On Saturday, April 27 (from 9 am to 2 pm), Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club will host a Community Wellness Awareness Day!
This day is designed to promote community interaction and recreation as well as wholesome wellness and prevention. There will be many vendors and local businesses on hand to promote wellness and prevention at the Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club facility for a family fun day of entertainment, healthy food and drink, and lots of information and seminars on what total wellness looks like! This includes recreational activities and extracurricular activities for children. It is also an Open House event for the club, completely FREE services, including group fitness classes, body assessments, and more.
Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club is located at 593 Central Avenue in New Providence and will be holding events both indoors and outdoors.
Join us in a celebration of community and wellness! Come see other local businesses that are involved, support your community, and enjoy a family fun day of health and wellness!
Please mark your calendars and set the date for Saturday April 27 from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. I look forward to seeing you there!
To all New Providence Business & Professional Association Members who wish to participate: You choose how involved you wish to be!
By choosing to be a participating business, your logo will be added to the event’s flier. These fliers will be distributed to our 15,000 plus database via email blast, to all participating vendors/businesses, as well as email blasted to all participating vendors/businesses databases. Marketing is well underway and I believe this event will not only be great for the community, it will be great for the growth of our businesses!
Contact Betsy Shinkle at email@example.com, 908-665-1141 if you are interested in becoming a represented business/vendor at our event!
THE NP BPA will hold its next quarterly meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Allstate/Ana H Galindo Agency at 172 South Street in New Providence. Some topics of discussion for this meeting will be:
- 2013 Farmer’s Market
- NP Business Community Business Bash on May 1st
Networking begins at Allstate/Ana H Galindo Agency at 5:30 pm. The meeting will start at 6:00. Hope to see everyone there!
PLEASE RSVP BY CALLING 908-598-2532 and leave a message, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to thank Allstate/Ana H Galindo Agency for hosting this meeting!
Coppola’s Ristorante is hosting a fundraiser for Boyscout Troop 368, and all you have to do is eat.
To participate, simply go to Coppola’s Ristorante on Wednesday Feb 20, 2013 with the attached flyer and a portion of your meal cost will go to Boyscout Troop 368. You must bring a print-out of the flyer to participate.
Click Here for the flyer and complete contest details!
Normally the NPBPA sponsors the Annual Holiday Party for the Borough of New Providence around mid December. However, Super Storm Sandy wrecked extreme havoc on the Jersey Shore, and caused considerable hardship here in New Providence as well.
Therefore, instead of having the usual Holiday Party, we are going to have a special reception at 8:00 pm on Monday, January 7, 2012 at the Senior Citizens Center. In addition to expressing our appreciation to all of the employees and volunteers dedicated to the Borough, we will also recognize and honor all of those who helped New Providence through this extreme storm. Proceeds of the event will be donated to the Community Service Association of New Providence (CSA). CSA is a New Providence based non-profit organization that helps New Providence residents through tough times.
A number of our local restaurants have volunteered to provide the food for the reception, so the majority of all sponsorships will be donated to CSA.
There are 3 levels of sponsorship …
Hosts – $500.00 – will be included on the community invitations, the NP Business Community Website and will have the opportunity to post a banner at the event.
Sponsors – $250.00 – will be included on the NP Business Community Website and will have their names on the welcome signs at the event.
Helpers – $100.00 – will be included on the NP Business Community Website.
Please let us know if you can help. All members of the Business Community (the New Providence Business & Professional Association and the New Providence Downtown Improvement District) will be invited, along with all Borough employees and volunteers.
Checks can be made payable to: New Providence Business & Professional Association and mail to: NP BPA, 360 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974
Thanks for your support.
NP Business & Professional Assoc
NP Downtown Improvement
For additional information, or to talk to someone about becoming a sponsor, please contact Pam or Joe Steiner at 908-598-2532 or send an email to email@example.com.
