Saturday, November 24, 2012
Just what is Small Business Saturday and why should you support it in East Brunswick
Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves. What about those mom-and-pop businesses all over East Brunswick and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day? That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born. Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website. American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Staying alert and being aware of your surroundings can make the holiday shopping season safer.
The following was written by Patrolman Craig Hoover. As we head into the winter holiday shopping season crimes of opportunity will be on the rise. Keeping that in mind here are some shopping safety tips to prepare you for your shopping experience. One of the most important things you can do before starting your holiday shopping is to try and plan your shopping ahead of time. The usual hustle and bustle of shopping tends to lead to rushing from place to place, which leaves you distracted. It is this distraction which makes you susceptible to becoming a potential victim. When arriving to Parking Areas: Always look at your surroundings, and if you are shopping anywhere near nighttime and you are going to be in the store past dark, park …
Techies will love the almost unlimited options available this holiday season. With so much to choose from, Patch is here to help.
Techies will love the almost unlimited options available this holiday season. From affordable tablets to the newest cell phones, there is sure to be winner on this year’s list of the hottest in all things techie. Small tablets are becoming a major selling point as consumers look for options packed in smaller packages. Apple has dominated the larger tablet industry with its iPad, and the iPad 4 was released Nov. 2 with a starting price of $499. But competition is heating up in the smaller tablet market, with four worthy competitors vying for market share. Gaming systems are continually being updated and reconfigured. If there’s a gamer on your list, maybe a new system is high on their list. eReaders are turning paperback enthusiasts into …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
500 per store this Wednesday. With no strings attached. Really.
Do you like Lowe's? You're going to like them even more come this Wednesday. That's when 35 Lowe's home improvement stores in New Jersey and New York, including the one on Route 18, is spending $1 million fully cooked Thanksgiving dinners they'll be handing to the first 500 customers at each store, starting at 11 am on November 21. The dinners, prepared by Boston Market, are free. There is no income qualification, no strings. And each dinner feeds up to six people. It's an amazing thing, but it's an effort by the company to help customers in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, said Lowe's spokeswoman Jaclyn Pardini. "Food is a critical need. We wanted people who have suffered through the hurricane to have a good holiday dinner," Pardini…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Take a tour of these homes for sale, compliments of YouTube videos.
These videos of East Brunswick homes for sale were recently uploated to YouTube. Each listing links to the YouTube video. Each home is also marked on the map attached to this article. 7 Vincent Road 305 Cranbury Road 7 Yates Drive Follow Patch on Facebook. Visit www.facebook.com/EastBrunswickPatch and like us. You can also find us on Twitter at twitter.com/EBrunswickPatch.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Next Level Sports Performance and TNT Sports Training will hold a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Here’s another way you can help local victims of Hurricane Sandy. Next Level Sports Performance and TNT Sports Training is getting together TONIGHT (Saturday, Nov. 17) from 7 to 10 p.m. for its “My Hometown Benefit Concert!” The benefit concert will feature NJ’s Most “Wanted” Band, with all the proceeds going to the Red Cross Relief Effort and to the Martino family and the Smith family,. Each members of the Next Level family. The Martinos, of Sayreville, lost their home and possessions in Hurricane Sandy, while the Smiths, of Keansburg, also lost their home. There will be a $20 cover charge plus they will be accepting food, clothing, blankets, and gift cards for groceries, to Home Depot and similar stores. Next Level Sports Performance is …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Alfonso's is moving a few stores down, opening up space on the end of Summerhill Marketplace.
Businesses at the Summerhill Marketplace are making a few moves, which could mean opportunity for some. According to Steven Winters, of Fameco Realty LP, Alfonso's Family Trattoria & Wood Oven Pizzeria is relocating to the other side of the center, opening up 3,160 square feet of end cap space. Alfonso’s will be moving to the space, formerly occupied by a bagel store, a little after the holidays, said winters. Winters said that with the Stop & Shop as an anchor, and other strong retailers, including the Huntington Learning Center, Orchid Fine Asian Cuisine and Market Place Wines and Spirits, the site is a good one for a new business. The center is located next to K-Mart and has access fro Route 18, Summerhill Road and Arthur Street. It …
AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong gives advice to small business owners via Patch Partners.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
There are tons of small businesses in East Brunswick. Some of them may be places you and your family frequent, businesses that have been in town for as long as you can remember. And some may be your go-to places instead of national chains. AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong may stand behind a global brand, but he believes in the power of small businesses. In his recent interview with Patch Partners, a website connecting business owners to Patch in local communities, he offered his insight into what can set a small business above the rest of the competition. Small businesses can hold a lot of power if they are intuitive with their customer base, Armstrong said. “Small businesses can be nimble and can have intimate relationships with …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Information about getting back to work or getting paid until you can.
Hurricane Sandy slammed into the northeast destroying lives, homes and jobs. Below is information about getting back to work or getting paid while trying to put life back together again: Will you still get paid if you can’t get to work or your office or business is still closed? Employers are covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which defines whether an employee is entitled to be paid when a business is closed. If you fall under the status of “exempt”, as many salaried workers are, you are entitled to be paid. If you are non-exempt, then you are not—although you should still receive a paycheck for hours that were worked prior to the arrival of Sandy. http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/fairpay/fs17g_salary.htm http…
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Santa Claus is making his holiday season debut at the Brunswick Square Mall
Hurricanes, black outs, nor’easters with snow. East Brunswick has had it all in the past two weeks (and still does in many places). But on Friday, residents can add one more thing to the list of stuff that’s happening in town—Christmas. That’s because Santa Claus makes his Brunswick Square Mall Debut on Friday, Nov. 9. The big man will be positioned in his old familiar spot in the center of the mall (just feet away from the food court, big surprise). Follow Patch on Facebook. Visit www.facebook.com/EastBrunswickPatch and like us. You can also find us on Twitter at twitter.com/EBrunswickPatch.