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Ridgewood merchants see uptick in holiday sales

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DECEMBER 23, 2015 LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015, 10:07 AM
BY MATTHEW SCHNEIDER
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Many local shops have been seeing a predictable increase in customers and sales this holiday season.

This increase, according to Walter Boyer, owner of Bookends, is a result of people valuing the convenience of shopping nearby, while also understanding that doing so is good for Ridgewood.

Other merchants credit the unseasonably warm weather with helping to increase sales.

“People want to shop locally,” Boyer said, noting the value shoppers place on customer service. “People are realizing that in order for this town to remain a vibrant town, they need to spend their money locally.”

Dawn Puente, a cosmetics worker at Town & Country Apothecary, echoed this sentiment, explaining that people don’t want to go anywhere near New Jersey’s famous shopping malls close to Christmas.

She also added that Town & Country is a destination for such people, as it gives them some of the benefits of the malls while remaining a local shop.

“People come to the store because the items are unique, and we carry a lot of brands that are only available in department stores,” she said.

Joan Groome, executive director of the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce, said, “People come to Ridgewood because of the real ‘downtown feel.’ You do not find wonderful boutiques like we have in the mall.”

As the holidays approached, many scrambled to purchase gifts before it was too late. Boyer said he anticipated his store being quite busy up until Christmas Eve.

He also expected former residents who are visiting family to shop at Bookends, seeking holiday gifts.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/ridgewood-merchants-see-uptick-in-holiday-sales-1.1478813

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The five books local booksellers recommend for the holidays

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DECEMBER 21, 2015    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2015, 1:21 AM
BY SOPHIA F. GOTTFRIED
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

Giving the gift of a book can expand the mind, transport the reader to a new place or another time, and won’t break the bank. How many other gifts can do that?

But how to choose just one book when there are more than 300,000 published every year? “That’s why independent bookstores exist,” says Walter Boyer, co-owner of Bookends in Ridgewood.

Bob Kutik, owner of Womrath’s Bookstore in Tenafly, agrees, saying that shopping for books online “just isn’t the same as discussing a book with somebody knowledgeable.”.

The Record asked local bookstore owners to offer their picks for holiday gifts this season.

http://www.northjersey.com/arts-and-entertainment/books/pick-of-the-crop-local-booksellers-gift-choices-1.1477442

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Looking for the Perfect Gift? Social Science Can Help

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Arthur C. Brooks DEC. 17, 2015

ARE you in a panic, not sure what to get that special someone this year? Fear not, because my fellow social scientists have the answer for you.

For economists, the perfect gift is simple: cash. Indeed, they often express surprise that anyone would give anything else. There is even lively economics literature on the “deadweight loss of Christmas.” One economist writing in the prestigious American Economic Review estimated this loss at between 10 and 33 percent — meaning that gifts we buy others are worth up to a third less to them than what they would buy for themselves if we just gave them the money instead.

Imagine the look on the kids’ little faces when, instead of putting presents under the tree, you whip out your wallet and give them each a crisp $100 bill. I proposed that once to my wife and she suggested that we should also start a fund to pay for their counseling.

Imagine the look on the kids’ little faces when, instead of putting presents under the tree, you whip out your wallet and give them each a crisp $100 bill. I proposed that once to my wife and she suggested that we should also start a fund to pay for their counseling.Perhaps you are fretting that you might get someone a bad gift by mistake. How important is the perfect gift? Social psychologists have taken up this question. In a 2008 study in the journal Social Cognition, four psychologists conducted an experiment in which young men and women who had just met gave one another gift certificates. Unbeknown to the participants, the researchers manipulated the gifts, giving half of the recipients popular certificates, and the other half embarrassing ones.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/17/opinion/looking-for-the-perfect-gift-social-science-can-help.html?smid=tw-share&_r=2

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Village Auto Wash Holiday Special

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SAVE 20% on all Gift Cards! $100.00 Gift Card gets you $120.00 worth, $50.00 Gift Card gets you $60.00 worth. Give the gift of a clean, shiny car this Holiday Season. Our gift cards make wonderful stocking stuffers.

Buy online at www.thevillageautowash.com or visit us at 152 S Broad Street, Ridgewood, NJ and mention this ad. Offer expires 12/31/15.

Ridgewood’s Elite Hand Car Wash Center|Village Auto Wash
www.thevillageautowash.com

Village Auto Wash is a full service hand car wash and professional detail center located in Ridgewood, NJ. Our experienced staff, competitive prices and exceptional customer service sets us apart as NJ’s premier hand car wash. Village Auto Wash offers a wide variety of services designed to protect your investment and keep your vehicle looking its best.