Dread the thought of fighting for a parking space at the mall? Want help choosing just the right gifts for the people on your list? Then shop New Providence this holiday season. You’ll find friendly store owners in a vibrant downtown that has fine specialty shops and incredible restaurants. Take a stroll through town and explore what it has to offer—the merchants are eager to please!
“Why not enjoy yourself this season– holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful,” said Michelle Brugger, New Providence Business Community spokeswoman. “In New Providence you can get help finding something special for everyone on your list, spruce up your house, and get your whole holiday feast all in one place! And after a day of shopping, you can relax over a great meal in town or pick something up for dinner at home. You can even take a shopping break and have a relaxing manicure or massage.”
Shopping in New Providence can also become part of your holiday fitness plan. The borough is only about three miles square, which means that shops and restaurants are really accessible by foot. You can reduce your carbon footprint, take a walk into town, do a little shopping, have a cup of coffee, and then walk back home. You’ll be helping the environment while you help yourself!
Beyond having a great shopping experience, there are lots of other reasons to shop in New Providence. “The more people shop in New Providence, the more resources we have to funnel back into the town,” said Jimmy Vardas, Business Community spokesman. “We are able provide scholarships and support various local charities and events. We can really say thank you to the families and kids who support us.”
Numerous studies have shown that more dollars are recycled into the local economy when you shop at locally-owned businesses. The owners of those businesses spend more money in their community, thus injecting even more life into the local economy. In fact, with much of their life savings invested in their businesses, local business owners have a vital interest in the long-term health of their community.
Shopping in New Providence just makes sense – you can get great products and services in a convenient location, reduce your carbon footprint, and help the local economy thrive. It’s really everything you need just around the corner.
Michelle Brugger is owner of Martial Arts for Life in New Providence. Jimmy Vardas is the owner of Prestige Diner in New Providence. The New Providence Business Community serves its members and supports the local community by funding and operating numerous community events and activities. They also hold membership meetings to inform, educate, and create a forum for members to exchange ideas and experiences in order to build a proactive and vibrant business community. If you are a New Providence resident or business who’d like to be more involved, or for more information, visit www.NPBPA.com.
One of our newest members, NJ FILM SCHOOL, kicks off its Screening & Lecture Series with a showing of “WIN WIN” on Friday, November 30th at 8:00pm.
Set in NEW PROVIDENCE, this charming indie film was written by natives (and childhood friends) Tom McCarthy and NPBPA member Joe Tiboni of Tiboni & Tiboni, LLP in New Providence, and stars Paul Giamatti as a small-town lawyer who coaches the local high school wrestling team.
In addition to viewing the film, NJ Film School is delighted to have JOE TIBONI as their Special Guest Speaker, who will discuss his experiences throughout the making of the film, from writing the script to showings at film festivals.
Itʼs an evening of local color not to be missed! Join NJ Film School at their brand-new studio at 755 Central Avenue in New Providence.
Tickets are $10 at the door, but seating is limited. Reserve your space now at Tickets@NJFilmSchool.com.
For more information, visit NJ Film School’s website at NJFilmSchool.com, or call (908) 508-0800.
Ana Galindo Opens Allstate Office in New Providence
by Christy Potter Kass, The Alternative Press
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Ana Galindo’s new Allstate office is now open in New Providence, and the town is welcoming the veteran broker with open arms.
Galindo and her staff, with regional and state Allstate representatives and Borough Administrator Doug Marvin, cut the ribbon Thursday afternoon at the new office, located at 172 South Street in New Providence.
After a successful seven years in Union, where she started her agency, Galindo felt it was time for a change. She moved her office to the second floor of the South Street building, owned, built and shared by Carmen Torsiello of Torbilt Construction, who was on hand to help celebrate her grand opening and whom she thanked for her spacious, sunny office. Continue reading
by Jim Madden on TheAlternativePress.com (read full article)
I’m continually amazed by the commitment and contributions that our local businesses make within our community each year. Whether it is fulfilling the endless requests for gift certificates and merchandise which become the center pieces of fundraising efforts, to providing our downtown with curb appeal and amenities, to the sponsorship of our annual fireworks, street fairs, and summer concerts, our local businesses continue to reinvest in New Providence. But as consumers we may have short memories when it comes to holding up our end of the bargain.
