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A “West Side” Easter in Ridgewood

A "West Side" Easter in Ridgewood

March 25,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Easter in Ridgewood Event on Saturday, 3/31. The Easter Egg Hunt and Photos with the Easter bunny will be provided in Memorial Park. Saturday, March 31 at 8 AM – 6 PM.

🐰 Lora Celli Salon 39 Godwin Ave, will be providing a safe and fun environment for families and children of all ages with music, CAKE-POPS, Spring inspired Hair styles for parents and children and give-aways all day! All guests will be eligible for in-store discounts on services and products! Call 201.882.1100 to book or walk-in!

🍢 Whole Foods Market- 44 Godwin Ave: Food tastings throughout the entire store, feast while you shop for your Easter Dinner!

🍗 SMOKED BBQ- 2 Godwin Ave: Award winning BBQ on Godwin Ave will be providing tasty treats for the entire family, make sure you stop by and fill up!

Easter In The Park – Weather Permitting
Sat, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Memorial Park, E. Ridgewood Ave., Van Neste Square-Business District
Event Description

The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Easter in Ridgewood 2018!

11am-2pm Easter Bunny arrives – weather permitting. Families can take pictures with the East Bunny.

11:15am Ben & Jerry’s sponsoring their famous
Easter Egg Hunt for 4-7 year old children.

This traditional event will take place in
Memorial Park at Van Neste Square and
E. Ridgewood Avenue.

We need to thank our Chambers member
who have sponsored this event:

In the park – fun provided by:
Al Price Toys, Feel Your Best Coach, Boiling Springs Savings Bank, Brainstorm Learning, Clemente Orthodontics, Corefire, Curtain Up Studios, Doctor’s Urgent Care, Freshcoat Painting, HoHoKus Livning, Little Nest Portraits, LINK Concierge, LuLaRoe, Riverside Medical Group, MassMutual, New York Life, Piano Workshop Bergen Co., Primerose, Racefaster, Ridgewood Party Rental, Ridgewood YMCA, Spiva Spa, Taekowndo All In, YWCA of Bergen County, House of Glam, Racefaster, The Fitness Academy, Whole Foods,

In the park you will have fun with the Easter Egg Hunt, please children 4-7 years old only.

FOR ALL AGES -With your cameras, we will help you take pictures of the children with the Easter Bunny. Dress them up to meet and greet.

Also in the park, there will be music, fun games arts and crafts and much more

as we get closer there will be more stores participating…check later

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Amazon and Whole Foods Market Work Together to Make High-Quality, Natural and Organic Food Affordable for Everyone


August 29,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Amazon and Whole Foods Market today announced that Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market will close on Monday August 28, 2017, and the two companies will together pursue the vision of making Whole Foods Market’s high-quality, natural and organic food affordable for everyone. As a down payment on that vision, Whole Foods Market will offer lower prices starting Monday on a selection of best-selling grocery staples across its stores, with more to come.

In addition, Amazon and Whole Foods Market technology teams will begin to integrate Amazon Prime into the Whole Foods Market point-of-sale system, and when this work is complete, Prime members will receive special savings and in-store benefits. The two companies will invent in additional areas over time, including in merchandising and logistics, to enable lower prices for Whole Foods Market customers.

“We’re determined to make healthy and organic food affordable for everyone. Everybody should be able to eat Whole Foods Market quality – we will lower prices without compromising Whole Foods Market’s long-held commitment to the highest standards,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer. “To get started, we’re going to lower prices beginning Monday on a selection of best-selling grocery staples, including Whole Trade organic bananas, responsibly-farmed salmon, organic large brown eggs, animal-welfare-rated 85% lean ground beef, and more. And this is just the beginning – we will make Amazon Prime the customer rewards program at Whole Foods Market and continuously lower prices as we invent together. There is significant work and opportunity ahead, and we’re thrilled to get started.”

“It’s been our mission for 39 years at Whole Foods Market to bring the highest quality food to our customers,” said John Mackey, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO. “By working together with Amazon and integrating in several key areas, we can lower prices and double down on that mission and reach more people with Whole Foods Market’s high-quality, natural and organic food. As part of our commitment to quality, we’ll continue to expand our efforts to support and promote local products and suppliers. We can’t wait to start showing customers what’s possible when Whole Foods Market and Amazon innovate together.”

