From December 1st to until Christmas eve, Karen Bigos and Stephanie Mallios of Towne Realty Group in Short Hills, NJ, will hit the town of Millburn, NJ to shop, dine, pamper ourselves and have fun, in time for the holidays. We hope you will follow us and learn about all the great stores, restaurants, salons, coffee and ice cream shops in our hometown. Our first stop was the fabulous Paper Mill Playhouse where we picked up tickets to White Christmas (playing now) and A Christmas Carol (on stage Dec. 10th & 11th). There are a bunch of great shows for children and a season line-up that rivals Broadway! Monday & Tuesday nights there is a shopping boutique in the art gallery from 5 to 10 pm and also a musical light show in the front courtyard that kids will love starting at 6pm.
So what is Advent? I asked that question in a video I posted on facebook and one of my friends from high school described it this way. “Advent is a Christian season of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ at Christmas. The Advent calendar is something children can use to mark the days leading up to Christmas. I think the reason the days are out of order is to make it a game to hunt for the right day. It makes it much more fun when the days are out of order!” (thanks to Meredith Ward for her post.)
What started as a Christian fasting holiday, is now best known for candy-filled calendars that children love to use as they countdown to Christmas. This year Christmas and Hannukah overlap and the celebrations will blend together for many families who observe both holidays. Since my family observes the Festival of Lights, which begins at sundown on December 21st, my personal Advent Calendar has a bit of a R.E ‘Jew’-venate twist to it. In addition to Christmas presents, I’m also shopping for 8 days of Hannukah gifts.
Since I love my hometown of Millburn, NJ and I enjoy supporting small businesses, I decided to head down Millburn Avenue, just a few blocks from my office at Towne Realty Group, where it becomes a one way street, and is this where our journey begins.
Our stop for Dec. 1st was Babyland Toystore at 382 Millburn Avenue (started on Essex Street back in 1953) this family-owned business has a great selection of toys, offers free gift wrap and friendly service from Karen and Deb, the owners.
Seed387, Simple Elegant Design, is one of our favorite new gift and home furnishing boutiques in town, bringing a touch of SoHo to Millburn. Meet us there on December 6th for lots of specials, discounts, great teacher gifts and early holiday shopping for friends and family. You’ll get to meet Nancy and Judy, the two owners who live in town.
After all this shopping and walking around town, we definitely needed a bite to eat and a drink so we made our way over to the new restaurant called Moonshine Supper Club at 55 Main Street. (formerly restaurant mc). The owner of Moonshine also owns The Brass Rail in Hoboken and he is no stranger to the restaurant business. This place has a separate bar on one side, a beautiful restaurant to the left and an entire 2nd floor with additional seating space and a party room. We happen to have our own bottle of TOWNE wine with us for this photo, but it is not a BYOB place.
It was a busy, fun-filled start to advent, with much more to follow. Stay tuned for specials and lots of fun gift ideas! Some dates to mark in your calendar: Dec 4th – The Snowflake Parade, perfect day for a hot cocoa at Starbucks.
December 6th we’ll be at Seed387 for another Girl’s Night Out with specials and discounts
December 8th Karen is meeting a bunch of her high school friends for lunch at the Millburn Deli.
December 10th we’ll be at The Paper Mill to see A Christmas Carol.