As consumers we tend to be between impulsive and calculated in terms of the value spectrum, while also weighing convenience within our shopping experience. In calculating value, we look at quality, service, price, and proximity from our homes among the primary variables. But shouldn’t the calculation of value also include the relationship you have with the proprietor or store manager and the level of service we receive as part of doing business? More importantly, shouldn’t we weigh the impact that the business has on the community in which we live? The simply answer is “yes”.
Several years ago, my family sat down and discussed why the fireworks had been canceled. It was at that time, that our kids learned the valuable lesson of how towns manage budgets and prioritization of expenses the hard way. However, they were later thrilled that a local business stepped in and made sure that an annual tradition would not become a casualty of the municipal budget. Shortly thereafter, we moved all of our banking to Investors Bank, and it’s been one of the smartest decisions we ever made. Not just because it provided us with a way to say “thank you”, but because it’s resulted in the best banking experience we’ve ever had. Saving our fireworks put Investors Bank on our radar; but it is the personalized service we receive with every transaction which will make us customers for life.
There are countless examples in which personalized service has taken more of a front seat within our buying criteria. We find value in the relationships we have when we walk into Adams Madam, or Ferdinand Jewelers, that Joe, Bill and Christine know our size or style as soon as we walk in the door. When we walk into McGrath’s we know Scott will provide sound advice, a solution, and level of effort that reminds us how wonderful a buying experience can be. Carl at Colonial Appliance always treats us as a person and not as a mere customer number. To me, you can’t put a price on that.
The same can be said when you walk into the Prestige Diner and without fail, Jimmy or Harry will greet you at the door or stop by your booth and say hello. Over at Coppola’s, Sal and Franco are gracious and attentive whether it’s take-out or sit down. Jimmy Barth will ask you how that New York Strip was that you grilled the other day from his store. These are all great examples of local merchants who relate to us because they’ve taken the time to get to know us. They provide great service while also providing great value to our community.
With holiday shopping in full swing, it reminds us of the many choices we have as consumers which at times seems endless. From shopping malls, to outlet centers, to major retailers and regional franchises, not to mention all that cyberspace has spammed our inboxes with. Finding a place to do business isn’t necessarily the challenge, it’s choosing the “right” businesses which perhaps we need to focus upon.
As consumers we’ve been deluged and brainwashed to some degree. With all that the internet and the hustle and bustle that floods the malls, we’ve all been seduced and reduced to mere shopping transactions. But we have the choice of where and with whom we spend our hard earned money….don’t lose sight of that. While getting the “best price” seems to have become the name of the game, it certainly isn’t the only game “in town”.
We need to see the bigger picture. New Providence needs our local businesses to thrive; not just survive. We must have a thriving downtown business district to maintain occupancy rates, which maintain our tax revenues and reduces the number of potential tax appeals each year. When our existing businesses thrive, it attracts more of the kinds of new businesses which we would like to see come to New Providence; to help make it a business destination.
During this holiday season where gift giving seems to be at the center of everyone’s mind, I would like to impress upon you to think about the “gifts” of value that you receive from our local merchants as you think about the gifts you need to buy, and compel you to shop within and buy from our over 70 local businesses and professionals within New Providence.
Receiving personalized service, great value, and providing a positive impact on our local economy is all part of the value proposition to a consumer. Keeping your business with and buying from local merchants is a smart move which in the long run will provide us with a thriving local economy which will fuel the economic growth we need to sustain and grow New Providence to become a business destination.
Remember…thinking local…really does matter.
The downtown of New Providence is alive and open for business.