MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In this pandemic, the American entrepreneurial spirit is challenged but certainly not gone. Eight months into coronavirus restrictions, three businesses in Maplewood — all on Springfield Avenue — had ribbon cuttings this past weekend. 

New openings mean "business is strong in Maplewood, even in a pandemic," said Mayor Frank McGehee, who attended the three opening celebrations.

 "It’s so important for us as residents to support all our businesses, new and current, especially in these times. This is the backbone of our community — having businesses, shopping local.” McGehee said a "shop local SOMA" campaign is coming to the two towns soon. Having a wide variety of businesses in town "is a big part of it. I’m very proud and it’s great to see these owners here.”

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Raven's Quill Tattoo is Maplewood's first body art studio. Opening in Maplewood was “a good opportunity,” said owner Anthony Geiso. "We’re looking forward to doing a lot of business for the townfolk, hopefully for a long time."

At Magnolia Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Dr. Nicolas Freda and Dr. Elena Ciciolla have curated a space that is as aesthetically beautiful as it is hygienic and COVID-19 safe. They are looking forward to serving the children and teens of the community.

ReMerch, LLC, a lifestyle brand that focuses on incorporating the unique influence of artistic individuals into home and personal accessories and home styling. Owner John Estrada is an interior designer and Maplewood resident. He is thrilled to be bringing his passion for home design and styling to his community. The interior of the store will feature both a showroom for clients and ready-to-buy retail.



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