Collingswood, New Jersey

Bakers needed for Aug 2 Peach Pie Contest!

Can YOU win the blue ribbon?! Grease your baking dishes for Jersey fresh peaches

The annual Collingswood Farmers' Market PEACH PIE CONTEST is August 2! We need pie bakers. Win gift certs and bragging rights. Dust off the pie pans and show off those skills, fans! Nothing says Americana like a good old fashioned pie contest. Join in!

::Bakers MUST pre-register. http://www.collingswoodmarket.com/events/just-peachy/:: 

Collingswood, well known for its restaurants, will also host a Just Peachy restaurant week on August 5, 6 & 7.

The Collingswood Farmers’ Market is in its second decade providing produce and more to the Delaware Valley region and was named the best small market in America in an American Farmland Trust poll. The Market is weekly along Atlantic Ave (under the PATCO Speedline) between Irvin and Collings Avenues from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. www.collingswoodmarket.com

Local restaurants spotlight peaches in August

Collingswood hosts 'Just Peachy' month with restaurant days, pie contest 

“We really lived up to our reputation as the Garden State with this one,” said Chef Mark Smith of The Tortilla Press in Collingswood and Tortilla Press Cantina in Merchantville. Chef Jim Malaby of Mullica Hill’s blueplate, agrees, “I have guests calling me as early as June for this dinner.”

Both chefs are referring to Just Peachy, their August tribute to Jersey peaches, now so popular that a half a dozen other restaurants have signed on to join the peach madness that August brings. 

With over 90 peach orchards spread throughout the state, New Jersey produces almost 66 million peaches for export, making it the 4th largest producer of peaches in the nation.  “Not bad for such a small state,” explains Malaby. “Which is why we’re celebrating the incredible diversity of this beautiful fruit, showcasing it in every possible way, from the usual desserts, right through to soups, salads and entrees.”

This year restaurants will kick off NJ Peach month with a cooking demo and recipes at Collingswood’s Farmers Market, where a peach pie contest will be taking place on the same day.  Local restaurants will feature tasty peach desserts, like the Peach Bellini Tiramisu at That’s  Amore in Collingswood and the Pop Shop’s peach pancakes.

Other restaurants like blueplate, Braddocks Tavern and The Tortilla Press are featuring full menus spotlighting peaches in every course. Keg and Kitchen in Westmont will offer both a full menu and a special Jersey Peach martini featuring farmers peach cider, St elder, stoli peach vodka.  And BYO restaurants are getting into the spirit.   “We’re also doing peach sangria tasting” says Chef Smith whose restaurant features Sharrott Winery’s Just Peachy Sangria.

The Collingswood Farmers’ Market will also host a Peach Pie contest on August 2 to kick off the month celebrating peaches. Bakers are needed – details here. http://www.collingswoodmarket.com/events/just-peachy/

“Everything’s coming up peaches,” said Malaby “And local restaurants couldn’t be happier.”

Participating restaurants:

Keg & Kitchen - Westmont

The Tortilla Press - Collingswood

Tortilla Press Cantina - Merchantville

Braddocks Tavern – Medford

The Pop Shop - Collingswood

That’s Amore - Collingswood

Sapori - Collingswood

L’Oceano - Collingswood

Indiya - Collingswood

Bistro di Marino - Collingswood

Otts Tavern - Medford

Blueplate - Mullica Hill

Nunzio Ristorante - Collingswood

South Jersey Magazine names Collingswood's BEST

South Jersey Magazine names Collingswood’s BEST

Collingswood businesses and events were named tops in South Jersey Magazine’s Best of the Best 2014! South Jersey Magazine editors “…combed through every town in the tri-county region in search of standout stars and hidden gems that help make our area so exciting.” Read on to see what to eat, shop and enjoy in Collingswood!

DINING EXPERIENCE
Pop-Up Gala, Collingswood

It doesn’t get much more romantic than getting whisked away to a secret location for an elegant, candlelight dinner; now add live music and dancing and imagine doing it with dozens of other diners, all dressed in white. Styled after similar dinner en blanc events in major cities, in which guests don’t know the location until just before dinnertime, it’s South Jersey’s own Midnight in Paris.
Collingswood, (856) 854-0720(856) 854-0720, Collingswood.com/Gala

FRENCH FRIES
The Pop Shop
We can’t resist a place with a dedicated section on the menu just for French fries. You’ll find the traditional homemade cut and favorites like Old Bay, but we steer toward their more inventive creations—think Disco Fries with mozzarella cheese and gravy or a spicy version served with jalapeño peppers and onions.
Collingswood, (856) 869-0111(856) 869-0111, ThePopShopUSA.com

GLUTEN-FREE BAKED GOODS
Sweet Freedom Bakery
Finding a snack with dietary restrictions can be tough, but not at Sweet Freedom. Along with a full line of freshly baked vegan and gluten-free cookies, cupcakes, breads, brownies and more, you’ll find specialty treats designed around specific food allergies.
Collingswood, (856) 869-7322(856) 869-7322, SweetFreedomBakery.com

