Monday, November 12, 2012
John Simpson and Peter Russo find success with Ridgewood Aquarium Imports by catering to small but enthusiastic group of hobbyists.
If you’re looking for a planted aquarium in Bergen County, your best bet is probably Ridgewood Aquarium Imports. And if you set out from New York City or Philadelphia to buy one, chances are you would still end up at the small store that opened on Broad Street two months ago. That’s because Ridgewood Aquarium Imports, owned by partners John Simpson and Peter Russo, 2006 graduates of Ridgewood High School and Bergen Catholic, respectively, is one of only a handful of businesses in the country that cater to their niche market—and the closest competitor is in Houston. “We get a lot of the hardcore enthusiasts coming to check it out from about a two hour radius,” Russo said, adding that shortly after they opened one customer even made the …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Small Business Saturday follows Black Friday
The big box stores and malls have been hyping up their sales and will be opening up early Friday to lure in Black Friday shoppers, but Glen Rock's own local businesses can provide a close-to-home alternative without the crowds. To promote local shopping this weekend, the Glen Rock Environmental Commission has distributed 2,000 "Shop the Rock" tote bags to local businesses, to be given for free to customers. Also, many local businesses have deals and sales of their own going on this weekend, including: What local businesses do you plan to visit this weekend? Feel free to give a "shout out" to your favorites in the comments below.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Glen Rock says goodbye to one local business owner and one dedicated volunteer.
Although they're both gone now, their energy and their inspirational ways are remembered by those who knew them. Paul Herrlett, 67, president and 30-year-veteran with the Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps, died on Nov. 12. and Alexander T. Zellway, the 76–year-old owner of Clover Graphic died on Nov. 17. The two were adored by many in Glen Rock, the community to which they devoted so much of their time. Herrlett was president of the borough's Board of Health and worked as a transportation coordinator, directing the Commuter Shuttle Program for senior citizens. When the 39-year Glen Rock resident was not at work, he was cheering for the Giants, playing hockey, relaxing at Silver Beach or hitting a local tavern for Sambuca — his favorite …