Village is a Hand Car Wash which means no tunnels, no machines to scratch your tire rims and no brushes to scratch your car. Village Auto Wash is perfect for anyone that wants a great wash with special attention to the details. We also have a large bay to accommodate oversized vehicles and trucks.

We pride ourselves on our skilled and experienced team and promise to take great care of your car. We offer a wash and park service, so feel free to drop off your car while you grab lunch, work out or get a little shopping done.

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Santa in the Park at Van Neste Square in Ridgewood Today

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Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, E Ridgewood Ave and Oak St

Meet Santa at his house in Memorial Park at Van Neste Park Weather Permitting

Art of Motion is offering Teacher Holiday gift cards

Art of Motion is offering Teacher Holiday gift cards, $10.00 for a Pilates/Yoga, Dance or Conditioning Class in lieu of $20.00 drop in or two classes for $20.00.

Art of Motion
Chestnust St
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

DUXIANA Holiday Offer

DUXIANA is giving 20% off all down pillows and comforters through 12/31/15

Duxiana
Ridgewood Ave
Ridgewood, NJ

 

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Bookends in Ridgewood Focuses on Cooking and Music this Weekend

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Graham Elliot Saturday, December 12th @ 12:00 Noon
Star from the television show Master Chef and Junior Master Chef, Graham Elliot, will sign his new book:
Cooking Like a Master Chef

Richard Multi Saturday, December 12th @ 2:00pm
Former Mayor of Ramsey,
Richard Multi,will sign his new book:  Sinatra at 100

Cookbook Launch Party Hoover Sunday, December 13th @ 2-4pm
Come celebrate the release of ALWAYS ADD LOVE: Real Food for Picky Eaters, written by Ridgewood author (and mom) Deidre Goehnert
This rich tapestry of family recipes offer clear, straightforward kid-freindly recipies and makes a great holiday gift.

A Merry Happy Noel
Music Launch Event
Sunday, December 13th 4-6pm

Come meet the artists, pick up a copy of the new CD, and have a cup of cheer
A new holiday (CD) album featuring:
Kristen Plumley, Soprano
Patricia Lazzara, Flute
Michael Caldwell, Piano

Appearing authors will only autograph books purchased at Bookends and must have valid Bookends Receipt.

Availability & pricing for all autographed books subject to change.
First In Line Certificate use is the the discretion of Bookends. Blackout dates may apply.
Bookends cannot guarantee that the books that are Autographed will always be First Printings.
Autographed books purchased at Bookends are non-returnable.

While we try to ensure that all customers coming to Bookends’ signings will meet authors and get their books signed, we cannot guarantee that all attendees will meet the author or that all books will be signed.  We cannot control inclement weather, author travel schedules or authors who leave prematurely.

Bookends, 211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ   07450   201-445-0726

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Special Event for Ridgewood Shoppers December 15th

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Loft 41 Jewelry
Jewelry Store
There are plenty of stores to go to for traditional jewelry but only one Loft 41Jewelry Studio. Opened in October 2012 under a different name, the store has evolved into what is now Loft 41. It’s where you’ll find a carefully curated collection of iconic pieces by the most talented artisans and designers, personally sourced and chosen by our owner, Yvette DeGannes.
Address: 41 E Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Phone:(201) 444-9200

The Office Beer Bar & Grill
Local chain with weekday specials offering a large selection of craft beers & American eats.
We bring in fresh ingredients on a daily basis to ensure the best meal handcrafted by our team members. Each location selects local and seasonal craft beers based on availability and their guest’s preferences. Don’t see something you like, just ask we will see what we can do.
Address: 32 Chestnut St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Davidoff Lounge
Tobacco Shop
Huge selection of cigars, pipes, and accessories. Upstairs smoking lounge. Member only Davidoff lounge. Owners are extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
The Davidoff lounge is truly a sight to see. The nicest place to enjoy a cigar and watch a football game. Very tranquil which is great after a long day at work.
Their pipe selection is diverse. The store owner, Gary, took time with me to find the perfect that fits my face and style. Also gave me an informative lesson about how to pack, light, and maintain my new pipe, which really helped me out.
Address: 10 Chestnut St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Phone:(201) 447-2204

With a $150 purchase at the Loft enjoy Free Beer and appetizers at the Office and a free cigar at the Davidoff Lounge
Tuesday December 15th 6-9pm RSVP required by December 12th to the office 201 652-1070
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Alexandrite Group Offers Money Management Classes for Parents and Students

