What’s Closed, What’s Open, and What’s Different: SOMA Businesses During Coronavirus Threat

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Updated March 21: Visit our list of local restaurants offering takeout and curbside delivery here.

Updated March 20: Gov. Murphy said he will soon order all non-essential businesses to shut down in the state.

Updated March 19: NJ Gov. Phil Murphy is ordering all barber shops, hair salons, nail salons and spas in New Jersey to close until further notice, effective Thursday, March 19, at 8 p.m.

Updated March 18: From South Orange Village Center Alliance: The following businesses are temporarily closed or will be closing this week: Temporarily closed or closing this week: Village Trattoria South Orange, Fox & Falcon, Sakura, New Great Wall, Pirate’s Pizza, BayLeaf, Dancing Blender.

Updated March 17, 2020: The governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have made the unprecedented decision to order all restaurants, bars, movie theaters, gyms and casinos in their states to close as of 8 p.m. Monday and stay closed until further notice, in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. NJ governor Phil Murphy made the announcement after the three leaders had a conference call on Monday morning, according to NJ.com. Supermarkets and pharmacies will be allowed to remain open, and restaurants and bars will be permitted to offer takeout and delivery, the report said.

Updated March 15, 2020: As South Orange-Maplewood residents work more and more from home, the kids are home from school, and everyone needs to be fed, we present a list of how local businesses are responding to the coronavirus threat. Note: Many restaurants, coffee shops and eateries are moving to take out or delivery only. Call ahead. From Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee: “Social distancing means NO visitors, playdates, or hangouts and remaining out of public spaces (restaurants, gyms, shopping centers) where close contact with others may occur and avoiding public transportation. Maintain 6 feet from others to avoid potential respiratory droplet spread to others at all times.”

Many local businesses are staying open, at least for now, and taking all necessary precautions to keep staff and customers safe and healthy.

See this article for a list of arts and cultural institutions that are closed. or that have event cancellations.

Also, Maplewood and South Orange have both declared states of emergency, which means some municipal buildings are closed.

Editor’s note: this list will change. Check frequently for the most recent information, and check businesses’ websites and Facebook pages.

The Able Baker, March 15, 2020.

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Businesses that are currently/will soon be closed:

The Able Baker will be closing at noon on Tuesday, March 17, and will remain closed through Sunday, March 29, according to owner Julie Pauly. “Our plans are to reopen on Monday the 30th.”

Artistry Salon by Ampy in South Orange, NJ, and owner Ampy Moreno, announce that they are closing temporarily: “We have made a very hard but wise decision at this time to close immediately. Our Artistry Team, Clients, Families, and Communities health is our main concern. We are hoping to open on Tuesday 3/31 but will reassess at that time. We hope everyone stays healthy! As soon as this is all over we will be Here to cover those ROOTS and bring your HAIR back to LIFE. See you all soon!”

Anthony Garubo is closed. In an email they state, “[w]e feel a strong sense of responsibility to this community who we have loved and cared for, for over 46 years to temporarily close our doors. To remain open is to put you and our staff family at risk. A risk that we are not comfortable taking….We plan and hope to reopen in 2 weeks on Thursday April 2nd (fingers crossed).”

Express Yourself Studios‘ Workshops are cancelled now through March 31. “For families with kids home, to keep the creative juices flowing in between remote/online learning. Express Yourself Studios will post online some simple projects that you can do at home even if you have nothing more than crayons, a simple watercolor palette and computer paper. You will find these under “Ms. Simone’s Creative Corner” link to the page here.

