By JOHN T. WARD
This installment of redbankgreen’s Retail Churn finds lots of changes underway at the corner of Broad and Monmouth streets in Red Bank.
And a good deal of it is happening at 80 Broad, the former Red Bank Mini Mall building at the southwest corner of that intersection that recently added Toki as a tenant.
At 80 Broad Street, Hitesh Patel of East Brunswick has erected signage announcing the tenancy of Waxing the City, a franchise hair-removal business serving both women and men. Patel tells Churn he chose Red Bank because the local demographics are a good fit for his business.
Patel hopes to open the shop in early October.
Also at 80 Broad, Coastal Pointe Dance Company has opened down in basement level. The studio is owned by 26-year-old borough resident Valerie Herman, who’s also an elementary school teacher. Her focus, she tells Churn, is on “technique and competition” for would-be dancers aged one to adulthood (she’s seen at left with five-and-a-half-year-old Gianna Romano, of Fords).
There’s more at 80 Broad, or the part of the building known as 9 Monmouth Street. A filing with the borough planning office indicates that the former home of Toad Hollow is to become the Charleston Shops, which is moving here from Spring Lake.
The shop, owned by Peter and Isa Hewitt, is billed on its website as an “all things southern” food and home store, and sells grilling sauces and honey, home decor, artworks, cookbooks and jewelry. An opening date of October 1 is planned.
Meanwhile, at the northwest corner of Broad and Monmouth, scaffolding went up last week around the three-story building at 6-8 Monmouth, which is home to a Valley National Bank branch, Whipped Bites, Red Bank House of Fades, Red Bank Sub Shop and Nat’s Jewelry.
As previously reported by Churn, Michael Morgan, who has extensive holdings downtown, recently bought the building for a not-yet-disclosed price and plans to do extensive renovations, starting with the brick exterior. The building’s upper two floors have been vacant for years.
Longtime employee Janine Bonevich, right, recently took ownership of the former Salon D at 69 Monmouth, and has rebranded it as Salon Simplicity. Bonevich’s longtime colleague, David Levine, stayed on, and she’s looking to hire more hair stylists, she tells Churn.
Also on Monmouth Street, at number 28, Candy’s Cottage, another home decor and gift shop, is closing, according to window signage.
Finally, Churn learned at the most recent Dog Days of Summer event that Helen Davis sold her Fins and Feathers pet-supply store at 134 Monmouth Street back in December. The buyer was 23-year-old TJ Moss, who worked for Davis for five years.
Davis, who owned the store for 30 years, stayed on as a dog groomer.