What Should Go Here: School of Rock

Empty storefront offers individual rooms.

The Long Valley branch of the closed its doors last year and took some of its capabilities across the street to .

Now, there's an empty storefront sitting next to the , offering a great location and unique space.

The interior of the vacant space includes a handful of individual spaces that could be used as offices or, as was done at the School, .

So, Long Valley, tell us what you think should go there.

Some kind of food establishment? Maybe something retail-oriented, or possibly another service-based business. 

Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below, and as always, thanks for your participation. 

cv May 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM
A nice Italian bakery.
Denobin May 16, 2012 at 01:23 PM
A real Italian deli
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 02:16 PM
So, CV and Denobin - You obviously want some kind of Italian food there, rather than a service or retail establishment. Why is that?
stacie bohr May 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I agree with CV. There are no good bakeries in LV. Something I sorely miss having grown up in Bergen County.
PD73 May 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
AGREE - An Italian market.
cv May 16, 2012 at 02:35 PM
A top Tomato Superstore would do both. They have them in south Jersey and Staten Island.
cv May 16, 2012 at 02:39 PM
In Ny we call them pork stores or salumerias. They have cold cuts, fresh bread, meats , bakery items and produce. It was always one stop shopping and a much better quality than a supermarket. Also a lot chapter than the supermarket. When I visit my mother I do my food shopping.
cv May 16, 2012 at 02:41 PM
OOPs I meant cheaper. hah ha
stacie bohr May 16, 2012 at 02:47 PM
We had a Swiss Pork Store in Fair Lawn growing up that was amazing!!!
Nicole Faulkner May 16, 2012 at 03:18 PM
YAY! That would be great!
Just Sayin' May 16, 2012 at 05:36 PM
CV Likely the store you shop at in NY has the population, thus turnover, to support it. Long Valley does not have the demographics to support a good italian market, at least not a very profitable one. Sadly, a Subway would do better....
stacie bohr May 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM
With all due respect, Leta...I tend to disagree. There is a Subway on 46 and Naughright....do we really need anothe one? There are very few specialty stores around. It is actually something I've had many discussion about with my friends. Lots of LV folks go to the Chester Meat Market, they patronize the local farms...why would a specialty store such as that be any different and not patronized? I am Irish/German but there was an amazing Italian shop near our home in NY that I frequented at least weekly. It wasn't just sausage and eggplant parm, it was amazing cuts of meat, sauce, great bakery products, prepared meals if you were in a rush, etc. I would love to see something like that come into our town.
cv May 16, 2012 at 06:06 PM
@Stacie we had a place called Demontes on richmond ave in Staten Island OMG his prepared foods were so good. On lazy nights all you did was heat and eat. They were just as reasonably priced as food you could make yourself. Every fireman and all the cops went there for lunch. When I go visit my mother I stop there and stock up. I almost forgot Pastosa, he has fresh ravioli and manicotti.
cv May 16, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I understand what you mean Leta , I sometimes just can't believe people would be happy eating at all these processed food plants like Applebees , Chilis and Subway. The supermarkets here are such a rip off and their meats are substandard. The chester meat market is good but he is sometimes overpriced.
stacie bohr May 16, 2012 at 06:16 PM
You're making my mouth water, CV!!!! Our's was Five Brothers (what an original name for an Italian butcher) on Long Island. They had the best eggplant rollatini, ravioli, the BEST crab cakes in the world and their chicken and beef shishkababs.....to die for. They were the nicest people....my kds still remember getting a good old fashioned Italian cookie every single time we went in. I so miss shops like that! Oh....their Vodka sauce was AWESOME!!! I stock up every time we're on the island (which isn't often enough)!!
cv May 16, 2012 at 06:26 PM
@Stacie the service in the stores in NY is outstanding. If you don't see what you want the guys make it while you wait. When I go see my mother I call ahead and have everything ready for me when I get there. I get asked why I don't buy this food in NJ and they don't believe me when I tell them its not here.
stacie bohr May 16, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Totally agree!!! To be honest, cv...when people chastise NY and even the counties in NJ closer to the city...it makes me cringe!! We may sound a little different but they have no clue. And I'm proud as hell of where I came from, where I've lived...all of it! I can tell you are as well!
cv May 16, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I took a friend from NJ shopping in NY. She could not believe how friendly the people were in the store and on the streets. It was hard for her to believe NYC was a friendly place after all she heard. I honestly believe if some one opened up a Pork type store here that all the people here would love it. I think the mountainview area near the police station would be a great location for it.
stacie bohr May 16, 2012 at 08:01 PM
My kids LOOOOVE the city. They even know where we are when going around and it cracks me up. What's with the Moutainview? I've heard different things. It's sad to see it sit idle. And that would be a great location as it's kind of central for LV.


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