RED BANK: COVID-19 CLAIMS TWO BUSINESSES

Claudette Herring and Lauren Phillips at Via45 Monday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallIt was a day of mixed emotions for the owners of two Red Bank businesses as they closed up shop Monday.

At Via45, restaurateurs Lauren Phillips and Claudette Herring ended an 11-year run on Broad Street. Around the corner on Monmouth Street, Marissa Clifford oversaw the final children’s birthday party at Paint A Tee.

This 400th installment of Retail Churn has the details on those latest economic victims of the pandemic and other changes in the downtown mix.

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COLORFUL FUN FOR KIDS ON MONMOUTH


Marissa Porskievies squirts a sampling of primary colors into a palette at her store’s “paint station.”
 (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

By STACIE FANELLI

Rcsm2_010508Marissa Porskievies envisions her new Red Bank shop, Paint a Tee, as a  kid-friendly destination, though there isn’t anything to throw, jump on, slide down or win.

The shop, taking over the former Readies delicatessen location at 18 Monmouth Street when it opens in a few weeks, will sell blank T-shirts, tote bags, puzzles, placemats and more – all to be designed by customers, who might range from 3-year-olds celebrating a birthday to business associates enjoying a ladies’ night out.

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