Diner Round Up – The Westwood Diner

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As you may know if you frequent this website, I love New Jersey diners. I think it is one of the things that makes NJ different and definitely not boring (like the website title says). Having said that, I had my first somewhat negative experience diner experience at the Westwood Diner. Reasonably, this could have been an off day for the diner and I don’t want this review to discourage you from going there.

The Westwood Diner, which is a pretty close to the downtown area, is a diner that is known for their breakfast (it’s considered a “pancake house”). So, while I was there I decided to get breakfast for dinner.

I decided on getting an egg white omelette w/ chicken and mushrooms (that is how it was listed in the menu). I also asked if I could swap out my hashbrowns for sliced tomatoes, which is something I had been doing a lot recently. The omelette was expensive to begin with, $11.50 for eggs etc, so at the very least I was expecting a big portion. This what what I got instead:

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It’s a small omelette with half (or maybe a quarter) of a tomato and toast. It was not very filling at all.

This is what my husband got, and it looked a hell of a lot better than what I got.  You can’t go wrong with pork roll. Disappointing presentation though…

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To add insult to injury, I got charged an extra dollar for my meal. The second 1 in the 11.50 was clearly changed to a 2 with no explanation. I started getting angry that I was charged an extra $1 for half of a tomato, since there was no other reason I could have been upcharged. The omelette was already an egg white omelette…so what the heck went on here.

I did not ask our waitress about because in the end it was only a dollar…and she was in a BAD mood the entire time we were there. The level of customer service that day was pathetic that day, and we were pretty much the only people so it’s not like they were overwhelmed. I’m very low maintenance when it comes to going out to eat, but I left this diner with a bad taste in my mouth for a few reasons.

Again, I’m not trying to dissuade you from  going to this diner, but I can’t give it a good review on principal. I’m also not saying this diner is bad, there have been plenty of diners I’ve loved where people will argue with me on a different opinion. I will look forward to how people react to this review since this is my first negative diner review I’ve done. I’m hoping that it is my last.

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Address: 301 Old Hook Rd, Westwood
Phone: (201) 664-7455

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – No
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – Yes
Salad Bar – No
Homemade Desserts – Yes

2nd Annual “HAM it Up” at Hunterdon Art Museum – May 3, 2015


Official Press Release:

Animals, art and live music take center stage at the Hunterdon Art Museum’s second annual “HAM It Up,” a family-friendly community day celebration on Sunday, May 3 from noon to 4 p.m.

HAM will preview its summer camp programs, and staff and faculty will lead children through a variety of arts-and-crafts projects.

Lower Center Street in downtown Clinton will come alive with animals including service miniature horses, alpacas and a special appearance by Pee Wee the Painting Pig.

Children can participate in walking pig races, where they will lead toy pigs down Lower Center Street. Winners will receive a gift certificate for a free pink HAM sundae, courtesy of Just Chill.

Flavorganics, sponsor of HAM It Up, will bring its organic syrups to enjoy mixed with imported seltzers from Vintage Importers of Bristol, Pa. Basil Bandwagon Natural Market will also help concoct these unique beverages.

Visitors can enjoy the sounds of 1970s-era Country Rock by Citizens Band Radio, performing their original tunes in a rare local appearance on HAM’s terrace. Sharing the stage will be New Jersey-based singer/songwriter Collin J. Rocker.

Om Clinton will lead a yoga demonstration, and Nourish to Heal will present an informative and fun family activity. Edible Jersey Magazine is the event’s media sponsor.

Children will also have the opportunity to:

  • Set up and grow a pizza garden with Margaret Koon from School Lunch Farm, based in Hackettstown.
  • Create “Herb Seed Bombs” — gumball-sized seed balls for your garden — and meet the pygmy goats from Emily Hennelly’s Anythyme Farm in Mendham.
  • Visit the service miniature horses from Hope’s Promise, an organization that provides therapy to a wide range of children and adults with disabilities through equine activities.
  • Check out the alpacas from the Bluebird Alpaca Farm and enjoy a fun activity with wool.

