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What Business Do You Want in Long Valley?

Everyone has opinions. Patch is the place to share them.

Washington Township isn't exactly known for a major business district, but there are plenty of stores and eateries in town for residents to take in.

For some, having to go outside of the town lines for retail purchases can be a burden, while for others it's exactly why they live here–because of the solitude.

So, Long Valley Patch wants to know what business you think would fit well in Washington Township? Would you like to see a sporting goods store, a new restaurant, or something of that nature?

Or, do you think Washington Township is fine the way it is?

Be sure to vote in our poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

As always, thanks for participating.

Leona Harrington February 10, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Lee, a weekend Green Market is not out of the question.. for now it will re open on Thursday April 5th from 3-7 like our facebook page for the most up to date info.. btw, we were big Shelby shoppers too!
Just Sayin' February 10, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Philadelphia Soft Pretzel Factory!
Carlos Ezeta February 10, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Hey Amanda check out our website www.barefoodscatering.com . We are a new business in town and can fit a mold of coffee shop, we are working in getting tables because of limited availabilty . We also do catering and to go meals. We have a great lunch menu which includes made to order panini's with some great combinations. Did I mention we only use locally grown and sourced ingredients? Our partner vendors include Mini Mac Farms , Sutton Farms, among others. We have a grand opening event tomorrow from 12pm to 3pm. Hope to see you there!
Claire February 10, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Lee, while the Green Market is great, you can always stop at Ort Farm stand any day of the week (most of the year)! They have fresh produce, eggs, honey, pies, cider etc ......
Claire February 10, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Leona, just curious what is meant by right demographic? We are easily accessible to Tewks, Chester, Mendham, all the right towns to draw in for a Trader Joes. I cant image rt 206 chester wouldn't be the right demographic? so why was LV not considered?
Cannonball February 10, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I think we need to look at what we have to offer and play off of that. We have the Columbia trail, great roads for cycling, and hiking everywhere! We need to expand on that with enthusiast based shops and restaurants. Establish a culture and lifestyle that encourages people to come here as a destination for things other than coffee and subs (no slight of course). I love the green market idea as long as it does not clog up downtown in anyway. I have been to the Thursday green market and it is great!
Carlos Ezeta February 10, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Joanne we make delicious soups over at Bare Foods Catering in 16 Schooley's Mountain Rd. Check out our website for more info. www.barefoodscatering.com
Carlos Ezeta February 10, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Lee we make delicious meals to go and are available for various catering events. We are on 16 Schooleys mountain rd. We are open Monday to Friday 11am to 6pm. We are working on weekend hours and also in getting some tables in our store. We will be hosting a Grand Opening tomorrow from 12pm to 3pm, come see us ! Check out our website for more information www.barefoodscatering.com we use local ingredients in all of our offerings which include Mini Mac Farms meat and Sutton Farm cheeses!
Joyce Beck February 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Check out ZS Fitness in the Long Valley Village Mall (the mall with Dunkin Donuts), if you want fitness. They have almost everything you need except the pool. http://zsfitness.com/
Joyce Beck February 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM
The Valley Shepherd Creamery sells fabulous gelato made from sheep's milk. Their hours vary according to the seasons. Currently their home page posts: "Sheep Shoppe regular hours : Thur, Fri, Sat, 10-5, Sun 11-5." In the summer they have picnic tables outside where you can eat. I highly recommend their milk and cheese tour. http://valleyshepherd.com/
Joyce Beck February 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Maria's Cafe is a lovely cozy spot for Wifi, coffee and small meetings. They also serve breakfast and lunch. The panini and soup are very good and better than a sub. Also, Splash has a nice party room upstairs for larger meetings, showers, parties. Both are part of Restaurant Village at Long Valley. http://www.restaurantvillageatlongvalley.com/ The Long Valley BIG networking group used to meet upstairs at Splash, but starting February 14, meetings are at Long Valley Co-Working. http://www.coworkinglv.com/ Another unique space is The Studio at Valley Music Center. http://www.tricma.org/rent_the_studio There are a lot of places in town already for meetings, including the Long Valley Pub and Brewery, Valley Pub and Restaurant, and churches.
Joyce Beck February 11, 2012 at 12:16 AM
If you want coffee in the morning, nothing beats Krauser's for quality, variety and speed. They have about two dozen self-serve dispensers offering a large variety of flavors. They even have hazelnut decaf.
Joyce Beck February 11, 2012 at 12:24 AM
How could I forget? Move: The Anti-Gym is another great fitness spot. http://www.movetheantigym.com/ And for kids and adults Long Valley has Quest Karate. http://www.quest-karate.com/
Lolita Lisankie February 11, 2012 at 02:40 PM
