CHURN: ON TIME FOR RED, BUT LATE FOR BLU

la orquidea 021315La Orquidea opened for business Thursday, just in time for the Valentine’s Day rush. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn small This edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn notes the passing of a torch on Red Bank’s West Side.

The longtime former home of Johnny’s Jazz Market, vacant since the death of butcher Ralph “Johnny Jazz” Gatta four years ago, finally has a new tenant. And the proprietor of the new Shrewsbury Avenue shop, called La Orquidea, is someone who may be familiar to patrons of another former Red Bank favorite, the River’s Edge Café.

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A LITTLE SLIVER OF SPRING IN LITTLE SILVER

ls tree bud 040614Signs of spring abounded over the weekend, including this tree bud about to pop at the corner of South Silverton Drive and Branch Avenue in Little Silver Sunday.

Monday’s forecast by the National Weather Service calls for increasing clouds and a 60-percent chance of rain, mainly after 5 p.m. Showers are expected to continue as possible thunderstorms overnight. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: TENDING THE TRAFFIC ISLAND

Keeping it low-key, a civic-minded member of the Red Bank zoning board who asked us not to identify her by name tends the traffic-island flowerbed at Monmouth Street and Bridge Avenue Sunday, planting flowers raised from seed at her home. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)