Located in the heart of South Orange, the Avenue is pivoted around live music, good cheer, shops, and nature. This spirited town brings forth a positive environment, especially during turbulent times and uncertainty. Introducing “Summer Saturdays”- residents can enjoy free live music while outdoor shopping or outdoor dining in downtown South Orange (1). Additionally, on Saturdays, South Orange residents can find “summer sidewalk sales” from many retail stores such as Kitchen A La Mode, Sparkehouse, and Sadie’s (2).
The Village at South Orange slowly reopens along with the rest of NJ and residents cannot be happier to get back to the many activities that have been on pause. With COVID-19 cases dropping along the state (1), The Village at South Orange begins to bustle with energy as outdoor dining reopens, retail businesses accept limited customers, personal care businesses take in appointments, and even yoga studios function through virtual sessions! A great beginning to this summer considering all that has occurred during spring!
As the prevailing story of the 2020 pandemic continues, approximating its way to summer days, residents in the township of South Orange continue taking preventive measures to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. Although hard to predict when things will resume without the limitations of COVID-19, the state of New Jersey has reopened several beaches and boardwalks on Memorial Day weekend with limited capacity and restrictions (1). Exciting news since summer brings hope, warm weather, yummy frozen treats and a day to celebrate all fathers!
Spring is the perfect time to begin container gardening
The month of April can mean different things to people. Many individuals dread the month as it is federal income tax time. However, many people enjoy the month as spring is in full effect, allowing them to indulge in outdoor activities like going to the beach, playing baseball, or hiking. Another great activity during the spring is gardening, which has actually increased in popularity over the last few years. The 2018 National Gardening Survey found that 77% of American households are gardening and that spending hit a record $47.8 billion on lawn and garden retail sales. (1) Another growing component of the gardening scene is container gardening, which is when people use pots instead of the ground to grow plants. A number of those living at The Avenue at South Orange, New Jersey, are showing off their green thumbs through their container gardens.