'Next Great Downtown Business' Sought for Madison

New initiative asks residents to encourage business owners in other towns to check out the Rose City.

Elected officials and business leaders in Madison want residents to "help find the next great downtown business."

Councilman Bob Landrigan said a grassroots initiative asking borough residents to do just that is being started by the Madison Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development Commission and borough officials.

He announced the plan during the governing body's meeting last Monday and said the idea came out of a meeting with Mayor Bob Conley, Chamber President Ken Toumey and Downtown Development Commission Chair Eric Range.

Having a strong downtown "drives the rest of the town" and "helps all of us," said Landrigan, the Council's community affairs liaison.

So, instead of waiting for landlords to attract good tenants, or waiting for good businesses to discover Madison, residents ought to reach out to excellent businesses in their travels and suggest they check out Madison's downtown, he said.

Interested business owners can be directed to ILoveMadisonNJ.org. That takes visitors to the Shop Madison Committee's website on RoseNet.org, which has a page for businesses interested in opening in Madison.

It also has a list of spaces available for rent.

(See YouTube video of Councilman Landrigran discussing the idea at the Feb. 11 Borough Council meeting.)

Carmela Moeller February 20, 2013 at 02:19 PM
a bakery.
Scott Stebbins February 20, 2013 at 04:43 PM
It would help if the landlords would be willing to charge more affordable rental rates. The cost of entry is too high for many small businesses.
Mikey D February 20, 2013 at 05:35 PM
So if I start doing the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor and DDC's job for them, will they come help do mine? DO what we elected you to do. Is it that hard to understand?
Stephanie February 20, 2013 at 06:08 PM
A health food store. Like a juice or shake shop
Catherine with a K February 21, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Mikey, you do realize that the Chamber, Mayor and DDC are all VOLUNTEERS who give up their time to try to make the town better -- for you -- right? So you are offended by them asking you to help a bit? Right. . . .
chris February 21, 2013 at 01:53 PM
I agree..a bakery. Ask Calandra's to open a store here. They have great bagels too!
Mrs. Clean February 21, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Yes! Sorrento Bakery from East Hanover would also be fantastic.
Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemenagic Jackson III February 21, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Swiss Chalet just opened a new bakery cafe in Morristown (diagonally across from its old bakery) and it is amazing. Not sure Madison is large enough to support something like that though.
Ken Toumey February 21, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Thank you Catherine with a K! Poor Mikey!
June West February 21, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Has anyone addressed the reason why there are so many vacancies now? The Chamber has a paid employee and so does the DDC, not all are volunteers.
Mikey D February 23, 2013 at 01:11 AM
We elected them to do a job (you know, the one they volunteered for). Just asking them to actually do it. Otherwise, don't throw your name in the hat if you need "Poor Mikey D" to help carry your water.
Mikey D February 23, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Look forward to meeting you one day, Mr. Toumey.


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