The Washington Business Improvement District (WBID) is a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) formed as a legal self-governing body, funded through an assessment on business property. The WBID creates an environment where business and government can work together to promote opportunities, enhance the shopper’s experience, and preserve the cultural, historic, tourist, and civic interests of the district.
What Does the WBID Do?
The WBID Management Corporation is focused on Key Service Areas:
…Recruits business with the goal of filling all vacancies and meeting the needs of the community for products and services.
Borough welcomes RE/MAX Ridge Real Estate
RE/MAX Ridge Real Estate, formerly in Washington Township, has relocated its office to Washington Borough.
The new Washington office is located at 325A W. Washington Ave. (next to Good Impressions and across the street from Enzo's Pasta Grill) and will continue to assist real estate sellers and buyers throughout Warren, Hunterdon, Morris and Sussex counties as it has done for the past 10 years. A grand opening was held at the new office on Oct. 11, with attendees from the public and fellow real estate agents from the surrounding townships and counties joining in the festivities. Among the Borough dignitaries on hand were Washington's Deputy Mayor Jeanine Gleba and Sandi Cerami, Executive Director of the Washington Business Improvement District. Joanne Van Valkenburg, Broker Manager of the Washington office, hosted the celebration. Attendees enjoyed endless Enzo’s pizza, eggplant and salad.
Elections on tap for WBID Board of Directors
Washington Borough business and property owners will soon be receiving ballots for five categories as hopefuls seek a chance to help determine the Washington Business Improvement District's future.
In the Business Owners Who Are Tenants in the Assessed Property category, Steve Laskey of Laskey's Trains is up against Kristin Fowler of Aflac, both of whom are new board candidates.
In the Professional Business Operators At Large bracket, newcomer Janelle Mielle of Stew's Auto Body & 24 Hour Towing is running unopposed.
Washington Slates Upcoming Events
There will be plenty to do in the coming weeks when the Washington Business Improvement District hosts a number of family-run events.
Friday October 31, 3pm-5pm
Sponsored by Investors Bank, JCP & L, Washington Borough Clean Communities, and Philips Pet Supply
- Features Business Trick or Treat.
- Free Critter & Litter Craft presented by Diana Dove.
- Costume Contest and Prizes not just for children but Dog’s too!
- DJ spinning scary tunes with fun games and giveaways.
- Arcana Grand Opening with more fun giveaways!
- Incredible Scarecrow Display.
Washington Borough Businesses click here for registration information
Small Business Saturday
November 29, 10am-2pm
- Santa Claus will be visiting all the Washington Borough Businesses and Eateries to meet and great with children.
- DJ Mitch Hess will be spinning your favorite Holiday tunes.
- Free face painting for children.
- Free shopping bags and goodies from American Express (while supplies last)
Saturday December 6, 4-8 pm.
Sponsored by Investors Bank, JCP & L and Gibson’s Gym*
- Not just one, but 2 tree lightings with a procession led by the Warren Hills Marching Band!
- Meet and Greet and Photo Opportunities with Santa Claus, The Grinch, The Gingerbread Man, Frosty, and the Elves.
- Music, libations, light refreshments and more at Gibson’s Gym (6-8pm)
- Caroling and songs of the season.
*Sponsorships still avaiilable - call the WBID office for details, 908-689-4800.
Festival in the Borough Fun!
New "kids" on the block in Washington
Tangles Hair Salon
Washington Emergency Squad Donation
Retiring bike shop owner will be missed by Washington
When Al McCormick retires officially and closes his bike shop sometime in the coming weeks, it'll be a sad departure for many residents. After all, it is safe to say that in one way or another McCormick serviced more than 90 percent of bike owners in town - and the surrounding community - over the years, either through a bike sale or repairs.
McCormick, who has been a lifelong resident of the Borough, is retiring to Florida. His McCormick's Bicycle Shop will be no more.
"It's with mixed emotions that I am retiring," said McCormick, still surrounded by a few bikes and bike parts, at his corner shop on Youmans Avenue, near Route 31. "I'll miss it but ..." He doesn't have to finish - it is clear that retirement and Florida are what he is looking forward to!
Cocktails For The Park
The WBID's fundraiser for the downtown Pocket Park was a big success as over 100 people attended the event at the Mediterranean Bistro. The night included specialty cocktails, fine food, music and lots of fun!