RED BANK: FOOD & CLOTHING POWER CHURN

theo 080216Alexander Meder’s women’s clothing store, Theo, opened at 3 East Front Street this week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn small Two new clothing stores open. A cupcake shop adds a coffee bar as another dessert business prepares to open. One restaurant changes hands while another goes dark. And a longtime barber sweeps up the clippings for the last time.

This edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn finds the usual elevated level of change in the face and character of downtown Red Bank. Read More »

CHURN: EYE CARE, BODY WAX, CLOTHES & MORE

del negro 022116A new eye care practice in Red Bank has taken space formerly occupied by an architecture firm.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallIn this (long overdue) edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn:

• A new ophthalmology practice and eyewear store has opened on Broad Street.

• So have a body-waxing business and a women’s clothing store.

We’ve also got news on a couple of relocations within town, a couple of pending openings, and a closing — in other words, all the essential ingredients of a Churn cocktail.

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RED BANK: RICE & BEANS, ITALIAN & TURKEY

thanksgiving barber 3Art’s Barbershop. Chair: Jim Murphy, Barber: Rick Memmola. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)morsels medium

To get a sense of how folks around the greater Red Bank Green will be celebrating Thanksgiving, PieHole checked in with a few area barbers and hair stylists. In this, the fifth and final in the series, we pop in on three barbers.

Art’s Barbershop, Monmouth Street.

Jim Murphy, Monmouth Beach: Go over my mother in law’s, and she just cooks like a madwoman. Three different kinds of meats for about 15 to 20 people. She’ll make a ham, turkey and lamb. And she’ll make meatballs, too.

Barber, Rick Memmola: Going to a friend’s house in Long Branch, and we’ll probably have pasta or a lasagna. I’m not a big fan of turkey. I just plan on eating a lot.

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RED BANK TRIES ON A SHORT-TERM RENTAL

syndicated-111610Syndicated Clothing moved into Red Bank on a temporary basis, but wants to make the borough a permanent home. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The idea isn’t particularly new in the world of retailing, especially around holidays: a store sets up in a vacant space for a few weeks or months, does some hasty business, and then makes a planned exit.

But in Red Bank, the pop-up store phenomenon now has a twist, with the addition of Syndicated Clothing to West Front Street. Rather than packing up and leaving after a stated period, the store’s owners are hoping a short-term lease will give them a toehold on a permanent place in town.

If landlords are amenable, short-term leases could not only fill some of the empty storefronts in town, but more importantly, could help jumpstart economic activity, says Nancy Adams, executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, which promotes the downtown.

Problem is, not all landlords are into it.

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HAPPINESS: A WARM DOG & A WARM FRONT

harleyHarley, the nine-month-old English Bulldog greeter at the Old World Shaving Co., enjoys the relative warmth of yesterday’s temps from her perch on an antique shoeshine stand.

Let’s see: temperatures in the teens late last week and through most of the weekend, shooting up to about 30 degrees yesterday, and aiming higher today and most of this week.

At this rate, we’ll be in Rio in no time, right?

Um, not quite, according to the National Weather Service. Still, it won’t be arctic.

Today: Sunny, with a high near 35. West wind around 11 mph.

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