Wednesday, December 5, 2012
From upcycled furniture to customized household objects, Ellen Hanley is the Monet in her attic.
Ellen Hanley's garage is full of old furniture. Bureaus, desks, bookshelves, hutches, tables, they're all there. It's not that she hasn't gotten rid of them yet: It's that she hasn't finished working on them yet. Hanley refinishes antique furniture, makes pillows, blankets, tablecloths, curtains, pin boards, photo frames and coat hooks, all from material she finds at yard sales, Salvation Army and Goodwill stores and estate sales. She recently turned her love of DIY crafts into a small business called Monet's Attic. She opened her online store in June after her two children got out of school and since then has maintained the website, the Facebook page and a growing presence on Etsy.com. Hanley started revamping old furniture as a young …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
American Express promotion benefits businesses and cardholders.
While Black Friday has been a day for major box stores, the day after has become a day to celebrate locally owned businesses. These local merchants offered deals of their own on Small Business Saturday. Businesses in Madison took extra steps to ensure their customers were aware of the promotion and information and links to help them to take advantage of it. Customers who registered ahead of time for Small Business Saturday and spend more than $25 at participating stores will receive a $25 credit to their AMEX bill. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves. What about those smaller, local businesses in Madison and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day? That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born. Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, the day after Madison's Christmas parade, Holiday Arts Festival and tree lighting festivities. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked…
Black Friday is a 'huge day' for business, arts and tradition in the Rose City.
Madison's Annual Santa Parade through downtown kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday and, at the conclusion of the parade, the Christmas tree at Waverly Place and Main Street, originally found leaning against wires after Superstorm Sandy, will be lit. Before and after the parade, musicians and artists will be featured at 15 venues throughout Madison as part of the Seventh Annual Holiday Arts Festival. Madison merchants also are hosting a "Christmas Walk," supplying cider, cookies and old-fashioned hospitality from 4 to 7 p.m. to those milling about town. While Drip Coffee posted on its Facebook page that Friday "is a huge day in Madison" and they will have "live music all afternoon featuring Madison's best musicians," one customer wondered if all …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Borough extended closing time for the second year in a row.
For the second year in a row, Madison bars were allowed to stay open an hour later the night before Thanksgiving, their busiest night of the year. The extra hour boosts business, and allows patrons to spend more time in them with old friends while staying closer to home, bar owners said. The Madison Borough Council unanimously voted at a special meeting Wednesday to extend closing time until 2 a.m. from 1 a.m. Borough Council President Jeannie Tsukamoto said the hour supports local restaurants and bars. "We would like to remind everyone not to drink and drive during this holiday season," Tsukamoto said. She said the Madison Police Department would have additional staff on duty Wednesday night into Thursday to crack down on DWIs, using a …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Bavaro is a former tight end for the New York Giants, and a former resident of Chatham.
Mark Bavaro, a former New York Giant and Chatham resident, will sign autographs and take pictures with fans at Legends Gallery from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Advance tickets, including an item for Bavaro to autograph, is $50. An 8-x-10 in. copy of the cover of Sports Illustrated's Dec. 15, 1986 edition, which features Bavaro on the cover, is $55. Legends has also hosted several other Giants in past months, including Eli Manning in September, Jason Pierre-Paul in July and Victor Cruz in March. Bavaro last appeared in Chatham in November 2010. For more information, visit the Legends Gallery website.
Rob's Bistro chef/owner Robert Ubhaus, who learned to cook at a restaurant on Long Beach Island, is inviting restaurants to set up in Madison for a night.
Rob's Bistro on Main Street in Madison is offering any chef or restaurateur affected by Superstorm Sandy the opportunity to use its place to create a "pop-up" restaurant of their concept on a Monday night, when Rob's is normally closed, the restaurant has announced. Proceeds from the pop-up can be designated to the rebuild of the restaurant, the surrounding community, or to a charity of the chef's choice, Rob's said. Rob's Bistro chef/owner Robert Ubhaus, a Chatham resident, learned to cook at The Green Gables in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island in the 1990s, and "wants to help the Jersey Shore come back better than before," he said in a news release. Many restaurants flooded, including where he used to cook. Ubhaus' parents' house on the …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Madison Chamber of Commerce letter praises borough for quickly powering business district, making borough nearly whole again in less than a week.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
To the Editor: The Madison Chamber of Commerce is very thankful for the outstanding and heroic efforts of the people of Madison's municipal government before, during and after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The Borough of Madison's thorough disaster plan was managed and executed with the utmost professionalism and care for the benefit of Madison's citizens, visitors and businesses. Under dangerous, once-in-a-lifetime circumstances the people of the Borough of the Madison quickly restored power to the business district. That was a big step back to normalcy for so many. In the storm's aftermath the people of the Borough of Madison kept downtown safe and standing on two solid feet, which allowed many businesses to provide desperately …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Governor's new gas plan and restrictions imposed by station owners results in slightly shorter waits in some places, same story in others.
At noon Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie's even-odd gas rationing mandate went into effect for 12 New Jersey counties, including Bergen, Essex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren. The result, in some cases, was modestly shorter gas lines than have been seen in the days since Sandy hit. Of course, other stations featured the same long lines and interminable waits that have dotted North Jersey in recent days.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Library, YMCA, businesses are open.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Let us know what's open in Madison in the comments. Madison Area YMCA opened Friday at noon: "Madison Y is open as of 12 noon today as a warming/charging/showering station for anyone in the community who is without power." Madison Public Library is open, with extended hours until 9 p.m.: "If people want to warm up, check their email, charge their devices - or do something with their kids, please stop by. We have a children's program at 10am and 10:30am for children ages 2-7. ... We will be showing movies at the library today at 2pm, and then again at 7pm. Also, we do have wifi and we are open as a charging station." Studio Yoga: "We are open and have power and heat. We are offering water, tea, and charging stations. We are located on 2 …