Church Street will be transformed this Saturday, November 27th to support all of the many local businesses in Montclair. The event will be taking place from 11am to 4pm.
According to the Montclair Center website, free one-day parking permits will be provided to shoppers with proof of shopping purchase receipt (while supplies last). You'll be able to access their information booth with any and all questions on the corner of Church Street and Bloomfield Ave.
You can expect live musical performances by Jazz House Kids and Vanguard Theater Company. Jazz House Kids has been apart of the Montclair community for 18 years now and is the only community arts organization in New Jersey exclusively dedicated to educating children through jazz. They will be performing at 12pm. Vanguard Theater was founded in 2015 and has been serving the creative arts community through Diversity, reciprocity, education, activism and mentorship. Their performance is scheduled for 2pm.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be making an appearance from 12pm to 4pm. You'll be able to find them under the red Montclair Center BID tent.
Small Business Saturday was founded with the belief that when residents come together to support the local restaurants, retail stores, and businesses in their town they are in turn also supporting the greater good of their community. Shop small encourages shoppers to avoid malls and other big retail giants while buying gifts around the holiday season by offering store sales, raffles, and giveaways.
Below are a list of must visit boutiques that will be open during the event.
- & Son Boutique 43a Church Street
A shop owned by mother and son duo. Selling everything from housewares to clothing and cool decorations.
-Barbara Eclectic 594 Valley Road
Also known as Village Vogue, this boutique carries all of the latest trends in women’s fashion from workwear to transitional pieces.
-Culture Couture 53 Church Street
This eco-friendly shop offers a variety of lifestyle items.
-Dem Two Hands 61 North Fullerton Ave
This boutique has been around for over 30 years and sells all things clothing, accessories, shoes, and home goods.
-Dot Reeder 129 Watchung Ave
A sleek boutique offering on trend pieces.
-Envy 609 Bloomfield Ave
Owned by Real Housewife Melissa Gorga, this boutique offers super cute clothes and accessories.
-Oasis 40 Church Street
You can shop cozy loungewear, jumpsuits, and matching sets, or step your wardrobe up a notch with chic outerwear and accessories at this boutique.
-Velvet Lush 123 Walnut Street
This boutique offers adorable pieces to create or complete any outfit and they are also extremely accessible online.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, shopping local becomes even more important. Last year, business saw a sharp decrease in business due to mandatory store closures. Nearly 30 businesses have had to close in Montclair because of this. Shop local gives businesses a general sense of belonging and a way to connect on a deeper level with residents than they'd be able to at bigger chain stores.