Live Music and More Tonight at Le Souk, Watchung Plaza’s Lovely Marketplace

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 12:08pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

We were enchanted by Le Souk when it opened up in June in Montclair’s Watchung Plaza. The Middle Eastern shop, which sells nuts, dried fruits, sweet treats and artisan gift baskets, was opened by Jumana Jaber, an artist who came to America from Damascus, Syria, and now teaches design, painting and interior design at Montclair State University.

Le Souk is a representation of the ancient market places, or souks, of Jaber’s home country. Tonight (Wednesday, August 16) enjoy the musical stylings of Julian Keenan, a Parents Who Rock veteran, from 7-8 p.m., and come taste delicious samples of Middle Eastern treats.

Le Souk, 51 Watchung Plaza, Montclair, 973-707-2333

Montclair Pop-Up Returns Saturday, August 12

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Shop local, handmade, artisan and vintage items at Montclair Pop-Up! Back this Saturday at 85 Walnut Street (Building Blocks Parking Lot).

Score Swimwear in Montclair!

BY  |  Monday, Jun 19, 2017 12:45pm

Now that the warm weather is here to stay, it’s time to update your swimwear closet. Check out the bathing suits and cover-ups we’ve found locally in Montclair.



One Piece, Two Piece

From bikinis to tankinis to one pieces, Johari has got your swimwear shopping list covered. The black one piece bathing suit by Aerin Rose is all about the details. Featuring mesh inserts across the torso and an “X” back strap, the suit laces down the back into a pretty subtle bow. Robin Piccone has done it again with the “Sophia” crochet bikini in jungle green. The halter top and bottoms both feature the cut out crochet design, making this bikini super sexy. Both suits include built in cups for support and are made from nylon and spandex.

465 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, (973) 744-8070
6, 8, 10, 12 – XS, S, M, L, $166-$200
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Baristanet Father’s Day Gift Guide

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 12:37pm

With Father’s Day approaching on June 18th, it’s time to find him the best gift from Montclair’s local shops. From the sports lover to the dapper gentleman, to the grill master to the traveler, we’ve got him covered!

Trucker Hat

For the man who enjoys spending his free time outside, The Outdoor Store has a great selection of Patagonia hats. Made with organic cotton, the one size mesh hat features an adjustable strap for custom and comfortable fitting. It’s all about the great outdoors!

The Outdoor Store
30 Church Street, Montclair, (973)746-5900
O/S, $29

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Shop Montclair Center Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, June 10

BY  |  Monday, Jun 05, 2017 1:00pm

You’ll want to be in Montclair Center to Shop the Sidewalk Sale this Saturday, June 10. Enjoy fabulous discounts, giant oversized classic board games on Church Street, refreshments and live music all day long.

Church Street will be closed for shopping, games and music. In addition to the special offers from fantastic merchants, giant classic board games will be on Church Street for everyone to play from 12 noon – 4 pm. Test your Scrabble skills, your checker jumps, chess strategies and Jenga balances outside. Music will start at 10 am, including a special performance from Drums of Thunder from 1-1:30 pm. The music lineup also includes Brielle Liebeman (folk), The Take Out Band (New Orleans Blues), Samad SaVage (hip hop), First Mountain (jazz) and Taiko Boku (Japanese Kodo drummers).

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Don’t Miss UPTOWN GIRLS: A Ladies Night Out in Upper Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:15am

The Upper Montclair Business Association (UMBA) is pleased to announce its third annual Uptown Girls Ladies Night Event, in Upper Montclair Village. 60+ businesses participate in this event that draws hundreds of women to the district to shop and socialize.

“UMBA sponsors the annual event to bring together the best of what Upper Montclair has to offer. Ladies’ Night is a time for our community to mix and mingle with our local businesses, visit shops and restaurants they may not have experienced before, and have fun with raffles, cocktails and discounts. It is very festive event that we all look forward to,” states UMBA President Jodie Dawson. Continue Reading

Baristanet Mother’s Day Gift Guide

BY ,  |  Tuesday, May 09, 2017 12:35pm

With Mother’s Day approaching on May 14th, it’s time to make the extraordinary moms in your life feel extra special. From the fashionista to the social butterfly to the creative traveler, we’ve selected a few gifts she will love.

Beaded Bracelets

For the mom that loves to accessorize, beaded bracelets from Dot Reeder make a fabulous gift. Ranging from various stones such as black onyx, black lava, cracked blue agate, and matte grey agate, the stretch fit bracelets come as one long wrap bracelet or in a set of three. The simply and pretty bracelets are completed with a gold accent with rhinestones or a leather tassel. For some serious arm candy, pair the bracelets with a watch.

Dot Reeder
129 Watching Avenue, Montclair, 973-744-7410
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Sales, Selfies and Snacks! Ladies Night Out in Montclair Center Friday Night

BY  |  Monday, Apr 03, 2017 2:30pm

Ladies Night Out

Montclair Center, as part of Women’s Empowerment Week, will host the biggest Ladies Night Out ever on Friday, April 7.

Over 50 merchants will be participating with special offers, free giveaways, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, music, and more! The fun night starts at 5 pm at the Pig & Prince Restaurant (1 Lackawanna Plaza) where Montclair Center BID will give away 150 free selfie sticks while attendees can pick up a guide to the night and enjoy discounted cocktails.
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The Eclectic Chic Boutique Announces Pop Up Shop Opening in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017 12:30pm

The Eclectic Chic Boutique

The Eclectic Chic Boutique will celebrate its Grand Opening on April 15 at 4 Midland Avenue in Montclair Center. The unique “artisan lifestyle shop” will carry crafts created by skilled artists from all over the tri-state area with a collective of over 19 artists, each creating high quality, one of a kind, handmade crafts. Some of their most popular items include Bath Bombs by Rustic Soap, Sauces and Jams by SLUG Co, and handmade Jewelry by Mr.PipeDream.

The Eclectic Chic Boutique, owned by Kristen Zachares, will have a Pop-Up space inside of Studio PURE and The Natural Store, owned by Ahava Felicidad. Over the last few years, The Eclectic Chic Boutique has grown from being an online-only shop, to touring craft shows and vendor events, and finally having a brick-and-mortar location in the community. Now loyal customers who would normally only be able to purchase these products from craft shows and vendor events, can shop for them in person at this location. The shop is also child and pet friendly, creating an inclusive shopping environment.

The Pop Up Shop will be open to the public two to three times a month.

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

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 9:03am

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.






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