Panera Explains Why it Will Close Westfield Location Dec. 20

December 2, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Panera Bread at 143 East Broad St., a café that many consider a staple in Downtown Westfield, will close Dec. 20, the company confirmed Thursday.

“For years, the Panera Bread bakery-cafe on Broad Street has been privileged to serve our neighbors in Westfield,” the company wrote in a statement.

“Panera continually invests in our ...

Business of the Week; Shovlin Mattress

Congratulations to our Business of the Week, Shovlin Mattress! The Shovlin Mattress offers a unique line of products not normally found in other NJ mattress stores, such as custom sizes for antique beds, round beds, or any one-of-a-kind size or shape. Learn more at

Scenes from Small Business Saturday in Fanwood and Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Shoppers in Fanwood and Scotch Plains and all across America took part in Small Business Saturday on November 26. Devised in 2010 by American Express, the promotion helps to generate billions of dollars in revenue nationwide for small, independent businesses.

Fanwood hosted a Small Business Boutique to help local home-based businesses. Participants included ...

Shop Local on Small Business Saturday in Scotch Plains and Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday in Scotch Plains-Fanwood. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is the cornerstone of American Express Shop Small efforts. While Small Business Saturday is a one-day promotion to support small business owners and local communities, the Shop Small Movement is a year-round campaign to celebrate and ...

Drive-through Convenience and Small Stores for Central Avenue Shopping Center in Clark

CLARK, NJ – Clark Township’s Planning Board unanimously approved the development of a 14,000 square-foot shopping center at the corner of Terminal Avenue and Central Avenue at its Nov. 3 meeting.

While the new shopping center will not be the size of Clark Commons, the plan includes upgrades and style elements, such as landscaping, similar to those implemented at Clark ...

Business of the Week; Butcher Block Burgers

Congratulations to our Business of the Week, Butcher Block Burgers! Butcher Block Burgers uses the newest dining concept from award-winning chef and restaurateur C.J. Reycraft, Jr., who features modern twists on burgers. Learn more at

TAPintoSPF Launches Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week Feature

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- TAPintoSPF launches a new feature this week: The Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week.

Located at 2507 Route 22 West in Scotch Plains, Yeti MMA provides classes for men & women age 18-45 and for young athletes ages 5-17 at any skill level. Yeti MMA offers training in a variety of disciplines: boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, and strength ...

Fanwood Redevelopment Update Held at The Chelsea

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr co-hosted a presentation highlighting Fanwood's downtown redevelopment on Monday, Nov. 14 at The Chelsea. 

"We found the balance (of residential and retail. We knew it could be done," said Mayor Mahr. "People who wanted to invest have done so in Fanwood, and we have ...

Westfield Trader Joe’s to Re-Open Dec. 2, Sign Reads

WESTFIELD, NJ — “Good news!” a sign at Trader Joe’s in Millburn reads. “Our Westfield New Jersey store will have a grand re-opening on Friday, December 2. 8 a.m.”

It was good news for fans of the grocery store, and good news for Downtown Westfield businesses. Trader Joe’s, considered an anchor store in Downtown Westfield, was demolished this ...

Progress Continues at Trader Joe’s

WESTFIELD, NJ — Past the fencing that still surrounds the rebuilt Trader Joe's in Downtown Westfield, shelves, decorations and registers can be seen through the shop's windows. 

Banners outside the store read “now hiring.” (Call 201-563-8356 or visit to inquire.)

Trader Joe's has not returned requests for comments about the ...

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Career Networking Group at Scotch Plains Library: Your Mindful Career

November 30, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Monday, December 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm, join Donna Gerhauser at the Scotch Plains Public Library for a mini-retreat for your career.​

It’s almost 2017 - what would it take for you to bring purpose and peace to your work life in the new year and beyond? How can you focus on what’s truly important when you’re suffering from information overload and ...

Millburn/Short Hills Chamber to Host Business Cocktail Networking Event in Downtown Millburn

MILLBURN, NJ – The Millburn/Short Hills Chamber of Commerce is the preeminent organization to advocate and promote business in Millburn Township. The Chamber organizes events throughout the year to bring together business people and organizations interested in making Millburn a vibrant community to live and work.

Led by Chamber president Rick Davis, a Millburn resident and CFO at St.

Which is Best: Lump Sum or Pension Annuity?

Is a lump sum offer from an employer a better choice than a pension annuity for life? The former provides an immediate up-front amount (say $300,000), but the pension annuity gives you a stream of payments for life (example: $1,350 per month). A number of employers dangle a lump sum offer to employees in part to remove future liabilities from their balance sheets. It’s tempting for ...

Lindabury Bolsters its Commercial Real Estate and Finance Practices

Lindabury is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Amanda M. Curley to its Business and Commercial Real Estate practices. Amanda will focus her practice on commercial real estate financing and related transactions.  Amanda has experience advising commercial real estate owners and developers on transactions, redevelopment law and land use matters.  She also is well versed in New ...