Seen Around Town: Vegan Pride Clothing at Mundo Vegan

BY  |  Friday, Aug 26, 2016 1:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

mundo vegan

Love Mundo Vegan on Church Street in Montclair? Is your family proud to eat vegan? Now you can show the world with t-shirts, baby clothing, wallets, stickers and more being sold at the restaurant. Continue Reading

Awesome Upcycle: Custom Made Montclair Center Event Banner Bags

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Center Event Banner Bags

Montclair is a happening town, full of great community events that are often advertised with banners throughout Montclair Center. But what happens to those vinyl banners once an event is over? They have been sitting in storage at the Montclair BID for the past 10 years. That is, until now.

“One of the first things I did when I took the position was go into our storage unit to take inventory,” says Montclair BID’s Executive Director Israel Cronk. “I saw a huge pile, probably 5 feet by 5 feet and 6 feet deep, of banners! I started thinking about what we should do with them.”

Cronk posted this photo and question on Instagram for ideas:

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Montclair POP-UP Artisan Market, August 20

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 04, 2016 12:49pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair POP-UP Artisan Market

The Montclair POP-UP Out Door Market pops up again on Saturday, August 20, with a “Artisan Market”-themed event.

Favorite local vendors will be selling their wares, delicious food will be available, and much more.
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Aris Couture Boutique Opens in Montclair Center

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 03, 2016 3:05pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Jessica Arismendy Crawford, of Montclair, has opened Aris Couture Boutique at 211 Glenridge Avenue.

Aris is a play on words to honor the first part of her name and “heiress.” Jessica defines an Aris woman as “an heir to the royal throne of beauty, strength, and a passion for fashion that doesn’t break the bank.” The stylish boutique offers trendy, original, easy to wear pieces that have both quality and affordability — prices range from $30-$76.

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Shop for A Cause!

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 3:50pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Play For Pink and Team brings Shop for A Cause to Green Brook Country Club in North Caldwell on Thursday, August 6, from 5-9 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to help benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Shop for clothing, jewelry, bags, sin products and more and enjoy Pinktinis and Tealtinis from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Entry fee $10.

Shopping Montclair For The Perfect Summer Dress

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 14, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

With the summer weather in full effect this July, don’t bother putting on pants in the sweltering heat when you can be comfortable and cool in a dress. From maxi to fit, to day to night looks, we’ve got your options covered with our local favorites. Check out the latest buys around Montclair for your summer wardrobe!


Paisley Cool

The black and white paisley print dress from Femmebot is a go-to for hot days. The last thing you want to wear is tight clothing, but this loose fitted dress has jagged ends and hits above the knee to keep you cool. For a casual look, wear it with your favorite pair of sandals. Transition the dress into a casual night outfit by wearing wedges and adding a belt for a more form-fitting look.

494 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ
$36, S, M, L
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Basemeant WRX is Back in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 06, 2016 4:35pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Basemeant WRX After almost a year on Walnut Street in Montclair, Basemeant WRX closed its doors. But fans will rejoice in the news that the popular shop, which sold “rescued” furniture, home goods, and other cool items, (and held great community events) is back! And, on the same street.

Owner Aimee Danchise tells Baristanet that she and her husband Chris have opened their shop in the old Poor Richard’s building at 101 Walnut Street.



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Montclair Moms Create Lotus & Bug, Cool Kids Clothing With A Conscience

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 06, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Joanne Baxter and Mary Blackstock, both of Montclair, feel that kids need an active lifestyle and that they need clothes that let them explore the world around them. To that end, they created Lotus & Bug, selling clothes for “yoga, play, and every day.” They didn’t just stop there. They also infused into their designs some of the other values they hold dear: bravery and kindness towards others.


Their partnership began more than 20 years after their friendship. They met in the mid-90s while rollerblading in Manhattan. Although Joanne grew up in England and Mary here in the States, they had similar backgrounds. They lost touch over the years, both marrying, having children, and, remarkably, both moving to Montclair without the other one knowing. Years later, they bumped into one another in the park, only to discover their children would be attending the same preschool.

Joanne and Mary continued to have much in common – a love of art, fashion, and being active. Now, as moms, they also shared a desire to work for themselves and to avoid the corporate world that can be so out of synch with what a working mother needs. They wanted a new business model that could create something beautiful. Lotus & Bug was born.


Lotus & Bug, launched last November, features clothing in sizes newborn to 14 designed for today’s children. The dyed, painted, printed, and stamped pieces are done by their own hands in their NJ studios. The small-batch designs are created of non-harmful materials, keeping the focus on healthy kids. The items feature vibrant colors and interesting images including bugs, mandalas, lotus flowers, and sayings like “Peaceful Warrior” and “Be Kind.”

Joanne and Mary have enlisted the help of their children to model the clothing as well as test drive every piece. “We value their opinions because they are our customers,” Mary said. Both agreed that if they don’t both love something, they just don’t produce it. Each piece is free of zippers and fasteners, allowing the wearer to be comfortable and able to move freely, as children should.


The store does not currently have a retail space, but that’s not out of the question for the future. For now, the focus is on making quality items both parents and kids will love. Visit and make purchases through their Etsy shop. Check out the Stockists page to find shops and yoga studios that carry their line, including Apple Village in Upper Montclair.

They’ve also been touring the local spring markets. To see their clothes in person, visit Lotus & Bug this Saturday at Maplewoodstock, an arts and music festival in Maplewood. They will also take part in an upcoming trunk show at Powerflow Yoga in Clifton on July 15th, following a weeklong yoga camp for kids. You can also follow them on Facebook for news about upcoming sales and events.

“It’s a crazy schedule, but it’s worth it. It’s a deliberate choice,” Mary said of their hectic schedule. As working moms, working from home, Mary and Joanne recognize it’s always a balancing act. “Everybody wants the answer to [how to do] that, but nobody has it.” By working together and leaning on each other for lots of support, this pair has found their own little piece of balance. The support and positive response from the community within Montclair has certainly helped.
“It’s still lots of fun. We wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t!”

American Iris Society Convention Iris Sale at Montclair’s Presby Gardens This Week

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 2:15pm

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

If you love the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens and wish you could replicate some of its beauty in your own backyard, this weekend is your chance. ​If you visited the Gardens in the past couple of years, you’ve seen the American Iris Society’s Convention Iris display. Many visitors have asked if they could buy one of these glorious irises. Good news! A selection of convention iris will be sold on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 from 10 am – 3 pm at Presby. Continue Reading

Don’t Miss the Montclair Center Summer Sidewalk Sale This Saturday

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 08, 2016 11:30am

Montclair Center Summer Sidewalk Sale

The Montclair Center Summer Sidewalk Sale, which features hundreds of merchants, will take place on Saturday, June 11 from 11 am to 6 pm. Shoppers will be able to enjoy special savings and fun events:
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YES!!! My favorite local event!!! Great news!!! Thank You to all who worked to make this possible!!

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