CHURN: FEMME OUT, CHIKYBOOM IN

femme show 2 120612Ashley Dupré Earle, center, at a fashion show in her boutique in February, 2012. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallThis installment of redbankgreen’s Retail Churn brings news of a lingerie store closing and a coffee shop getting a complete makeover, down to the name.

Ashley (nee Dupré) Earle, owner of Femme by Ashley, at 15 Broad Street, announced in an email to customers Wednesday that she’s closing the four-year-old lingerie and swimwear boutique to focus on raising her two children.

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RED BANK: COFFEE, CARS AND CLUCK U

no joe 040615Dan Salazar and his wife, Grisel, at right, with Grisel’s sister, Adela Carrazana, the new owners of No Joe’s Coffee House.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallThis edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has news about two businesses on Red Bank’s West Side: Cluck U Chicken and Green’s Auto Performance.

But we start downtown with No Joe’s Coffee House, where Churn was surprised to find itself sharing a sidewalk table earlier this week with new owners, who have some pretty ambitious plans.

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RED BANK: NO JOE’S A NO-SHOW

Blizzard 012715 5No Joe’s Café was as quiet as all other businesses in downtown Red Bank at 4 a.m. Tuesday, despite having touted a plan on its Facebook page and a sign in its window to stay open for 24 hours during the blizzard to serve emergency responders and snowplow operators. There was no immediate explanation for the change, but it reminded us of an old bit by comedian Steven Wright. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK / FAIR HAVEN: YARD SALES AHOY!

YardSaleThe townwide yard sale is back, and again the markdown mayhem is too great to be contained in just one town. (File photo by Peter Lindner.)  

Hard to believe, but it’s been a whole seven years since a fightin’ little community intelligencer known as redbankgreen and local firebrand Audrey Oldoerp jumpstarted the concept of the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale into being, abetted by a whole lot of savvy sidewalk shoppers on the lookout for that elusive bottom-of-the-box bargain, folding-table find or garage-corner Grail.

In fact, do the math and you’ll realize that the RBTWYS, once upon a time a post-Labor Day lollapalooza, migrated to the merry month of May right about the time that the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library took over the reins. And on Saturday, the borough becomes a border to border bargain-hunter’s bonanza once again.

More than 100 participating households are expected to set sale between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm, and an updated list of registered addresses should be viewable on the Friends Facebook page the morning of the event. Or, stop outside the library building on West Front Street to pick up a map of sale participants.

There’s a rain date of Saturday, May 10, too — but if all goes according to schedule on May 3, you’ll find even more than you bargained for if you head due east…

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RED BANK: NO JOE’S CAFÉ FLAKES OUT

nojoes (4)Mike Tierney and Michael Finehirsch are taking No Joe’s back to basics with not-so-basic pastry. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Calling his expansion into the burger business “the biggest business blunder” of his life, Mike Tierney is bringing No Joe’s Café in Red Bank back to its roots.

The owner of the pioneering Broad Street coffeehouse – which opened in depths of the ‘Dead Bank’ days of empty stores and a couple of years ago added ‘Beasty Burgers to the operation – says with burgers no longer in the picture, he wants No Joe’s to return to basics. He’s brought on pastry chef Michael Finehirsch to help him get there.

Tierney says coffee and pastries are a much better fit, and Finehirsch, who studied pastry in France and London and spent time at New York’s Daniel and Bouley before answering an ad from Tierney, is the guy to make it happen.

“We’re building what I like to call a French/American pastry shop,” Finehirsch tells redbangreen’s PieHole. ““If I had my own shop I’d want it to be something like this, so when I saw Mike’s ad we got together.”

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