2017 Summer Concert Series

New Providence Business is proud to present four summer concerts offering music and entertainment for the whole family.  The free concerts will include face painting and a magician to entertain the kids, along with free hot dogs from Prestige Diner and free ice cream from Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream for all to enjoy.

 

The 2017 concert dates are:

Thursday, July 13 – Asbury Fever Band

Thursday, July 20 – Cindy Gelormini

Thursday, July 27 – The Kootz

Tuesday, August 1 – Elefante Family Band (coincides with National Night Out and and includes additional activities presented by the New Providence Police, Fire, EMS, and Recreation Departments, starting at 6 PM)

The first three concerts will be held on Thursday evenings and the fourth concert on Tuesday evening in Centennial Park starting at 7 PM, rain or shine. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of the evening. If rain prevents an outside performance, it will be held inside in the municipal gym.

These concerts are not possible without generous donations from our sponsors:

Prestige Diner
Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream
NJ Sharing Network
Lantern Hill
Elefante Music
NP Downtown Improvement District
Lions Club International
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Creative Wallcoverings And Interiors
Accent Printing

Become a Sponsor of the Summer Concert Series

 

2017 July 3 Celebration!

2017 New Providence Independence Day Celebration!

Investors Bank Sponsors Fireworks on Monday, July 3

The New Providence Independence Day Celebration returns to the borough on Monday, July 3, on South Street from Gales Drive to Springfield Avenue, and will include fun filled activities for all. DJ John Souren of Club Souren will provide entertainment from his perch on South Street. There will be “Chalk on South” (kids of all ages can get a free “bucket” of chalk to create art and messages on the street) and lots of fun for the whole family. The event begins at 7 PM and the fabulous fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 PM. Be sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the festivities. In case of rain, information will be posted on the Business Community website, www.newprovbiz.com and the borough website, www.newprov.org. The rain date is Wednesday, July 5.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:

Investors Bank
NJ Sharing Network
Lantern Hill
Kapuscinski Luongo Architects
NP Downtown Improvement District
Martial Arts for Life
Steve Mcmahon State Farm Agency
Dim Sum Villa
Souren Communications
NP Fuel

Accent Printing Solutions

Become a sponsor of the Independence Day Celebration

 

 

Scheppe Gardens is looking for summer help ASAP. (Mainly weekends and few hrs during the week)
Must be 17yrs or older
Have transportation.
Willing to get dirty if needed.
Some working experience is a plus but not needed.
Job would be working at the counter, outside watering/moving plants, helping customers to their car, etc.

Please contact Danielle via text or call at 973-529-3726

Prestige Diner & Restaurant

WE ARE HIRING!!!!!

In about a month we will be adding beer, wine and drinks to our beverage menu. Along with these offerings, we will also be adding some new items to our food selections. While doing so, we will be looking to add some new staff to our existing team. If you are or, know of experienced servers or cooks, please feel free to call us or, apply in person. Thank you in advance for your interest.

New Providence Business Wraps Up Another Generous Year

The New Providence Business Community ended 2016 with record donations to our local community.  In addition to providing scholarships to graduating high school students and funding large community events like the July 3 Celebration, Summer Concert Series, Downtown Trick or Treating and Scarecrow Contest, the Farmers Market, the Street Fair, and the Annual Christmas Walk, individual businesses stepped up and supported many, many local fundraising activities.  They donated to local charities and civic organizations.  They provided food, entertainment, and gifts for borough events and sponsored local recreation and sports teams.  They helped fund the Hometown Heroes Veteran banner program and sponsored senior programs.

Most people don’t realize just how much these businesses give.  While each individual solicitation from a local business may not seem like much to ask, people do not think of how many others are asking the same businesses to give, as well.  In our town we have pre-schools, elementary schools, a middle school and high school, multiple religious and after school organizations, Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts, non-profit organizations, charitable foundations, soccer teams, softball, baseball, t-ball, football, lacrosse, swim teams, cheerleading, tennis, and basketball teams.  Our businesses support medical research, food drives, school improvements, families in need, and beautification efforts.

In total, New Providence businesses gave well over $250,000 in 2016! Some individual businesses in town donate nearly $2,000 a month year in and year out, and ask for nothing in return except for your patronage and loyalty.  Our merchants are proud and happy to support our community.  They are reluctant to say no to someone seeking a donation, even when it is difficult financially for them to continue giving. They care deeply about our community and want to contribute whenever possible.  Let’s show them our gratitude and appreciation by frequenting their establishments often and telling our friends and families about them, too.  They can only continue to support us if we continue to support them!

New Providence Business Urges Customers to Be Kind Online

In the past few years, New Providence has seen a growth of small businesses, which is great news for not only the business owners, but also for our residents and visitors.  Local businesses support community events, such as the Independence Day Celebration and Summer Concert Series, contribute generously to school and civic fundraising activities, and help keep our downtown safe and vibrant.

Since our community reaps the benefits from having local businesses, we should do everything we can to help them thrive and grow. This includes shopping in our local stores instead of their big box competitors, recommending New Providence stores to friends and neighbors, and developing relationships with the owners and staff.   With the evolution of the Internet and business review websites, such as Yelp, Yahoo, Google Reviews, Angie’s List, and Facebook, people have been given the power to influence local businesses to a degree that has never before been available.  Online reviews provide a powerful tool for consumers, but it’s one that should be used judiciously.

Customers and clients should take a moment to reconsider before posting harsh comments online. These reviews can be the death of a small business.   It is very tempting to go online and blast a business if something wasn’t handled in a way that we would like, but there are more productive ways of handling those situations.  Mistakes do happen.  Often, the business owner is unaware of a particular situation or incident, and would like nothing more than the opportunity to correct it.  By speaking directly with the business owners, you can help them better understand the issue at hand, give them an opportunity to rectify the situation, and allow them to train their staff on how to handle those situations differently.  In the end, that provides a more satisfying long term solution to the problem and preserves the hard earned reputations and integrity of our local businesses.  Customers are more satisfied, staff is better trained, and our local business community thrives.

“One of the goals of New Providence Business is to foster a thriving local business environment in town,” said Michelle Brugger, Business Community Spokesperson. “This goal can’t be achieved if people use online resources to criticize our local businesses. These business owners are our residents, our neighbors, and most importantly, our friends.  They are deeply invested in our community and want to provide the best service possible.  In return, they deserve our respect and regard.”

Please take a moment to consider the impact that a negative comment or review can have on not only the small business, but also on the larger business community.  A strong local economy helps build community cohesiveness and provides more local jobs for our neighbors and kids.  The same people who complain online about local businesses are often the first ones to then complain when there are empty storefronts. So the next time you have an issue, pull the owner or manager aside to try to resolve the situation before you go online to complain.  And when you do have a great experience, go ahead and give them a shout-out online.  We will all benefit.

2015 Farmers Market Opens Wed., June 10

The New Providence Farmers Market will be open on Wednesdays from June 10 – Oct. 28, 2015.  The market hours are noon – 6 PM.  The market is located in the Presbyterian Church parking lot at the corner of Springfield Avenue and South Street in downtown New Providence.  In addition to Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, you will find prepared foods, dried nuts and fruits, olive oils, cider, baked goods, and more.

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