Pop quiz time. What us GLAM?
- A shortened form of the word “glamour.”
- An acronym for the Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums industry sector.
- A style of music developed in the UK in the early 1970’s, led by David Bowie.
- The Glenridge Avenue Merchants.
Answer: All of the above!
You heard it here first. The shop owners along Glenridge Avenue have united to form GLAM, an organization created to beautify and bring attention to the area, which runs from Salute Brick Oven Bistro to Jerry’s Antiques and Estates.
Suzanne O’Connor of The Art Garage and StudioKids Art is spearheading GLAM’s efforts to improve the parking, lighting, plantings and signage on Glenridge Avenue. She has already held a couple of meetings with her business neighbors, Frank DiFilia of Blue Suede Shoes, Maureen O’Brien of Makeready Press Gallery, Charlie Potters of Blowout Gallery, and Josh Kutchai from Tutor Shack.
O’Connor says she began thinking of forming a group after attending a free seminar on business branding, organized by Luther Flurry of the Montclair Center Business Improvement District (BID). “I was inspired to get on the phone and start calling up nearby merchants the day after Luther’s webinar in February,” says o’Connor. “We have so many great shops here, and more people need to know about it.”
The GLAM plan is to make the area brighter, greener and more appealing before Montclair’s next “Art Walk” in May.