Collingswood businesses were honored with nine best of titles (and two readers' choice) in the annual South Jersey Magazine Best Of issue! Everything from baked goods to blowouts! See below for the Collingswood winners and see here for the entire list! Congrats!
Everything in the Constellation Collection pastry case is hand baked every day, but it’s their rotating selection of muffins that really catch our attention day in and day out. Their locally sourced and seasonal varieties, like strawberry-blueberry, apple peanut butter and chocolate cherry, make each stop in a new and exciting experience.
Collingswood, (856) 240-7787, TheConstellationCollective.com
Dulce Artisanal Pastry
Owner and pastry chef Josue Santiago Negron has built a career out of delicate and intricate pastries, working in elite kitchens in the city for years. Now he’s brought that skill into his own kitchen, with gourmet desserts, cakes, cookies, breads and pastries that are almost too beautiful to eat ... almost.
Collingswood, (856) 942-0254, DulceCollingswood.com
The Pop Shop
These pancakes aren’t just known for their massive size, but also for the massive selection. There are over a dozen varieties, ranging from their regular “Bettys” to a vegan option, peanut butter and chocolate chip, even pancakes stuffed with bacon, all served with a dousing of powdered sugar and syrup on the side.
Collingswood, (856) 869-0111; Medford, (609) 975-6888, ThePopShopUSA.com
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
For years Chef Nunzio Patruno and his mouthwatering menu has been an anchor on Collingswood’s restaurant row along Haddon Avenue, and for good reason. The high-quality ingredients, expert preparation and lively atmosphere are only matched by the attentive servers who make each visit one to enjoy.
Collingswood, (856) 858-9840, Nunzios.net
STUFFED FRENCH TOAST
The stuffed French toast at Sabrina’s is more like a showpiece. That’s because the slices of super thick Challah toast, piled a mile high with a sweet cream cheese filling and bananas, then finished with vanilla maple syrup and powdered sugar, always manages to turn the heads of everyone in the restaurant.
Collingswood, (856) 214-0723, SabrinasCafe.com
Despite its name, this Collingswood mainstay is anything but clutter. The shop is full of unusual artifacts and rare vintage pieces that are either handmade, re-imaged or found, and will fit any personality that walks through its doors. Here, you’ll find old books and cameras, glass and wooden figurines, rare pottery, dishware and unique jewelry in almost every corner. Plus, each visit is rarely the same.
Collingswood, (856) 833-1112, ClutterVintage.com
The Nesting House
For this generation of socially and environmentally conscious parents, The Nesting House offers the perfect selection of gifts that are responsibly made and not commonly found at large baby retailers. They have a wide variety of organic burp cloths, Egyptian cotton clothing, all-natural baby wash and lotions, as well as sustainable toys to get baby off to an Earth-friendly start.
Collingswood, (856) 869-3048, TheNestingHouse.net
Kevin Gatto’s luxury salon goes beyond just a blow dry to create a blowout experience that is hard to forget. Their Express Blowout package includes a relaxing wash and blow dry, but also comes complete with a keratin treatment that leaves your hair silky and shiny long after your visit.
Collingswood, (856) 858-0911, VerdeSalon.com
Perkins Center for the Arts
With locations in Collingswood and Moorestown, this arts center offers everything from educational classes to rotating exhibitions, but most importantly they are true ambassadors for South Jersey, developing programs designed to connect the local community to the fine arts.
Collingswood, (856) 833-0009; Moorestown (856) 235-6488, PerkinsCenter.org
Zeppoli in Collingswood
Marlene’s Dress Shoppe in Collingswood
Collingswood businesses take home some big honors in SJ Magazine's annual "awesome, don’t-miss-it, everything-you’ve-gotta-try" guide to fun in the region. There are some old favorites and even new businesses in this list - so be sure to give everything a go. See the full list here. Congrats!
Best Cakes Made By Reality TV Stars
667 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Bakery owner Al DiBartolo and his coworker Manny Agigian serve up dessert with a dash of entertainment. The pair has been featured on the Food Network’s “Save My Bakery” and were the runners-up on season four of TLC’s “The Next Great Baker.” The success hasn’t gone to their heads though – DiBartolo is still the delicious bakery next door.
Best Monday-Night Family Dinner
703 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Banish those beginning-of-the-week blahs with dinner at Tortilla Press, where kids eat free every Monday night (one free entrée from the kids’ menu for every full-price adult entrée ordered). The family-friendly offer is also good at Tortilla Press Cantina in Merchantville, just in case mom and dad need a margarita fix (no judgment from us), or you can always bring your own tequila to the Collingswood location.
