HAIRCUTS, JUICE, RUGS AND OTHER CHURNAGE

Robinson Hernandez cuts a customer’s hair at Red Bank House of Fades earlier this week. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Some updates from the continual swirl of comings and goings among Red Bank businesses that we like to call Retail Churn:

• After months of dormancy, the conversion of the storefront at 8 Monmouth Street was completed this week. Or half-completed, that is.

With its opening on Monday, barbershop Red Bank House of Fades took over roughly half the space that for more than 50 years was home to Red Bank News and last occupied by Exotic Birds of Red Bank.

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CONSIGNMENT DEAL MEANS SHORT VACANCY

Greene Street Consignment plans to open its eighth store at 40 Broad Street in Red Bank, former home of Funk and Standard, by mid-September. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

When officials from Greene Street Consignment, a high-end used-clothing shop with seven stores in the greater Philadelphia area, paid her a visit about a month ago, Red Bank RiverCenter executive director Nancy Adams’ immediate reaction, she later said, was, “We’ve gotta get you here. We need retail.”

And with some fast action, Adams helped do just that, in the process heading off what might have been a prolonged and gaping vacancy in the heart of a downtown still struggling to recover.

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PARK IT HERE FOR VEGAN FOOD & A FILM

The trailer for ‘Forks Over Knives,’ which will get two screenings in Red Bank Thursday night.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

While Adam Sobel waits to learn if he’ll be permitted to operate his four-wheeled business in Red Bank on a regular basis, he’ll have his Cinammon Snail mobile food truck downtown for at least a couple of hours Thursday night for a down-to-earth dinner and a movie.

Along with vegan-friendly comrades Patti Siciliano of Funk & Standard, Gail Doherty and Tiffany Betts of Good Karma Café and others, Sobel is taking part in an evening focused on the health benefits of eating the un-American way: organically.

The night revolves around the indie documentary Forks Over Knives, which features T. Colin Campbell, a nutrition researcher at Cornell University who believes degenerative diseases can be prevented, and in some cases reversed, by adopting a “whole foods, plant-based diet.”

Or, as Siciliano, a converted vegan who recently opened an organic juice bar in her Broad Street business, says, “just don’t eat garbage.”

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SUNDAY: MARKET ON YOUR CALENDAR

farmers-market1Red Bank’s popular farmers market makes its traditional Mother’s Day debut Sunday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It’s time to polish momma’s apple, locavores.

Red Bank’s ever-popular, always-growing open-air emporium, the Red Bank Farmers’ Market, returns to the blacktop of The Galleria on Mother’s Day for its 12th season of dishing out homegrown fruits, vegetables and miscellaneous wares.

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FUNK AND STANDARD GOES TO THE BAR

yum-2Patti Siciliano just hours before opening the latest addition to Funk and Standard, Yummy Yummy Good Stuff juice bar. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

yum-1Patti Siciliano started Red Bank’s Funk and Standard with a clear goal in mind. A lover of food, she always had a dream to branch out beyond clothes and accessories, the main draw at her Broad Street store.

But it wasn’t until now, while wading through a challenging economic wave, that she decided to work toward it.

Today Siciliano unveils Yummy Yummy Good Stuff, a hyperhealthy addition to her downtown shop.

“It’s always been a part of the original plan. That’s why challenges, I find, are gifts. They drive us forward and make us better,” Siciliano said. “In tough times you just say, alright, let’s do it.”

Yummy Yummy — or Yum, as Siciliano calls it, in hopes that it’ll catch on —  is like a mini nutritional center amid Funk and Standard’s assortment of clothes, tchotchkes and gifts. The bar will offer a line of fresh juices and smoothies, soups, desserts from Keyport-based bakery Papa Ganache, vegan pastries from Zaitooni’s Deli and a selection of Adam Sobel’s popular Cinnamon Snail mobile vegan eatery.

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