Hurricane Super-Storm Sandy disruptions to NJ Transit and electricity seem miniscule when held up against the destruction and loss of life on the Jersey Shore and Staten Island and the other heavily impacted areas. (I use heavily in a relative way, of course. With the cold, “simple” loss of power is horrible in its own special way.) But the smaller issues are painful for those experiencing them.
One small business that has suffered from the disruption to train service in Montclair is The Chai Cycle, driven by Ricardo DaCosta. A day’s Chai Cycle supply usually sells out its coffee and chai (including pumpkin spiced!) by about 9:30 am. This last week, has proved much more trying. Without the usual commuting crowds at places like Walnut and Bay Street Station (where the standing cafe is), business has lagged. When lines at the gas stations started up, everyone’s frustrating wait became a boon for The Chai Cycle’s sales. Still, it’s been much more costly in commuting costs for the cycle as well as time and energy for DaCosta.
He’ll come to you if you text him at 973 951 1469. Or, when power is back, visit the shop at the Bay Street Station in Montclair. I’ve been lucky enough to run into The Chai Cycle a few times by chance – yum!