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December 13, 2015

Local Shops Are All Decked Out | Verona and Caldwell, New Jersey

Main Street Cottage, Verona, New Jersey
Main Street Cottage, Verona, New Jersey

Local Shops Are Decked Out For The Holidays

 

There are several shops and businesses all decked out for the holidays in Verona and Caldwell. All of these places, except for the last place, have such adorable and pretty things that they are selling ! 

 

So festive! 

 

In the first photo above, the adorable Main St. Cottage in Verona. So tiny but packed with such cute stuff!

 

Next, a friendly greeting from Fruit Basket King in Caldwell.

 
Fruit Basket King, Caldwell, New Jersey
Fruit Basket King, Caldwell, New Jersey

Right next door to Fruit Basket King is Somewhere in Time. 

 

They have some cute old-fashioned decorations!


Somewhere in Time, Caldwell, New Jersey
Somewhere In Time, Caldwell, New Jersey
 

Right across Bloomfield Avenue are two more cute shops! 

 

Smith & Company has some adorable gifts for adults and children! It's packed full with trendy and cute things!


Smith & Company, Caldwell, New Jersey
Smith & Company, Caldwell, New Jersey


Pink Bungalow has some very pretty items, and also lots of Vera Bradley products! They have four locations in upscale towns.



Pink Bungalow, Caldwell, New Jersey
Pink Bungalow, Caldwell, New Jersey
 

Around the corner from Pink Bungalow and Smith & Company is a the lovely Caldwell's Floral Elegance with a pretty display. . .


Caldwell's Floral Elegance, Caldwell, New Jersey
Caldwell's Floral Elegance, Caldwell, New Jersey


I could not resist this last one. It is not a pretty shop with cute items. It is Central Burger of Caldwell! 

 

They have two Christmas trees out front decorated with soda can "ornaments"!


Christmas tree with soda can ornaments
Central Burger, Caldwell, New Jersey



UPDATE 2022: 

 

Since I took these photos, Fruit Basket King and the Caldwell location of Pink Bungalow have closed. 

 

So has Central Burger. It is now Diesel & Duke burgers.

 

You may want to check out Gingerbread Wonderland.

 

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Local Shops Are All Decked Out | Verona and Caldwell, New Jersey

December 13, 2015

February 10, 2014

Shop-Rite Supermarket | West Caldwell, New Jersey

supermarket

The West Caldwell ShopRite Is Special

 

The ShopRite supermarket in West Caldwell, New Jersey is unique. 

First of all, it must be an old ShopRite, because it still has the hyphen in the name. 

 
That is why I included the hyphen in the title of this post, even though the hyphen is not used anymore.

According to a January 31st article in The Chronicle of Higher Education: 

In American advertising lingo, rite makes mite. Or maybe might. The ShopRite grocery chain is the first rite I can remember. ShopRite is a postwar neologism; for a while in the fifties and sixties, the name was spelled with a hyphen (Shop-Rite), after which the logo lost its hyphen but kept the internal cap. 

I am always interested in design and architecture. 
 
Whoever built or designed this ShopRite made it with a Japanese design.
 
I've been told that the owner at the time really liked this decor style.
 
Not only does the front of the store have an Japanese theme, but it even has endearing matching phone booths
 
One of the phone booths still has a working phone. 

Even on the inside, the Japanese design theme continues. 
 
I blatantly took pictures with my camera on the outside, but I don’t think I’m supposed to take photos inside the store, so I sneaked around the store taking took the last two photos with my crappy old  cell phone.

supermarket
supermarket

phone booths


phone booths

dragons

Sayonara sign


UPDATE 2022: There have supposedly been plans for a bigger ShopRite and to tear this one down, according to this 2021 article from JerseyDigs.

 

The Market Report gives a 2021 TOUR of this particular store.  


You may want to read my post about The Buzz Aldrin Rock, another offbeat place.

 

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Shop-Rite Supermarket | West Caldwell, New Jersey

February 10, 2014

March 10, 2010

Old New Jersey Memories

Two Guys Department Store


New Jersey Memories

 

Did you grow up in New Jersey? Do you have memories of places that no longer exist?

 
I grew up in the 1970's in Morris County, New Jersey. 

 

I practically grew up on Brookdale Soda

 

I hardly knew that Coke and Pepsi even existed! 

Farms still existed in East Hanover! 

 

I remember my mother buying milk at Lone Pine Farms in their little shop. I don't think I ever even went into the shop. I would go out to pet the horse.

We would also go to the Two Guys on Route 10 in East Hanover. Route 10 didn't have 1 million stores like it does now. 

 

I remember Two Guys, Capitol Lighting (which is still there), a miniature golf course, and a few other shops.

When I was very young, Two Guys still had a full-fledged grocery section, where my mother would shop. 


However, I would run around my favorite part of the store -- the toy section! (this was when mothers didn't panic if you lost sight of your kids for a little while). 

I would roam around the toy section, and of course being a devoted reader would always go to the paperbook section, too. 


I collected the little Peanuts paperbacks. I loved Charlie Brown and Snoopy. 

 

When I got a little older, I would buy 45s in the record section, and felt very old when I graduated to buying the whole albums.

Everything was so inexpensive!

 
Here is a radio commercial: 

 

 

Here is a TV commercial:

 

The East Hanover Two Guys also had a tiny little section with a miniature bowling alley for kids! 


I loved to play there, even though I wasn't very good. The bowling balls were child-sized and easy to pick up and throw. There were also pinball machines.

I loved going to Two Guys for Christmas to pick out the Christmas tree! 

 

They had a section in the back for garden supplies, and the trees would be there. My mother remembers the price as being very reasonable for a pretty nice tree.

Also, outside the store was a liquor store (I can't remember the name, or if it was part of Two Guys?), where my father would buy cases of Brookdale Soda

 

We would always get a variety, and I loved the orange, the lemon-lime and the half-and-half flavors!

I dream very vividly at night (I'm dreaming within seconds of falling asleep!) and sometimes I'll wake up and think about the dream I just had. 

 

I'll feel that I've been to the place in my dreams before. Then I'll realize that it is Two Guys that I was dreaming about.

 

UPDATE 2022: Here is a wonderful video from one of my favorite YouTube channels, Recollection Road:


 

Also check out my post on Reluctant Hero From New Jersey.

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!

 

Old New Jersey Memories

March 10, 2010