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!
Are you looking for some special gifts this holiday season? Merchantville's business community is ready to serve up stocking stuffers, gift cards and handmade presents for that special someone! Follow Shop Merchantville on Facebook and Instagram all month long for great gift ideas you can find in town. Shop Merchantville is one place where you can find spots in town to eat and safely shop. Staying local to support your independently-owned businesses and restaurants this season sustains them and our community. Check out Merchantville's Business Directory for specials, store hours and safety steps. #shopmerchantville
Dear Merchantville business community:
During these challenging times, we thought it important to reach out to you as COVID-19 has clearly already had and is anticipated to cause further impact to our small business community. We understand the difficulty of owning and operating a small business under normal circumstances and we are particularly aware of the concern you all have as a result of this ongoing situation. First and foremost., you should know that the Borough is doing everything within its power to provide relief and accommodation to our small businesses and we commit to continuing to do so until such time as we get through this difficult time. Additionally, we are communicating daily with representatives of our other local communities, County officials, State and Federal representatives to discuss the issues facing our small businesses and we are working with them to find and implement solutions aimed at stabilizing small businesses and helping them through this substantial disruption. Particularly, discussions with Senators Menendez and Booker surrounded their work to expand unemployment insurance to the self-employed, provide for loan forgiveness, rent assistance, mortgage relief, direct cash payments and grant packages. All are being discussed at the Federal level. At the State level, we have communicated with our State Assembly representatives and State Senator and they have worked hard to pass legislation aimed at assisting small business through this difficult time. Locally, we will also be asking residents to support our businesses in any way they can. We hope that some of you will consider enhancing your capability for on-line purchases of goods and services, including gift certificates, so that you can provide more opportunities for your business and so we can support you by encouraging our residents to continue to Shop Merchantville during this disruption. While we continue to generate ideas and work on local measures to help you weather the economic impacts of COVID-19, attached is an initial list of small business resources that Borough and the MBPA have put together that will be placed on our website, www.merchantvillenj.gov and updated as more resources become available.
For those businesses able to stay open during this time, please continue to abide by CDC-recommendations and directives and Executive Orders of the State of New Jersey. I will be in touch again with you soon and should you need anything, please contact us at 856-662-2472 x 303.
Be safe and stay healthy,
Mayor Ted Brennan
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
- The State of New Jersey has established a special website devoted to addressing business concerns. https://cv.business.nj.gov/ . This website has a chat function that allows for questions to be submitted and answered and it is monitored constantly.
- CDC - Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers https://wvvw.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
- NJEDA - Information for NJ Businesses regarding COVID-19. NJEDA has resources for businesses that can provide financial assistance and relief. Particularly, there are grant opportunities available that were recently provided through legislation signed by Gov. Murphy. Check out the link below, call 609-858-6767 or contact NJEDA at https://contactus.njeda.com/ https://www.nieda.com/about/Public-Information/Coronavirus-Information
- Small Business Administration - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
- NJDOL Benefits and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Employees Should Know https://www.nj.govilabor/worker-protectionsiearnedsicic/covid.shtml
- IRS — Coronavirus Tax Relief https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
- SCORE - Coronavirus Business Resources https://www.score.org
- Bartender Emergency Assistance Program https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
Businesses in Merchantville have the Monsterville spirit! You'll find Bones Alexander at Monsterville Antiques and Salvage letting you know that for the month of October he'll be in charge. They have lots of new antiques and salvage just brought in, so what better a time to stop by and visit him where - He'll be waiting! Eclipse Brewing has a new 8% Pumpking Ale on tap - a tasty malty fall beer or fall in love with their Coffee Chocolate Porter - an absolutely fantastic coffee-chocolate explosion of goodness! Janice and Pete at Mcfarlan's Market have everything you need for noshing while watching your favorite football teams in October - get ready with their fresh picnic shoulders for pulled pork, fresh-made sweet & hot sausage or munchies! And, wiccans who visit Spirit to Sole Connection can stock up on supplies for All Hallows Eve with their selection of floor washes, smudge sprays, energy shifting tea's and "Break the Spell" salts and goolish line of Organic Herbal Tea's just for the season! The Blue Monkey joins in this month-long celebration with their official 2019 Blue Monkey Tavern FallFest featuring 90+ craft and independent beers, wines, ciders, hard seltzer, hard kombucha and more! And for that ever nagging sweet-tooth Aunt Charlotte's Candies offers a mouth watering selection of caramel and candy apples, gummy candy and spooky foil chocolates! And, if you're looking for the perfect zombie look don't forget Halloween hairstyling at The Clip Joint, Castle of Beauty or Dash Styles - they've got the answer! #shopmonsterville. Vote today for the spookiest Monsterville Merchant!