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

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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  |  COMMENTS (0)

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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4 Neighbourhood: Wearing Montclair On Your Chest

BY  |  Friday, May 13, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

4 Neighborhood

If you see your neighbors wearing cool T-shirts with Montclair streets on them, they are wearing the latest local clothing line 4 Neighbourhood.

4 Neighbourhood was founded by Justin D’Onofrio and Anthony Holmes who had a simple goal in mind – to create stylish clothing that represents and promotes the local communities in town.

“The 4 Neighbourhood name is simply a nod to our attempt to be ‘for the neighborhood’ in everything we do.   We chose the ‘our’ spelling of Neighbourhood because we felt it exemplified a connection people have to their neighborhood, our neighborhood.”

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Sunshine Sam Now Offering Battery-Free Toys in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, May 12, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sunshine Sam

Sunshine Sam, a battery-free toy store owned by Bloomfield resident Marlene Lewis, has moved to Montclair and will celebrate its new digs at 127 Valley Road, Montclair this Saturday, May 14. Continue Reading

Shop Local: Baristanet Mother’s Day Gift Guide

BY  |  Tuesday, May 03, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

mother's day

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8. If you need a little inspiration for what to buy for Mom, we’ve rounded up some great ideas. Here’s your Baristanet Mother’s Day Gift Guide:

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Enter Your Favorite Mom in a Mother’s Day Contest

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 12:30pm


Two Montclair businesses are holding Mother’s Day contests for deserving local moms. Enter your favorite mom and gift her with a special day of pampering, food, and relaxation: 

Mother's Day

Is your Mom special? Then tell Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa why she deserves some pampering. One lucky winner will win a Day of Beauty at Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa! Enter your favorite mom online here. Contest ends on May 8, 2016.

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Murph’s Sports Shop Closing Up Shop in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Murph's Sports ShopJust three months after co-owner Robert (Bob) Lennon of Murph’s Sport Shop on Valley Road in Upper Montclair passed away, a sign was put up of the shop’s closing.

Murph’s Sport Shop was originally opened by Richard “Dick” Murphy of Glen Ridge in 1975, who owned the shop until his retirement in 2001. The business was sold to Bob Lennon and his brother Michael Lennon.

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Montclair Bridal Designer Creates Bouquets That Last Forever

BY  |  Friday, Apr 08, 2016 1:30pm

To Hold & To Have

I had a non-conventional wedding at a champagne bar in NYC. My husband and I wanted a casual and fun celebration, plus we didn’t want to spend a fortune on a party. The one thing in which I did splurge was my wedding bouquet. I love flowers and wanted my bouquet to be the centerpiece, and it was. But other than the photos I have, the expensive bouquet is sadly long gone.

Anna Coy, a Montclair floral designer, solves that problem. Her company To Hold & To Have creates lasting bouquets. Every bouquet is created by hand with satin roses, crystals and pearls, and personal keepsakes. They are modern, elegant, and unique.

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Birdling Bags Hatched in Montclair and Hoboken

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 12:30pm

Birdling Bags

Courtney Reenstra and Meagan Coomber.

Meagan Coomber of Montclair and Courtney Reenstra of Hoboken are the women behind Birdling Bags, a company that offers stylish, high-quality, made in NJ travel bags.

Longtime childhood friends, the two women decided to start their own business just a couple of years ago after Courtney complained about the hassle she had packing for a trip with her then 9 month old baby in tow. Frustrated with unorganized bags, she went to Meagan with an idea for a stylish, compartmentalized bag. The two decided to start their own venture and Birdling Bags was hatched.

Birdling Bags is a truly local company. The bags are created by NJ born and raised women and manufactured in Union City, NJ. Coomber and Reenstra also hire locally to promote their bags —both Montclair photographer Natalie Chitwood and Essex Fells photographer Audrey Blake Breheney have helped create gorgeous product and lifestyle photos.

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Spring Clean Your Closet

BY  |  Friday, Mar 18, 2016 11:00am

spring cleaning

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the temperatures are warming up. Spring has sprung! (on March 20 officially) And that means spring cleaning is in order. In addition to your home, now is a great time to edit your closet. Closet editing is the best way to make sure all your clothes and accessories are at your fingertips, while making room for any new items you will need to buy for the season.

Fifth + Park, a style & image consulting company serving New York and New Jersey with core services in image consulting, personal shopping and event styling, offers some tricks to make the job a little easier and fun:

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