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Pride at Peak

The inaugural Pride at Peak event will be a fashion celebration on the street to kick off Pride Month. Clothes - Music - Attitude - and pride in you and your identity! Pride at Peak will take place outside Peak Secondhand on 105 Centre Street, Saturday, June 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The free event will feature appearances from Philly Drag Mafia’s campy, comedy queen Dominique Lee and the sassy, brassy Miss Redd. Expect a variety of vendors, performances from local musician Garnet Daze, a Freddie Mercury impersonator, and face painting for the kids. The event will culminate with a fashion show hosted by one of Philly’s funniest comedians, Dan Vetrano, and will star local fashionistas, young, old, and possibly even a town mayor on the runway.

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Mystical May Street Fair

Aradia's Treasure Metaphysical Shop is hosting a Mystical may Metaphysical Street Fair on Saturday, May 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A unique street fair experience featuring psychics, mediums, holistic practitioners in the field of reiki, and other healing modalities will be located on N. Centre Street between Chestnut and Walnut Avenues in Merchantville, NJ. Shop for handmade and New Age merchandise - crystals, gemstones, candles, clothing, jewelry, tarot cards and much more. Aradia's carries inspiring products for mind, body and spirit and also offer tarot readings and reiki sessions at affordable prices.
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Buy Some Brotherly Love

Welcome Brotherly Love Creations to 23 North Centre Street, Merchantville. The Brotherly Love team started when Mike, the founder, lit a one of a kind candle that was shared between him and his late friend on one of his most difficult days during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. It immediately cheered him up and even better - sparked an idea - that lead him to want to share this special and personal experience with others. His grass-roots start quickly picked up momentum from doing local pop up shops around Philadelphia. Their products, which bring the best of Philly to you, are clean, cruelty-free & vegan. Their soy wax candles are created with care for our customers and the environment. Shop hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

 
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Holiday Market

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in town! This holiday season Merchantville presents their Holiday Market on December 10th and 11th, sponsored by Merchantville’s Market Off Centre, Shop Merchantville and Eilandarts Center, will offer the area’s largest collection of artists and crafters filling the streets of Merchantville’s downtown with precious works and classic gifts for everyone on your list. Enjoy a weekend of family  activities and entertainment. The fun kicks off on Friday, 12/10 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with live ice carvings taking place throughout the downtown. Stroll the streets and be amazed at the artistry and skill from Ice Sculpture Philly as they create amazing displays right before your eyes. Warm up at the hot chocolate bar located at the Station Coffee, and pause for a photo at the selfie station and sit down at one of Merchantville’s restaurants including the Blue Monkey, Aroma Indian, Park Place and Charlie’s Crepes or browse a selection of local food trucks. On Saturday, 12/11, the Market runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. See the finished ice sculptures, shop the artist vendors and Merchantville boutiques and enjoy a day filled with family entertainment including face painting, kids’ crafts and carolers throughout the day. End your day with a stop by Santa’s house on the corner of Park and Centre Avenues to share your holiday wishes.

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Win a Gift Basket

Follow House Of Rowan Boutique on Instagram and enter to WIN a Gift Basket valued at $150! Gift basket includes a Prosperity Manifest Bath Set with candle, bath salt, essential oil, and bath bomb (perfect after a long night of trick or treating!); a Cheese Fiend keychain; a Beautiful Inside and Out Halloween Bag; a Friendship Card - Underboob; an Adult Game Dice; a Manifest Card: To Be Magical AF; a S’lick Edible Massage Oil - Vanilla; and, a Spooky Season Card. To be entered and have a chance to win you must complete these 3 steps: 1. Follow @houseofrowanboutique 2. Tag 2 friends on this post and 3. Take a photo of the studio (include the store sign) post it on Instagram. Make sure to tag @houseofrowanboutique in the caption and use hashtag #houseofrowanhalloween. Random winner will be chosen from entries on November 2, 2021.