Entry is $10 per person or $20 for a family. Please note that Lower Center Street will be closed the day of the event.


The Museum is at 7 Lower Center St. in Clinton, New Jersey, 08809. Our website is www.hunterdonartmuseum.org and our telephone number is 908-735-8415. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm and suggested admission is $5.


The Hunterdon Art Museum presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design in a 19th century stone mill listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Founded in 1952, the Museum is a landmark regional art center showcasing works by established and emerging contemporary artists. It also offers a dynamic schedule of art classes and workshops for children and adults.

Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Cultural Trust, The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey and corporations, foundations, and individuals.  The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space.  Publications are available in large print.  Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey Relay Service at (TYY) 1 (800) 852-7899.

Lump’N’Loaf Records’ Cinco de Mayo Summer Kickoff Party!


The Heat Is On! Lump’N’Loaf Records Spices It Up with a Cinco De Mayo Summer Kick-Off Party!

Featuring L’NL’ bands A Halo Called FredLittle DipperTrio of Madness and Zigman Bird, this show marks our return to one of our favorite N.J. venues and will showcase the bands performing new songs from their upcoming 2015 releases.Tuesday May 5th, 2015 @ 9pm!

Date: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015; 9pm
Address: The Court Tavern; 124 Church St, New Brunswick, NJ
Cost: $5

For more info visit Lump ‘n’ Loaf Record’s Facebook page.

Press Release:

With thoughts of warmer weather in mind, Lump’N’Loaf Records is excited to announce their Cinco de Mayo Summer Kick-Off Party at New Brunswick, NJ’s revered music venue, The Court Tavern.

Featuring L’NL’ bands A Halo Called Fred, Little Dipper, Trio of Madness and Zigman Bird, this party continues the label’s decade-long association with the Court Tavern and will serve to showcase the various acts performing new songs from their upcoming 2015 releases.

Though all the bands have periodically performed at the Tavern on their own, this event brings them all together for one special evening. A Halo Called Fred’s bassist Tiny sums up everyone’s excitement, “We’re excited to play Cinco de Mayo at the Court Tavern. This is going to be the greatest show in the history of time and space!”

Previous L’N’L themed events at the Court Tavern featured L’N’L bands performing original material plus a favorite cover to honor that particular night’s theme, including Piggy In the Mirror (Cure tribute), No Quarter, No S#!t (Led Zep tribute) and The Grapes of Roth (Van Halen tribute).

About the bands:
A Halo Called Fred
New Brunswick’s A Halo Called Fred, also known as “The best guitar, bass, fiddle and Tupperware band in New Jersey,” play the best geek rock ever, with songs featuring such topics as pirates, steampunks, cavemen, and any body part you can think of!

Little Dipper
Little Dipper are a raw, hard-hitting quartet who wield smart songwriting, catchy riffs and creative guitar work like a weapon, aiming to intrigue the masses with just the right mix of mid ’90s alternative and vintage-dipped hard rock.

Trio of Madness
Trio of Madness is a strange psychedelic/surf/prog rock experience keeping audiences on the their toes with their unique rhythms, time signatures, soaring guitar solos, as well as visual effects to enhance one’s live listening experience!

Zigman Bird
Keith Beck’s Zigman Bird fearlessly switches between rocking out as a full-piece band, full of cutting guitars and pounding drums, but also stripping rock ‘n’ roll down to it’s acoustic primal state. A classic mix of catchy hooks, melodies and lyrics.

About Lump’N’Loaf Records

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Lump ‘N’ Loaf Records
P.O Box 6201
Hillsborough, N.J 08844

L’N’L was founded in 2000 with one mission in mind – to cast a spotlight on original, cutting-edge music from the highly talented central New Jersey music scene. Several L’N’L bands on the Halloween Vol. 1 compilation have new releases planned for 2015 including A Halo Called Fred, Trio of Madness, Young Jerks and Zigman Bird.

Dance Party at the Saint in Asbury Park w/ The Funktion Band – May 1st

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The Funktion will take the stage at The Saint – Asbury Park on May 1st 2015. This band brings world class vocal and style packed with funky rhythms and a swinging horn section. Join them for a fun night of dancing!

