BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Historical Society takes another trip down memory lane by featuring in its latest exhibit seven more businesses that have been around for at least 26 years.
As part of its ongoing “Time-Honored Establishments” series at the Belmar Municipal Building, these longtime family-owned and operated establishments are showcased — Belmar Motor Lodge, Belmar Window Shop, Connelly-Campion-Wright Insurance, Delia's Mane Street, D'Jais Oceanfront Bar & Café, Hanley’s Liquor Store and Nostalgic Nonsense Vintage Clothing.
Opening in 1926, Connelly-Campion-Wright Insurance was originally named Connelly-Bergen and located at 710 Ninth Avenue before moving to Pyanoe Plaza.
The Belmar Motor Lodge, located on Route 35, has been in operation since 1968 and is owned by the Repetti family.
While Belmar Window Shop at 703 Main Street has been in business since 1975, owner Bob Beaudoin uncovered the name “Manner’s” on the store’s entry tile, while doing some restoration on the historic building. “(This ) proves that the building was previously Manner’s Furniture Store, which older Belmar residents may remember,” said Pat O’Keefe, BHS vice president.
While Hanley’s Liquor Store at 807 Main Street has been operating since the 1970s, D’Jais opened on the oceanfront in 1978. Delia's Mane Street at 1204 Main Street has been providing hairdressing services since 1982 and remains operated by original owner Delia O'Heney.
Opened in 1993 by Pat Tecza, Nostalgic Nonsense Vintage Clothing at 903 Main Street is known as the place-to-go for Halloween costumes, ugly Christmas sweaters and its unique window displays that brighten up downtown Belmar all year long.
The BHS exhibit, designed by BHS Secretary and Trustee Karen Heulitt, can be seen during regular business hours in the Sixth Avenue lobby of the Belmar Municipal Building, 601 Main Street.
An all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, BHS welcomes donations of Belmar memorabilia to add to its historical archives at its museum, located at 900 E Street in the annex of the Union Firehouse. The museum is open to the public every Monday from 2 to 4 p.m., every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon, and the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m., or by appointment.
In addition to offering museum tours and conducting research to further its mission to save and preserve Belmar’s history, BHS invites the public to joins its ranks, attend free Belmar history classes and learn to serve as a docent to give tours.
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