NOT SO HOT: DOWNTOWN SHOPPING


12:41 p.m. With temperatures in the mid-90s, shops in downtown Red Bank were losing the battle with Mother Nature Wednesday, with some reporting far fewer customers than on an average day.

Billy Anania, who works at Jack’s Music Shoppe, attributed the lighter traffic to the beach weather, and an employee at Funk and Standard said that he saw only seven customers before noon, compared to 50 during the comparable period Tuesday.

Even cold-dessert purveyor Frozsürt reported a drop in business, probably because people don’t think stepping out into the brutal heat is worth a cone of frozen yogurt, an employee there said.  (Photos by Stacie Fanelli, with thanks to Dave Bender for the ride in the cherry picker. Click to enlarge)
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YO! WASSUP WITH ALL THE FRO-YO?


The newest entry in Red Bank’s yogurt wars is Yo Mon, above. Below, the self-serve bar at Kravings. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Pizza counters, costume jewelers, cupcake shops, burgers joints: Red Bank seems to have become a magnet for like-minded business ideas in recent years, with new industry entrants arriving in clusters.

The latest wave: frozen yogurt.

While this may be good news for locals with a hankering for lo-cal frozen desserts, it raises the question of whether or not three yogurt shops can do well for themselves within the same neighborhood.

redbankgreen visited the owners of Frozsürt, which at two years old is Red Bank’s most established; Kravings, which opened in February; and three-week-old Yo Mon to discuss their products and business predictions for the season.

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SUMMER ARRIVES ON A TIDE OF SMILES

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Ahhh, hot and sparkling at the Jersey Shore: This is the payoff, isn’t it, for all those blasted snowstorms we endured over the winter?

For those who were otherwise engaged, the summer solstice occurred at 7:28a Monday, marking the start of a season that, for those of an outdoorsish bent, is as important to one’s mental health as it is to the regional economy.

To mark the day, redbankgreen‘s Dustin Racioppi and Trish Russoniello roamed the Green, cameras in hand, and captured some juicy slices of life, from people at play to a high school graduation to some of the many ways folks find to stay cool between Red Bank and Sea Bright.

Enjoy the pix, folks. And here’s to a terrific summer.

FROZEN SUBSTANCE DOESN’T NEED SHOVELING

frozsurtCo-owner Daniel Natale outside his Frozsürt store, which opened on Monmouth Street yesterday. (Click to enlarge)

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Just in time for the sudden onset of springlike weather and the end, we hope, of the mini ice-age winter we’ve experienced, a long-crystallizing frozen dessert business has opened in Red Bank.

The debut yesterday of Frozsürt marks the first time in more than half a century that no newspapers are being sold at 2 Monmouth Street, the longtime home of Red Bank News.

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