The closing of the Paper Boutique, a beloved stationery store that enjoyed a more than 40-year stint at Watchung Plaza, sparked debate on the Montclair Watercooler, over “market rates” and the prospect of the Plaza becoming the next “Church Street” with longtime businesses getting driven out by rent increases. The expected close date for the store is sometime after January 2005; until then folks can enjoy the store’s inventory, described by one Coolerista as “wonderful cards, crafts, and other items that you won’t find at a Party City or the Mall.”
In other shifts, The Balcony restaurant, on Valley and Lorraine, is up for sale, priced at $425,000. Is it curtains for the Balcony, too? Time will tell, but if you could be granted one restaurant wish in Baristaville, what style/cuisine would replace the Balcony?