Date: Friday, May 1st, 2015; 10pm
Address: The Saint; 601 Main St, Asbury Park
Cost: $12, Buy tickets in advance HERE

About the Funktion Band:

Having been in the entertainment industry for over 8 years KLN Entertainment places the highest value on the strong relationships we have developed with clients. You will not find this band in your average club as we have set the bar higher for ourselves, thus resulting in a show to be seen rather than your typical bar band you can see any given weekend.

With incredible diversity and showmanship, there is a polish to the band as well as an edge. This in conjunction with showmanship and personality is a rare blend we possess. We are very proud to host an exceptional array of talent from the best pool of musicians in the area from the Jersey Shore to New York City.

Maxum Cigars presents The Great Smoke Out and NFL Draft Party – April 30. 2015


Please join Maxum Cigars for The Great Smoke Out and NFL Draft Party benefiting Tic Toc Stop!

Tic Toc Stop is a charitable organization founded by Sports Radio personality, Crag Carton of WFAN, geared towards raising awareness and helping improve the lives of children living with Tourette’s. We are grateful that Craig Carton will be in attendance!

Redd’s Restaurant & Bar, overlooking the incredible MetLife Stadium is the perfect location for this event!


Dinner will be served and cigars will be available for smoking in the outdoor smoking lounge. Enjoy a sampling of scotch too!

Save $5 by purchasing your tickets online: $75 in advance, $80 at the door.

A special VIP Package is available for $150 and will include a private room with balcony, luxury dinner, and a premium cigar package and scotch sampling

Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-smoke-out-nfl-draft-party-tickets-16211134941

*Redd’s Restaurant is a non-smoking venue with an outdoor smoking lounge.

Visit Maxum Cigars on Facebook

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015; 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Address: 317 Washington Ave, Carlstadt, NJ 07072
Cost: $75 in advance, $80 at the door.

For more information: Email Rob Menaker at Rob@MaxumCigars.com

Events to Check Out this Weekend April 24 – 26, 2015

New Jersey Spring Wine Festival – April 24


New York Wine Events is pleased to invite you to the 8th Annual New Jersey Spring Wine Festival on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Hilton Short Hills Hotel, New Jersey’s Premier Urban Resort. Celebrate spring and enjoy an amazing array of 150+ wines selected by the Wine Library! Enjoy full-bodied and rich reds, crisp whites, many specialty wines — awesome wines for Spring and Summer!Join us from 7-10pm, hang out and meet up with other wine lovers while enjoying live jazz. Our 8th Annual Spring Wine Festival promises to be yet another great night of wine and merriment to remember.

Date: Friday, April 24th, 2015; 7pm to 10pm
Address: Hilton Short Hills; 41 John F Kennedy Pkwy, Short Hills, NJ
Cost: Buy tickets HERE

*5% Off with code NJISNTBORING

Chiller Theatre – April 24 – 26

The Chiller Theatre Toy, Model and Film Expo, held twice a year at the Parsippany Sheraton aka the Tara Hotel in April and Oct, is your Premiere Convention for all things Cool! Chiller Theatre, with over 24 years in the business, is your #1 stop for the Best Celebrities, Dealers rooms that are second to none, a Rock n Roll Costume Party the Saturday Night of both events and in association with WPIX Channel 11 in NY, they’ve brought back the TV show you know and love every Halloween, namely CHILLER THEATRE movie night!

Dates: April 24th -26th, 2015
Address: Sheraton Parsippany Hotel- 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany
Cost: To get tickets click Here
For more information like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter @ChillerTheatre

Fast Tracks and Food Trucks – April 25


Come out to Six Flags Great Adventure for this incredible food and wine festival. With various local wineries and 20 gourmet food trucks, the event is sure to be fun for everyone!

