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Photography by William Tomlin
7 Highland Pl, Maplewood, NJ 07040
William Tomlin's studio, providing portrait photography and more, is just minutes from the Maplewood train station.More Check out his work in the windows.
East Side Fitness
1865 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Maplewood local Brian Crowell and his father Wayne Crowell (the former Maplewood fire chief) have teamed up with RonMore Glass to create a 6,500 square foot facility set to feature workout areas, training, showers and lockers. East Side will provide space for do-it-yourself workouts, cardio circuits, and personal training sessions. Classes in cardio, strength training, and group exercise will be added in 2010. The 5 am weekday opening time will allow commuters to come for an early workout, take a shower, and then catch the nearby jitney to the train station, while childcare will allow parents to work out while their kids are nearby.
Chelsea Set
2 Ricalton Square, Maplewood, NJ 07040
You can find this award-winning, full-service salon right behind the Maplewood train station. In addition to its arrayMore of hair design services, Chelsea also offers nail and skin care for men and women, waxing, makeup, massage, spray tanning and bridal services. The atmosphere is elegant and the front desk staff is very attentive.
Maplewood Train Station
175 Dunnell Rd, Maplewood, NJ 07040

On an average weekday, more than 3,000 passengers board the train at Maplewood's station. Plenty of businesses, asMore well as the Township Municipal Building, the Fire Department and the Public Library are within walking distance. Commuters, who generally don't have the time or inclination to visit the stores, can employ the station's concierge, which offers services such as food pick-ups and dry cleaning drop-off.

The jitney service shuttles riders from stops throughout the town to the train. There are several parking lots surrounding the station, which fill up fast and early. The passageway between platforms features several eye-catching murals of local businesses. For information on train schedules, visit the New Jersey Transit Web site.

Memorial Park
124 Dunnell Rd, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Many Maplewood residents are transplanted New Yorkers. The town's easy commute to the Big Apple certainly attractsMore former Gothamites. But we can't help but wonder if the fact that Maplewood has a central park, of sorts, adds to its former New Yorker appeal.

Memorial Park is at the heart of the town, as it's bordered by the train station, the Municipal Building, the Maplewood Library and the town's country club.

The park features two playgrounds, two multi-purpose fields, three tennis courts and four picnic tables.

GAS Gallery And Studio
411 Ridgewood Rd, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Located near the Maplewood and South Orange train stations, the GAS Gallery And Studio is a public art space featuringMore regularly scheduled fine art exhibits. The gallery has featured work by local and regional painters, sculptors, photographers and more at competitive prices. It produces photography and film projects, and also hosts private parties and events. For more information and a schedule of upcoming shows and exhibitions, visit the gallery's Web site.
Dinner At Home
1733 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
For those days when you really don't want to cook, Dinner at Home will prepare a complete meal for you, available forMore pickup at the train station or the Springfield Avenue store. Check the website for the current menu. For those interested in tricks of the trade, cooking classes are also offered.
Sona
6 Highland Pl, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Sona features a broad Indian menu, but with a larger-than-expected variety of breads and desserts. Besides chicken,More lamb and seafood, it offers vegetarian, vegan and halal dishes, all in a large space decorated in deep reddish-orange with striking wall hangings.

The lunch buffet is one of the best bargains in town. For around $10, you can sample chicken tikka, tandoori, chicken korma, chickpeas, creamy spinach, pakoras, naan bread and a custardy carrot dessert with cinnamon and cardamom.

Sona is in the heart of Maplewood, less than a five-minute walk from the train station.