Maplewood has been named one of 16 “Favorite Downtowns” in the September issue of New Jersey Monthly. “Commerce thrives in this little village with nary an empty storefront,” according to the article, which features a quote from the Maplewood Village Alliance’s Julie Doran (“The word we hear most is charming.”)
Singled out are the town’s numerous places to dine, including St. James’s Gate, Arturo’s, Lorena’s, Coda Kitchen, Wild Ginger, Bill and Harry’s, Mt. Fuji Sushi and Maplewood Deli.
Tenth Muse is called a “drool-worthy gallery-cum-boutique” and Perch receives a shout-out for its “eclectic mix of home accessories, wall art, women’s clothing, jewelry and gift items.”
Also highlighted are the town’s many events, including Rent Party, Art Walk, Dickens Village and Maplewoodstock.
The article also notes that Maplewood is “working to assure that redevelopment of the old downtown post office doesn’t disrupt the village’s charm.”
According to a press release from the magazine, the choices were based on such factors as ambience, architecture, attractions and amenities such as dining and shopping. Starting Sept. 1, the magazine will launch the first “Downtown Showdown,” a bracket-style elimination competition where readers can vote on NJ Monthly’s website for their favorite downtown.
“The Village Alliance will be working with the Township to get the word out and encourage residents to vote for Maplewood,” said Doran in an email. “Let’s show the state that we not only have the best downtown but that we have most town spirit as well!”
Also on the list were Montclair, Summit, Westfield and more. The issue is available on newsstands beginning Aug. 25.