Enter Your Favorite Mom in a Mother’s Day Contest

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


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  |  COMMENTS (0)

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  |  COMMENTS (0)

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  |  COMMENTS (0)

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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Montclair Openings & Closings: Pop Up Shops

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Two new shops have Popped Up in Montclair Center:

Rhadi Living

Rhadi Living Pop-Up shop opened at 5 Church Street (next door to Anthropologie) featuring the collections line of carefully curated collection of beautiful items for the home including bedding, throws, floormats and handcrafted furniture. Rhadi Living will be open Tuesdays – Fridays from 11 am – 6 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 7 pm, and Sundays from 11 am – 5 pm

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Montclair Openings: Custom Menswear, Laundry Service

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 11:00am

Two new shops have opened in town to help the well-dressed man (and woman) keep well-dressed:

c.s. cagas

C.S. Cagas has opened at 43 Church Street offering custom menswear and accessories, as well as bespoke tailoring. A unique offering is shoe shines!


Montclair Laundry Drop Off Service

Montclair Laundry Drop Off Service at 324 Orange Road had its grand opening last weekend. The owner, Lawrance Richardson, tells us his store will provide “Wash and Fold, laundered shirts, and dry cleaning services.





Runway Inspired Styles in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016 11:30am

New York Fashion Week wrapped up last week with designers showcasing their autumn/winter 2016 collections. Being the frigid month of February, guests were covered in layers of clothing to beat the NYC snow; making the choice of footwear a difficult decision. Along with fur and textured layers, pops of colors and patterns were thrown into the mix in several designer’s collections. We found runway inspired garments in Montclair’s trendy boutiques.

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Montclair Openings: Femmebot Clothing, Gelotti

BY  |  Friday, Feb 19, 2016 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

Femmebot Montclair Graphic

Femmebot Clothing, which opened its first shop in Ridgewood, NJ, has opened at 494 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair Center and will offer customers 15 percent off through Sunday. The store will host a Grand Opening party next week. Femmebot is a clothing and accessories store for “Strong, unhindered, forward-thinking, women, with a style to match.”

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Shop Local: Baristanet Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2016

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Looking for some Valentine’s Day trinkets for your love? Sweets for your sweetie? They can be found locally:


Love Notes



A Lovely Universe (195 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043) has a lovely selection of Valentines Day cards from paper good designer Paula & Waffle.

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