Macy’s Essex Green Closing, Reopening As Macy’s Backstage

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Macy's Backstage

The Macy’s at Essex Green Shopping Center in West Orange is getting a makeover and will reopen as a Macy’s Backstage, a smaller off-price store, in fall 2015.

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It’s A Family Affair — at Brookdale ShopRite

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Brookdale ShopRite

“This is my happiest day of the year!”

Spoken to a crowded celebration in the lunchroom this past Thursday, the upbeat CEO Neil Greenstein, rejoiced that he could officially recognize associates’ years of service and thank them for their dedication and incredible work ethic.

Recognizing Brookdale ShopRite Associates’ years on the job is a once a year tradition of bear hugs and balloons, jokes, repartee, and smiles. Honorees were recognized for milestones in their years of service: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and even 50 years working for three generations of the Greenstein family.

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Rescued Furniture and More at New Montclair Pop UP Shop Basemeant WRX

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Basemeant WRX

Basemeant WRX, a new pop up shop at 124 Walnut Street in Montclair, has opened offering refinished, or “rescued” furniture and home accessories.

Basemeant WRX creates “furniture, art and home accessories using locally sourced, vintage and found materials with a luxe industrial vibe.” The shop will also feature other local artisans including Forage Works, Warmth Soy Candles, The Therapist Candles and Tilia Press Stationary.

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Fun, Bargains and More at Montclair Center’s Sidewalk Sale

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 14, 2015 9:06am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Montclair Center kicked off summer with its annual Sidewalk Sale, a fun-filled day loaded with bargains. At Hip Chic on Bloomfield Ave. clothing was 20 percent off and glitter tattoos were free. There was free wine tasting at Montclair Wine Cellar. And on South Fullerton Ave, watercolor artist Diane Israel created instant miniatures at Essex Fine Arts Gallery and live mannequins vogued outside Mirela Nurce. Church Street was a kid’s delight with face painting, a bounce house, clowns, balloons and live entertainment on the Montclair Center Stage. Continue Reading

Calling All Montclair Fashionistas! The Mobile Fashion Truck is Coming to Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Mobile Fashion Truck

The Shop Pray Love Fashion Truck will visit Montclair on June 12 and 13 for the Montclair Sidewalk Sale.

In collaboration with Montcair’s Atelier Boutique, the Fashion truck will offer local fashionistas a mobile fashion experience. On Friday night, Atelier will host Glam Night featuring Styling by Fifth and Park, makeup Tips by Bobbi Brown Montclair Studio, and New Collections by Robert Greco Couture of Atelier Boutique. The fashion truck will also be parked outside of Atelier all day Saturday during the sidewalk sale!



Four Perfect Summer Dresses

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Oh summer, another excuse to go shopping. Everyone needs that perfect summer dress to throw on—a quick and easy solution when you don’t know what to wear in the heat. Not only are they comfy, they can easily transform from a casual day outfit into a night outfit by adding a pair of wedges. No matter what look you are going for, either playful and simple, to sophisticated and casual, see what we found in our very own Montclair boutiques.


Summer Dresses

Playful & Colorful


The kaleidoscope colored Aztec print dress by Ocean Drive makes us feel like summer is here. The scoop neckline and cut-out back adds a little flavor to the floor length dress. The top is tightly fitted, but leads to a flowy silhouette. The dress is made from rayon and polyester. Wear it with a messy bun to show off your back and a pair of black wedges.

Hip Chic
533 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
$48 Sizes S, M, L

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Owner of Mr. Nice Guy Glass Gallery Defies Montclair Skeptics

BY  |  Monday, Jun 08, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Mr. Nice Guy Glass GalleryWhen you walk up to Mr. Nice Guy Glass Gallery in South End’s Business District, the first thing that greets you is a big warning sign on the door. It explicitly states how old you must be to enter and other rules patrons must obey. To many, this kind of warning means there could be trouble ahead, but when you enter the clean, well-lit space Mr. Nice Guy Glass Gallery seems different than head shops with similar warnings.

Mr. Nice Guy’s opening caused quite a stir amongst members of the community. Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville took particular issue with the gallery, suggesting its proximity to Nishuane School and the potential illegal use of the products it sells were troubling enough to warrant its closure. Dr. Baskerville and several other community members were quick to classify Mr. Nice Guy as a “head shop,” but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll discover Mr. Nice Guy Glass Gallery is far different than your typical smoke shop.

Abdo Farghaly, the owner of Mr. Nice Guy, originally opened the shop in Elizabeth, N.J. with his father. Then called Mr. Nice Guy Smoke Shop, the store sold hookahs and similar products. His father had owned a hookah bar when he lived in Egypt, and the store became a way for the two of them to bond. After the death of his father, due to smoking related complications, Fargahly decided he would focus on selling glassware rather than the cheaper tobacco products. After seeing different pieces by famous artists, Farghaly admits, “I just fell in love with it.” But the location of Mr. Nice Guy Smoke Smoke Shop, began to get in the way of Fargahly’s new business model. Realizing the town of Elizabeth was not the best place for attracting the type of customers he sought, Farghaly decided to relocate. Continue Reading

Get Beach Day Ready With These Local Finds

BY  |  Friday, Jun 05, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fabulous Beach Reads

It’s June, and yes the weather doesn’t feel very “June”, but that sun will come out we promise you. Whether you’re going to a tropical island or down the shore for the day, you’ll need to make sure you are beach ready. We’re here to help you check off your list of beach must-haves: bathing suits, sandals, sunglasses, tote, and even SPF.

Check out which local shops had our favorite items for a fun day in the sand:

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Amanti Vino Announces Winners of Wine Label Design Contest

BY  |  Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Amanti Vino

Amanti Vino‘s official store mascot, proprietor Sharon Sevrens’ gentle Yellow Labrador retriever Rufus, will star in a series of wine labels for the independent wine and spirits shop’s 10th anniversary private-label launch, Cuvée Rufus.

The shop held an art contest for all ages for the design. Over 150 submissions, from paintings and sketches to digitally enhanced photographs and crayon drawings, poured in from around the country. There were so many great entries, that Sevrens doubled the number of winners from four to eight.

“We were thrilled by the talent and creativity shown in the submissions,” says Severns, who added, “The winners — all from New Jersey — shared eye-catching design with clever, well-executed portrayals of Rufus that captured his sweet nature.”

Amanti Vino will launch two private-label wines, a red and a white, in the fall. Each box will include three bottles of four winning designs representing the four age groups.

And the Amanti Vino 10th Anniversary Wine Label Design Contest winners are:

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Stylish Boutique POSH D To Close. All Designer Fashions On Sale.

BY  |  Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

DSC03442We’re still feeling the after-effects of the unusually long, bitter winter here in Montclair. Despite the support of a loyal clientele, the designer clothing store POSH D is expected to close soon.

Although the business did well during most of the year, fewer customers than usual ventured out during the exceptionally frigid winter to shop on Church Street, says shop owner Dee Lermi, causing sales to plummet along with the temperature. Snow removal and parking issues added to the problem.DSC03380

“I’m sad. I don’t want to go,” says the lovely Lermi. “I love Church Street…the people are so kind. I also love the concerts, the summer nights. This has been a wonderful experience for me. So, thank you to everyone.”

All clothing in the store is now on sale at less than half of the original price. You can find flattering, fashionable dresses, blouses, pants, and skirts in a variety of unique, gorgeous prints and solids…and most items cost under $30.

After POSH D closes, Lermi will open an online store with many of the same items, plus new designs, at:



16 Church Street, Montclair






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