PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE METERS

bagged-metersBagged for your pleasure: All metered lots in Red Bank are free until December 27. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Assuming snow-socked shoppers return to downtown Red Bank in the remaining days before Christmas, they’ll find that off-street parking meters have donned their traditional holiday headdresses.

That means free parking in the municipal lots. And before this past weekend’s snowstorm, the public was responding positively, merchants and local officials say.

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A TASTE OF INNOVATION AT THE GALLERIA

tasteJanine Hillyer, left, and Ken Kruse, owners of The Melting Pot, are ready to titillate your taste buds with their new restaurant just next door, Taste. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

For years, Janine Hillyer would look over from her view at the Melting Pot, which she co-owns, and see a prime space she envisioned making her own.

She watched it change occupants a couple times — most recently, a restaurant, Savanna, and before that, a coffee shop called House of Coffee. Once Savanna moved out about a year ago, Hillyer and her business partner, Ken Kruse, pounced on the opportunity to make that space their own.

“We would constantly, longingly look over at this place and want to be here,” Hillyer said.

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