 
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Ghoulish Shopping & Events

Celebrate Halloween in Monsterville at Eilandarts Center where they dedicated their monthly gallery show to all things "Mystical, Magic and Spooky" a group show featuring local artist. Opening reception was on Friday, October 1st and runs month-long. Eclipse Brewing celebrates 5 years in town on Saturday so stop by for a free commemorative cup and soft pretzels as long as they last! Stop by The Station Coffee for their seasonal Pumpkin Latte Shake made with espresso. Ryan's Retail will host a Fall Pop-Up from 12-4 on Saturday, October 9th. Need a little something to put in your goblins bags? Stop by Aunt Charlotte's Candies and pick up some treats or a candy apple for yourself! Are you looking for a healthy pick-me-up so you can start those costumes? Pop by The Juice Bar on Centre Street for some cold-pressed juice or a jar of immune boosting Purple Sea Moss. Merchantville Antiques and Salvage stocks plenty of vintage and classic Halloween decor to dress your home for The Haunts of Monsterville! Walk by Nicole Nurthen Photography any evening to see if the story telling, singing pumpkins are out or what the Witches of East Maple are brewing. Don't forget to grab some grub for your little warlocks at Charlies Crepes on the Circle before heading out to tour the town. Monsterville's businesses PEAK Secondhand will host a "Spooky, Peaky Halloween Party" on Friday, October 29th, starting at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, October 30th, Aradia's Treasures will host a mystical street fair "Mystery & Magic in Monsterville". The House of Rowan boutique wants you to shop their spooky stock on Saturdays from 12-4 and invites you to join them for a special event - a spooky evening of bubbly, snacks, and a walking tour of Monsterville! Adrian Rowan Photography is decorated for the Haunts of Monsterville, pop by to see the Victorian Skeletons having their midday tea of creepy crawlies while the little ones play ball out front and the hearse driver brings more attendees to the party. People are literally dying to get in! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at your business this month and we'll write about it!
 
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Hand-Me-Downs With Humor

After years of open-mic nights and co-producing a successful series of regular comedy events called Side Ponytail, Carolyn Busa landed back home in South Jersey when the pandemic abruptly shut down the scene in 2020. She opened Peak Secondhand at Centre Street and Maple Avenue in Merchantville early in June as a showcase for her earthy personality, vintage clothes and her own drawings. Busa and her dad looked at a number of locations in Philadelphia before finding the space on busy Centre Street - seen by Mayor Ted Brennan as "an attractive option for people who are investing in themselves like Carolyn" - A longtime fan of shopping for used clothing and accessories, Busa was inspired to get into the business by Frugal Thrift and Vintage in Collingswood and recently caught the eye of writer, Kevin Riordan, from The Inquirer. PEAK is open Tuesday-Friday from 12-6; Saturday 12-7 and Sunday 12-5.

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Weekend Shop Specials

Several shops in town are hosting evening events this weekend. House of Rowan, South Jersey Lingerie Boutique, and Adrian Rowan Photography present an evening open house to check out their new stock, meet some locals, and grab some produce for dinner at Merchantville Market Off Centre - our local farmers market. Every $25 purchase at House of Rowan receives $5 Market Money to use at the farmers market. C.U.B. & Co. will hold its first wine and cheese event with local wines, music, giveaways and shopping on Saturday June 19th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. You can also join Aradia's Treasure Metaphysical Shop on Saturday, June 19th, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. to celebrate Summer Solstice Activities with a circle gathering, meditation and light supper. 

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Spotlight on Antiques & Salvage

 

The Borough Business Spotlight is on Merchantville's Antiques and Salvage this month, owned by Michael and Jaclyn Ricci. He, a mechanic by trade and antiques lover, she, a promoter of downtown businesses and the the Green Team. Michael's family has deep roots in Merchantville - over 100 years. He carries vintage electronics, salvaged pieces, furniture, kitchen housewares, vintage and antique lamps, replacement pieces, chandeliers, desk, floor, pendant, and ceiling lighting. And, as a bonus, he can repair any broken lighting. Often a destination shop for day trippers from as far away as Massachusetts the store also has a loyal base of residents and neighbors. Stop in for a visit: Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday 1:00-7:00 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and, Saturday 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

 

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New Bakery Opens

Welcome to Catherine Gray and Merchantville's new bakery, Cat's Creations! Nestled in a cozy spot at 21 South Center Street, this shop is a dream realized after five years honing baking and entrepreneurial skills while juggling full time motherhood and work. These days she's often found whipping up her custom, everyday and all-occasion desserts in the kitchen at Park Place Cafe & Restaurant courtesy of a sharing arrangement with Chef Phil Manganaro. Stop by to see the sweet range of custom, everyday and all-occasion cakes, plus cookies, pastries, eclairs and muffins. Follow Cat day-to-day on Instagram! Bakery hours are 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 12:00-6:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, and 12:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Monday hours are reserved for consultations and by appointment only. Read more about Cat's Creations on NJ Pen.

 
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Valentine's Day Delights

Aunt Charlotte's Candies is ready and Valentines Day will be here before you know it. Merchantville's historic candy and gift shop, located at 5 West Maple Avenue, promises a "Delight In Every Bite!" For over 100 years the Oakford family has created unique chocolates and many other delicious treats for our sweethearts and their sales girls will take great care of you. Shopping hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 5:30, Friday from 9:30 to 6:00 and Saturday from 9:30 to 5:30. Aunt Charlotte's offers curbside pick up or can ship a Valentine treat to anyone you wish! Come early and miss the crowds!

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