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Local Business Owners Meet at Madison’s Retail Round Robin Networking Event

Once and Again, Joanne Dauber and Gina Falco Credits: Marina Kennedy
Rocking Horse Co-owners Lauren Phalin and Tara Spagnoletti Credits: Marina Kennedy
Madison Mud Clay Studio, Melanie Tomaszewski Credits: Marina Kennedy

MADISON, NJ - The Madison “Retail Round Robin” held by the Madison Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday evening was an opportunity for local business owners to learn about each other’s goods and services. Each of the three featured businesses was visited for about 20 minutes.

Karen Meyer, executive director of the Madison Chamber of Commerce, said that the Retail Round Robin has been taking place in the borough for more than five years. “This is a great idea and an excellent networking opportunity because we can direct people to our wide variety of merchants,” Meyer said.

The three host businesses were The Rocking Horse, Once and Again and Madison Mud. Joanne Dauber, the owner of Once and Again, is delighted to have a shop in Madison. “Madison has a good hometown feel with a lovely downtown,” Dauber said.

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The evening started at The Rocking Horse, located on Waverly Place. The children’s shop is is a boutique that specializes in clothing for girls from newborn to size 7 and boy’s sizes from newborn to size 24 months. They also have children’s accessories, monogrammed baby blankets and bibs. The Rocking Horse prepares baby gift baskets that can be shipped. Co-owners Lauren Phalin and Tara Spagnoletti are both residents of Madison.  They have owned the shop for 6 1/2 years and have been in their current location for three months. 

At Once and Again at 52 Main St., Dauber of Florham Park welcomed guests to her shop.  Her motto, “Resale Goes Upscale” is well realized in the establishment’s displays that include a wide variety of contemporary clothing, women’s accessories, curio items, framed pictures and furniture.  Dauber commented that Madison has a “great downtown.”  While Dauber has been in town for 20 years, she has recently collaborated with Gina Falco of Class Act Interior Design to provide custom decorating and design for customers of Once and Again.

At Madison Mud Clay Studio, located at 6 Main St., owner Melanie Tomaszewski opened her shop two months ago.  She has also beeen the owner of Tivoli Creative Design Studio in Madison for the past six years. A resident of Madison, she commented about the business community.  “We are so supportive of each other. The Chamber of Commerce has incredible events that allow us to spread the word about our vibrant business community.”  Madison Mud has classes in Handbuilding and use of the Potter’s Wheel for ages 8 and older. There are private and group lessons that include “Clay-Dates,” ladies' and couples' nights, too.

For more information about future “Retail Round Robin” events contact: Karen Meyer, Executive Director of Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 152, Madison, NJ 07940.  Phone: (973) 377-7830 or email at  Their web site at


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