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Downtown Somerville’s Fresh Dining Scene

Downtown Somerville’s dining scene is heating up, and #HipNJ has the scoop on all the delicious new eateries you have to try!

First, let’s shine a spotlight on The Salad House. This fast and casual restaurant specializing in fresh customized and signature salads is set to open with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on February 2nd.

The Salad House of Somerville is the latest of the small New Jersey franchise to open under the ownership of David Delinko. The restaurant creates fast healthy salads and meals that are made-to-order or signature salads that put a twist on popular favorites such as the “Greek Out,” “Eat Cobb,” “Stay Classy Caesar” and more.

“We serve health-conscious, comfort food that is personalized to suit the individual taste, dietary and nutritional needs of each and every customer whether they dine in or choose from our wide selection of catering options for their home or office family,”  said Delinko. In addition to its namesake salads, the 20-seat restaurant serves soup, appetizers, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas.

“Downtown Somerville has certainly earned its reputation as a ‘foodie destination,’ with more than 45 popular restaurants and eateries to please every palate,” said Beth Anne MacDonald, executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. “You can eat your way around the world here from Greek, Asian, Cuban, New American, French-inspired, Italian, Irish and more, but this year is particularly exciting because we’ve got several new concept restaurants and cafes that will add some new flavor to the downtown.”

Check out the list of all the new places you just have to try below!

Downtown Somerville’s New Restaurants and Cafes:

The Salad House, 58 West Main Street

Kuay Tiew Noodles and More, 42 West Main Street

Fresh Tiki Bar, 15C Division Street

Village Brewing Company, 34 West Main Street

Grumpy Bobas, 72 West Main Street

The Somerville Holiday Jubilee 

Christmas is coming, and Somerville is certainly in the holiday spirit.

At the Somerville Holiday Jubilee, guests were treated to a night of holiday magic. There was festive music in the air, a warm glow from shop windows, and the delicious aroma of the area’s best cuisine.

Best of all, Santa made his way to Somerville. Guests lined up to get a photo with Mr. Claus himself, thanks to TapSnap 1165.

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Entertainment on the Division Street Stage was provided by the Somerville School of Rock and Triangle Dance School.

Guests were also treated to horse-drawn carriage rides along Main Street, and given some delightful hot cocoa to combat the winter weather.

Fun was had by all, and #HipNJ wishes you could’ve been there!

Support Your Community This Small Business Saturday!

Thanksgiving might be over and there may be plenty of sales at plenty of chain stores around the country, but this year support your local community in the best way you can – support small business! Small businesses are the backbone of many communities, providing their unique services just for their town. If they’re lucky, word spreads and people will travel far and wide to check out their products, but at the very least the locals should support when they can! We’ve compiled a list of some great towns in New Jersey with plenty of small businesses for you to check out this Small Business Saturday!

  1. Asbury Park
    Tons of boutiques, a tree-lighting ceremony, and free live musical performances – definitely worth the trip to the boardwalk!
  2. Flemington
     Flemington’s “Big Week to Shop Small” runs through December 1 and will feature special discounts at participating businesses. A great town to spend the day in this Saturday!
  3. Haddonfield
    The streets are lined with beautiful lights beginning Friday at 6 p.m., with the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. at Library Point, not to mention shopping specials, gift certificate discounts, and horse-drawn carriage rides through Sunday. 
  4. Montclair
    Montclair has tons of great local businesses to check out for food, fashion, and way more! Click the link for a list of all participating businesses!
  5. Morristown
    Morristown is having a scavenger hunt starting at b.jones Organic Spa, where grab  a passport to unlock specials at certain businesses (salons, galleries and cafes, oh my!) Collect stamps from the shops and return to the spa for a swag bag.
  6. Somerville
    Downtown Somerville is one of the coolest places to check out on a regular day, so Small Business Saturday you definitely can’t miss! Check out the “Shop Small” stickers outside of participating store, and stick around for a visit from Santa, the tree lighting, and horse-drawn carriage rides!
  7. Ridgewood
    Ridgewood is known for some lovely jewelry and home decor local shops, and this year Small Business Saturday matches up with the sixth annual Winterfest at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square. The event feautures ice sculptures, performances by the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus, hot chocolate, a trackless train ride and horse-drawn hayrides. 

While these are only a few towns to check out for their fun events and wonderful local businesses, if you can’t make it to any of these you can always shop around your own town. After Saturday, try shopping local more often; it makes a positive difference for your community!