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RED BANK: HAIR, BEAUTY, RUGS AND CREPES

Hairdresser Yanni Erbli and beauty products retailer Wisteria plan to combine when they open at 67 Broad Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallThis edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn brings news of a planned combination of two established beauty businesses in downtown Red Bank.

Also around the “read more” corner: tidbits about a creperie, a rug store and a men’s hair salon. More →

MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• James Delucia, age 59 from Main Street in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 9, 2012 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. He was released pending a court date.

• Kaity Aviles, age 20, from Port Monmouth Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 8, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. He was held on $200.00 bail.

• Dawn Villano, age 52, from California Avenue in Brick, NJ, arrested on July 8, 2012 by Patrolman Ryan Riffert on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Eatontown Municipal Court. She was held on $500.00 bail.

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RUG MAN: HE’S LEAVING, BUT ALSO STAYING

12-broad4Get the message? But while the rug store is closing, its owner is putting down roots: he bought the building.

By WID CONROY

When a request by Nazmiyal Rug Decor for an extension on its going-out-of-business sale came up at last Monday night’s Red Bank Council meeting, the answer was unequivocal: No.

There was not one second’s worth of public discussion about the request, which would have permitted Nazmiyal to continue displaying its oversized signs in the window of its Broad Street store for another 90 days. But the message was clear. “You’re leaving? Go, already.”

“They got what they’re entitled to,” Mayor Pasquale Menna told redbankgreen afterward. He said other merchants had complained about the “subliminal message” of failure being trumpeted by the bold red-and-white signs.

“Most of our retailers are doing a very difficult job in a very difficult environment,” Menna said. “They don’t need that.”

So it may seem ironic that the store’s owner, while he’s throwing in the towel on his own business, is still a true believer in the downtown’s potential.

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