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  |  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

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

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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