BYOB
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
Nunzio’s was one of the first to usher in Collingswood’s now thriving fine dining scene, and while others have come and gone, it has only gotten better with age. Chef Nunzio Patruno flexes his culinary muscle with a mouth-watering menu that incorporates Italian specialties with French techniques and the results are the perfect pairing for that bottle of vino you’ve been saving for a special occasion.
Collingswood, (856) 858-9840(856) 858-9840, Nunzios.net

KITCHEN WARES
The American Table
Look no further for unique housewarming gifts or extra-special additions to your own kitchen. These shelves are stocked with an assortment of artisan jams, salsas and jellies, along with totally original barware, serving tools and glassware. There’s even creative cookbooks, so you can find all new ways to use your tools of the trade.
Collingswood, (856) 240-1224(856) 240-1224, TheAmericanTable.net

PET GROOMER
Scissors and Suds
You don’t trust just anyone to groom Fido’s curly coat, and neither do we. That’s why we take our pets here, where friendly, caring professionals are as committed as we are to making our pets look their best. Offering services like nail clipping, teeth cleaning, fluff drying and more, Fido never had it so good.
Collingswood, (856) 858-6262(856) 858-6262, ScissorsNSuds.com

READERS’ CHOICE
BYOB
Zeppoli
Collingswood

HIBACHI
Akira (now Osaka in Collingswood)
Collingswood, Moorestown, Voorhees

July 23 Knight Park concert RESCHEDULED for July 30

The July 23 performance of Tom Patton's Haddonfield Pick-Up Band has been rescheduled for July 30. For more information see the performance page here: http://www.collingswood.com/recreation/outdoor-events

Movie in the Park CANCELLED for July 15

Due to the threat of heavy rains, the Movie in the Park is cancelled for Tuesday, July 15. 

For more information, http://www.collingswood.com/recreation/outdoor-events 

Mosquito Commission spraying Thursday, July 10

From the Camden County Department of Shared Services:

Please be advised, the Mosquito Commission will be spraying in your community TONIGHT, Tuesday, July 10th, from 7-11pm, weather permitting, in the following locations: 

Audubon

Cherry Hill

Collingswood

Magill Avenue
Grant Avenue
Richey Avenue
White Horse Pike
Cattell Avenue
Harvard Avenue
Autumn Avenue
Maple Avenue
Haddon Avenue
Woodlawn Terrace
Lincoln Avenue
Pacific Avenue
Narberth Terrace
E Wayne Terrace
W Linden Avenue
Bryant Avenue
E Cuthbert Blvd
N Atlantic Avenue
Lakeview Drive
Park Avenue
Stokes Avenue
Linwood Avenue
Dayton Avenue
S Atlantic Avenue

Haddon Twp (West Collingswood Heights)

Oaklyn

Should you have any questions, you may contact the Mosquito Commission directly at 856-566-2945856-566-2945.  On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, we thank you for your continued cooperation to ensure the summer of 2014 is safe for the residents of this great County!

More information at: http://www.camdencounty.com/government/offices-departments/mosquito-comm...

 

Bike Parade cancelled due to rain

Due to inclement weather, the 4th of July Bike Parade will be cancelled. 

Independence Day fireworks on Friday, July 4 will go on as scheduled. For more information see the Fun on the 4th page here.

4th of July trash schedule

Holiday trash schedule: Due to the Independence Day holiday, Friday trash pickup will happen on Saturday. Regular trash schedule will resume Monday, July 7. For more information see the Fun on the 4th page here or the Public Works page here.

Collingswood earns 13 "Best Of" titles in SJ Magazine!

Collingswood brings home 13 “Best Of” nominations in SJ Magazine! Shopping, dining and service retailers are, “…extraordinary spots you may not know about – or those familiar places you love as much as we do.”

The Borough even won special recognition as “Best Support of Local Talent” for showcasing local artists in shops and at events. Congrats to all! See the full list here!

Best Support of Local Talent
Collingswood Township (sic)
collingswood.com
Stop in one of the hip stores on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, and there’s a good chance you’ll see a sign that says: “Locally Produced.” Several stores sell products produced by Collingswood crafts people, photographers, chefs and artists. So when you make a purchase, you know you’re  supporting a neighbor.

Best Toy Store
Duck Duck Goose

702 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood
856-869-5453
duckduckgooseplayroom.com
Look for unique toys made with sustainable products at this friendly shop. There’s a large playroom in the back, and you can drop off things like old crayons and bubble wrap to be re-used in craft projects.

Best Baby Boutique for Parents Who Want to Save the World
The Nesting House

710 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood
856-869-3048
thenestinghouse.net
Any parent knows that kids outgrow stuff – and fast. That quickly leads to loads of clothing, books, toys and gear that outlives its use. Rather than tossing things out (and cluttering up landfills), eco-friendly parents can trade them in at The Nesting House. Not only will they get cash (or a store credit), they’ll be helping the environment by passing it along to others who can use it. Call it responsible retail for the next generation.

