who makes at least a $20 donation to the Parkinson’s Disease charity will be entered to win a 2-hour ‘Ride and Drive’ in one of Stein’s Ferraris. (Entries will be accepted through June 16, and the drawing will be held on Father’s Day.)

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Pet-Related Events This Weekend and Next

Friday, Apr 06, 2012 2:30pm

The Montclair Animal Shelter will hold a Pet Adoption Day on Saturday, April 7, at Montclair Feed & Pet Supply, from 11 am to 4 pm.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, Pet Valu, located in Pompton Lakes, will host Pet Appreciation Weekend (PAW) to help raise money for animal shelters. Pet adoptions will take place from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, and from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday. A pet psychic will also be available to do readings from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday. Every year, five to seven million cats and dogs enter U.S. shelters and many more remain homeless. Last year, PAW raised $250,000 for local animal shelters around the country and organizers hope to exceed that amount this year.

Donate to the Salvation Army–with Your Phone

BY  |  Friday, Dec 16, 2011 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

How many times have you walked into Kings or ShopRite during the holiday season and passed the smiling, bell-ringing Salvation Army volunteer seeking donations outside, only to duck your head sheepishly because you have no loose coins to toss into the red kettle?

Now, you don’t need that loose change to donate to the venerable organization. The Salvation Army is making it easier with Online Red Kettle, which accepts donations online. You can also form company or group kettles to encourage others to donate.

Donating online may not evoke the biting cold and the tinkling bell that usually accompany (pleasantly, I like to think) the tossing of coins outside of Kings, but rest assured your money is still going to a good place.

Hyperlocal Gifts Without the Clutter

BY  |  Friday, Dec 09, 2011 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

A New York Times article recently bemoaned the agony (yes, actual agony) of gift-giving in a city filled with people who either have it all or have seen it all – or both. I mean, really. It’s a gift. You know, something thoughtful that you didn’t need to give? If you’re that worried, just throw cash in an envelope and stick a bow on it. It works quite well in many places.

Still, I understand the desire to show appreciation, love, friendship, and thoughtfulness through gift-giving. The holiday season’s emphasis on gifts can bring nerve-wracking tension for those who have long lists, especially if you’re like me and want to make sure those gifts don’t come with any political entanglements. But between the exposure of Apple’s ethics in China (or lack of), fair-trade issues, and even Hershey’s labor issues, what’s a gift-giver to do?

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This is such a great story. Really a great example of "community". Kudos to Andrew and Beth for getting this going. It takes courage, commitment, and love!

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