Date: April 25th, 2015; 12pm to 7pm
Address: Six Flags Great Adventure; 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
Cost: Six Flags Admission, Wine Tasting – $12.99 in advance, $15.99 at the door

Spring Fling @ Natali Vineyards – April 25

SPRING FLING 2015Join us on April 25th from 1-6pm as the vines awaken! Spring is a beautiful time of year on our farm as the vines begin to wake up from their long winter nap. Our live entertainment for this Event will be Arianne Rox, playing from 1:30pm-5:30pm. Tastings, sangria or wine by the glass, or purchase a bottle and grab a table in the vineyard. There will be a variety of different local vendors on hand. There is enough space for the entire family, including the dog! We also have a picnic area, a bocce ball court, and horseshoes.

Dates: Saturday, April 25th, 2015; 1pm to 6pm
Address:221 N Delsea Dr, Cape May Court House
Cost: Free admission

Warren Arts, Crafts, & Craft Beers – April 25

Original Artists & Crafters eligible for cash prizes. Online registration. The Festival includes Artists, Crafters, Vendors, Craft Beers, Live Music, & Horse Drawn Carriage Rides!

Date:  Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Address: Downtown Washington; 44 E. Washington Ave., Washington
Cost: Free to attend

Rutgers Day – April 25


On Saturday, April 25, Rutgers will roll out the scarlet carpet for its 7th annual Rutgers Day celebration, inviting New Jerseyans of all ages to experience their state university at a family-friendly day packed with more than 500 free programs including stage performances, tours, exhibits, hands-on activities, lectures and more. Visitors to the Cook/Douglass Campus can enjoy traditional activities like Ag Field Day, and the New Jersey Folk Festival, while the Rutgers Business School Carnival, health sciences programs, and the School of Engineering barbecue are just a few events featured on the Busch Campus. A parade led by the Rutgers Pep Band will kick-off activities on the College Avenue Campus including a variety of children’s activities, the popular R Garden, and BIG 10 tent. Free shuttle buses allow visitors the opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of all 3 campuses.

Date: Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Address: Rutgers University; 101 Somerset St., New Brunswick
Cost: Free to attend

Somers Point Bayfest – April 25


A 14-block block party along Bay Avenue packed with over 120 crafters, 38 food vendors, 15 children activities, live musical bands, and bicycle and kayak giveaways. The Somers Point Bayfest is now the largest, single day festival in South Jersey.

Date: Saturday, April 25th, 2015; 10am to 5pm
Address: Bay Ave., Somers Point, NJ
Cost: Free to attend

Waretown Spring Wine Festival – April 25 & 26

The event will feature NJ Wineries, crafters, food truck and live entertainment. The event hours are Noon – 5 pm each day. Enjoy Live music while sampling New Jersey WInes! Tickets $12 in Advance ….$15 at the gate (designated drivers or under 21 years are free)

Dates: April 25th & 26th, 2015; Noon to 5pm
Address: Waretown Recreation and Lake Area; 182 Wells Mills Rd., Waretown
Cost: $12 in Advance, $15 at the gate (DDs or under 21 years are free)
Get Tickets HERE

Food Truck and Wine Festival – April 25 & 26


To be held in the upper field surrounded by the natural beauty of the mature vineyard with panoramic views of the surrounding hillsides. Featuring cuisine from the region’s most award-winning food trucks and live music by Jeff Bellfy and Co. Admission includes entrance to the event, parking, and music. Wine tastings are available for an additional $10 per person

Dates: April 25 & 26, 2015
Address: Village of Finesville; 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Rd., Milford
Cost: $10 adults, $5 Kids

Terhune Orchards 40th Anniversary Celebration – April 25 & 26


Stop by Terhune Orchards on the weekend of April 25 and 26 and celebrate our 40th anniversary with us! Thank you reception for our customers’ support over the years at 12:30 pm. Enjoy a free farm tour and get an inside look at the farm behind the scenes, and learn about the farm’s history from the Mounts. Free light refreshments including cider and donuts, and free wine tasting. Farm tour at 1 pm both days.