Best Place to Stop and Smell the Flowers
Michael Bruce Florist

823 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood
856-854-6322
michaelbruceflorist.com
Nobody does flowers like Michael Bruce. The eccentric and lively artist really listens to what clients want and then creates something beautiful with the most unique flowers, plants, vases, feathers, gems, ribbons – you name it. Nothing is ordinary here.


Best Sandwich
Tortilla Press

703 Haddon Ave
Collingswood
856-795-4333
thetortillapress.com
This chipolte peanut BBQ pork sandwich is so good, we put it on our cover! Mounds of pulled pork topped with homemade peanut sauce (we actually think the peanut sauce makes this sandwich such a stand-out) tucked within a fresh roll. You’ve never had a better sandwich.

Best hamburger. No wait…best brownie. No wait…best donut.
DiBartolo Bakery

667 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood
856-869-3565
dibartolobakery.com
We know you go to DiBartolo’s for their scrumptious cakes and cupcakes, but take a look in their bakery displays, and you’ll see something truly amazing. Made to look like a hamburger, one of their sweet treats is actually a donut split in half with a brownie sitting in between. Some icing adds a touch of faux garnish for a funny surprise that tastes super good.

Best Cupcake
My Little Kupkake

685 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood
856-240-1097
mylittlekupkake.com
It’s the flavors. That’s what makes the cupcakes here so awesome. Choose from rows of unique combinations of cupcake yummy-ness, like Fruity Pebbles, Chocolate Lemon Curd or Cherry Chocolate Candy Bar.


Best Breakfast
The POP SHOP

729 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood
856-869-0111
thepopshopusa.com
We love any place where you can get breakfast all day. And the friendly folks at The Pop Shop know how to do breakfast right – with their humongous yet fluffy pancakes (they call them Bettys), stuffed French toast and awesome omelettes (try the Buffalo Bill – grilled chicken, buffalo sauce and blue cheese). You can also get “starters” like Pop’s Groovey Granola or – get this – pancake fries. They even have green eggs and ham. What a way to wake up!

Best Popcorn
Gourmet Popcorn Creations

802 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood
856-858-0711
mygourmetpopcorn.com
With more than 40 (!!!) varieties of popcorn on the menu, there’s something to satisfy every sweet, salty and savory snack craving out there. Flavors range from mild (ranch, barbecue, and bacon) to wild (dill pickle, Maryland crab and chili cheddar) to I’ve-just-gotta try this (black licorice, grape and piña colada).

Best Girls’ Night Out
Canvas Mixers

542 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood
856-873-2614
canvasmixers.com
Skip the same old parties, and have a blast at this group painting session. Not all that artistic? That’s OK. One of the friendly artists in charge will lead you through a step-by-step painting process. At the end of the night, you’ll have a beautiful acrylic painting on a 16-by-20-inch canvas. Private parties are BYOB, so you can gather your girlfriends for a night of high art and good times.


Best Way to Buy Art
Perkins Center for the Arts

30 Irvin Avenue
Collingswood
856-833-0009
perkinscenter.org
Every spring, Perkins Center for the Artspresents “HandCrafted,” a very cool event at their Collingswood studio where you can buy some pretty awesome art from local artists. While you’re browsing the art, sample regional microbrews. We mean, really, can an event be any cooler?

Best Place to Have a Craft-tastic Party
I Made This!

798 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood
856-477-2034
Is your Pinterest arts and crafts board as crowded as ours? If so, this workshop is the place to get started on those art projects you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t know where to begin. Part gift store, part studio, you can gather friends and rent the place for kids’ birthday parties, a girls’ night out, mom-and-daughter time and more. Not a crafty person? Noproblem – owner Kathy “Craftleen” Murphy is there to help.

Best Place to Buy Christmas Decorations in the Summer
Collingswood Variety Store

724 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood
856-858-1633
This may never happen, but just in case. Next time you’re looking for Halloween skeletons and skulls in January or Valentine’s hearts in August, we’ve got the place for you. The variety store in Collingswood has several aisles of holiday decorations – year round. We’re not sure why, but they do. And you just never know.

Mosquito Commission spraying Tuesday, July 1

From the Camden County Department of Shared Services:

Please be advised, the Mosquito Commission will be spraying in your community TONIGHT, Tuesday, July 1st, from 7-11pm, weather permitting, in the following locations: 

Barrington

Clementon

Collingswood
Linwood Avenue
Belmont Avenue
Merrick Avenue
Conard Avenue
Ogden Avenue

Haddonfield

Oaklyn

Pine Hill

Should you have any questions, you may contact the Mosquito Commission directly at 856-566-2945.  On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, we thank you for your continued cooperation to ensure the summer of 2014 is safe for the residents of this great County!

More information at: http://www.camdencounty.com/government/offices-departments/mosquito-comm...

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