Cindy Reis

Zita’s is hiring servers!

We are looking for friendly and energetic people who have good customer service skills. Zita’s has flexible hours including morning and night shifts 7 days a week. Employees earn hourly wages plus tips with opportunities for growth within the company.

Come in and apply or apply online

New Providence Business Wraps Up Another Generous Year

The New Providence Business Community is ending 2018 with record donations to our local community.  In addition to providing scholarships to graduating high school students and funding large community events like the July 3 Celebration, Summer Concert Series, Downtown Trick or Treating and Scarecrow Contest, the Street Fair, and the Holiday Festival, individual businesses stepped up and supported many, many local fundraising activities.  They donated to local charities and civic organizations.  They provided food, entertainment, and gifts for borough events and sponsored local recreation and sports teams.  They helped fund the Hometown Heroes Veteran banner program and sponsored senior programs.

Most people don’t realize just how much these businesses give.  While each individual solicitation from a local business may not seem like much to ask, people do not think of how many others are asking the same businesses to give, as well.  In our town we have pre-schools, elementary schools, a middle school and high school, multiple religious and after school organizations, Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts, non-profit organizations, charitable foundations, soccer teams, softball, baseball, t-ball, football, lacrosse, swim teams, cheerleading, tennis, and basketball teams.  Our businesses support medical research, food drives, school improvements, families in need, and beautification efforts.

In total, New Providence businesses gave well over $250,000 in 2018! Some individual businesses in town donate nearly $2,000 a month year in and year out, and ask for nothing in return except for your patronage and loyalty.  Our merchants are proud and happy to support our community.  They are reluctant to say no to someone seeking a donation, even when it is difficult financially for them to continue giving. They care deeply about our community and want to contribute whenever possible.  Let’s show them our gratitude and appreciation by frequenting their establishments often and telling our friends and families about them, too.  They can only continue to support us if we continue to support them!

2018 Summer Concert Series Ends on a High Note

New Providence Business presented four summer concerts this year offering music and entertainment for the whole family.  The free concerts included face painting and a magician to entertain the kids, along with free hot dogs from The Prestige Diner and free ice cream from Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream for all to enjoy.  This year, the bands were Asbury Fever, the always popular Bruce Springsteen tribute band; The Day Trippers, a local Beatles Tribute band; The 1910 Fruitgum Company, a well-known 1960s pop band; and The Elefante Family Band, a beloved hometown favorite.  The last concert coincided with the National Night Out program, and  included additional activities presented by the New Providence Police, Fire, EMS, and Recreation Departments.

The concerts were a huge success, and even the weather cooperated, with only one performance, The 1910 Fruitgum Comapny, moving indoors.  We’d like to thank everyone who attended the concerts.

The concert series would not have been possible without the generous support of our local Business Community and sponsors:

Acme

Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors

Elefante Music

Lassus Wherley

NJ Sharing Network

NP Downtown Improvement District (DID)

NP Lions Club

Prestige Diner

Providence Bar & Kitchen

Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream

 

 

New Providence Business Urges Customers to Be Kind Online

In the past few years, New Providence has seen a growth of small businesses, which is great news for not only the business owners, but also for our residents and visitors.  Local businesses support community events, such as the Independence Day Celebration and Summer Concert Series, contribute generously to school and civic fundraising activities, and help keep our downtown safe and vibrant.

Since our community reaps the benefits from having local businesses, we should do everything we can to help them thrive and grow. This includes shopping in our local stores instead of their big box competitors, recommending New Providence stores to friends and neighbors, and developing relationships with the owners and staff.   With the evolution of the Internet and business review websites, such as Yelp, Yahoo, Google Reviews, Angie’s List, and Facebook, people have been given the power to influence local businesses to a degree that has never before been available.  Online reviews provide a powerful tool for consumers, but it’s one that should be used judiciously.

Customers and clients should take a moment to reconsider before posting harsh comments online. These reviews can be the death of a small business.   It is very tempting to go online and blast a business if something wasn’t handled in a way that we would like, but there are more productive ways of handling those situations.  Mistakes do happen.  Often, the business owner is unaware of a particular situation or incident, and would like nothing more than the opportunity to correct it.  By speaking directly with the business owners, you can help them better understand the issue at hand, give them an opportunity to rectify the situation, and allow them to train their staff on how to handle those situations differently.  In the end, that provides a more satisfying long term solution to the problem and preserves the hard earned reputations and integrity of our local businesses.  Customers are more satisfied, staff is better trained, and our local business community thrives.

“One of the goals of New Providence Business is to foster a thriving local business environment in town,” said Michelle Brugger, Business Community Spokesperson. “This goal can’t be achieved if people use online resources to criticize our local businesses. These business owners are our residents, our neighbors, and most importantly, our friends.  They are deeply invested in our community and want to provide the best service possible.  In return, they deserve our respect and regard.”

Please take a moment to consider the impact that a negative comment or review can have on not only the small business, but also on the larger business community.  A strong local economy helps build community cohesiveness and provides more local jobs for our neighbors and kids.  The same people who complain online about local businesses are often the first ones to then complain when there are empty storefronts. So the next time you have an issue, pull the owner or manager aside to try to resolve the situation before you go online to complain.  And when you do have a great experience, go ahead and give them a shout-out online.  We will all benefit.

2015 Farmers Market Opens Wed., June 10

The New Providence Farmers Market will be open on Wednesdays from June 10 – Oct. 28, 2015.  The market hours are noon – 6 PM.  The market is located in the Presbyterian Church parking lot at the corner of Springfield Avenue and South Street in downtown New Providence.  In addition to Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, you will find prepared foods, dried nuts and fruits, olive oils, cider, baked goods, and more.

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