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.
Coppers Salon collecting for soldiers overseas
Every year around the holidays, Coppers Salon in Washington Borough, a member of the Washington Business Improvement District, chooses a non-profit or a cause to donate to.
This year, Coppers wanted to get input from its clients. And so, owner Penny Deemer and her staff came up with three suggestions. One of the choices was a soldier related cause.
“Almost overwhelmingly our clients chose the military idea,” said employee Terri Hutchinson, who helps to coordinate the project each year for Coppers.
After looking into a couple of possibilities, Coppers has decided to work with Rolling Thunder of Warren County to benefit soldiers from New Jersey who are deployed overseas. The salon is now in the process of collecting items to send to the soldiers.
“They are always in need of comfort items,” said Hutchinson.
Coppers, located at 318 E. Washington Avenue (Route 57), has a collection box set up at its salon. Anyone is welcome to drop off items. The collection will continue through the first week of December.
A cut-a-thon on Dec. 1 is also being held from 1 to 6 p.m. as a day to bring in items to the salon, and with proceeds from walk-ins and dry cuts that day going toward the purchase of items for the soldiers. However, anyone can drop off items, during regular salon hours.
Hutchinson indicated that any of the following items would be appropriate: non-perishable food, toiletry items for male and female, cold or pain medicine, and fun time items such as a deck of cards or small games. She added that items can be for either male or female soldiers.
For further information, call Coppers at 908-689-0144.
First Energy: Hometown Friendly
Stan Prater, Area Manager for JCP&L, in rear, presented the Washington Business Improvement District's Board of Directors at its November meeting with a check on behalf of First Energy Foundation, sponsors of this year's Borough Hometown Halloween and Hometown Holiday events. Joining Prater for the photo are, L-R in front, Sandi Cerami, Executive Director of the WBID, Marian Bredin, Katie Beyer, Kathy Halpin, Kristine Blanchard, Borough Manager, and Monika Hamburger, Board President, and in back, Mayor Scott McDonald, Jack Van Cleef, Stan Prater, Portia Allen, and Jeff Smith. Hometown Halloween was held on Oct. 31 and Hometown Holiday is scheduled for Dec. 6 in Downtown Washington.
Game shop opens up in Washington
A new store devoted to games, toys and hobbies recently opened its doors up in Downtown Washington.
Arcana is located at 47 E. Washington Avenue (Route 57), right in the center of the downtown.
The store features all kinds of card games, such as Magic the Gathering, Path Finder and Pokemon, RPG games, and assorted board games, toys, and hobbie items including collectibles and figures. There is something of interest to fit any genre and age group!
In addition, the shop has demo games weekly for those folks who want to get the feel of a particular game before purchasing.
Owners Liz Brown and Lee Hill indicated that the store is "an all purpose one stop games, toys and hobbie shop. There are always people wanting to get in a game of Scrabble or Magic, so stop in and see what we have going in our store!"
Arcana also hosts tournaments of all sorts each week. "If a group wants to set up a tournament of their choice here, we'll set it up for them, too!" said Brown. "It's just a great place to come in, check things out, and not feel pressured. We encourage people to come on out and see what we've got."
Hometown Halloween: A Real Treat
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.
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!