NEWTON, NJ – A new business has opened the doors on Spring Street.  Five businesses actually.  And some are not new.  The J. Caldwell building has been renovated and reopened as the home for five businesses.

The visionary behind the project Jessica Caldwell also serves as the Town Planner for the Town of Newton.  A mosaic tile floor is still visible in the lobby, vestige of the buildings previous life as the Woolworth’s building.  Caldwell said the renovation process took a little more than a year to complete.  She said when they began there were other elements from the Woolworth building including some of the shelving associated with the old soda fountain.  “All of the floors are original,” she said.

“Newton was my first town [as town planner],” Caldwell said.  She felt a tie to the community and sees the potential for businesses to thrive she said.

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All five suites are occupied in the fresh clean environment, new and updated yet in keeping with the historical façade of the building and of the surrounding businesses. The space is also a galley of sorts with local artwork displays that are changed every week Ralph Porter.

The new occupants are:

  • Trad Ops Corporation,
  • PLJ Media,
  • Curio Electro,
  • Complete Counseling Serices and
  •  Javerbaum, Wurgaft, office of Lauren Fraser

T. Love of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce said, “ I think people are really starting to see there are a lot of good things happening in the area.”

Some of the guests invited to the ribbon cutting:

  • Mayor Helen LaFrois,
  • Councilman Matt Dickson,
  • Councilwoman Sandra Diglio,
  • Town Manager Thomas S. Russo Jr.
  • Senator Steve Oroho,
  • Historian Wayne McCabe,
  • Attorney Debra Nicholson,
  • Developer John Kweselait,
  • Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce Mel Dennison,
  • GNCC Bob Woods,
  • GNCC Joan Curant,
  • GNCC Amanda Predmore,

Looking to the future Caldwell said the large lower level may present some opportunities but for now she is enjoying the new space.