Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The troopers work with mall security, speak with shoppers
State Police were at the Mall at Short Hills on Wednesday, but it wasn't in response to any specific emergency. The troopers were joined by several Millburn police officers for a Target Hardening Response and Emergency Activation Teams (THREAT) detail. They were handing out information to shoppers about THREAT, which is a "deployment of state, county and local police resources with the mission to mitigate potential terrorist activity." Sargent Brian Polite, a state police spokesman, said the details are done routinely in areas where there are a lot of people gathered. They include malls, sporting events or other public places. It provides a uniform presence in those locations, he said. When a shopper asked a trooper why they were in the …
Friday, November 26, 2010
The mall's general manager estimated an increase of 8-10 percent and noticed people buying for themselves for the first time since 2007.
Mike McAvinue, The Mall at Short Hills general manager, didn't have the luxury of a long Thanksgiving weekend. "I've been here since 5 a.m," he said. "The reaction I'm getting from retailers as I walk around is a big thumbs up, but they've been too busy to stop and talk." McAvinue estimated mall traffic is up 8-10 percent from last year. He attributes the increase to pent up demand, and more consumer confidence. "Luxury brands are popular this year," he said "Higher end watches are and cashmere goods have been doing well." A reassuring trend McAvinue has noticed is the resurgance of self purchasing amongst Friday's shoppers—they're buying goods for themselves as well as gifts for others. "I haven't seen that since (2007)," he said. …
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The mall kicks off the holiday season with its Narnia-inspired winter wonderland.
Thanksgiving may be a few weeks away still, but the Mall at Short Hills kicked off its holiday season on Friday. The mall has been transformed into a winter wonderland with a Narnia theme, in celebration of the third movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, hitting theaters in December. And, of course, the guest of honor Friday night was Santa Claus.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
La Maison du Chocolat hosts its creative director from Paris, who showed off how to make a chocolate ganache.
If chocolate is your thing, La Maison du Chocolat in the Mall at Short Hills was the place to be Thursday afternoon. Gilles Marchal, the company's creative director and a mastery pastry chef-chocolaier, was on hand to demonstrate making a passion fruit chocolate ganache, which was served with a lemon pound cake. There also were tastings of other products from the company and a mousse Marchal had prepared prior to the event. La Maison du Chocolat has a seasonal store at the mall through the holidays.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Plus La Maison du Chocolat is open at the mall.
The cafe at the corner of Willow Street and Main Street has closed its doors, and a "for lease" hangs in the window. Enchante was located on the opposite corner of Shop Rite of Millburn. The cafe served salads, panninis, imported cheeses and coffees. Also, La Maison du Chocolat has opened a seasonal boutique at the Mall at Short Hills. The 400-square-foot boutique will carry La Maison du Chocolat's classic collection of ganache and pralines, truffles, macaroons and bouchees. Hot chocolate also will be available as a carry out. Borders recently announced it too would have a seasonal shop at he Mall at Short Hills.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The Crimestoppers program is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men responsible for the crime.
Police officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads them to the men who robbed the Saks Fifth Avenue jewelry section a week ago. The Essex County Sheriff's Office authorized the reward through the sheriff's Crimestoppers program. People with information should contact the Millburn Police Detective Bureau at 973-564-7017. Two men wearing ski masks came into the jewelry section at the Mall at Short Hills department store with sledgehammers and smashed two glass counters on Sept. 26, according to police. The suspects took watches with a combined value in excess of $100,000, according to police. Police reported they told people in the area they had guns and to look away. They fled the scene in a waiting black car in the …
The store will open later this month and be there through January.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The Mall at Short Hills will be one of the 25 locations to host a Borders Express store across the country this holiday season. The stores are expected to open Oct. 25 and will operate through Jan. 31. The 25 stores average 2,500 square feet, according to the Borders press release, and will carry "top titles and big new releases, Halloween and holiday-themed items, a selection of kids books, plush and toys as well as an assortment of e-Readers and related accessories." "The majority of these stores are located in malls where we had a presence at one time," said Mike Edwards, CEO of Borders, in a press release. "Where it didn't make business sense for us to operate stores on a permanent basis in these areas, we can open a seasonal store and…
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Hollandia International offers a bed that allows you to hook in the hot electronic device.
After you pick up your iPad at the Apple Store at the Mall at Short Hills, you might want to head over to the Hollandia International store to see a bed that allows you to hook in your new device. Hollandia is offering a new bed called the iCon that allows you to hook in up to two iPads into the headboard, which has a speaker system, according to several reports, including a post at BornRich.org. The bed has a mattress with "Dual-Core 3D," which allows two people to customize their side of the bed. The cost of the bed? $20,000. Hollandia has two American retail stores, including at the Mall at Short Hills. There's a second store in Philadelphia.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Former Seton Hall Basketball Coach Bobby Gonzalez is barred from the Mall at Short Hills as part of the conditions of his not guilty plea.
Former Seton Hall University men's basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez pleaded not guilty Wednesday on shoplifting charges and has been barred from the Mall at Short Hills. He is charged with shoplifting and criminal mischief for an incident on June 29 at the Mall at Short Hills. The conditions of his plea include not entering the mall for the duration of the case. Gonzalez also had to sign a waiver of extradition. Gonzalez's attorney, Anna Cominsky, entered the plea on his behalf. The only time Gonzalez spoke was to verify his residence in Harrison, N.Y. Gonzalez was calm throughout the five-minute arraignment. Judge Amilkar Velez-Lopez chastised him at one point for turning his head as the judge was explaining the conditions of his release …
Friday, June 25, 2010
The ordinance will allow Mall at Short Hills officials to develop more of the building into retail space.
The Township Committee this week approved a change to the zoning ordinance that reduced the parking requirement at the Mall at Short Hills. The move was done at the request of mall officials and after committee members had their questions answered about development at the mall. The measure would changes the parking requirements from 4.5 parking spaces for every 1,000 square feet of leasable area to 4.25 spaces. It's a proposal mall officials have brought forward and provided data from a study showing they only need four parking spaces per 1,000 square feet of leasable area. During the first reading of the ordinance, committee member Daniel Baer raised concerns about the parking requirements if the mall developed a standalone restaurant. …