Business

Think Big, Shop Small

Imagine your neighborhood or city without any of its small, local businesses. Coffee shops, hair and nail salons, corner stores, boutique clothing stores, consignment shops, restaurants, bars, craft shops, markets, antique and repair shops, laundromats, liquor shops, gift shops, pet stores, and more – all gone. The pandemic is devastating small business and this could mean closing the businesses they’ve sacrificed so much to build. But, you can help. When we lift up a small business, we lift up a community. Studies show that 48% of small business purchases are recirculated locally, compared to only 14% by chain stores. Every dollar you spend could help save a small business. Please shop from Merchantville's small businesses. Small businesses off better customer service and give back to our community. Many offer online and in-store options, take-out and gift cards, and most ship nationally. There’s something for everyone!

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Last Minute Shopping?

Need some last minute unique gifts? Many of Merchantville's shops will be open Christmas Eve day with some great finds, gift cards and homemade goods! The Station can satisfy your appetite while you browse their unique, handmade gift shop and bakery from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Ryan's Retail will be open from 12:00-6:00 p.m. A Milli Little Things has Christmas Bundles and other goodies available online and in-store from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cigar Alley is open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for premium cigars and lottery cards. For that special person with a sweet tooth Aunt Charlottes Candies has hours today from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. And, if you need some hydration, Eclipse Brewing is open 12:00-5:00 for great beer, some tokens or logo tees. Here's an overview of Merchantville's retail offerings. Head downtown to Shop Merchantville and support our small businesses!

 
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Closed for the Holidays

Due to the current Covid situation The Blue Monkey Tavern will temporarily be closing our doors until early January 2021. We are saddened to miss the holiday season with our beloved customers who have become like family to us. You have rallied behind us before and we’re asking for your patience and understanding once again. We thank you for your support! We’re not monkeying around. We will take the proper precautions needed to clean and disinfect so we can open again as soon as possible. We promise to keep you updated and please have a healthy, safe, and happy holiday season!

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Treat Your Pooch To Javy's

Javi's Gravy Sauce for Dogs is an easy and affordable way to add fresh flavors and smells to your dog’s dry food. Owner, Javi Quinones, dogs Bear and Buddy were picky eaters and never ate their dry food, and didn't like wet food - even the expensive kind. So Javi came up with a gravy made of 100% fresh meat or fish, kale, spinach, carrots and omega3 to mix with the dry food and they loved it! He thinks your doggie will too! The great thing is now our dogs are getting fresh healthy food and they lick their bowls clean. Shop online or stop by his shop at 177. S. Centre Street to grab some gravy for your pet's holiday dinner. #shopsmall #shoplocal
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Robertitos Cuisine

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.

 

 

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Spirit To Sole Closing

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!

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Get Your Monsterville Tees!

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.

 
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Happy 5th Anniversary

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.

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Station Opens to Shoppers

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!

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Monkey Dining Update

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. 

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Juice Away That Extra 15

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.

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