FLEMINGTON, NJ – Part of the mission of the Flemington Community Partnership is to revitalize existing businesses here and help attract new ones.

So it was good news at its stakeholders’ meeting yesterday - held at Lone Eagle Brewery - that the group was able to announce five new businesses coming into the borough.

The FCP is a business improvement district that is funded by a special property tax assessed on businesses and some multi-unit homes within the designated business improvement area. It considers those taxpayers “stakeholders.”

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Natural  Beauty by Jamie and Nespolo Ristorante are new to Main Street. Hardy’s Coffee Bar has opened on Bloomfield Avenue; PossAbilities is coming to Church Street; and Artisans & Antiques will be opening on Mine Street.

PossAbilities isn’t just a business, but a non-profit agency that seeks to improve employability and quality of life for people with different abilities. The group provides training and individualized services. Its location here will include a thrift boutique; an open house and ribbon cutting is scheduled for March 6.

Also coming to Main Street will be Crown Trophy, which owner Jim Gano said will move in to the former Postal Service space here. Gano, who is on the board of the FCP, will be moving the business from Hunterdon Shopping Center, which is also in the borough.

The event included networking and every attendee was offered a “free” beer. Of course, there’s no such thing as a “free” beer or a “free” lunch; the beer was complimentary and paid for by the FCP.

FCP chair Bob King and Executive Director Ann Meredith  focused on highlighting the group’s first quarter 2019 initiatives. They also announced that Restaurant Week – which was a very successful event last year – will return again this year and be held from March 31 to April 5.

Meredith said stakeholders and the community will see that the FCP branding of “Shop Local and Love Flemington” will be sustained throughout 2019.