Saturday, November 26, 2011
You can help drive feet — and wallets — to your favorite independent business this weekend.
You might be the type who finds sleeping on a freezing sidewalk for the best Black Friday deals exciting. Or perhaps you've already started working out your mouse-clicking finger for Cyber Monday. But if neither scenario appeals to you, there is an alternative — Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday, conceived by American Express to help spotlight the efforts of local small businesses, comes at the beginning of the big holiday shopping sprint — today — and encourages shoppers not to bypass Main Street for the mega-mall. Verona-Cedar Grove Patch would love to hear which small businesses you can't live without in either Verona or Cedar Grove. Tell us in the comments which independently owned business is a must for shoppers today …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Holiday deals to be had at local shops.
Black Friday is the first offical shopping day of the holiday season. But with hundreds of great shops on and near Bloomfield Avenue and other "Main Streets", the day after Thanksgiving doesn't have to mean a trip to the mall or a big box store. Have a more charming and traditional experience by taking your dollars to local downtowns. Since Christmas truly is a child’s holiday, it’s only right to put toys at the top of this guide to what local shops are offering: Learning Express stores in Montclair, Verona, and the new location in West Caldwell are offering 20% to 50% off select items and free gifts with the purchase of certain toys. The stores also boast a number of toys that are Learning Express exclusives, like the ever-popular All …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Some nearby restaurants will be open and ready to serve.
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner may not be for everyone, even though it might seem so when you witness the dearth of stuffing packages on the supermarket shelf. I myself have hosted more than one Thanksgiving dinner at which I served swordfish. And my family has also spent the day in a restaurant a few times. Whether you want to buck the system, not bother or just shake things up, it’s always good to know that, when it comes to this Thursday’s evening meal, there are options. Here are some of them: Healthy Food, 575 Bloomfield Ave. in Verona says they will be open on Thanksgiving, serving their regular Aisan fare. Another Aisan option is the highly regarded Chengdu 1 at 89 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, in the Pilgrim Shopping Plaza. …
Give a shout out to your favorite local Mom-and-Pops.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Let's face it: There are a lot of big, big businesses out there. And, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Many of these large businesses provide us with some of our most needed services. Many of them employ our friends, our neighbors, our families–and, for that, we are grateful. Still, there is something about a Mom-and-Pop Shop, the local place, the place where everyone recognizes your face. You know more of the money you spend there has a better chance of staying in your community. Not only do these places employ your friends, your neighbors, your families, a lot of these businesses are owned by them. Whatever your reason, there is something special about small business. Thankfully, those in Verona and Cedar Grove who support small …