Best Book Festival
Collingswood Book Festival
Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Every year, book lovers flock to Collingswood for poetry readings, workshops and the chance to hear from their favorite authors. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 10 am to 4 pm. And special guests include SJMagazine’s Marianne Aleardi, Maury Z. Levy and Sally Friedman, who will talk about their book “Worth Repeating.”
Best Mind-Testing Fun
Escape Room South Jersey
710 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
The escape room craze is sweeping the country – and South Jersey finally has an escape room of its own! There’s nothing quite as fun (and sometimes funny) as gathering a big group of friends, solving puzzles and finding clues to escape the traps, like our favorite, the Cold War-themed “American Embassy Room.”
Best Pancake Fries
The Pop Shop
729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
What? Pancake fries? We must be in pancake heaven! These unique specialty treats are prepared with The Pop Shop’s homemade recipe, and we’ve never tasted anything like them. Doused in cinnamon and powdered sugar, the awesome breakfast/dessert is one of our favorite new discoveries. (That’s why we featured it on the cover!)
Best Outdoor Dining
601 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
New this year, the outdoor dining patio at Sapori is spacious, cozy and a great reason to head to this Collingswood treasure for some authentic Italian cuisine. But be sure to make a reservation – you won’t get a table outside or inside without one!
Best Thrift Store
740 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Whether you’re hunting for a prom dress or an amazing pair of cowboy boots, treasures abound at this adorably appointed downtown Collingswood shop. If you’re just window-shopping, this is the best place to do it. The inventive window displays are reason enough to drop by.
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
706 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
You can’t go wrong ordering anything off the menu at this Italian treasure, but it’s always a treat to hear what Chef Nunzio has prepared for the evening. If the waiter happens to offer osso buco as a special, request that! You won’t be disappointed. (Of course, if the rack of lamb is a special, you won’t be disappointed with that either.)
Best Way to Spend a Clear Summer Night
Movies in Knight Park
Collings Avenue & West Browning Road, Collingswood
When we want to kick back and enjoy a breezy summer evening, we turn to free movies in Collingswood’s Knight Park. What could be more peaceful than watching the big screen from a comfy beach chair or blanket? Check here for a complete schedule.
In light of the events of violence across our country, the Borough of Collingswood will hold a Peace and Unity Vigil on July 15 at 7pm at the parking lot at Woodlawn and Haddon Avenues.
We urge everyone to attend - all welcome. Please share with your neighbors and friends.
The Haddonfield Community Band concert scheduled for Wednesday, July 13 is CANCELLED.
BOROUGH OF COLLINGSWOOD, COLLINGSWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT AND CAMDEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR TO HOLD JOINT TOWN FORUM ON JULY 26
The Borough of Collingswood, the Collingswood School District, and the Camden County Prosecutor will hold a Joint Town Forum on July 26 at 7pm at the Collingswood Senior Community Center. The Borough has been holding informal Town Forums for over 20 years as a way to engage residents in an open discussion on any issues.
The July 26 Joint Town Forum will focus on the recent issues involving the schools and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, but will be open to any and all issues involving the Borough and/or the School District.
With 14 houses and one business vying for the Best of 4th of July, Most Historic, Most Patriotic, Best Newcomers, Best Business and this year Best Decorated Block, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood annual Fourth of July House decorating Contest was a variety of themes and designs.
This year included some returning but many first timers, showed amazing creativity, sense of patriotism, history and a whole lot of red, white and blue. In addition to the plethora of American flags and bunting, there were statues, historic military uniforms, decorated animals, patriotic music, and chalked designs on sidewalks, all displaying the participant’s feelings about the Fourth of July.
The winners of the Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest were announced at the Collingswood fireworks on the evening of July 5th (this year only). They are: Best of the Fourth of July - The Lederman Family, Woodlawn Terrace. Most Patriotic - First Place: Hayes Family, Madison Ave. Second Place: Lynn Jackson, Richey Ave. Most Historic – First Place: The Carty Family, Linwood Ave. Second Place: Carolyn & John Janco, Merrick Ave. Best Block - Wendy and Ron Morze, W. Collings Ave. Best Newcomers - Dolores Bob, E. Collings Ave. And Best Business – The Retrospect, Haddon Ave.
Winners were judged on creativity, originality and appropriateness to architecture, best historic home or overall best look. Proud Neighbors of Collingswood thanks everyone who entered their homes and to the judges for their time.
The judges were Lois and Harvey Stick, Sonya Peterson, John Samas, Bernie and Mary Kairis, Ron and Kathy Warwick and Dave Savage. Thanks also to contest registrar Gretchen Seibert.
This annual show of patriotism is encouraged by Proud Neighbors of Collingswood a civic organization that aims to share ideas about restoration, strives to develop awareness of historic preservation and works with residents, businesses and government to maintain the historic character of the town.
