Saturday, December 22, 2012
A look at the hot toys for tots this holiday season.
Every holiday season, the mailbox fills with the latest toy catalogs. Children peruse the pages as they scribble their lists, daydreaming about what they will find under the tree come Christmas morning. Parents pull out their pocketbooks, spending hard-earned cash as they anticipate the joy on those little faces. What will be the runaway favorites this year is always a guess, but here are some of the latest trends, mixed with tried-and-true perennial favorites. jChews Smartphone teether by Jellystone No tears for parents or babies. Babies love nothing more than to gum Mom and Dad’s cell phone, but now they’ll be too intrigued with their own smartphone to chew on. The Jellystone smartphone teether comes in seven funky colors and is BPA …
Friday, September 11, 2009
The annual event will go on in any weather.
The weather experts are warning that there's a soggy saturday in store for Maplewood. Despite the possible showers, Maplewood Village's annual open market will go forward mostly as planned, Little One & Co owner Hanh Truong said in an email sent on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 11. If it does rain, the bands scheduled to play outdoors will have to take the day off, and some other activities may need to be canceled. The full message is below. Tomorrow's event is still happening - Rain or Shine!
Local artisans pool resources and talent to promote and sell their work online and in the area. Their first show is Monday at Express Yourself Studios.
While waiting for her daughter to finish her soccer practice, Ann Vollum started drawing beasts. The Zambia native, who clocked time in England, Zimbabwe and Pakistan before settling in South Orange, had studied painting all her life, but put down the brushes and sharp-smelling oils when she started her family. Unwilling to give up on her artistic inclinations, she turned to pen and ink drawings, and created intricately detailed pictures of odd and beautiful animals. “I started off with a beastie a day blog,” Vollum said. Soon the project grew to include artist books, cards and clothes. She found local sellers for her designs, including Mia Cose Bella in South Orange, and offered her work on the handmade craft Web site Etsy. Vollum found …
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
About one in 10 mothers with children under 6 work from home in some capacity.
Peggy Lee may have been the first to sing the lyrics “I can bring home the bacon, I can bring home the pan” in 1963, but many mothers today are singing the same tune. According to recent findings by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost one out of 10 moms, or 903,840 stay-at-home mothers in total, have children under the age of 6 and are paid to work at home or have their own home business. Patch spoke with three local moms who fit that description. Jamaine Cripe, 38, of South Orange, is mother to 4-year-old Alice and started a business called The Cupcake Lady. “I run a home-based, organic cupcakery and sugar design studio. I make cupcakes and candy toppers for them out of fondant, gum paste and marzipan. I also make cakes by …
Friday, August 28, 2009
New store offers interesting and unique Items for browsing.
The multi-talented and engaging Tony E. Davis of Maplewood’s National Embroidery & Apparel has been in his new shop at 1703 Springfield Avenue, near the corner of Tuscan, for about six weeks. The entrepreneurial Davis is a designer, inventor and a Master Mason. He is also an embroidery and costume expert who makes and markets custom uniforms, regalia, dresses, sashes, collars, hats, jackets—you name it—for local Free Masons and for those across the U.S, as well as selling Masonic "jewels," emblems and patches and books. Since our somewhat unclear ideas of Free Masons were mainly formed by movies like “National Treasure” and various novels, we were happy to have Davis’ mini-lesson on the group. “Freemasonry” he explained, “isn’t a …
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Her last day will be in October.
Amy Koehler is leaving her position as the Maplewood Village Alliance’s Director. Her last day at the job will be Oct. 31. The Maplewood Village Alliance is a group of Maplewood Village businesses incorporated as a special improvement district. The manager is charged with a number of responsibilities, including promoting businesses. Koehler, a former CNN assignment editor, is the third manager for the Alliance and has held the position for about two years. During her tenure, the alliance has initiated several events, including the recent Spring Open Market and the first-ever restaurant week. Earlier this year she was profiled by Patch. “I would say that it is a mutual parting of the ways,” Koehler said in an email. “I'm on until Oct. 31 …
Friday, July 31, 2009
Walgreens faces continued opposition despite concessions.
Architects, engineers, and corporate representatives from Walgreens faced a battery of questions at last night’s meeting of the planning board, as the Springfield Avenue location appears to be only slightly closer to becoming a reality. Members of the Maplewood Township’s planning board, as well as residents, were primarily concerned about increased traffic from customers and delivery trucks, lighting issues and security. Walgreens architects have changed the site plan on issues ranging from door appearances to the distance the building will be from the bordering residential properties. “It has been a very complicated project, but in the end it paid off. I’m very comfortable with the site plan and very happy with the aesthetic,” said …
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
A restaurant and a store shut doors to get some work done.
Last week, we reported on the new gym coming to Springfield Avenue. The gym is going to take the place of 99 Cent Globe store. The discount store is already preparing to move out of the space. Workers were outside the store yesterday, and the parking lot was closed off to traffic. A sign on the door said the store was relocating in another town, and not closing outright. A couple doors down, another business was also closed, but all signs point to it reopening soon. HLS, the recently opened and seemingly popular health-oriented restaurant, is closed to the public this week. According to a sign on its door, the space is undergoing repairs and remodeling, and will reopen in the first week of August.
But further legal action is expected
UPDATE: It appears that the judge has ruled in favor of Heavenly Scent owner Joyce Reynolds in the dispute over coffee service at the Maplewood train station. “The judge has made a ruling," Art Christensen, who has been in a long-running dispute with Reynolds, said in a message. "We disagree. We will be making an appeal." Christensen has the contract from New Jersey Transit to provide concierge services at the station. He sublets the services to others, including Heavenly Scent, who he has been trying to evict, claiming the owner refuses to provide better service. But Reynolds went to court to block the eviction proceedings. The chancery court matter is set for a hearing on September 2. Christensen said he cannot comment on the chancery …
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
A number of Maplewood businesses have been nominated for Suburban Essex Magazine award.
Fifteen Maplewood businesses have been nominated in 17 categories in Suburban Essex Magazine's inaugural "Best of Essex Readers' Choice Awards." The lifestyle magazine is letting voters pick their favorites among 50 categories, ranging from children's clothing to romantic restaurant. Voting is open until Sept. 18. You can cast your vote here. The full press release from the Maplewood Village Alliance is below. For a quaint shopping district, Maplewood Village is certainly well represented in Suburban Essex Magazine's first ever Best of Essex Readers' Choice Awards 2009. 15 Village businesses are contenders in 17 "best of" categories, including Pub and Burger (St. James's Gate), Home Furnishings and Gifts (Perch Home), and Store Window …