NEWTON – The ribbon was officially cut on Tuesday, April 1, to mark the opening of the New Jersey 350 (NJ350) Pop-Up Store.
The NJ350 Pop-Up Store is making its rounds through the state over 2014 within 14 different communities to celebrate New Jersey’s 350th anniversary. Store locations will be open between three to 12 days within each community.
The Springboard Shoppes located at 145 Spring Street, is host to the store through Saturday, April 12 in Newton, which is the only store for Sussex and Warren Counties.
Items included are: “Jerseyana” (made in or reflecting New Jersey), NJ350 branded merchandise (hats, shirts and more) and unique offerings from businesses local to each respective community where the store stops on the tour.
The store in Newton will be open Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Springboard is happy to host this innovative and celebratory concept here in our region,” noted Jonathan Andrews, founder of Springboard Shoppes. “Spring Street in Newton is a quintessential Main Street, and the perfect place to celebrate New Jersey turning 350 and Newton turning 150 years old.”
A corner filled with New Jersey and Sussex County based books.
Below are some upcoming events happening at the store.
- On April 4 at 5pm (today), the store will hold a book signing and meet the author event with Rutgers University Press author Alan Siegel, author of Disaster!: Stories of Destruction & Death in Nineteenth Century New Jersey. Siegel is a lawyer who practices in Chatham, NJ and one of the chapters in the book covers the Great Newton Fire, which destroyed nearly all of Main Street. Come hear from the author himself!
- On April 7, the Pop-Up will welcome County workers for Sussex County Day at the store. Employees can show their ID for 10% off any NJ350 Branded merchandise.
- On April 9, the Pop-Up will welcome Thorlabs workers for Thorlabs Day at the store. Employees can show their ID for 10% off any NJ350 Branded merchandise.
- On April 10, the Springboard Shoppes will host a Local Author Lunch and Learn, from 12p.m. to 2p.m., with four local authors who wrote and published their books within Sussex County. The participating authors include: Wayne T. McCabe (Sussex County’s Historian and author of twenty varying books on Sussex County History, including the A Penny A View postcard books), Jennifer Jean Miller (author of Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio – Love In Japan, Korea & Beyond, a newly published biography about the two stars, featuring more than 70 photos, some previously unpublished), William R. Truran (author of Sussex County history books, including several Arcadia Publishing Images of America books and several other local history books about Sparta, the mining industry and the paintings of local artist Louis Larsen) and award-winning author Max Zimmer (author of the trilogy, If Where You’re Going Isn’t Home, a coming-of age-story beginning in 1956 of a boy growing up Mormon in America, who holds a dream in his heart to play jazz trumpet. His first book, Journey, was the recipient of a Foreword Clarion Five Star Review). Reservations required by Tuesday April 8, for this limited seating special event. Books can be purchased at the event and memorabilia, including some items that belonged to Marilyn Monroe, will be on display. Lunch can be purchased from The Table in the Springboard Shoppes and reserved in advance at time of reservation. Call (862) 354-1675 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, to reserve your spot.
- On April 11 at 1pm Newton will be celebrating its own 150th birthday downtown on Spring Street and at the Pop-Up Store with a cake, libations and a great time! Eric Groves, CEO and Co-Founder of Alignable, a company that is a key sponsor of the NJ350 Pop-Up Store, will be present at the event. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Spring Street Arts Center will also be hosting a Wine and Cheese Reception – meet the artists, buy great works of art and sign up for classes.
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