Mayor Shopping Stratford

Our local business community plays an important part in our survival as a community.  As well, their survival as a business depends on the community.  With this though I would like to begin introducing you to the local businesses that help our economy.  Please make an effort to shop locally.  Tell the business you saw them on the Mayor's Business section of our website and THANK THEM for calling Stratford their home!

Stratford Dinner Flag Pole Dedication

On Sunday, September 18 the new owner of the Stratford Diner wanted to dedicate the new flag pole he had installed.  Soloist Michelle Barth sand the national anthem as the Mayor raised the flag.  In the pic starting from the far left are Stratford Officer Righter and Officer Butler, Customer Advocate Al Biggio, Stratford Borough Clerk John Keenan, myself, the new owner Syed Hassan, soloist Michelle Barth, and Stratford First Lady Madge Keenan.

The new owner is making improvements to the facility, and the flag pole is only one of many.  Please continue to show your support of our only 24/7 eating establishment.

Platt & Riso

I traveled to my friend Stuart Platt's office at 40 Berlin Road.  Platt & Riso is the law firm's name.  Stuart has been practicing law for decades and has been in Stratford for over 16 years.  He is also the attorney for the Stratford Joint Land Use Board and helps guide the board in making sound decisions.  Pictured is his law partner Eric Riso (left) and myself and Stuart (right)  In your legal needs please feel confident in speaking to Stuart or Eric.

Echelon Ford Celebrating 40 years in Stratford

I went to visit one of our largest businesses in town, Echelon Ford.  Celebrating 40 years in Stratford!

They cover everything from selling you a vehicle to financing to repairs to auto body work.  Here I am with General Sales Manager Chip Santo.  We have always been able to depend on Chip over the many years he has been there.  He runs a great facility.  And they keep a very appealing property.  Always upgrading the building and having their grounds maintained professionally.  Stop by for a new Ford or gently used vehicle and keep the business local!

Seasons Pizza

I visited Tarek at Seasons Pizza today.  I want to start off repeating from the plaque on the wall inside Seasons (left side of pic) which was from Mayor and Council a few years back.  "for your unconditional unlimited generous support and dedication to the residents of Stratford.  You are one of our favorite businesses."  Tarek opened the first NJ Seasons Pizza in Stratford June 2007.  From the first year they quickly became an active part of the town with providing unlimited pizzas and food at the July 4th town event and is a sponsor at the annual fall festival in October and have continued doing so each year after.  We posted recently the proposed virtual tour showing his upcoming renovations to the Stratford store.  We appreciate his kindness, and his welcoming status as you enter Stratford on the pike.  Seasons operates 27 stores in 4 states.  You will find kind and courteous employees and they deliver too!

Renovations coming to Season's Pizza

I am happy to share the YouTube link which was sent to me today from Seasons Pizza.  Seasons Pizza has been a great patron to Stratford.  Every year they have been in business they have offered ALL the food our residents can eat at the July 4th festivities at the Yale Avenue Athletic Complex after the parade.  Hundreds of pizzas and other food items are provided FREE of charge to the residents who attend the after parade festivities.  Their business site has always been a welcome site at the border of Stratford, and now this new hi-tech look will catch the eyes of many traveling on the Pike.  Please help support Seasons for all they do for us!  I thank them for staying here and investing in Stratford.

Pasquarello Interiors

A stop at Pasquarello Interiors at 408 N. White Horse Pike.  I learned during my visit they have been in business decorating homes and businesses since 1934 and through three generations.  The father George and his children are operating the business today.  They have it all from blinds to custom window coverings to upholstering your furniture, etc.  Stop in or call them.  Here the Mayor is with George's daughter Denise.

Revolution Barber Company

Owner of Revolution Barber Company, Courtney Caruso is a Philadelphia native who has spent most of her career in the city, and after settling down with her family in New Jersey, decided to bring a little bit of the city to Stratford, NJ.  She started school for cosmetology 13 years ago.  She also has her educator's license since 2008, and has been barbering since 2007.  The concept of the shop came from inspiration of the city, and her two favorite barbers, the late Frank Anello of Gloucester City, and her grandfather-in-law, the late Lou Caruso of Burlington City.  Around the shop are various pieces of barbering history that are priceless to Courtney.  She continues to educate herself in new barbering techniques each year by going to classes and shows throughout the region.  Courtney prides herself in keeping her business simple and traditional just like the old days.  Barbering is a hands on craft much like glass blowing or masonry. "I think people should take pride in working with their hands—take honor in it. We are the people who make the world go around. Being good in a craft means you’ve been working hard for years to master the skills."   In the picture is the owner Courtney, and her fellow barber Stephen with the Mayor.

