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.






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

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


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

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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" href="" rel="bookmark">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.



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