Hopscotch — ‘With our shop in the Village temporarily closed this is where we are at now. Hopscotch has a great selection of baby and children’s apparel and gifts and trying each day to add more to our website www.hopscotchathome.com . Please feel free to phone 973 327-3227 or email hopscotchsales@gmail.com and I can send photos of the many styles in the sizes you need. If you are ordering online and are in the MAPSO area hit the Free Delivery option at checkout. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram @hopscotchathome. ”

MEUS — 98 Baker Street in Maplewood Village. March 19: They are currently doing online sales at www.meusshop.com. They are also doing next-day local deliveries ($25 minimum) to Maplewood and South Orange. Any order placed online before 2pm, will be delivered the next day porch side. In addition, they have two local pick up times. Wednesday 2pm-3pm and Saturday 11am-12pm. They are also doing continued online sales for those out of state. You can find them online at @meusshop on instagram, for continued updates!

Maker + Muse has decided to temporarily close. “[W]e’ve just launched our Online Store with a curated collection of items from the shop at: www.maker-muse.com/the-store — keep checking back as we’ll be adding new items as quickly as we can.”

Maplewood Theater is closed until further notice.

Milk Money is closed until further notice.

Palmer’s is closed temporarily as of Tuesday, March 17 according to a Facebook post: “This was a tough decision, but we know it’s for the best, and will hopefully play a small part in helping to #FlattenTheCurve within our community. We’ll take it day by day, and will update you as things change. Before we close our doors, we’d like to ask for your help. If you know any folks in need, tomorrow, we’ll be giving away all that we can from our store between 10am – 12pm. Pastries, quiche, dessert, drinks, dairy, etc. We take comfort in knowing that we can fill some bellies before we close our doors.”

Perch Home: “We have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the store down and move to online/delivery only. It is with the safety and security of our beloved community in mind to make this painful decision. We will still be here and running our online store as well as Facebook and Instagram to keep people updated and in the loop. If you don’t mind updating the article that you so graciously mentioned us in. We do not want to be sending mixed messages at this time. ”

The South Mountain YMCA announced March 13th, it will be closed for the next two weeks, and will assess on an ongoing basis.

The folks at Sew Leana are shutting down operations from March 16-28th  states an email. And if you are interested in doing a little distance learning for fun, Leana says, “I will send fun projects and video tutorials for those wanting to continue learning to sew at home!” Reach out through the website.

Village Trattoria — “In the interest of public health, it is with a heavy heart and a commitment to do what is best for our amazing communities and our incredible staff, that we announce both The Village Trattoria of Maplewood and South Orange will be closed for the following 2 weeks, effective immediately (March 17). Be safe, stay strong. Thank you.”

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Businesses that are currently open or operating with some adjustments:

Arturo’s Osteria &Pizzeria: “We think the best way for us to be available to you, while still trying to do the right thing for each other, is to only offer takeout and temporarily close our dining room. We’ll be open all day, no closing between lunch and dinner, and we’ll gladly accommodate a takeout order over the phone, as normal. It may be a bumpy ride for the first couple of days as we gather our bearings so apologies in advance if your order is a little late.”

@thebreadstand will make the switch over on Monday, March 16 (to take out only). “There, we’ll bake extra bread and croissants all week.”

Ashley’s Marketplace & Cafe is open. As of Friday morning (3/13), a store representative said the store was out of paper towels, toilet paper, tissues and all cleaning products. However, they are well stocked with both fresh food and pantry items. The store is not currently doing delivery; however, that might change depending on resources.

BCB Bank is open and ready to help people impacted by coronavirus. In an email, they said, “At BCB Bank, we remain committed to our customers and the local communities. Accordingly, we want to assist our customers and provide relief from hardships, including potential difficulties with loan payments or with any CD or deposit needs. If you’re impacted by the coronavirus, please feel free to contact us at 201-823-0700 for assistance.”

Bistro D’Azur Please visit our website for carry-out menus and information on bringing Bistro d’Azur to you.”

Brave Floral is offering a “This s%*t is scary” promotion, which waives delivery fees for all orders $55 or more.

The Cassidy has started a special take-out menu. Check their Facebook page for updates.

