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NJ’s First Refill Shop Opens in Maplewood, Could Montclair Be Next?

Deanna Taylor-Heacock was a stay-at-home mom who had always had an entrepreneurial spirit. "If I saw an empty storefront, I would talk to my friends about what would go there," she said. "I always had...

JewBelong Explains Judaism to the Disengaged

Stacy Stuart and Archie Gottesman had worked together for 25 years when they decided they wanted to try a new venture. The team behind the iconic (and sometimes offensive) Manhattan Mini Storage ads, Stuart...

Sketching Montclair – in Her Spare Time

When Ling Chen has some downtime, she doesn't spend it like the rest of us - that is, scrolling through Facebook or checking email on her phone. Instead, she sketches. Whether on the subway, at...

Coeur et Sol to Open Market in Bloomfield

Growing up on a small family farm in Hunterdon County, Chelsa Hernandez has always had a feel for agriculture. So it was no surprise when she left her busy career in retail several years...

Q&A: Robert Sean Leonard, Host of May 16 “Selected Shorts” in Glen Ridge

For anyone unfamiliar with "Selected Shorts," here's what you should know: Produced by Symphony Space and broadcast since 1985 on more than 150 stations around the country, "Selected Shorts" is a live performance featuring well-known...

Montclair Bounce: A Festival of Optimism and Resilience (Pessimists Welcome, Too)

About a year ago, Montclairians and longtime "partners in crime" Elly Meeks and Anne Mernin began brainstorming on ideas for addressing mental health in the community. Meeks, a writer and documentary filmmaker, and Mernin,...

Montclair Barber Gives Winning Cuts

January Fonseca-Sabune has worked many jobs, but it was only after she attended cosmetology school that she realized her true calling. "I was going to do hair coloring, but I fell in love with the...

Montclair Musician Stacia Thiel Releases First Album

Stacia Thiel considers music her "spirit guide." Raised in rural Wisconsin by parents who met while studying music in college, Stacia got her first guitar at 16, which she would take out onto the roof...

Montclair Orchestra Celebrates George Walker with ‘Lyric for Strings’ Performance

In an interview with Baristanet, Gregory Walker, the composer's son and a renowned musician in his own right, said his father could never forget how surreal it all was.

West Orange Dads Launch Kekoa Foods, A New Kind of Baby Food Company

David Fullner and Daniel Auld knew from the moment they began dating that they wanted children and that if they had a son, they would name him Paul, after David's beloved deceased brother. What...

Understanding Dad: Lisa Romeo Explores Love and Loss in Memoir

When I asked Lisa Romeo how long it took her to write her new memoir, "Starting with Goodbye," she replied, "Would it makes sense to say my whole life?" Raised in Cedar Grove (where she...

Montclair Author Explores Yiddish Theater Troupe

During World War I, as many Jews were being persecuted across Eastern Europe, a group of teenage refugees in Vilna, Russia (now Lithuania) came together to create a Yiddish theater troupe. The group had...

Spring Break Day Trip: New Haven

Perhaps because it's one of my family's stops on our semi-annual ten-hour drive to Maine, New Haven always seems so far away to me. But the truth is, it's only about a two-hour drive...

Spring Break Day Trip: Princeton

Princeton is a university town, but it has a lot to offer families. My favorite thing to do in Princeton is to simply go for a stroll down Nassau Street and in Palmer Square, take...