NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence is open for business -- and the newly formed Borough Business Association of New Providence wants the community to know they are here!
About 20 businesses filled side walks and parking lot at the Adams Shopping Center on Saturday in the first of many events scheduled in the New Providence Comeback Campaign. (See photo gallery for participants.) There was a sense of normalcy with the business owners talking to the residents that came out for the festival atmosphere. "It just feels better to be out again," said Heather Hoffman, owner of Luminous Medspa and Salon. "I'm alive and today, I'm a business owner again." Salons have been hit hard during the pandemic. "This is a great beginning," she said.
Tickets were sold for opportunities to win various gift baskets donated by the participating businesses. In addition, the Borough Business Association is working towards a fund that will benefit local businesses.
"Thank you to the new Borough Business Association of New Providence, the New Providence Comeback Campaign Committee, our supportive Borough Council, the New Providence Lions, all the volunteers, donors, contributors, organizers, helpers, and especially all of our local businesses who participated in such a successful and fun event to help our local businesses who have been deeply affected by this pandemic. Our downtown was so festive today," said Mayor Al Morgan. "It was great to see everyone out and about again, socially distanced and masked, but no one seemed to mind. We are all so grateful and appreciative for all the incredibly generous support. This is what New Providence is all about. We look forward to the next business supporting event in August."
New Providence is facing a new normal. What that normal will be is unknown, but New Providence businesses are going to need residents to survive. Shop Local has never been a stronger message. New Providence needs your shopping dollars much more than Amazon does.
The Borough Business Association started as a group of small businesses who came together during COVID-19 to find ways to survive. They welcome all new members and invite all New Providence businesses to join. Membership is free. According to their Facebook page, their future plans include: monthly community activities, events, outreach, a Welcome Wagon Basket for new residents, sidewalk sales, a “Taste of New Providence” event, a New Providence Pub Crawl event, Health and Fitness Expo, Sideways Day, Midnight Market, Shopping Under the Stars, community participation activities including business scavenger hunts, games, and so much more.