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David Burke Orange Lawn — “During these stressful and uncertain times, we are here to provide comfort through our cooking for you to enjoy in the security of your home. David Burke Orange Lawn is now offering take out, available for dinner on Tuesday-Saturday from 3-7 pm. Please call 973-552-2280 with your orders. You will be given a pick up time and will be asked to provide payment information at the time of ordering. Menu offerings and additional pickup information can be found on our website: dborangelawn.com.”

D&I Fitness: “To our D&I Family…Our gym will be closed starting on Monday, March 16th. This has been a very difficult decision to make, but we continue to put your health and safety first. Staying fit and engaging in stress reducing activities are more important now than ever so we have created a few options for you. Personal training is available by appointment only, indoors and outdoors. In addition, we will be holding outdoor bootcamps (weather permitting). Space is limited, so please make sure you sign up in advance. In addition, we are working diligently to provide you with online and live streaming classes. We hope to have all of the information to you by tomorrow evening so please watch for updates. Thank you all for your continued support.”

The Maplewood Edward Jones office is offering extended hours and online meetings. According to Gary Jones: “Many of us are…concerned about the impact this is having on financial markets and their investments. To help address your concerns and have an opportunity to ask questions I am extending my office hours. I will be available for meeting at my office, via Phone, WebEx or Facetime during office hours and into the evening by appointment. Visit my web page to set an appointment or access more resources and information.”

Fox & the Falcon “will only offer takeout + delivery moving forward. In addition to our food menu we will be offering bottles of wine + beer. For takeout & delivery find us on Grub Hub and Uber Eats OR call us at (973) 419-6773 to place an order for pick up.”

ElleWorx Massage and Body is asking clients to please schedule all appointments by phone, text, or email and wait for confirmation. “We will try to schedule you as close to the time you requested as possible.” Please call her cell or find her on email.

The GenWealth Group is fully staffed and will remain open for business.  “If the NYSE is open, we too are open, and must remain diligent in managing client portfolios.”

Greens Indoor Golf has stepped up cleaning and disinfecting. “We continue to will remain open for golf bookings without interruption: 5:30am to midnight,  365 days per year including holidays.”

Jackie & Son is doing take out only and closing its dining room to prevent the spread of coronavirus. All payment is cashless, too, so you don’t need to touch money.

The JCC MetroWest  is suspending its youth programs, Kid Care, and Special Needs Services for two weeks starting March 16. However, the Fitness Center will remain open in a reduced capacity.

Kimaya Kama in Maplewood Village is open. They tell Village Green, “[w]e are disinfecting our counter tops, all door knobs as well as our POS system at checkout throughout the day. We have set-up an area on our counter with antibacterial wipes, antibacterial gel and cough lozenges. Our clothes will be steamed after people try them on. People can call in to order gift cards or purchase items that they have seen on Facebook or Instagram which we can deliver locally. We also have new range of all-natural antibacterial products (hand sanitizers, etc.) being introduced at Kimaya Kama next week.

Liv Breads — “We know not everyone is feeling comfortable entering public spaces, and we are now accepting orders for curbside pickup and will bring your items to your car. Give us a ring at 973.218.6922 and place your order. We are temporarily CASHLESS.”

Lorena’s dining room is closed, but you can still eat their delicious food. Lorena’s owners say in an email, “[w]e will be offering a travel friendly “TAKE OUT MENU” which will be available from 11:30am to 7:00pm Tuesday through Sunday. We will start accepting orders via telephone Tuesday, March 17th so please have your credit card ready as all orders will need to be paid for when order is placed.”


Maplewood Wine and Liquors says, “We are open during normal business hours and we are doing our best to keep our customers and staff safe. We are taking all necessary precautions to keep our store safe and sanitary for all our valuable customers.”

Mona Lisa Framing is currently open, Tuesday–Saturday 11am to 4pm.  In an email they say, “[w]e will continue to operate unless it becomes necessary to temporarily suspend business. If this becomes the case, we will certainly post a notification. You can also make an appointment by calling 973-762-2777 if you prefer total privacy. We will hold your completed projects here until you feel comfortable picking them up. We are also happy to bring your wrapped project to your car.”