Stratford Diner

I stopped in to see the owners of the Stratford Diner.  In the pic, John is on the left and Ted is on the right.  13 years ago they purchased the former Denny's which was closed and they invested a great sum of money to renovate the property as we see it today.  Not many local eateries are open 24 hours a day but Stratford Diner is! It is only closed on Christmas.  Everyone has their favorites but I tend to go with a wrap and I do love their cheesecake!  A very diverse menu is offered.  Don't forget to check out their monthly special page inside the menu.  Those meals include soup, salad, dessert and fruit cup.  A meal large enough to take extra home!  So stop on in to enjoy a fine meal with gracious servers.  I'm sure you will see many other residents dining too.  It's a very friendly casual atmosphere.

Hope Thrift Shop

Today I was at Hope Thrift Shop at 25 South White Horse Pike (next to Burger King).  Here I am with the manager Helen.  I have a passion for rescuing unwanted furniture from its death of the trash truck and fixing and redoing it for others to enjoy for years.  So if I can't find a home for something, I then drop it off to Hope Thrift.  They are open Mon-Fri 9a-7p, Sat 9a-6p and closedSunday.  They will even come and pick up your furniture donations.  So next time before you toss a piece of furniture to the curb, think about Hope.  They also take other donations like clothing, household items, etc. that can be dropped off at the store in bags or boxes, not loose.  All proceeds support Seeds of Hope Ministries.  I almost forgot to tell you, they sell brand new pillow top mattresses from twin to king size!

Wine Nova

I stopped in to see Chandra Reddy, the owner of Wine Nova.  Remember this is our ONLY liquor store in Stratford.  No need to travel elsewhere.  They have a wide variety of wines, liquors and beers.  This is a family run business and they support the local organizations.  Please show your support in return to them!

Goodyear Certified Tire & Auto Service

I went to see Tom McKelvey, owner of Goodyear Certified Tire & Auto Service on East Laurel Road. Tom has decades of experience in not only ties but auto repairs. Many local towns utilize his service for their vehicle fleets. He also keeps a very clean facility inside and out! I feel Tom is a very easy person to speak to and review your options.

KC Nails

You won't believe it!?  I went to pick up my wife from getting her nails done at KC Nails in the Laurel Mills Center on Warwick Road and she told me I was getting my nails done today!  Well here I am with Bonnie getting my nails done.  It was easy and painless and my nails looked wonderful.  Its not as odd for men to get their nails done as many think.  In and out in no time.  KC is a local business who has been in Stratford for over 10 years.  And not to forget the wife Madge's nail always look great!

Nehlig's Furniture Store

Over to Nehlig's Furniture Store to see the owner Mrs. Todd. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nehlig who founded the store in 1929. The store is one of thee oldest continuing businesses in Stratford. I have made my furniture purchases here. Very helpful staff. No pressure. Good prices and fine quality. Mrs. Todd can usually be found in the office working hard. A fine business owner who takes pride in every aspect of her store. Nehlig's has a fine tradition in helping many local families furnish their homes. Ask about their financing plan too. Its "worth" a trip in to at least see what they have to offer. "Family" means a lot to Mrs. Todd where her son and grandchildren work along side her continuing what her parents started almost 90 years ago!

Pep Boys

My tour of Stratford businesses led me to Pep Boys on the White Horse Pike. Here I am with the manager Mike Santoro. PepBoys, a national company has been at this location in Stratford for over 40 years. For all your auto needs they have the products and service. Call, stop in or visit their website. We talk today about redevelopment and when you think about this particular block on the Pike, PepBoys was part of a regrowth that took over a decaying site at a major intersection in Stratford and has kept it visible and attractive for all those years and I am sure it helped bring in other growth over the decades knowing a national chain was here in Stratford. We are thankful for ALL our businesses that call Stratford home!