Most Schools Are Closed, But Everything Else in Baristaville is Open

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 9:03am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield resident Mary Ann Mehegan sends in photo, which she calls, “Hope Springs Eternal.”


In case you were wondering — local libraries, the Y, our coffee shops, restaurants and Montclair Art Musuem are all open today, unlike most of our area schools which are closed. How are the streets by you? Tell us how you plan to spend your day in comments.






Old School Barbershops Making A Comeback in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 09, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)


Blame it on the hipsters. There’s a Barbershop explosion happening in Montclair, catering to the vintage-style cuts and beards that are trendy these days.

Including Montclair’s longtime barber shops, such as Balonze, Mahir’s Unisex Barber Shop, Young’s World of Beauty, Kayo’s Barber Shop, and Comb, these new shops bring an “old-school vibe” and offer beard and moustache trims, classic style shaves, and cuts.

Here’s a guide to the new barber shops in town, as well as a listing of all the shops to get a great cut and shave:

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Bloomfield 4th Graders Learning to Shop Healthy at Brookdale ShopRite

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 07, 2017 3:40pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

If you were picking up groceries this week at Brookdale ShopRite, you might have seen dozens of little shoppers doing some serious shopping — filling a cart full of “go” foods on a $25 budget.

The shopping spree is a follow-up field trip to the nutrition and healthy eating talk presented to 4th graders in Bloomfield public schools by Brookdale ShopRite’s registered dietician and nutritional consultant, Jessica Serdikoff, RDN CPT.

The new Student Shopper program kicked off in February at five Bloomfield elementary schools – Oak View, Brookdale, Demarest, Watsessing, and Franklin. Serdikoff’s audience was 4th grade students.

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Hearts & Crafts, a Valentine’s Pop-Up Event Coming to Egan’s Saloon in West Orange

BY  |  Monday, Feb 06, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Celebrate love and shop local on Sunday, February 12, from 1 – 6 pm, at Egan’s Saloon in West Orange (104 Harrison Avenue)  with a hand picked selection of vendors gathered together for Hearts & Crafts, a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s pop-up event!

Drop in and enjoy great food, drink specials, and shop for that special Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie, all in one place. They’ll be chocolate, flowers, cards, and gifts for everyone. Continue Reading

The List of Montclair Lash Studios Gets Longer

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 11:15am

Amazing Lash Studio

There’s another lash studio opening in Montclair, giving those who wish for longer and fuller lashes another option. Amazing Lash Studio will have its Grand Opening celebration today, January 12 from 4 pm – 8 pm at 644 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair. Guests will enjoy refreshments, beverages, cupcakes, (including the signature drink, Lashtini) studio tours, photo booth, giveaways, a ribbon cutting and more. Siggy Flicker will make an appearance too, before she heads over to Wakefield & York for her book signing.

Owner Elaina Watley, who grew up in Passaic, says she chose Montclair for the location of her lash studio because “I wanted to be a part of a small business community that I felt genuinely connected to,” she said. Watley, who is also an agent for Victor Cruz, the wide receiver for the NY Giants, was recently named to the board of Montclair BID (Business Improvement District).

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Montclair’s Wakefield & York to Host Cocktails and Conversations With Siggy Flicker

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 1:00pm

Siggy Flicker

Another Real Housewife of New Jersey coming to Montclair.

Siggy Flicker — relationship expert, matchmaker, television personality and author of Write Your Own Fairy Tale: The New Rules for Dating, Relationships, and Finding Love On Your Terms — will be the special guest at Wakefield & York (50 Upper Montclair Plaza, Montclair, 07043) for a fun Cocktails and Conversations event on Thursday, January 12 at 7 pm. Continue Reading

Drama at the Real Housewives Montclair Boutique Envy by Melissa Gorga

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 12:15pm

Envy By Melissa Gorga

Envy By Melissa Gorga, of RHONJ, the boutique at 609 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair is currently closed, but whether it’s temporary or permanent, isn’t clear. According to a Us Weekly Magazine article on January 3, Gorga’s boutique is closed temporarily because of a “difference of opinion” with her business partner, Jackie Beard Robinson. Gorga’s rep told the magazine that the shop will reopen with new inventory in the spring. The website claims the same thing, as does a sign on the storefront.

Gorga modeled inventory on the boutique’s Facebook page on December 30. She also tweeted the following response to a fan on January 3: Continue Reading

Stocking Stuffers: 20 Gifts Under $20

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 1:00pm

stocking stuffers

Twenty stocking stuffers all under $20, and all found locally! Happy shopping and happy holidays!


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Color Glen Ridge Makes a Great Stocking Stuffer

BY  |  Monday, Dec 19, 2016 11:45am

Coloring Books For Adults

Jumping on the popular coloring book for adults trend, the Friends of the Glen Ridge Library have created Color Glen Ridge. This adult coloring book was created as a collaborative community effort. Photographs were submitted by residents and turned into line drawings ready to be colored by you. Color Glen Ridge contains over 70 images of the beautiful community of Glen Ridge including homes, buildings, parks, schools, churches, and its iconic gas lamps. Perfect for any Ridger near or far. A copy of Color Glen Ridge is the perfect present for the gift-giving season! Copies, available for purchase at the Glen Ridge Public Library or online here, are $10 each and proceeds from each sale support the Friends of the Glen Ridge Library.



One Savvy Design Owners Opens Nouvelle, a New Boutique for Women in Upper Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Dec 16, 2016 2:15pm



Need a dress for the holidays? There’s a new boutique in town that has it, and more!

Nouvelle, at 629 Valley Road in Upper Montclair, sells gorgeous women’s clothing with a range of fashion, comfort, layering pieces and undergarments. It’s the second shop in Montclair for owner Arlene Carrini, who have owned One Savvy Design, a high end consignment shop on Church Street for the past 5 years.

“Last winter everyone was buying sweaters and I couldn’t keep them in stock so I started to buy brand new merchandise to fill in some of the requests my customers had,” explains Arlene. “Every time I would go to the trade shows in the city I would find myself buying more and more great items that I fell in love with and that would service the needs of my customers. With that, Nouvelle in Upper Montclair was created! Nouvelle means new, which was the opposite of One Savvy Design Consignment. I am so happy to have the best of both worlds,” she adds.


Nouvelle can dress a woman from A to Z. Bralettes, leggings, comfortwear, blouses, and holiday outfits dresses… are just some of what the boutique offers. Prices average between $60 – $120, with some items below and some higher end. I purchased a gorgeous skirt ($68) that was just perfect for my husband’s office holiday party this past weekend and Arlene was on hand to help me find the perfect outfit. She’s friendly and knowledgable, like having your best friend shopping with you.

629 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043
Open Tuesday – Sat 10 am – 6 pm / Thurs 10 am – 7 pm / Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm



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