Dates: April 25th & 26th, 2015
Address: Terhune Orchards; 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ
Cost: Free

Lambertville Shad Festival – April 25 & 26


Featuring over 80 of the area’s finest artists and crafters, great food and family entertainment. Get your O’Fish’l Shad Fest T Shirt designed by a local artist.You’ll find everything – jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more! In The Food Court: everything from taco salads to fried Calamari! There will also be shad chowder, hot dogs, fried oreos, hamburgers, fries and fresh lemonade! Family fun: Face Painting, Sand Art, and other children’s games and activities. Kids will go crazy for the rides because they’re back! Don’t miss the fun and educational shad seining demonstrations down at Lewis Island where the Delaware River Basin Commission will be teaching us about how to test water quality. Over 150 original art posters, created and donated by local artists, are on display and will be auctioned off on Sunday to raise money for scholarships.

Dates: April 25th & 26th, 2015
Address: 11 Bridge St., Lambertville, NJ
Cost: Free to attend

Day of the Wolf – April 25 & 26


A Creation Entertainment Salute to the MTV Hit Series TEEN WOLF.

Dates: April 25th & 26th, 2015
Address: Marriott Hanover; 1401 New Jersey 10, Whippany, NJ
Cost: $20+ Buy Here

Makers Market – April 26


Jersey Shore Artists present their various wares…jewelry, glass, pottery, hand made soaps and lotions, handbags and more…in time for Mothers Day and Summer living.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 1-5 p.m.
Address: St. James Episcopal Church, 69 Broad St., Eatontown
Cost: Free to Attend

Red Bank 4th Annual International Food Festival – April 26


Twenty-five of Red Banks finest restaurants will be serving International favorites outdoors at the event. It will also feature International beers, wines and great entertainment on two stages.Family Friendly! This really, unbelievable event is a fundraiser. The proceeds will benefit Red Bank RiverCenter and other deserving local non-profit groups.

Date: Sunday, April 26th, 2015; Noon to 7pm
Address: White St., Red Bank, NJ
Cost: $5 admission for anyone over age 10.

Brewery Review: Spellbound Brewing in Mount Holly


When I visited Spellbound Brewery a few weeks ago, it was my last stop on a three brewery tour of just some of the breweries in South Jersey. I have already written a review for stop #1, Lunacy Brewing Co and Stop #2 Village Idiot Brewing Co which is also in Mount Holly.

Like Lunacy Brewing, Spellbound Brewing was also in a warehouse area, but since it’s been around a little longer it looks a little bit nicer on your way to the door. First you are greeted by these gates:


Then you walk down a path, which has outside seating for the brewery for when the weather is nice.

Then you walk into the tap room, which was cozy, but really well put together.


From the window behind the bar, you can see the production of the beer which is actually really cool.

Since I like to try as much as possible (within reason), we decided to get a beer flight.

Beers I tried While I was There:
– Pale Ale 5.5%
– Palo Santo Porter 6.9% (Seasonal)
–  NJ Craft Beer Collaboration Triple 8.5% ABV
– Peach 2x IPA 7.5% ABV (Seasonal)

The beer was all phenomenal. I’m not a huge porter fan, but I always like to try it, but this one I really enjoyed.

What’s great about these local spots is that their always adding to their beer line up. Here is the line up when we went, but when you go (and you should go) you could have something completely different.


This really is a great place to hang out, drink and chill. The day I went there were lots of families, adults ranging from 21 to 70, and you can bring in your food so people were enjoying pizza, Philly pretzels and more. I wish I lived closer!

Like all  the other breweries I’ve touring lately, we left will a full growler (of the NJ Craft Beer Collab Triple). We enjoyed it with our friends with pizza the next day :


Be sure to check them out! Details are below!

About Spellbound Brewing (From their Website):

9a02eb_90df1fe1ef4574c00019bbfb683c7705We have been brewing at home for many years and decided it was time to take our recipes to the big leagues! 

We are all passionate about craft beer and helping the community where we can.  Look for us at fests and charity events all over NJ.  Stop by, introduce yourself and chat over a finely crafted beer! 

