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General Store Holiday Pop-Up Shop Announces Store Hours and Opening Weekend Events

The General Store Holiday Pop-Up Shop opens at 14 South Orange Ave. on Friday, November 23rd at 10:00 a.m. The co-retail space, sponsored by Hearth Realty Group and HomeShore America Bookkeeping and featuring experiences and goods from more than 70 local stores, artists and makers, will host a series of events throughout the holiday season. In addition, the Sip in SOMA podcast will be broadcasting from the space. A full list of store hours from November 23 – December 24 can be found at

The event schedule for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and the rest of the opening weekend is as follows:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (Black Friday):

*Shopping Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.:

Mini Photo Sessions with Photo Booth Studios 

While your family is in town, pop by for a 10-minute photo shoot with Photo Booth Studio’s Carl Ellis.  The $25 fee includes one digital photo and minor retouching. Pre-registration recommended. Walk-ins welcome, pending availability.

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hand Lettering Event with Mrs. Meshugga
Mrs. Meshugga will be on site hand lettering key chains and ornaments for personalized and customized gifts.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tree of Life Jewelry-Making Workshop with Nitjuan Designs

Learn techniques to create a Tree of Life charm using gemstones, seed beads and wire. $35 fee includes all materials and tools. Please register in advance; class size limited to 10. Walk-ins welcome, pending availability.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24 (Small Business Saturday):

*Shopping Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Small Business Bingo

Pick up your BINGO card at the Holiday Shop, then visit participating stores in South Orange and Maplewood for a chance to win the grand prize, worth approximately $500! Call “BINGO!” by returning your card to the General Store Holiday Pop-Up Shop by Saturday, December 1.. Winners will be drawn on Sunday, December 2. No purchase necessary to play. Small Business BINGO is sponsored by 7 Layer Studio, Sadie’s and Work and Play.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting & JESPY House Choir

Join Village President Sheena Collum and the General Store Holiday Pop-Up Shop team for a grand opening ribbon cutting followed by a performance from the JESPY House Choir!

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Ice Cream Tasting with Kreme & Krumbs

Kreme & Krumbs brings their seasonal ice cream to the shop for all to try! All of the bakery’s cakes and ice creams are made with quality ingredients and sourced from Jersey’s best growers and producers.

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Live Music and Cider from Mark Murphy’s Music and Vacations by Heather

Stay and shop or settle into the Maplewood Mercantile seating area while sipping hot cider from Vacations by Heather and listening to live jazz provided by Mark Murphy’s Music.


*Shopping Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Ben Salmon Art Launch Party

Ben Salmon has taken the voice of his original fiber art on canvas and translated it to wearable unique collection of original hand-felted statement pieces, from necklaces to cuffs. Celebrate the launch of this new line, exclusively at the Holiday Pop-Up Shop!

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Best in Class Brain Zone

Every Sunday, kids can join Best in Class Education Center for brain teasers, puzzles and games! Best for advanced pre-k to 5th grade. Free.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ice Cream Tasting with Kreme & Krumbs

Kreme & Krumbs returns with more ice cream tastings!

A full list of store hours and events can be found at

About the General Store Holiday Pop-Up Shop
The South Orange Holiday Pop-Up Shop returns this year under new management, in a new location and with extended hours. From Black Friday to Christmas Eve (Nov 23 – Dec 24), SOMa General Store will curate an experiential holiday boutique with items and experiences from more than 70 local stores, artists, makers, artisans and more. The shop moves across the street from its former home to 14 South Orange Ave. and is a one-stop shop for gifts, Christmas Trees and more, all sourced from locally-owned businesses. The General Store Holiday Pop-Up Shop is sponsored by Hearth Realty Group, HomeShore America Accounting, with the technology sponsored by Jaclyn Nayar, Attorney at Law. The shop is truly a cooperative effort with help from a team of local businesses including Alysian, Best in Class Education Center, Kitchen a la Mode, Maplewood Mercantile, Meisha Williams Events, Perch Home, Sadie’s, Sip in SOMA, Style by Hanh and Work and Play.

About General Store Cooperative

General Store Cooperative ( marries the convenience of online shopping with the desire to feel connected to purchases and support the character of our towns. Through General Store, consumers can purchase from local independent stores and makers with the click of a button. General Store also provides a cooperative network for local makers and independent stores to foster collaborations and professional development.

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