How about a bakery that provides fresh breads, cakes and other baked goods daily. This would be an alternative to Shop-Rite's baked goods (which aren't that great) and be located in the DD plaza for easy access to parking.
PD73 February 11, 2012 at 03:11 PM
No Subway! Such poor quality food! I'm excited about Bare Foods Catering! EXACTLY what we need - great concept! Why 'Catering' in the name? Might throw people off. Should just be Bare Foods Eatery. Good luck to them! Wish they were in the town center.
Eileen Stokes February 11, 2012 at 05:38 PM
When my kids were little, we were always in Shelby's in Washington. Great store. Had everything. Hated to see it close. Lee, many thanks to your family.
Lolita Lisankie February 11, 2012 at 05:44 PM
The sit down coffee shop is a nice idea, and would be lovely in the village area, but two things would be needed: accessible parking and sidewalks for foot traffic.
Eileen Stokes February 11, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Bare Foods IS in the town center. 16 Schooley's Mountain Road is close to the Columbia Trail and next to the former Ed & Mike's now CoWorking at 20 Schooley's Mtn Road. Parking on the road in front, behind the building and along the Columbia Trail (old rail bed) on both sides of Schooley's Mtn Road.
Lolita Lisankie February 11, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Shelby's closed not too long after we moved here, and I was sad about that. I always loved the small family owned five and dime type stores. When RJ Mars left, I nearly weeped.
Lolita Lisankie February 11, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Love the sloppy joe sandwiches at the general store!
RAH February 12, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Just now had a chance to read all of the comments regarding what would be nice to have in Long Valley. One of our biggest problems with our town is the lack of sidewalks. There is no safe way to maneuver through town as there is in Chester and Clinton. Having said that, I agree that we need something similar to a YMCA with an indoor pool. We also need something for our teens and young adults to do. The teen center is great if you enjoy the types of activities that they provide but it is way out there. In my 17 years of living within this community I have seen many businesses come and go. Our demographics and the lack of a true town center with adequate parking, affects the stability of some of the businesses that have tried and failed. A crafts store that caters to all types of crafts, not just for kids, would be great!
Hookerman February 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I will certainly try Bob's Pizza Heidi, but here's a bit of advice.... you might want to put Bob's address on the website, otherwise, how would I know how to get there???
Leona Harrington February 13, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Claire, I'm sorry for delay, I didn't see this post. We have the right customer, just not enough of us. When I spoke to them a few years ago they were actually going to put a store in Rockaway over by the Costco, but it never happened. It's all about car counts with the larger stores.
Joyce Beck February 13, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Maria's Cafe in Restaurant Village at Long Valley is exactly what you're looking for. This cafe is owned by the same person who owns Maria's in Chester. Maria's is only a bakery, while Maria's Cafe serves Maria's baked goods plus breakfast and lunch. Talk to her about what kind of breads, etc you're looking for.
Joyce Beck February 13, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I forgot to mention about parking. If the parking lot for Maira's Cafe is full, park at Splash or the BrewPub. It's all part of Restaurant Village.
Joseph Keyes February 13, 2012 at 05:50 PM
We love Maria's. The sandwiches are great as are the breads.
Jon February 24, 2012 at 07:07 PM
An update: Turns out the (delicious!) breads weren't selling well enough in LV, so you need to either drive to their Chester location to get the bread, or else call ahead to have your bread brought to the LV location. They also have yummy soups which nobody mentioned here. And I think they close at 3 PM weekdays. And they don't have soy milk for lattes, but you can bring your own and they will use it.
Joanne March 05, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Is BareFoods Catering already out of business? thought I saw a for rent sign up! If so, that was really quick!
Hookerman March 06, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I hope BareFoods Catering succeeds… I really do! But it’s apples & oranges comparing it to a place like Subway. I perused their menu for food to go; Pasta Bolognaise ($12.50), lasagna ($13.50), Turkey Meatloaf ($9.50), Beef Stew ($14.50), Garlic Pork Chops ($13.00). It all sounds delicious, but let’s face it… most people are looking for a place where you can get a quick sandwich that takes just minutes to make, and costs around $5.00. If I walked into BareFoods on a whim, would I have a meal to go in my hands within 5 minutes??? What are their hours operation??? That’s my point… as cynical as it may sound; these high concept places sound great on paper, but do they ever really succeed in our town?
Nicole Ort March 06, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Thanks Claire. We can't wait for the farm to open back up (and starting this summer we will have fresh bread and dairy products for our customers convenience)!! We also have lots of fun at LVGM, I view it as a town event where people can come out and walk around on a nice summer day, sipping coffee and having a cupcake from the market and socialize with familiar faces and pick up fresh produce for dinner.

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