Here’s what will be new in Whole Foods Market stores on Monday and what customers can expect over time as the two companies integrate:

Starting Monday, Whole Foods Market will offer lower prices on a selection of best-selling staples across its stores, with much more to come. Customers will enjoy lower prices on products like Whole Trade bananas, organic avocados, organic large brown eggs, organic responsibly-farmed salmon and tilapia, organic baby kale and baby lettuce, animal-welfare-rated 85% lean ground beef, creamy and crunchy almond butter, organic Gala and Fuji apples, organic rotisserie chicken, 365 Everyday Value organic butter, and much more.
In the future, after certain technical integration work is complete, Amazon Prime will become Whole Foods Market’s customer rewards program, providing Prime members with special savings and other in-store benefits.
Whole Foods Market’s healthy and high-quality private label products—including 365 Everyday Value, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws and Whole Catch—will be available through, AmazonFresh, Prime Pantry and Prime Now.
Amazon Lockers will be available in select Whole Foods Market stores. Customers can have products shipped from to their local Whole Foods Market store for pick up or send returns back to Amazon during a trip to the store.

This is just the beginning – Amazon and Whole Foods Market plan to offer more in-store benefits and lower prices for customers over time as the two companies integrate logistics and point-of-sale and merchandising systems.

Whole Foods Market will continue to grow its team and create jobs in local communities as it opens new stores, hires new team members, and expands its support of local farmers and artisans. The company will maintain operations under the Whole Foods Market brand, preserve its high standards and commitment to providing the finest natural and organic foods, and continue to source from trusted vendors and partners around the world. John Mackey will remain as CEO and Whole Foods Market’s headquarters will stay in Austin, Texas.

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Paramus Blood Drive – Free Pair of NY Mets Tickets!

Ny Mets Blood Drive
August 17,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Paramus NJ, Friday offers a chance to donate blood and pick up some New York Mets Tickets .All you have to do is donate blood at The Outlets at Bergen Town Center on Friday, August 18th between 10am – 8pm.

The blood drive will be held inside the mall on the lower level near Nordstrom Rack. Every donor will receive an electronic voucher to redeem TWO free New York Mets tickets at Citifield along with a $10 off Whole Foods Market coupon. To make an appointment, please or call 1-800-933-BLOOD. Walk-ins are welcome. Please bring photo ID. For more information, please email

Friday August 18th from 10 AM – 8 PM
The Outlets at Bergen Town Center
140 Bergen Town Ctr, Paramus, New Jersey 07652

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Amazon buys Whole Foods in $13.7B deal

June 16,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Amazon announced this morning they will purchase Whole Foods Market for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $13.7 billion.
Whole Foods Market will continue to operate stores under the Whole Foods name once the transaction closes, which is expected to go through in the second half of this year.
John Mackey will remain onboard as CEO of Whole Foods. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, said in a statement.
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Whole Foods Market in Ridgewood is recalling ten ounce packages of Asparagus, Pea and Ricotta

April 13,2016
the staff of the Rmidgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  Whole Foods Market is recalling ten ounce packages of Asparagus, Pea and Ricotta salad because it was mislabeled and actually contained miniature Asparagus, Sun Dried Tomato and Swiss Frittatas. Due to the labeling error, an egg allergen was undeclared. The product was produced at the Whole Foods Market North Atlantic Kitchen in Everett, Massachusetts.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. No illnesses or reactions have been reported.

The recalled product (UPC Code 0 36406 30344 5) contains frittatas and has a “sell by” date of April 14, 2016 and was sold on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at fourteen Whole Foods Market locations:

Darien, CT
West Hartford, CT

New Jersey:
Millburn, NJ
Middletown, NJ
Montclair, NJ
Ridgewood, NJ

New York:
Upper West Side, NYC

Rhode Island:
University Heights, RI

Wellesley, MA
Cambridge (Prospect St), MA
Cambridge (Fresh Pond), MA
Dedham, MA
Hingham, MA
Wayland, MA

Signage is posted in affected Whole Foods Market stores to notify customers of this recall.

Consumers who have purchased this product from Whole Foods Market may return it to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions should contact their local store or call 617-492-5500 between the hours of 9am and 5pm EST.

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UnReal answers consumer trend to give chocolates that are delicious and all-natural, made without unhealthy ingredients or excess sugar, as a show of real love

February 10,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  UnReal announced today that it has partnered with Whole Foods Ridgewood at 44 Godwin Ave and other regional Whole Foods Market stores to offer two of its all-natural chocolate candies in limited edition tins and bags for Valentine’s Day. Available in stores, and online through UnReal, the limited edition tins and bags feature unique artwork designed by world-renowned illustrator Steve Simpson and are fun for all types of Valentines – friends, family, co-workers, and lovers, alike.
Ridgewood families to purchase at the Whole Foods Market store located at 44 Godwin Ave. UnReal, the unjunked food company, has partnered exclusively with Whole Foods Market stores to offer better-for-you alternatives to share with all types of Valentine’s this season – with 40% less sugar and no artificial ingredients. Whole Foods Ridgewood is also offering a free bag of candy coated milk chocolate gems with any e-store order placed by Friday, February 12th.