N&K Prime Market told Village Green they are delivering. “N&K Prime is offering free delivery to Maplewood and surrounding areas given the current state, and happy to include freezer wrap upon request. We are hoping to make things a little bit easier on the community during this time of uncertainty.”

Orange Lawn Tennis Club facilities remain open.  The restaurant, indoor tennis facility, locker rooms and paddle facilities are available to enjoy.  Additionally, maintenance staff is working hard to prepare the outdoor courts, as weather permits. Staff have detailed cleaning protocols and have installed new “automatic” hand sanitizers have been installed throughout our club, including the restaurant, locker rooms, paddle hut and tennis courts.  Hand sanitizers are located on each indoor tennis court.

Pet Wants SOMA is offering free delivery services, curbside pickup and shipping for community members who have left the area. Additionally, Additionally, co-owners Jack Denelsbeck and Jonathan Javins “are working hard to make sure that the store is extra clean and sanitized for those who choose to come to the store rather than order online. The urban feed store is open Mondays – Fridays 10am –
7pm, Saturdays 9am – 6pm and Sundays 11am – 5pm.”

Pickett’s Village Bar — Open for takeout 1-8PM. Ready to take your order at 11AM. Don’t forget wine or beer with dinner!

Julie Perlow-Greene of Retail Therapy says, “Retail Therapy is open its regular hours with no changes.  So that would be Monday-Friday 12-5 and Saturday 10-6.  I always post if I have to close and I do that on my FB page and Insta for Retail Therapy Maplewood.”

Ridgewood Row in Maplewood — West Village Clothing (410 Ridgewood Row) will be shutting down this week (3/16). “We will reassess the situation next week. West Village plans to post items for sale online and, as always, offer gift certificates. Local delivery will be available.” Cedar Ridge Cafe is staying open. Milk Money is open March 14 and then closing until further notice. Stage One Hair Salon is closed next week; they will reassess after that. Framing Mill is open regular hours.

Sonny’s Bagels in South Orange on March 19: “We are adjusting our hours and will now be open from 6 am to 2pm each day. We continue to update our website to reflect new offerings/packages. Recent additions include pizza bagels, babka, cookies and boxes of coffee.  More to come! We offer touch-less delivery of bagels, spreads and fish to your home with our own driver.   Of course if you want to get out of the house we can serve you in store or with curbside pick up. Please use this link to schedule and pay- sonnysbagels.com/store/catering. If you don’t see what you would like call the store at (973)763-9634. Please use Uber Eats or Grubhub for sandwich delivery.”

South Orange-Maplewood Adult School has online classes available.

Urbana Greens of South Orange has a great option for anyone who hasn’t been able to find the greens they want for their families—home delivery! Says founder Zachary Buck, “I am doing home deliveries in Essex and Hudson County (Manhattan to a lesser extent) for my products.” See the photos of Urbana’s greens here.

Valley Veterinary Hospital is open and “closely monitoring the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and making the necessary adjustments to our daily work and operations. We realize that changes may be necessary on a day-to-day basis. Please call ahead of time as our office hours may change.” They ask you call from your car so they can bring you directly into an exam room for social distancing purposes. And they want to make sure you know there is no evidence dogs or cats can be infected or spread the coronavirus.

Verjus — “‘Irish Night – French Style’ on 3/20, has moved to take-out only. Call us at 973-378-8990 t0 order. Visit us on Facebook or instagram.”

[words] Bookstore says, ‘[w]e are pleased to offer free delivery (on a trial basis) Monday through Friday within a two mile radius of [words]. We will be dropping books off on customers’ front steps. Orders can be placed online using a credit card. Please select the “local delivery” option. We will still be offering our regular shipping services to anyone outside of the two mile radius.”We will be posting menus on our website, Facebook page and on Instagram.”

See our more recent list of restaurants offering takeout, home delivery and curbside delivery here. 


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