Sunday, June 16, 2013
Picture your father—or yourself—behind the wheel of one of these five upper-class conveyances.
Every now and again, 5 Cars likes to delve within the realm of imagination, and this week is one of those times. Father's Day is nigh, and we're thinking about how much our dad loved being pampered on his special day. We can see him grinning from ear to ear as he cruises picturesque winding roads behind the wheel of a sleek ride. So for this installment, we're featuring five new luxury cars now available for sale in and around Essex and Union counties. Our goal is to offer two things: For normal-folks readers it's an amusing intellectual exercise, and for certain readers with the inclination and the means, these mindblowing vehicles could make your Dad, Daddy, Papi, Pops or Father Dear super-happy on his big day. Hey, it beats another …
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Growing group of residents are 'ushering in a new, heart-centered, community-based economy which focuses on service, giving and receiving in balance.'
As the months and years roll by, life gets increasingly more busy, leaving us little time or energy to deal with all the tasks on our to-do lists. A new effort in Essex County seeks to give busy people a helping hand in getting things done—while modeling a new, human-friendly kind of economy. The Essex Time Exchange, based in Maplewood, is a time bank that allows people to swap talents and time to give and receive assistance for a wide variety of tasks, including computer programming, household chores, shopping, yard work, tutoring and more. The notion of exchanging time for services or goods dates back to the early cooperative movement in California in the 1930s, said Exchange President and Coordinator Mathilde Benveniste. She said the …
Friday, June 7, 2013
Some folks prefer cars from outside the U.S.
"It isn't unpatriotic to want a foreign car," said our friend David. "It's an affirmation of competition, the basis of the free enterprise system." That's David's story and he's sticking to it. And from a purely economic point of view, he is correct. Capitalism doesn't take geography into consideration; it's all about what the buyer prioritizes as most important. The best product, in his or her opinion, gets the sale. Nothing wrong with that if one isn't particularly jingoistic. And David is far from alone. While many drivers in this country are all about buying "American" as a show of patriotic pride, an act of loyalty to the construct or out of a belief that U.S.-made cars are the best available, a lot of others prefer cars from …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The restaurant moved into Livingston in July 2012.
Less than a year after moving to Livingston, Sweet Basil's Cafe and Grill was featured in The New York Times on Friday. The newspaper gave the cafe favorable reviews for its "appealing" space, menu and modest prices. The small brunch and lunch spot, at 498 South Livingston Ave., moved into town in July 2012 from West Orange. Food critic Fran Schumer also gave special attention to Sweet Basil's burgers: "Few among the many excellent hamburgers I have eaten in New Jersey are juicier or taste more strongly of the grill than this one."
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Fast food chain with locations in Parsippany, Morris Plains and Florham Park offers a proposition for people named after its primary product.
Restaurant chain Smashburger plans a unique celebration of National Burger Day, May 28. On that day, its locations nationwide, including Parsippany, Morris Plains and Florham Park, will give away a free Classic Smash to anyone with the last name “Burger,” or variations thereof. The company noted that this could mean a lot of burgers: According to WhitePages.com, there are approximately 21,687 people in the U.S. with the last name “Burger” and 1,530 named “Hamburger.” So whether you're a Burger, Berger, Weiberger, Rosenberg, Burgermeister Meisterburger, etc., be sure to bring a valid driver’s license, passport or picture ID or some other credible method of verifying your surname. “Burgers are an iconic American food. We’ve been eating …
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 14, 2012
"There's a hookah bar in Montclair, N.J., and they are all over New York City."
- Sue Toth
Friday, September 14, 2012
Augie Nguyen is attempting to capitalize on what he calls the current popularity of flavored hookahs with his new shop, J. Tobacco, on Route 15 in Lake Hopatcong, that opened in early August. However, the store is not without controversy. Besides a selection of cigarettes and cigars, the shop offers a wide selection of flavored hookah and hookah pipes, as well as tobacco and rolling papers for customers who wish to roll their own cigarettes. “There’s a hookah bar in Montclair, N.J., and they are all over New York City,” Nguyen said. “With the flavored hookahs that are out now, many people are smoking it.” Mediterranea on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair has a popular hookah lounge. But not everyone in the township is happy with Nguyen’s …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Montclair makeup queen hopes to capitalize on the frenzy surrounding the popular trilogy.
Clothing companies, home furnishing lines, and even hotel chains all have been trying to cash in on the success of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey that has become the best-selling British book of all time. In the United States alone, the book topped 20 million in sales in July. To take advantage of the book's popularity, the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle peddles the "50 Shades of Romance" package that includes wine, a car demo, and a map to the Seattle destinations mentioned in Fifty Shades. Sex toy shops report a huge jump in business. Hardware stores cite a rise in rope sales. According to NBC News, hotels such as the Damson Dene Hotel in England have even started replacing the Bible with the steamy book, part of a trilogy by E.L. James. …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Here's a shout-out to some Livingston folks who are catching on to a great marketing opportunity on Patch.
Do you want to enhance your presence online this year and reach new customers for your local business? For free? Every local business gets a space on Patch. We've already done the legwork to create it for you. If you haven't seen it, we'd be happy to show it to you. If we missed you, we're ready to add you. And if you claim it, you have more control over how your business is presented online. Since we ran this article Feb. 24, six businesses have claimed their listings on Livingston Patch: Livingston Old Guard Castle Computer Technologies 911 Communications Norman Florist NJ Spine Doc - Marco Lopez, DC A Patch listing gives your business a voice on Patch. Find it and click on the "claim it" button to become an active user. Your friends, …
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Event to showcase 40 restaurants at Mayfair Farms.
The North Essex Chamber of Commerce will hold the 10th Annual Taste of Essex on Monday, March 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. In honor of 10 years, here are 10 reasons to attend the annual fundraiser where you can sample food from 40 area restaurants and rub shoulders with movers and shakers from around the county. 10. The chamber’s signature event is turning 10 and you are not one to miss a big celebration. 9. More than 300 area residents attended last year clearly making this the place to be. 8. The event benefits the North Essex Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund; about $3,000 was raised in 2010 for a local student. 7. The chamber has been helping build business relationships in Greater Essex County since 1969. …