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December 5,2015
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Ridgewood NJ , Is your college student/recent grad clueless about Managing their money?rnDo they understand the real life lessons of money management?rnrnThe Alexandrite Group is offering Money Management Classes in a small group setting in Rochelle Park, NJrnSign up for our classes:rnrnTopics include: bank accounts, credit cards, loans, spending plansrnrnprivate sessions also availablernrnIntro to Managing Your Money rn(ages 18-26)rnTuesday, January 12rnorrnThursday, January 14 rn7:00 –8:30 pmrnrnIntro to Managing Your Money rn(for parents)rnTuesday, January 5rnorrnThursday, January 7 rn7:00 –8:30 pmrnrnOne session: $79rnrnBoth sessions: $139rnrnto register online www.alexandritegroup.comrnrnDianeNissen, CMA and money coach, has been helping clients and presenting financial seminars since 2008. Her presentations are interactive and always leave the audience with practical, useful information. rnrndiane@alexandritegroup.comrnrn

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FORMER NY Yankee Great Ron Blomberg at Bookends Ridgewood Sunday, December 6th at 10:30

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Sunday, December 6th @ 10:30

BREAKFAST, TALK, Q &A  –  BOOK SIGNING
Ron Blomberg, Major League Baseball’s first designated hitter and the “great Jewish hope” of the New York Yankees in the early 1970’s, is an icon of boyhood dreams achieved.  Ron will give his inspirational talk about his life and career.

Pre-purchase tickets at Bookends or by phone at 201-445-0726

Appearing authors will only autograph books purchased at Bookends and must have valid Bookends Receipt.

Availability & pricing for all autographed books subject to change.
First In Line Certificate use is the the discretion of Bookends. Blackout dates may apply.
Bookends cannot guarantee that the books that are Autographed will always be First Printings.
Autographed books purchased at Bookends are non-returnable.

While we try to ensure that all customers coming to Bookends’ signings will meet authors and get their books signed, we cannot guarantee that all attendees will meet the author or that all books will be signed.  We cannot control inclement weather, author travel schedules or authors who leave prematurely.

Bookends, 211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ   07450   201-445-0726

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Ridgewood Guild Kicks off Small Business Saturday with 2015 Winterfest

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On Saturday, November 28, 2015 The Ridgewood Guild will sponsor its fifth annual Winterfest, to coincide with Small Business Saturday!

Memorial Park at Van Neste Square will set the stage with special holiday performances by The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus and Declan Power!

The park will be decorated, there will be ice sculptures,  horse drawn hayrides around town, cookies, candy canes, complimentary hot chocolate a trackless train ride and more!

So, come downtown to enjoy the festivities, welcome in the holiday season and support your local businesses! Learn more about what Ridgewood Businesses are doing for Small Business Saturday!

Join us for Small Business Saturday!

Shop Small Ridgewood!
November 28, 2015

Win 1 of 5 Ridgewood Guild $100 Gift Certificates to use at any participating business (listed below)

All you need to do is:

1. Follow @ridgewoodguildnj on Instagram
2. Like the Ridgewood Guild on Facebook
3. Post a selfie tagging @ridgewoodguildnj and #shopsmallridgewood

You will automatically be entered into the random drawing! Have fun shopping small (and local) this year!

Participating Ridgewood Businesses:

Mango Jam
Chestnut Deli and Catering
Markosian Fine Art Jewelry
Wostbrock Home and Floors
Backyard Living
Kate Spade
Gardiner and Co.
Jekyll and Hide
Coco Curtain Studio
Suite 201
Social by Suite 201
Vintage 61
Pangea Coins and Jewelry
Rossi’s of Ridgewood
Ridgewood Cycle
Goffle Brook Farms and Garden Center
Savvy Chic Consignment Boutique
Village Eyewear
Red Velvet Luxe
Beer’s Flower Shop
The Quilt Spot
Kilwin’s
Park West Tavern
Ben & Jerry’s
The Green Olive Branch
Bazaar Star Beadery
Pinot’s Palette
Greenwich Nails
Karma Organic Spa
Araya Rebirth
Carlo’s Bakery
La Tour
Due
Ridgewood Culinary Studio
Super Juice Nation
A Mano
Italia di Gusto
Best of Everything
Fish Urban Dining
Greenbaum Interiors
Memoire
The Daily Treat
Cupcakes by Carousel
Flackman, Goodman, and Potter
Raymond’s
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Natalie’s