SOMA residents are gearing up for the sweetest grand opening around. Mara’s Café & Bakery has come to South Orange and after settling in to the wonderful township is ready to celebrate its official grand opening on September 25 and September 26 in its new location at 9 West South Orange Ave. The grand opening event will include live music performances by top NJ bands, prizes, raffles, price specials and an amazing afternoon with Tweedles the Clown.

With more than 70 varieties of award winning gourmet cupcakes, cheesecakes, mousses, truffles, pies, and more. Maras Café is the perfect place to find the best assortment of gourmet desserts and café fare. Our fresh brewed coffee is made from coffee beans roasted on site daily for espresso, cappuccino, and iced beverages. Coffee is also available by the pound. We serve breakfast sandwiches, quiches, paninis, wraps, burgers, salads, and soups prepared daily. Our bakery has been known over the years and became one of the best one-stop-shops for your sweet tooth in the state of New Jersey.

Friday night festivities, September 25
Friday night we are welcoming Briana Lynn Wolf to play songs from her new album! We will also host an open mic night for singers, songwriters, musicians, poets, and spoken word artists.
Reserve a slot - email
7-9 open mic / 9-10 Briana Lynn Wolf / 10-12 open mic -
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Saturday, September 26, from 11 am to 9 pm we will be having our Grand Opening!
Join us for a full day of activities and an amazing performer for kids. After 6 we’re turning the lights down for a full night of music. There will be free samples, raffles, and of course our official ribbon cutting at 11:00 am.
TWEEDLES is coming to town!
From her fantastic face painting to her incredible balloon artistry, Tweedles is not your ordinary clown! Join us from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm September 26th as we welcome Tweedles and her talents -
Deafening Colors + Motion Parade
We are thrilled to have these amazing bands join us to perform a live acoustic session from 6pm to 9pm, September 26.  A surprise guest will be opening starting at 6pm!
Motion Parade 7pm - 8pm / Deafening Colors 8pm -9 pm  - -
Established in 1984.
The concept of Mara's Cafe & Bakery got its start when Mara and Glenn's "mom and pop" business began offering customers the highest quality, delectable desserts made fresh in our own bakery and served with freshly roasted coffee. It was with the encouragement of family and friends that we began creating delicious desserts from traditional family recipes and Glenn, a coffee perfectionist, distinguished a unique line of roasted coffee products. Customers returned daily for their favorite tasty treats and coffee beverages.

In 2004, sons Ian and Devan joined the family business with great plans of expansion. After nearly twenty years of establishing a reputation for serving up the best coffee and desserts in town, we knew it was time to expand not just the business, but the menu as well.
For more information and store hours, visit or call 973-762-8100.