From Shoes to Lamps

Merchantville Antiques and Salvage came across a photo of his grandfather's Shoe Repair Shop the other day. The picture, taken in 1928, shows shop owner Orlando Ricci posing in front of his storefront. Upon finding this treasure, Michael and Jaclyn Ricci remarked on how amazing it is to think that in a couple years their family will have lived here for 100 years. Truly, one of the most valuable characteristics of Merchantville life is the rich history of each generation owning a small business at 37 South Centre - from shoe repair shop to luncheonette to dress shop, and now their antiques and lamp repair shop.

Crates are Great!

Merchantville Antiques and Salvage offered another "Inspirational Tuesday" post on their Facebook page all about old crates, boxes, and drawers. Co-owner Jaclyn Ricci's personal favorites are the cheese boxes used as a chalk holder for the chalkboard wall in the kitchen and for small tools on her husband's work bench. These unique boxes and crates can be filled with plants, hang on walls for a shadow box effect, or used as storage bins. Merchantville's antique store also has a booth - A14 - at the antique and arts mall, Carnival of Collectibles, in Sicklerville, NJ. Pinterest has nothing on Jaclyn so, stop by the shop - open Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - at 27 N. Centre Street, or their booth for some great ideas. 

Tom Duffy, 90

 

On January 8, 2020, age 90, of Merchantville, NJ. Tom was the beloved husband of Bernadette (nee Storey) and the late Clare (nee Kraus). He was the loving father of Thomas P. Jr. (Susan), Christine (Ray) Lodge, James (Eileen) and Daniel (Linda). He is also survived by 8 grandchildren Kevin and Rachel Duffy, Ryan (Jenna) and Kyle Lodge, Jennifer (Bo) Smith and Kathleen, Daniel and Faith Duffy; one brother Joseph Duffy and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Monday evening from 6:00-9:00 PM and Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:30 AM in the Alloway Funeral Home 315 E. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10:00 AM in St. Peter Church Merchantville, NJ. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery Cherry Hill, NJ. Full obituary.

Nature's Herbal Remedies

When our grandmothers needed to attend to the bumps, bruises, fevers and other illnesses their family suffered, they didn't have a corner drugstore. Instead these good women relied on simple wisdom, common sense, and pantries well stocked with herbal remedies. With few exceptions, these herbal remedies were made from plants and herbs that grew in the kitchen garden or were gathered in the fields and woods surrounding their homes. There is a growing awareness of the importance of returning to the use of whole foods and healthy herbs into our modern lives. Merchantville's own Spirit to Sole Connection has many of your herbal needs. Stop by, browse around and chat with owner, Jeannie Muetz Francis. Her home herbal remedy collection is her small way of working to preserve the knowledge of my grandmother and yours for future generations. It is grounded in my desire to explore the natural world of plants and live a simpler and healthier life. 

Check, Please!

No doubt you’ve found yourself squabbling with friends over restaurants and your respective reviews of them. Now imagine going to a bar, sitting next to a stranger, and having the same debate. That’s the premise of Check, Please!, WHYY12’s latest 13 episode series, premiering at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 9th. The show is a lot about setting expectations for viewers at home — not just taking people at their word, but getting to know, “What would I experience if I went to this restaurant?” It’s also really challenging pairing guests. Park Place Café is one of the restaurants featured in 'Check, Please!' In every episode, the other guests can’t have eaten in each other’s restaurants before — which gets really, really tricky with people who love food, because if you’re a big foodie, you’ve eaten at most places. So we end up having to make sure that we’re getting places that are a bit out in the field or off the beaten path, just so there’s more variation and we have those interesting conversations that get into, even though they’re used to eating in Center City, why it’s worth driving over to Merchantville.

Jumpstart Health Naturally

The Merchantville Medical Wellness Center encourages you to get a "jumpstart on a healthy 2020". Dr. Jennifer Phillips ND, heads the team as a Naturopathic physician in guiding clients to a natural approach to medicine. Her personalized approach to health care offers an alternative to disease management and covers specialties including food allergies, women’s health, digestive & GI issues and chronic pain. Dr Jen is especially fond of beginning wholistic care for children as this is where a life time of good health starts. Dr. Phillips has the support of other physicians in the community if necessary for the purpose of physical examination, lab testing, and referrals.

 

MLL Sign-Up Discount

Sign up now for Merchantville Little League’s spring season @ www.merchantvillelittleleague.org. We're registering kids for our Spring Baseball, Softball and Tee ball programs and offering a $20 off early bird special until next Tuesday, January 11th. Don't miss out on this great discount before our first in-person registration will also be held on Tuesday, January 11th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Station in downtown Merchantville. For up-to-the-minute MLL news and events follow us on Facebook. Registration closing dates, programs and fees for our Tee Ball League (age 4-7), Boys Baseball (ages 6-13) and Girls Softball (ages 6-18) are available here.

 

 

Joseph S. Holman, 93

Joseph S. Holman, of Moorestown, NJ died peacefully the morning of December 12th after a stroke suffered earlier in the week; he was 93. The executive had overseen the growth of a business that his father had founded in 1924 as a single Ford automobile-and-tractor dealership, to what would become Holman Enterprises, a diversified international company of nearly 7,000 employees. Joe was born in Philadelphia in 1926 to Katherine K. and Steward C. Holman, and grew up in Pennsauken and Merchantville, New Jersey, where he attended public schools. Husband of the late Jean (nee Polk). Survived by their children Jeffrey Holman, Steven Holman and his wife Georgine, Mindy Holman and her husband Frank Beideman. Also survived by 5 grandchildren. Visitations will be held Wednesday, December18th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Thursday, December 19th from 9:00 to 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 Bridgeboro Rd. Moorestown, NJ. Followed by a service at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Urban Promise, PO Box 1479, Camden, NJ. 08105. Full obituary.

Breakfast With Santa

Merchantville's annual Breakfast with Santa will take place this Saturday, December 14th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center, 212 Somerset Avenue. Join us as we continue one of the many great holiday traditions here in Merchantville. For families and children up to 4th grade. No registration is required to attend. Please consider donating a non perishable food item (canned good or boxed good). This event is sponsored by the Borough of Merchantville’s Public Events Committee, with contributions from the Merchantville Task Force. 

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