Random Acts Of Beauty

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A few months ago, the narrow dirt, rubble and stone lot that lies between Artistic Illuminations and Blu on Montclair’s Bloomfield Avenue was transformed into a beautiful landscape. No, it’s not a public works project – it’s due to the goodwill of lighting store owners Ricky Roder and Larry Smith.


Roder and Smith decided to beautify the parcel (which came with the store) while renovating the adjacent building for their new lighting store. The garden provides a pleasant floral walk-through between Bloomfield Avenue and upper Church Street. There’s even a picnic table at the back end if you’ve time to linger. Don’t be put off by the sign “Personal Property” it’s just a legal disclaimer to enjoy at your own risk, says Roder. Soon, the passage will be lit up, of course…

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16 COMMENTS

  1. I saw that for the first time this past weekend, and indeed, thought it was very pleasant. However, I would remove the sign if he wants people to actually enjoy it. When I saw the sign, I assumed you weren’t allowed to enter (that’s generally what private property means).

  2. Great new store in town…and Ricky and his family ( sister Laura ) are also very nice.
    Look for them and their store, on a future segment of Inside Montclair….
    To see selective past/present segments, Google Inside Montclair.

  3. That space used to be a garden with benches not that many years ago. I believe it was when the lighting store was still a live theater but I don’t recall exactly.

  4. Thanks to Messrs. Roder and Smith.
    My wife and I noticed the beautiful garden several weeks ago while on our way to a nearby restaurant.
    Great work.

  5. Thanks to Messrs. Roder and Smith.
    My wife and I noticed the beautiful garden several weeks ago while on our way to a nearby restaurant.
    Great work.

  6. Thanks to Messrs. Roder and Smith.
    My wife and I noticed the beautiful garden several weeks ago while on our way to a nearby restaurant.
    Great work.

  7. I abhor the sensibility behind the ‘private property’ sign. It ruins the effect for me. The fact that this is private property doesn’t matter. The fact that some dumb ass felt it necessary to proclaim it as such, does.

  8. I thought the “private property” sign was there for legal purposes…
    In any case, it’s lovely, and I was happy to “discover” it on a morning walk a few weeks ago.

  9. I would think, that since the Parcel came with the New Store (crafty move by the Landlord, transferring the responsibility)the Renters of the new store have the marketing sense to make sure their entire property is attractive. Plan on fixing it up every AM, including Sunday, for those that believe “Private”, means “For Me”.
    Fair Warning:
    I would hope, that the Town has an aggressive Trash Removal Plan, in place, for the upcoming Wellmont Concert calendar. Certainly the vacant storefronts, aren’t going to be cleaning up after themselves. We, as a Town, have about 1 month of Visitors/Guests (first impressions count), to convince them to visit our town for food etc. At the UM Sidewalk Sale, at the same time as Art In The Park in Anderson, not 1 additional trash recepticle was added even for the day, nor was any provision to empty during the day. So with all the eateries outside (coldstone/DD/Tinga, etc)Food and Food trash were overflowing the existing cans by noon. The stuff was all over the place by 3PM.
    Wellmont will be a night event; make sure all the streetlights are working (because they should be) street trees and planting areas shaped up, and some coordinated effort to direct visitors to Parking (this Site, and the Town’s Home Page?)and let’s put our best foot forward to support the investors in their efforts to make Montclair an even better Regional place.
    There is a Plan, right?
    Didn’t see one in measurable terms in the UM event.

  10. “I would hope, that the Town has an aggressive Trash Removal Plan, in place, for the upcoming Wellmont Concert calendar.”
    Excessive use of the comma aside, I could not agree with you more, WHK. Especially considering the sort of “element” these concerts will be bringing to town. I just saw on the Wellmont schedule that the Backstreet Boys are coming to Montclair on Halloween. These boy bands are notorious for attracting the type of anarchists, nihilists and hooligans that can decimate an entire community in one fell swoop. If you don’t believe me, take a closer look at the lyrics to “I Want it that Way.” Bands like the Backstreet Boys must be stopped before it is too late.

  11. They did a beautiful job! I walked by it yesterday and it’s gorgeous!
    When I moved to Montclair (1978) it was quite nicely landscaped (although not this nicely!) and it had a lovely white ceramic Buddha sitting under the tree. It was called the “Peace Garden” (who were we at war with then?) and was a lovely place to stop and sit.
    I’m not sure but I recall that the adjacent structure may have housed the Whole Theatre Company.

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