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Local Businesses Offer Many Gift Options as Holiday Shopping Season Begins


Summit and Madison are home to several new businesses as shopping season begins with Small Business Saturday.

Dor L’Dor in Summit offers affordable and classy clothes with new arrivals every day. Another option is Apricot Lane. This fashion boutique started by a married couple offers “unique, celebrity-inspired looks.” The customer service in the store is second to none and community and family are always around.

In the mood for an ice cream break? Have no fear, McCool’s Ice Cream and Coffee Bar is located right in Summit. First opened in May, sky is the limit with approximately 50 flavors of ice cream, 50 flavor combinations of frozen yogurt, sugar-free ice cream, and ice cream cakes.

“I’m very proud of McCool’s,” said weekend manager Jessica Benos.

Benos says that there are plenty of flavor options: classic and novelty. The shop offers Italian ice, sorbet, soft-serve and hard frozen yogurt, and everything is customizable. Some creations are named after schools and towns in the area.

“We cater to everyone,” said owner Jeff Reaves. “It’s high-flavor product.”

He and his co-owner/wife Mari Ellen Reaves opened the second location after realizing that a lot of their Madison store’s clientele came from Summit.

If shopping for a fitness guru in your life, visit Lulu Lemon Athletics in Summit. Red Mango, Subway and Pizza Vita are all other options for when your taste buds are acting up.

In Madison, there is little turnaround as the town works hard to support local businesses, according to Jim Burnet, Assistant Borough Administrator. With tons of business options, Madison brings plenty to the table.

Cambridge Street Papers, according to their website was founded in 2007. A touching story, the store was founded as a tribute to Patti Love who became a victim of cancer in 2005. Cambridge offers, “custom invitations, birth announcements, and social stationary which reflect the taste and unique style of our clients,” also
according to their website.

If you’re hungry while shopping in Madison, try out Bento Grill. Newer to the area, the restaurant opened in June 2012 and according to manager Mars Pascual the cuisine is Mexican with Asian fusion.

Eye Level Learning Center, slated to open in three to four weeks, offers a customized curriculum based on the child’s needs, according to owner Manish Vakil. The learning center is for children ages three to 12 with a four to one teacher-student ratio and the option of an individual lesson if parents feel the need.

The center meets the requirements of the U. S. Department of Education.

Each child receives a free assessment upon entering to identify their basic and critical thinking needs. Their critical thinking program is taught through positive reinforcements like prizes and puzzles. Vakil says the environment is colorful and the kids don’t feel as if they’re in school, they make learning fun.

With a grand opening in January, there will be opportunities for discounts when signing up as well as open houses to learn more about the programs.

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