WEDDING PHOTOGS SNAP UP MORE SPACE

John Arcara in the reception area of his spacious new photo studio. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508In retailing, where rents are steep and space is priced by the square foot, every one of them has to count toward the top line.

Or so goes one school of thinking. Another says there needs to be room for atmosphere and mood to stir and stoke the consumerist impulse. For that matter, not every retail tenant has to be selling something tangible.

Wedding and boudoir photographers John and Lovina Arcara have joined a recent resurgence in Red Bank: tenants of primo storefront space selling nothing more than memories.

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CHURN: POOR CAT CURLS UP ON BROAD STREET

A display in the window of the newly opened Poor Cat Designs. (Photo by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

Rcsm2_010508The story of Poor Cat Designs begins with a soggy kitten Joe Romanowksi found sitting on his doorstep in the rain on the eve of his sister’s death about five years ago.

Unable to find the cat’s owner, Romanowski decided to keep him, naming him Felix. Every morning as he left for work, the cat would look at him sadly, and Romanowski would tell him, “You poor cat.”

During that time, Romanowski was developing a new jewelry line. Suddenly, he tells redbankgreen, a light bulb went off in his head, telling him to name the line “Poor Cat,” in homage to both his sister and his adopted feline.

Now, Poor Cat has found a home in Red Bank.

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