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Cake Boss Says Goodbye to Ridgewood


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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood and Morristown locations of Carlo’s Bake Shop have closed, this follows closures in Redbank and Westfield.

The Village  of Ridgewood location of Carlo’s Bake Shop, which first opened in 2013 in Wilsey Square, was Valastro’s first foray in New Jersey outside of his home town of  Hoboken. The bakery has been in operation in the Mile Square City since 1910. Valastro’s family took over in 1964, when his father, Bartolo Valastro Sr., bought the bakery.

An expansion of the business followed Valastro’s rapid rise to fame on the TLC reality series “Cake Boss,” which premiered in 2009 and went on to run for 10 seasons. The show, which has filmed at both the original Hoboken bakery and the company’s factory at the Lackawanna Center in Jersey City, did not air in 2018. Sources say an 11th season is likely slated for this fall.

With TV fame Carlo’s Bake Shop quickly expanded to other states,  New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Texas, Florida, Nevada, Minnesota, George, California  as well as Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Ridgewood store may best be remembered for the November 2013 Bomb scare in which the store was evacuated .

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Mary “Mama” Valastro, the mother of “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro, has Passed Away

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June 24,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Mary “Mama” Valastro, the mother of “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro, has died this past Thursday morning after a long struggle with ALS. She was 69.

The Cake boss opened a Carlo’s Bakery in Ridgewood in 2013, located at 12 Wilsey Square, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

Buddy  posted the following on his Instagram account , “It’s with an extremely heavy heart that I must share the news of my mother’s passing. She left for heaven this morning, surrounded by the family. This is a difficult time for all of us and I do ask for your patience and respect while we let this sink in. Her battle with ALS has ended, she is no longer suffering and I hope she’s dancing to “I Will Survive” with my dad right now.

ALS, also know as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and is a neurological disease that affects the nerves controlling voluntary muscle movement. There is no cure.

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Ridgewood Guild Kicks off Small Business Saturday with 2015 Winterfest


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
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
Ridgewood Culinary Studio
Super Juice Nation
A Mano
Italia di Gusto
Best of Everything
Fish Urban Dining
Greenbaum Interiors
The Daily Treat
Cupcakes by Carousel
Flackman, Goodman, and Potter
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt