Sunday, November 25, 2012
Rock-punk band's new album part homage to independent merchants. Band plays Maxwell's in Hoboken on Saturday and Webster Hall in Manhattan on Sunday
Titus Andronicus wants you to support your local merchants this holiday season and beyond. The indie rock-punk band with Glen Rock roots last month released its third CD, “Local Business.” The album title carries several meanings, including singer-guitarist-lyricist Patrick Stickles’ lament of big box and chain stores forcing out traditional downtown establishments. “Glen Rock used to have a lot of local businesses, but they’re starting to disappear,” said Stickles, who graduated Glen Rock High School in 2004 and now lives in New York. “There were some benevolent institutions and then some new chains, like Subway, moved in and forced them to close. “I think about the coffee shop that we used to have and Starbucks moved in and that was the …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Locally owned businesses across the county are benefitting from Small Business Saturday
One day after the biggest shopping day of the holiday season, small businesses in Bergen County continued to see an uptick in sales as consumers continued to spend and support their local businesses as part of AMEX's Small Business Saturday. In Englewood, shop owners saw a slow start to the day as customers waited until late morning to start hitting the streets. At the same time, city employees were able to dedicate time to decorating lamppoles and utility work continued on Dean Street. "I think AMEX should be commended for honoring small businesses in the downtown districts," Marla Weinglast of Complements said. "We're seeing more customers want to support their local businesses because they know the owners and sales team on a personal …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Ridgewood, Glen Rock. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities. Wostbrock Home and Flooring will be selling all area rugs…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Inspectors to spread out across Bergen County and authorities will have “zero tolerance” for fraudulent home repair companies and contractors, the Bergen County Executive said.
Officials will inspect contractors working on repairs in areas slammed by Superstorm Sandy as part of a new county police-led task force designed to protect homeowners from storm-related scams, the county executive announced Tuesday. “My administration will have zero tolerance for fraudulent home improvement companies or any contractor or company that seeks to take advantage of vulnerable people suffering from the terrible tragedy that hit our county,” Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan said in a statement. Led by County Police Capt. Victor F. Cuttitta Jr., the task force will include officials from the Consumer Affairs and Consumer Protections offices. Inspectors will fan out across Bergen County, with special attention given to …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A first responder on the scene said that the Oak Street restaurant should be able to open for business Thursday.
A small kitchen fire at La Bottega Wednesday night is not likely to halt panini production at the village restaurant, according to fire officials. Firefighters were dispatched to the Oak Street "panini palace" at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after reports of a fire. Ridgewood Fire Department Captain Bob Kozlieski, on the scene, told Ridgewood-Glen Rock Patch that the fire occured inside a wall in the kitchen. The wall's wood-based interior heated and caught fire after hours of continuous use of the adjacent stove, he said. After arriving on the scene, RFD shut off gas to the building and was able to locate and extinguish the fire in approximately 15 minutes, Kozlieski said, A health official was also on the scene to inspect the …
LeMí, which opened on Broad Street in June, aims to bring serious fashion to town, and will show it off Saturday.
Leyariza Castanos and Minerva Guerrero met when they both worked entry-level retail jobs in college. Never content with the lower tier of the fashion industry, they used to talk about eventually owning their own clothing store. “One day.” The day came in June, when the longtime friends opened LeMí on Broad Street in Ridgewood. “We went our own ways for a time, but we had originally talked about it, and life got us back together,” Castanos said. She had studied fashion in college and dabbled in shoes and online sales afterward. In early ventures they had established a clientele around New Jersey, and when the time came to open the store Ridgewood seemed an ideal location. Selling mostly tops, dresses, and accessories, the store caters to 20…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The gourmet cake shop expects to move to Rock Road from its Clifton location within the month.
Marc Silverberg never set out to make cheesecakes for a living. Many of his friends had gone to culinary school and he was always a casual cook, but the Teaneck native went to school for education and wound up working with refugees in Israel. One night, after a day spent on an art project with children, he was baking clay figurines they had made. When he finished, he turned to his friend and said, “Well, the oven’s hot, let’s make a cake.” He couldn’t have known then that he was embarking on a new career; he didn’t even know what kind of cake to make. But they went to the grocery next door and found the ingredients for a cheesecake. “It was really disgusting,” he says, “like sweet scrambled eggs. It was bad.” But he kept at it, creating …
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 …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Governor says easing Sunday sales restriction will help with storm recovery.
Gov. Chris Christie has signed an executive order suspending Bergen County's Sunday sales restriction, known as Blue Laws. "During this time of recovery and rebuilding, our citizens must have adequate access to the supplies they need to help return their lives to normal – particularly those residents who are still without power,” Christie said in a statement Sunday. “To accomplish this, we are temporarily suspending Blue Laws in Bergen County so that local residents can purchase the essential goods and services they need to continue through recovery period and begin the rebuilding process.” Christie's decision came after Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan requested the Sunday shopping restrictions be suspended. In a conference call…
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Governor's new gas plan and restrictions imposed by station owners results in slightly shorter waits in some places, same story in others.
At noon Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie's even-odd gas rationing mandate went into effect for 12 New Jersey counties, including Bergen, Essex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren. The result, in some cases, was modestly shorter gas lines than have been seen in the days since Sandy hit. Of course, other stations featured the same long lines and interminable waits that have dotted North Jersey in recent days.