Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Major remolding work needed after establishment received 4 feet of water from Hurricane Irene.
A remodeled Grasshopper Too opened its doors to customers on Friday, after flooding from Hurricane Irene ruined the 23-year-old bar and restaurant in late August. “This was the first time we ever got flooded, and we figured we’d do a full remodel and make it more people friendly,” owner Tom Fitzpatrick said. “This remodel has been a God send.” By 8:30 p.m. Friday there were 150 people in the restaurant. The inside of the restaurant and pub was painted red and green, with an antiqued finish and has small sayings in Gaelic on the walls. There is a new parking lot, floor tiles, bathrooms, dining room, and bar. The wall between the bar and dining room has been torn down. High tables and booths of mahogany surround the bar. The floor of the bar…
Monday, November 14, 2011
Tell us in this poll.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, unofficially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Area stores, shopping centers, and malls often open well before dawn that day. People form lines outside of stores like Kohl's, Macy's, JC Penny's, and the Willowbrook Mall in the middle of the night. While these stores are often the most popular to shop at, have the most amount of merchandise to pick from, and offer sales unseen at other times during the year, small businesses may also offer a lot for shoppers on that day. Do you plan on visiting any local businesses on Black Friday? If so, which ones? Weigh in on what your Black Friday plans are in the poll and the comments below.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Sisters Bianca and Angelica Fattal's cake balls are huge hit.
Angelica and Bianca Fattal have become something of confectionary celebrities with their business Sweet Jane Lynn. The Wayne residents, who always enjoyed baking for friends and family, made a name for themselves with their cake balls – which are cake, rolled into balls and dipped into chocolate and decorated with drizzled chocolates, edible pearls, or sugar. Hobby turns into a business “Making cake balls was just a hobby, while we were looking for jobs after college,” said Angelica, a 2009 Rutgers graduate who studied Communications, as did her sister. “A friend sent us a recipe one day for them, and we tried them out.” The rest is history. After experimenting with different flavors, they brought the treats to birthday parties and gave …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Candy experts at Laurie's Homemade Candies and Chocolate Treasures weigh in on how to impress guests with some sweetness.
Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. But these holiday staples shouldn’t limit a cook’s creativity, especially when it comes to dessert. Chocolate Treasures has everything a do-it-yourselfer needs to make quick and easy chocolate deserts. Laurie’s Homemade Candies has a lot of options for the family who wants to serve something different, but may not have the time to make something. Decorated as turkeys, pilgrim’s hats, or pumpkins, homemade chocolates can be a nice, bite-sized way to end a tryptophan-induced meal. Impress Guests for Less: Homemade Chocolates Since the economic downtown, Beth Mozek said she’s seen a lot more people make their own candy. Thanksgiving, she said, provides a great opportunity …
Friday, November 4, 2011
There will be a new fully-equipped animal hospital on Hamburg Turnpike.
For Dr. Howard Silberman, the six month-long project of turning a vacant space into a fully equipped medical facility for animals will finally come to fruition on Monday when the Tri-County Animal Hospital opens. “It has been my dream since I was a kid to have my own facility,” Silberman said. “We want to be a part of this community.” Silberman, of Verona, has been a practicing veterinarian for more than 11 years. The facility, which used to be a Japanese restaurant, has four examination rooms, a treatment room, and an isolation room for animals with contagious diseases. The hospital will provide care to cats and dogs and even small animals like rabbits and gerbils. Silberman said he treats animals with the same degree of care a doctor …