I’ve been a naughty, naughty blog-keeper this last week. Almost an entire week without a new post! I say “naughty” when I mean lazy, of course. But naughty sounds more fun and upbeat than lazy does. And I intend to be more fun and upbeat…starting now: Santa in Fishing Gear! ——>
One of the problems with completing blog posts for which I don’t get paid is the weather. It’s been so freaking gorgeous that I have to get outside. And that’s exactly what I did on one of those 50-something days last week. A friend and I walked to HLS on Bloomfield, and on our way we made some fantastic discoveries. While there has been a lot of buzz over stores coming and going in other commercial areas, but Walnut Street is doing its own Hokey-Pokey with stores as well.
First, there is a new coffee place called Red Eye Cafe coming to the space The Chocolate Path recently left. The sign says: Food – Coffee – Comfort. Chances are it will be similar to the now absent Cafe Eclectic since its owner will be the same person: Anthony Brinton.
Now, my first response was: No one gets in the way of Gina’s! But then again, Gina’s is busy, busy, busy for commuters in the AM, and it doesn’t set itself up to be a sit-and-relax joint despite its WiFi. So maybe there is plenty of room for more of a true Coffee Shop. I know I’m looking forward to trying it. And my friend, who lives close-by, is excited to have another choice for coffee and comfort.
Another place I noticed for the first time was next door to the upcoming Red Eye Cafe. Generation Green is now hosting a consignment boutique. Calling it recycled clothing, they are looking for consignors and provide phone numbers and an email address for more information. (See below.) There was a sparkly, red-carpet worthy clutch in the window, and the items inside looked worth a look-see.
For more info, call: (973) 405-5019. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: I just passed by Walnut again, and noticed this:
Le Salbuen, which the owners hope to open in April, will be an eatery with European decor and a combination of foods from chefs: John David and Christina Salierno.
I was worried about all the empty storefronts, but it seems that there are people which far more chutzpah and know-how than I in these here parts. I can’t wait to take advantage of their hard work!