Let’s take our quarterly look at retail and commercial turnover.
Among the recent changes in and around Rahway during the first quarter of 2016:
- Wine & Design moved from its previous Route 27 location to a colorful new storefront at 1439 Main St., adjacent to the Gilded Lillie. The space had been home to a number of things over the years, including Ventura Moving Company most recently. Immediately next door will be Wet Ticket Brewing, which has been in the works for a couple years, is targeting this summer to open.
- Taste of Marina’s will host a ribbon-cutting and pre-opening celebration on Saturday from noon to 3, with a grand opening May 3, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The space at 78 E. Cherry St. previously was occupied by Village Bistro, a halal and kosher eatery, for a brief time in 2014.
- Main Stage Cafe at UCPAC opened in April in the Irving Street storefront of the Union County Performing Arts Center. The cafe is open daily at 7 a.m., serving coffee, lattes, espresso and “homemade treats.” It’s unclear how the cafe will be incorporated into the center’s revenues and expenses or staffing but it elaborates on UCPAC’s “hospitality concessions resources for marketing and public info-hub purposes,” according to Amy Garcia Phillips, artist director of the Rahway Arts and Business and Partnership.
- Liberty Harley-Davidson was acquired by Hannum’s Harley-Davidson. After some renovations the West Milton Avenue location opened in March.