A Vigil for Collingswood
As we all process the events that happened early Sunday morning in Orlando, we invite our community to come together to grieve, love and support those who were victims and the family and friends who are suffering from such a senseless event.
We invite all residents of the Collingswood community and the area to join us at the corner of Haddon and Woodlawn Avenues TONIGHT at 7PM. Please being candles for yourself and for those who might not have any.
This night will be about love, peace and respect for all. We hope to see you there.
Collingswood welcomes Sailors! Athletes and spectators are encouraged to visit Collingswood's stunning, walkable downtown filled with boutiques and eateries (Collingswood restaurants are BYO).
Collingswood is just minutes from Cooper River and local hotels.
How do you get to all the shopping, dining and fun in Collingswood?
You can take a cab or Uber to Collingswood's downtown (Haddon & Collings Aves is the center of our walkable town, or ask drivers to drop you off at at Collingswood's Millenium clock at Haddon & Irvin Aves/756 Haddon Ave).
Colonial Cab Company can be reached at: 1-800-619-6507
Driving? Where can you park in Collingswood? See here!
Merchant specials and discounts for sailing guests:
Blue Moon Olive Oil, 742 Haddon Avenue - save $1.00 per bottle. The area's best prices!
Galerie Marie, 709 Haddon Avenue - Sailor's Special! 10% off your total purchase.
Gourmet Popcorn Creations, 802 Haddon Avenue - Buy one, get one free!
Universal Ballroom Center, 41 E. Crescent Blvd. - BOGO Social Dance Lessons. Call 856-869-0010.
Philly Pretzel Factory, 976 Haddon Avenue - 25 Soft Pretzels and a bottle of mustard only $12
Frugal Thrift & Vintage, 740 Haddon Avenue will offer 15% off for regatta attendees and athletes
That's Amore, 690 Haddon Avenue - 20% of your bill
The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Avenue - mention "Regatta" and receive 20% off your entire order at The Pop Shop. Not combined with any other discount.
Circles Thai, 8 Powell Lane - mention "Regatta" and receive a free spring roll with your dinner
LUNCH N LEARNS
Wednesday, May 25, Wednesday, June 22 and Tuesday, July 26, 2016
10am – 1pm
Find out about UMC Collingswood. Take a tour and then enjoy a spectacular lunch prepared by our Executive Chef! Please RSVP to our Receptionist at (856) 854-4331.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Grand opening of the UMC at Collingswood SAVVY SENIORS CLUB – A place for adults 65+ to grow, learn and socialize. This club is held the second and last Wednesday of the month from 10am to 2:30pm. Billy Terrell for entertainment and a pasta bar following. Please call Ann Peters at (856) 854-4331 ext. 5304 for any questions related to this group. RSVP to our receptionist at (856) 854-4331 by June 1st.
Tuesday, June 7 & Thursday, July 7, 2016 – OPEN HOUSE – We welcome all new faces to tour and meet our exciting associates to begin the wonders of United Methodist Communities at Collingswood.
Friday, June 10, 2016 – Strawberry Festival at 2pm in the Chapel on the 2nd Floor. Enjoy strawberry pies, strawberry shortcake and much more. Invite a senior friend and bring your appetite.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – Join Rachel on the 3rd floor for chair yoga at 1:30pm.
Thursday, June 16, 2016 – New Bible Study Open to the Public – The book of revelations led by the Rev. Dr. Richard Leaver will take place on the 2nd Floor opposite of the elevator in the library. Come in, bring your seniors friends, as we learn the history of the Roman Empire and persecution of the Church.
Saturday, June 21, 2016 – Listen to the joyful noise of the Barrington Band outside performance at 7pm. (weather permitting)
Sunday, June 29, 2016 - Arlene’s Presentation: “White House Pets” 1:30pm on the 3rd Floor.
Wednesday, July 8, 2016 – Blueberry Festival in the chapel at 2pm. Get ready to taste the delicious blueberry filled pies, muffins and more.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – Arlene’s Presentation: “Toys through the ages” 1:30pm on the 3rd Floor
CERAMICS AND CRAFTS
If you have a passion for creativity, join us! Every Friday at 10:30am, meet us on the 3rd floor activity room. Contact Mary Moloney at 856-854-4331 ext. 5204.
FRIDAY FEATURE FILM
Each week we view a variety of movies, documentaries & television special events. Pull up a chair and join us! Every Friday at 11am in the “music room” off the main lobby. Please contact Mary Moloney at 856-854-4331 ext. 5204.
UNITED METHODIST COMMUNITIES – COLLINGSWOOD
460 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108