Chestnut Avenue Road from Centre Street to the will be closed from June 22, 2020 through November 30, 2020 to support outside dining at The Blue Monkey during restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. New Jersey permitted shuttered bars and restaurants to offer outdoor dining on June 15, requiring establishments to place tables six feet apart, limit eight customers to a table, require employees to wear face coverings and gloves and post signs prohibiting customers with a fever or symptoms of the coronavirus from entering. On Wednesday, Gov. Murphy signed an order permitting establishments that can open up two (2) walls - allows for ample air flow - to reopen for indoor dining.
On Monday the Merchant House family shared a very sad announcement. "Today was supposed to be a fantastic day of celebration! Today was to be the official opening day for The Merchant House, operated by our beloved mom, Patti Sharp, who after over 20 years of successfully owning The Station House in Haddon Heights, was so eager to take on this new and exciting dream. Tragically, our mom passed away suddenly from an undetected cancer a few days ago. The timing of her passing, just days before the grand opening, is truly the saddest part of this - as she was never able to realize this new dream. Our mom was loved by so many family and friends, old and new, and was thrilled to be part of the fabric of Merchantville, where she both lived and worked, even if for a short while. Thank you so much for all the immense support for this endeavor over the last many months of construction and then quarantine. Please stay tuned for any future updates."
Courier-Post writer, Tammy Paolino, recently penned a piece on "A food geek's guide to best dishes in South Jersey, still available as takeout". The article shared local places to find incredible "drive-by" food while social distancing. And, it was no surprise to us that two of Merchantville's eateries, Charlies Crepes and Park Place Cafe & Restaurant, took the spotlight. Featured were Charlie's seasonal crepes with crispy potato croquettes or spicy deviled eggs and, ice cream flavors from Chef Manganaro that compliment his juicy burgers and celebrate the region, like the Cherry Bomb or Merchantville Mudslide. And, on June 8th, Tammy featured The Juice Bar owners, Seth Amoah and Kelli Mouzon, in her article about black business owners in SJ. The cafe is touted as "a healthy oasis in the heart of Merchantville" offering fresh pressed juices, smoothies, salads, panini and vegan options.
The Merchant House was excited to announce that they are making progress with opening and sincerely appreciate everyone's patience caused by Covid-19 delays. Owner, Patti and her crew are working hard to make sure all needs are met and they can safely open. She looks forward to serving food in a warm, family atmosphere and building relationships in our quaint borough.The Merchant House is now on Instagram @themerchanthousenj and have posted updated photos of the interior they're excited for you to see. Please follow them on Facebook and other social media as they ready to open their doors to our community!
Early in 2019, Nicole Nurthen Photography collaborated with The Merchantville Business and Professional Association (MBPA) to promote, advocate for and educate local businesses through a series of featured video profiles. Since then she has created and published photo and videos narratives on social media highlighting the shops, restaurants and service providers in our town. Now, more than ever, her pictorial works have served as a constant reminder of the need to support small businesses. Her newest offering, "Come Back", is a 90 second video montage of Merchantville's business owners welcoming the community to support them as they ready to reopen. Stay up-to-date with our business community through the MBPA on Instagram @shopmerchantville and follow #shopmerchantville on Twitter.
The princess has spoken at The Juice Bar! Good health is the mind, body and soul living in harmony as one and it fills our hearts with joy to see children enjoy a healthy drink. In our continuing effort to provide you with the most nutritious and delicious juices, we are transitioning to bottled cold pressed juice only. Cold pressed juice protects & preserves the nutrients of the fruits & vegetables which means you get 100% of the vitamins, minerals, & nutrients in each juice! Cold pressed juices also have a longer shelf life so you can save your juice for up to 5 days (refrigerated) without worrying about losing any of its flavor or nutrients! Juices will be available to grab and go in our front refrigerator! Business hours - Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 856-324-0436 to order ahead for safe pick-up.
Spirit to Sole Connection is bringing you it's first virtual shopping experience. Join Jeannie, Katrina and Amanda to shop our teas, loose herbs, and products from the comfort of your home or lawn chair. We will walk you through the store - and educate you on our products - giving you a personalized boutique experience. While shopping with us LIVE you will get to claim your products. There are currently limited quantities and seasonality means some things will be gone until this fall or winter. We have dry elderberry in stock in limited quantities. All online purchases are 15% Off.
This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer! We know it still feels like the twilight zone out there, but all of us at Blue Monkey Tavern are here to help you welcome summer and look forward to better and brighter days ahead. While you wait for trips to the beach and big BBQ's we'll recreate those summer vibes at home - enjoying burgers, mussels, and summer inspired cocktails! We're now offering three fresh new cocktails -Strawberry Blonde (fresh lemonade and strawberry juices with tequila) - Southern Belle (fresh lemonade and peach juice with bourbon) - Sweet Tart (Fresh lemonade and raspberry juices with vodka) for "Curbside Pick-up". Each comes in a 16 oz. serving for $19.99. Get them while our freshly squeezed and prepared juices last! Non Alcoholic Fresh Squeezed Lemonade is available for $6. Visit www.bluemonkeytavern.com for our takeout menu and special to-go features, then call 856-661-8008 when you are ready to place your pickup order.
Curbside pick-up, virtual events and online shopping are just a few of the strategies Merchantville's small businesses are using to succeed during this pandemic. Owners of our new taquería - La Guadalupana Mexican Restaurant - Fausto and Francisca Medina, celebrated Cinco De Mayo by offering a traditional chicken recipe with fresh watermelon for take out. Jeannie Francis, owner of Spirit To Sole Connection, is still blending teas and making all natural body products for curb side pick up or online shipping. The Blue Monkey Tavern menu features regular favs plus wine, beer and cocktail kits to go. They expect to be prettier than ever when they reopen thanks to Merchantville’s own local artisans Dan Shotwell and Scott DiSimone - wait 'til you see!. Saleemah Smith, owner of A Milli Little Thing, creates all natural body products available for curbside pick-up or online shipping. And, Custom Travel Services owner, Georgiann Jaworskyj, invites you to take a virtual Caribbean vacation on May 7th at 7:00 p.m. to learn all about Sandals and Beaches Resorts. As Halil says, "Clear skies will be upon us soon, friends!" The following retail shops and restaurants are open for your business in Merchantville.
Community Sports Shop, a fixture in town since 1959, provides competitively priced team uniforms, sports apparel, tee shirts and sports equipment to youth and adult athletic programs, schools and corporations and has been part of the Ladik family since 1981. The shop moved from 2 East Maple Avenue - after The Clip Joint fire in August 2013 - to their current location at 21 North Center Street. Although temporarily closed due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, they continue to show support for us on their storefront. Many of the Borough's other small businesses are still able to offer reduced services to residents of Merchantville and neighboring communities. Links to hours and available services in town.
During these times of uncertainty we, at Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, see glimmers of hope in the most unexpected places. This week, one of our family shelters, Anna Sample, was happy to accept a delicious catered meal courtesy of the Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville. The meal was generously donated by the Blue Monkey's owner Halil Gungor who personally delivered the food to Monique Reddick, Program Director and the 30 families staying with us. People like Halil give hope and show us that together, we will get through this crisis. #merchantvilleproud