Friday, November 23, 2012
Shoppers and owners look forward to Small Business Saturday.
As Black Friday shoppers mob the malls, local businesses are seeing one seriously slow day. Shoppers are enthusiastic while business owners remain hopeful that Small Business Saturday will make up for Black Friday. “Everyone is going to the malls which hurts the town a little bit,” said Carl Nozdrovicky, owner of Caldwell Jewelers on Bloomfield Ave. “There aren't as many retail shops as there used to be in Caldwell but now people are more aware of Small Business Saturday.” Some loyal shoppers remained on Bloomfield Avenue Friday morning to get a head start on their holiday shopping. Gabriella Stiefbold of Verona was picking up some items at Learning Express Toys on Bloomfield Ave. By Friday afternoon she had been shopping for nearly 12 …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Bloomfield College seeks donations for Softball Team Tricky Tray fundraiser.
The Bloomfield College Softball Team will be hosting their annual Beefsteak Dinner and Tricky Tray on Friday, February 17, 2012. Tickets are $35 and can be ordered by contacting head softball coach Rocco Constantino or any Bloomfield College softball player. The event will be held at the Clifton Boys and Girls Club. The price of admission includes a non-stop dinner of pasta, beefsteak and french fries, beer and soda, over 150 quality gift baskets, and a night of fun with family and friends. The softball team uses the funds raised to offset travel and operating expenses for the team. The softball team is currently seeking monetary or gift basket donations to help organize the Tricky Tray portion of the night. All donations, monetary or …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Local shop keepers are objecting to an Amazon.com app that allows customers to compare in-store prices to get a better rate online.
We've all felt that tension between shopping local and saving money, but a recent promotion by online retailer Amazon.com has some local shopkeepers crying foul. Last week, Amazon.com announced that customers could use the company’s smartphone price check app to go into bricks-and-mortar stores on Saturday, December 10, price check selected products, then purchase that product from Amazon to receive a discount of up to $5. Books were not included in the promotion, but the American Booksellers Association — as a conglomeration of independent retailers — felt the attack on fellow mom-and-pops warranted a comment. ABA CEO Oren Teicher posted this open letter to Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon: Dear Jeff Bezos, We’re not shocked, just disappointed…
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Give a shout out to your favorite Mom-and-Pop businesses.
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 Bloomfield who support small business don't …
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Two young urban designers release butterflies into the sky for one day -- "to demonstrate what’s possible" to Bloomfield business owners.
The idea was whimsical and wholly unexpected: On a day in September (Friday, it turned out) café tables and exotic plants would replace traditional parking spaces on Broad Street -- and two urban designers would release live butterflies into the sky. To the delight of Bloomfield residents walking past, anyone could take part in the experiment. People were invited to sit down at the small metal tables among the tall grasses and watch the butterflies, hold sunflowers, or just spend time spend in the miniature urban oasis. “It’s pretty cool,” grinned Bloomfield High School sophomore Chuck McCloskey, who had been strolling down Broad Street with his friends when they happened upon the “parklet.” Pal Ryan Garrigan carefully balanced a …