Bayonne boosts Small Business Saturday

Mayor James Davis and city officials presented proclamations to a number of local businesses

Bayonne Mayor James Davis has issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, November 26, to be Small Business Saturday in the City of Bayonne.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our community,” Davis said. “They provide goods, services, and jobs to thousands of our residents.”

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The reminder to shop local comes as the holiday shopping season begins. Small Business Saturday takes place after Black Friday shopping on November 25 in the wake of Thanksgiving.

“Please remember to patronize Bayonne’s stores, restaurants, and other small businesses during and after the holiday season,” Davis said.

Davis, City Council Members, and Jackie Farber, Coordinator of Bayonne’s Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ), traveled around the community this month to present the proclamation for Small Business Saturday to an assortment of businesses in each of Bayonne’s three wards. The businesses included: The Little Boho Bookshop; VJC’s Boutique; Different Strokes for Little Folks; Aaron’s Gold; Off 34th; and Childish Glow.

Davis concluded, “Bayonne has a great variety of small businesses. Many of them suffered significant losses during the height of the COVID pandemic. They would all appreciate your support on Small Business Saturday, November 26, as they continue to recover during these challenging times. Thanks for buying locally in 2022.”

Shop local this November

The Little Boho Bookshop is an independent bookstore at 164A Broadway. Opened in 2017, the store is owned by Sandra Dear.

VJC’s Boutique is a family boutique specializing in apparel and accessories at 196 Broadway. Vicki Tooker and Joy Ramos are the owners.

Pictured left to right: First Ward City Councilman Neil Carroll, Joy Ramos, Vicki Tooker, Mayor James Davis, and City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez.

Gale Folger and Joyce Chmiel, two sisters from Bayonne, opened Different Strokes for Little Folks in 1978, and have been in business for 44 years. They offer domestic and imported children’s wear at 11 West 22nd Street, and they say the best part of their business has been meeting and socializing with their customers.

Pictured left to right: Mayor James Davis, employee Jenna Sweeney, and City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez.

Aaron’s Gold started in 1952 by owner Bernard Golumb as a women’s shop selling sweaters, scarves, and gloves. Later, it changed to all fine gold and silver, along with repairs of jewelry and watches at 520 Broadway.

Pictured left to right are: City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez, Mayor James Davis, owner Bernard Golumb and members of the Golumb family.

Off 34th is a boutique that features sportswear, dressy dresses, and accessories. The store is located near 34th Street at 755 Broadway and is owned Kathleen Hurley.

Pictured left to right: City Council President and Third Ward City Councilman Gary LaPelusa, Mayor James Davis, owner Kathleen Hurley, and City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez.

Childish Glow specializes in skincare essentials, apothecary, esthetics, home essentials, and plants. Owned by Quiona McCollum, the store is located at 1044 Broadway.

Pictured left to right: Mayor James Davis, owner Quiona McCollum, City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez, and City Council President and Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa.

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