There is always something new and exciting to discover in Essex County, and these incoming businesses are no exception. From a yoga studio to a dumpling shop to a vegan restaurant and more, there is plenty to be on the lookout for later this year. The Montclair Girl rounded up some incoming businesses in Essex County. Read on to learn more about Essex County businesses expected to open in 2022.
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Brooklyn Dumpling Shop | TBD
New York-based Brooklyn Dumpling Shop is anticipated to open in Montclair later this year. This shop is known for making any and everything into a dumpling. The creative concept definitely works, as legions of fans love the unexpected combinations. All of the dumplings on the menu come in three per order and were inspired by classic diner dishes, including pastrami, Reuben, Philly cheesesteak, lamb “gyro,” turkey club, cheeseburger, chicken satay, peanut butter and jelly, chicken parm, pizza, and more. Brooklyn Dumpling Shop is also planning to set up shop in Hoboken soon.
Casa de Flora Bar | 75 Washington Street, Bloomfield
This Bloomfield spot is home of the ‘sip and clip’ – where patrons can enjoy handmade cocktails or mocktails while making floral arrangements. Casa de Flora is available to rent for private events, making it a fun choice for a birthday or bachelorette. In addition, there are premium coffees and pastries available daily. Casa de Flora is open daily, and will host regular ticketed Sip and Clip events.
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Cornbread | Seymour Street Project, Montclair
The Montclair location of soul food restaurant Cornbread will mark the restaurant’s third location in New Jersey. The “farm-to-soul” restaurant is a fast-casual-style restaurant focusing on modern technology paired with old-fashioned soul food to create a one-of-a-kind experience. All of the ingredients are sourced from local producers, and the menu features traditional meals like fried fish, fried chicken, and BBQ pork paired with classic sides like mac and cheese, yams, and of course, cornbread.
Madison Reed Color Bar | 374 Bloomfield Avenue, Unit 3, Montclair
Madison Reed Color Bar is slated to open in July 2022. CEO Amy Errett founded the company with a goal of providing luxury hair color products with ingredients that consumers can feel good about. The products are Smart 8-free, meaning they are free of ammonia, PPD, resorcinol, parabens, phthalates, gluten, SLS, and titanium dioxide. In-salon services are available, as well as custom-blended dyes for at-home use. Products are available for men and women.
Montclair Mud Clay Studio | 370 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
The Mud Clay Studio is bringing its hands-on approach to pottery to Montclair. There are two current locations in New Jersey, in Boonton and in Madison. The new Montclair location is set to open in early September. The Studio offers classes, studio hours, parties, summer camp, and memberships. Memberships allow patrons to access the studio 24 hours a day and access to premium firing services.
Nami Nori | 561 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
Nami Nori is a temaki bar specializing in open-style sushi hand rolls. It is based in NYC with two locations, one in the West Village and one in Williamsburg. The menu includes traditional sushi, modern takes on sushi, and many vegan options. The atmosphere is described as ‘casual yet elegant,’ designed with a mission to make upscale and authentic food that is more affordable and accessible for diners. Nami Nori also offers a full bar, including a wide selection of sake and cocktails.
Santokh Yoga | 18 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair
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This yoga studio will offer Hot Yoga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and an infrared sauna. The name Santokh means “contentment” in English. The studio invites yogis of all levels to explore the class offerings. The studio has been designed to offer a calming space: there is a shower area and a lounge for relaxing before or after class. It hosted a grand opening on July 14th.
The Goddard School | 2 Seymour Plaza, Montclair
According to its website, The Goddard School® is an early learning institution that focuses on the social, emotional, physical, and academic development of children from infancy to pre-k. In addition to daily classroom enrollment, The Goddard School offers enrichment activities and special events. The Montclair location joins over two dozen other Goddard School locations in New Jersey.
The Junction at the Gateway Center | 1 Gateway Center, Newark
The Gateway Center is a four-building complex that has office and retail spaces. One of the buildings is called The Junction and there are nine restaurants set to open later this year. The eateries include: 375˚ Chicken & Fries; The Brookdale; Brooklyn Dumpling Shop; Chip City Cookies; Farinella; Fresh & Co.; Greek from Greece Bakery & Café; Mokbar; Serafina, and Uncle Willie’s Wings.
Uncle Willie’s Wings | 113-115 Halsey Street, Newark & The Junction
Newark-based Uncle Willie’s Wings is expanding. The original location at 1036 Bergen Street is undergoing a renovation. A new location at 113-115 Halsey Street will be the site of Uncle Willie’s Bar and Grill, a larger and more formal space. And a third location will be opening later this year at The Junction, part of the Gateway development in downtown Newark. Owner Walter “Willie” Green is an Army Veteran who became known for his kindness and meal donations to workers during the pandemic.
Walter won a contest to earn the spot in the Gateway Center. A partnership between Onyx Equities, the owner of part of the complex, and Newark Working Kitchens, a Newark-based partnership to keep restaurants working and residents fed during the pandemic, was created to ensure that a locally-grown restaurant would be represented in the project. Out of 30 applicants, Uncle Willie’s Wings was selected as the winner. According to ROI-NJ.com, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said, “To see Walter Green go from feeding his Newark neighbors during the pandemic to thriving and winning the restaurant buildout competition is an incredible joy.”
Brick City Vegan will also be joining the Seymour Street Redevelopment project, though we don’t have much more information just yet. We’ll report back when we do.