“The reason for giving Valentine’s Day chocolates is to celebrate those we love in a sweet way. The chocolates we give reflect our own values, so more of us want to give something that tastes delicious, but is not made with unhealthy ingredients or mass-produced. UnReal shows our real love by giving chocolates that taste unreal and are made without artificial ingredients, preservatives, GMO’s, or excess sugar,” said UnReal’s 18-year-old founder, Nicky Bronner.

UnReal is re-inventing America’s favorite candy using sustainably sourced, fair trade, non-GMO ingredients, and less sugar than their traditional counterparts. This Valentine’s Day, the company created two limited edition UNREAL LOVE tins. One features 16 ounces of red candy coated milk chocolate gems, made with organic cacao and dairy, without any artificial ingredients, and naturally colored with beetroot juice. The second tin features 16 rich, dark chocolate peanut butter cups. The price of each limited edition, UNREAL LOVE tin is $9.99. UnReal is also offering an 8-ounce bag of its red candy coated milk chocolate gems for $4.99. Both tins and the bags are available at all Whole Foods Markets in NY, NJ, CT, MA, NH, RI and ME.

Whole Foods Market Ridgewood and other NJ locations are also offering a free bag of candy coated milk chocolate gems with any e-store order placed by Friday, February 12th, including any of the floral offerings.

“UnReal has once again outdone themselves this holiday, creating an exciting and unique gift option for Valentine’s Day,” said Kimberley Rose, Vice President of Purchasing for Whole Foods Market’s North Atlantic region. “Between the beautiful, limited edition packaging and the delicious, high quality chocolates, what’s not to love? Pairing it with our double dozen roses is about as easy and fail-proof as Valentine’s gift giving can get!”

To get your own UnReal chocolate candies, visit Whole Foods Market Ridgewood at 44 Godwin Ave- or to purchase online, visit

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Unjunked, Sustainably-Sourced Versions of America’s Favorite Candies Now Available at Whole Foods Market Ridgewood in Limited Edition, “Day of the Dead” 3-D Themed Packaging

October 8,2015
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, UnReal®, the unjunked food company, announced today that it has partnered with Whole Foods Market® Ridgewood at 44 Godwin Avenue and other regional Whole Food Market stores this Halloween to offer its junk-free candies in limited edition, 3-D packaging with a “Day of the Dead” theme. Now, for the first time, kids and families in the neighborhood can treat themselves to unjunked versions of traditional candies like Reese’s® and M&M’s® that taste unbelievably delicious – no tricks, just 100% real treats. UnReal is reinventing America’s favorite candies by ethically sourcing the best-tasting, non-GMO ingredients without gluten, corn, or soy – and with up to 40% less sugar per serving. The brand’s limited edition seasonal product offerings include a 3-D Halloween Bucket with four varieties of treat size UnReal candies, as well as four different bags containing 10 treat size UnReal candies.

“Whole Foods customers want healthier options for their families without compromising taste and fun, so we’re offering them the Halloween candy they love – without the excess sugar and artificial ingredients that come with the typical trick-or-treat haul,” said UnReal CEO, Steve Konczal. “Halloween is a time when parents are conflicted, wanting their kids to enjoy candy, and yet mindful of the very real health issues. So, we’re launching a super-natural candy revolution alongside Whole Foods Market, and we’re aiming to reclaim Halloween by unjunking it. Together with fun packaging and in-store merchandising grounded in the true ethos of Halloween, we’re helping consumers make a better choice during the biggest candy-buying holiday of the year, when a staggering $3 billion of chocolate candy is purchased.“

Available now at Whole Foods Market Ridgewood, the limited edition UnReal Halloween Buckets feature innovative, 3-D designs with a colorful “Day of the Dead” theme created by renowned illustrator, Steve Simpson. The Halloween Bucket is a one-gallon “paint can” designed for trick-or-treating or for carrying to a party. It’s filled with 40 pieces of individually wrapped UnReal candy in four varieties — UnReal Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, UnReal Dark Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Cups, UnReal Candy Coated Milk Chocolates and UnReal Candy Coated Milk Chocolate Peanuts. Four varieties of bags are also available, each containing 10 individually wrapped UnReal candies. Suggested retail pricing is $19.99 for the Halloween Bucket, and $4.99 for each of the 10 piece bags. UnReal’s candy will be showcased with striking and imaginative displays, including painted skulls, all in the spirit of celebrating life and turning reality into unreality at Halloween.

Started by two teenager brothers after much of their Halloween candy was confiscated by their parents, UnReal is making America’s favorite candies better tasting, using the healthiest and most sustainable ingredients possible. While healthy confectionery has historically compromised on taste to deliver on better-for-you ingredients, UnReal puts flavor at the forefront. The team has explored over 1,000 recipes, searching the globe for the best tasting healthy, fair trade, organic, and sustainably-sourced ingredients for its unique recipes. To get your own UnReal Halloween treats, visit Whole Foods Market at 44 Godwin Avenue – or to purchase online, visit