Roberto Cruz Cotto was born in Ponce. Puerto Rico and was fascinated by the culinary arts from a very young age. Inspired by his mother's cooking - which has always been his passion - he watched her make her meals with delight. His fervor for cooking was so great that he left after school to help his friend who was in charge of a restaurant, El Patriota, in the city of his birth and was given the opportunity to master his skills at this quaint eatery in the principal cooking style of puerto Rico - Creole cuisine or "cocina criolla". His travels soon led him to New Jersey where he began to work and develop in other areas, but always with the hope of being able to cook one day. After many sacrifices and much work running a successful food stand he is close to seeing his dream realized. In November 2020 Roberto will realize this vision as he opens Robertitos Cuisine, 177 S. Centre, at the Circle, in our beautiful town, Merchantville NJ. How lucky all of us will be to enjoy his mofongos and carne frita! Welcome, Chef Roberto! Visit his Facebook page to check out their menu.
On September 25th, owner Jeannie Francis announced with great sorrow and sadness that she will be closing her storefront shop at 23 North Centre Street in Merchantville, Spirit To Sole Connections. She will still maintain her retail shop on line and all of their products can be purchased and shipped to you through her website: www.spirit2soleconnection.com Jeannie, a Reflexology therapist, Reiki Master, Master Herbalist and Master Gardener, opened this center for healing therapy, enlightenment and fun in March 2015. When this virus clears, she plans to offer services from my home, or will come to your home. The shop closing will happen in October and she will let everyone know the details as they are made. Next month, stop in to pick up a bag of your favorite, organically grown, herbal tea and thank Jeannie for her contribution to our business community!
Support our local businesses by getting into the Halloween spirit with these ghoulish t-shirts! Our gruesome zombie will be sure to provide a fright, while our costumed gremlins will make kids jump with scary delight. Shirts come in long or short sleeve with sizes from YOUTH MEDIUM to ADULT XXL. Available for a limited time! Order cutoff date is October 8th. Community Sports Shop will contact each customer to pick up their order at their shop during normal business hours. Use this link to place your order.
September 15th marked a 5 year anniversary for A Milli Little Things and owner, Saleemah Smith, shared her personal journey on social media. "Wow! I can't believe it. I remember nervously hitting the "Live" button on my Shopify account and paying more for the shipping cost than the actual order on my first sale because I simply didn't know how to ship. I've learned so much on this journey, and still daily. I started with one product and now I'm up to 84 with more than 200 varieties. I couldn't imagine that." She thanked everyone who supports her with reposts, purchases, visits, advice or spreading the word. None of it goes unnoticed! You're invited to celebrate her 5 year business anniversary and first year in her Merchantville storefront on Saturday October 3rd featuring super deals, wine, and food to go.
The Station is opening for retail shopping! We are excited to open our doors this Friday, September 18th. Not to sit down yet - but for the retail part. Please don't forget your mask and keep 6 feet apart. Our gift shop features work from local artisans, fair trade all over the world, and some vintage items and our cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. This weeks special order is Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake. Just add some gelato or sorbet for an extra treat. Please order online by Thursday, September 17th, midnight and pick up Friday, September 18th during Friday Market hours between 5:00-8:00 p.m. Check our menu and business hours. Shop Small - Shop Local - Shop Merchantville!
We are happy that NJ restaurants have the ability to open for indoor dining in a limited capacity, however, The Blue Monkey, has made a decision to err on the side of caution and remain open for outdoor dining and takeout services at this time. We have created a beautiful, open, airy and safe outdoor dining space and have a DJ playing background music nightly. We are open Wednesday through Sunday from 4:00-9:00 p.m. Please call 856-661-8008 to book your reservation. pleasing and safe space for our community and hope you will continue to dine with us until we decide to bring business back indoors. Our policies and procedures remain the same - all customers must practice proper social distancing and wear their masks when not seated at their table. We operate on a reservation only model and expect customers to remain at their assigned tables. Our If you have not visited we hope you’ll come soon and try one of our newer menu options, viewable at BlueMonkeyTavern.Com. Our entire staff thanks you for your continued support and patronage.
Have you gained that "Quarantine 15"? A juice cleanse is a great opportunity to take a break from unhealthy eating habits. A juice cleanse can help to refocus your diet with a variety of fresh fruits & vegetables that aim to detox, energize, repair, & hydrate you from the inside out! A cleanse supports the body’s natural detox process, breaks the cycle of craving unhealthy foods, reduces your appetite, increases your energy, eliminates foods that cause problems for many people (dairy, wheat, gluten), helps balance the gut microbiome, and blasts your body with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Please call ahead to order a juice cleanse from The Juice Bar, 22 South Centre Street.
Schedule a great photo session with the newest business in town, Adrian Rowan Photography. Adrian is restoring the corner property she recently bought on Chestnut & Centre as a home and, workspace for clients who desire a full service, boutique experience. Adrian's work has always intended to capture her client's confidence and empowerment. She's a 13 year Air Force Veteran who ran the photography studio at the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps. She hopes you will join her on this photo journey to create some beautiful art that clients will treasure. "Through existing in photographs we embrace ourselves and are reminded of a moment in time we want to capture for a lifetime." She hopes to be finished her home and boudoir reno by August 31st - follow it on Facebook.
Need a ride, need a hand, need a truck? I have you covered! My name is Christian Laufer and I'm a Merchantville local looking for summer side jobs. I can help you with delivery/driving gigs to the airport, grocery store, designated driving and, pick up, delivery or round trips - including extended layover periods of time. I have 2008 F150 Lariat and a trailer to take care of your needs so, I can help with picking up large items from local stores that your car won't accommodate. I also specialize in light mechanical work - motorcycles, trucks, and cars, if needed. Detailing, brakes, oil changes, A/C charges, wheel bearings, header gaskets, etc. Finally, if you need help moving or doing a haul out Vinny DiLoreto and I have done numerous jobs over the past few weeks in the local area with 100% satisfaction. Just call or text me 856-383-8094.
On July 14th, Kate Holden, owner of Soulflower Yoga, announced the closing of her brick and mortar location at 20A South Centre Street. "Wow, what an amazing year and half it’s been here in Merchantville. The community we built, the fun we had and just getting to know and serve every single one of you was a true honor. COVID-19 has hit so many of us so hard, both as individuals and the small business community. Just because we won’t have our peaceful place to gather doesn’t mean we’re leaving Merchantville or the yoga community!" Kate will still be hosting outdoor classes and provide special, and fun local yoga events to keep in touch. Not knowing what the future may bring, she hopes one day to be able to hold space with you and have regular classes again. Kate thanked the community for all their love and support and reminded everyone that, "It'snot good bye - it’s see you later. Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming outdoor classes and events on social media.