May--British Cottage in the News
I don't think the store has ever looked better. Once we got over the whole show house debacle and set our sights again towards Red Bank we never looked back. Retooled and rebooted, we are all ready to rock into summer.
It doesn't hurt that we've had some local media attention. First, one of our trestle tables was featured in the cover story of this month's designNJ. Then Dan Jacobson, owner and publisher of the triCityNews popped in for a chat the other day. Either he really is curious about how things are going in our neck of the woods or he had a deadline looming and he just knew Keith and I, probably mostly I, would not be at a loss for words.
Although we don't often agree with Dan editorially, we appreciate his intent to focus on a part of Red Bank that is often ignored. Without any boosting from Rivercenter or much attention from City Hall, Shrewsbury Avenue and the West Side of Red Bank is literally teeming with life. There is a vibrant Latino population, a strong African American community, a long time older population of mainly Italian descent and a smattering of artists and twenty or thirty somethings attracted to the still-affordable housing and the relaxed nature of our neighborhood.
And the commercial side is healthy too. Nearly every storefront is occupied and businesses like Roger Mumford's Forefront Homes, arguably one of the premier builders in Monmouth county, and Karen Siciliano's Siciliano Landscaping Company are in the neighborhood. Add to this mix architects Matt Cronin and Jerry Larsen, Bruce Blaisdell's Architectural Design Center and the fabulous B&C Stairs and you could design, build, landscape and then, if you came to British Cottage, furnish your home all in a ten block area five minutes from the Parkway.
While we are looking forward to the completion of the West Side Lofts project, particularly the Triumph Brew Pub, we agree with Dan that there was and is more to this part of town than flashy new housing and splashy commercial enterprises. Fortunately, there is room in town for all of us. We say welcome to Red Bank and hope you enjoy walking on the West Side as much as we do.