We are opening with a 20 barrel brewhouse, 4 – 40 barrel fermenters, and 2 – 10 barrel fermenters for some of the more extreme beers

Address: 10 Lippincott Ln #12, Mt Holly, NJ; (609) 744-0665
Hours: Thurs: 5pm – 9pm, Fri: 5pm – 9pm, Sat: Noon – 8pm

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @SpellboundBrew & Instagram

Diner Round Up – The Landmark Diner in Edison

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There are a few diners in Edison, so I got to check another one of my list when I visited the Landmark  Diner off of Route 27!

This is a lovely diner, with a friendly wait staff. My husband and I both enjoyed our visit there.

Another day, another diner! 2 days , 2 new diners! #njdiners #landmarkdiner #edison #edisonnj #nj #newjersey #njisntboring

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The best part of the experience….the bread! They have a cheese bread and a cinnamon bread. SO good!

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Their prices are very reasonable. For example, I got this dinner special which was their Greek style chicken. It was $13 and it came with a salad/soup, 2 sides, and a dessert. As you can see their are 4 chicken breasts on that plate. Needless to say, I had left overs.

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Their menu is big so take your time with it. They have a lot of Greek options!

I wish their was more I could say about it, but it was a typical diner with a great menu. Just like I like it!

Basic Info
Address: 2066 New Jersey 27, Edison, NJ photo 3(1)
Phone: (732) 662-3434

To see their menu check out their Website

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – No
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – No
Salad Bar – No
Homemade Desserts – Yes

“Rural Landscapes: Four Views” Art Exhibit and Lecture – April 29, 2015

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Four New Jersey artists working in four media will put on an exhibit of rural landscapes in the four seasons during April 2015 at the Hunterdon County Library – North County Branch in Clinton, NJ. Artists include: Anne M. Freeman of High Bridge (Photography), Katalin Luczay of Milford (Oils), Anne Rogers of Phillipsburg (Acrylics), and Denise Saldutti Egielski of Milford (Pastels).

Vote for your favorite landscape to participate in a Free Drawing for a landscape artwork by one of the artists to be held during the Artist Reception on April 29, 6 – 9 pm in the library’s first floor meeting room.  Artworks will be available for purchase.

A special Hunterdon 300th Lecture, “Changing Landscapes of Rural Hunterdon,” by Raritan Township Historian Peter Kinsella will be held during the Artist Reception from 7 – 9 pm. This lecture explores how our county, vastly rural for nearly 300 years, changed quickly with suburban development from the late 1970s until recently.   And yet, so much of our landscape remains in agriculture, open space and preservation.  In the most congested state in America, Hunterdon County’s 50,000+ acres of preserved land are interjected with subdivisions, towns and hamlets.  Rather than mourning the loss of our agricultural acres, Pete celebrates what survives, thrives and gives Hunterdon residents such a high quality of life.

The Artist Reception and Lecture are Free.  Refreshments will be served. Reservations are required for the Lecture.  Visit www.Hunterdon300.org to register. Handicapped Accessible. North Branch of the County Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ, 08809. For a map and driving directions, visit www.AnneFreemanImages.com

Got an Etsy Page? Promote on New Jersey Isn’t Boring! Accepting Submissions for Summer 2015

As some of you New Jersey Isn’t Boring readers may already know, each week I promote an Etsy Store of the Week on my site, Facebook etc.

I am looking for submissions for June 2015 and beyond!

I do this all for free. I do not want a commission, I just want to promote YOU! Let’s cross-promote so people know all about you and the items you’re selling.

I love supporting local NEW JERSEY artists, designers, product makers and more so this is a win win partnership. Every Monday I will update the site to include your Etsy page, as well as post an item on Facebook daily of a particular item from your store.

At the end of each week, I put your Store in the “Past Etsy Stores of the Week” section of the site so you are always apart of New Jersey Isn’t Boring.

So, If you’re interested please EMAIL me at newjerseyisntboring@gmail.com with your information. If you have a Facebook page, Twitter  or any way you want people to find you let me know in your email, along with a link to your page. You can also submit HERE.

So…contact me. What do you have to lose? Nothing! But you will gain new business and new exposure!