In the Vicinity
Local news and events on the social, retail and civic scenes.
In The Vicinity By Marina Koren T Neighborhood Toy Store Offers Online Shopping he neighborhood toy store of Summit, e Toy Professor, has recently joined the cyber universe. After seven years in business, owner Geoﬀ Stern has launched a full-service website that allows customers to shop for their favorite toys and games online. "We want to emulate the neighborhood toy experience online," says Stern, who handpicks his toy inventory, making sure toys are both fun and thought-provoking and can keep a child entertained for an extended period of time. e new website oﬀers customers access to 2,500 toys in stock at the store location. Customers can search for toys by category and age, and the gift ﬁnder feature allows them to enter various criteria, such as price and the recipient's gender, in order to ﬁnd the perfect gift. Out-of-town family and friends can ship toys to Summit residents, who then have the opportunity to exchange them at the Summit store if need be. "We will also gift wrap your items free of charge just like in the store," Stern says. "It's all about the neighborhood service aspect." For more information, visit www.toyprofessor.com or call 908.918.1888. A New Director Brings Excitement to Curriculum highly regarded educator has joined the team at Gill St. Bernard's School—Peggy Campbell-Rush was recently appointed as the new director of Lower School. A teacher for two decades, Campbell-Rush is already working to expand the science and technology programs and integrating them into the core classroom experience. "We are tremendously excited about Peggy joining our leadership team," says Sidney A. