SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Pretty soon it will be time to put a sharp edge on the oversized scissors used by the Downtown Somerville Alliance at ribbon cutting ceremonies for new stores and restaurants that continue to open in Somerset County’s resurgent downtown district.

The scissors have been removed from its protective sleeve several times over the past few months, achieving a first on Saturday when the scissors were used not once, but twice, at back-to-back ribbon cuttings held on East Main Street at neighboring stores.

Turf, Surf & Earth a restaurant at 46 East Main Street, and Pop's Bike Shop, 34 East Main St.  have both been operational over the past month,  but it wasn’t until Saturday when the scissors came out that their openings became “official.”

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Downtown Somerville Alliance executive director Natalie Pineiro and Mayor Dennis Sullivan welcomed the borough’s newest merchants, Turf, Surf & Earth owner Byron Salazar and Marc Cianfrone, owner of Pop’s Bike Shop at separate ceremonies, with employees and customers looking on.

Salazar, 34, has worked with his parents at their restaurant, Turf & Surf Burger Grill on Mt. Bethel Road  in Warren, expanding and redefining their menu and concept for his restaurant in Somerville; the menu is intended to be healthy and appealing, with beef/chicken, fish and veggies as the basics, with build-your-own trimmings added.

Cianfrone is well-known in the central New Jersey cycling community, having managed or owned several bike shops in Hillsborough, Bound Brook and Piscataway over the years.

He owns and operates a second bike shop on Route 28 in Bound Brook.

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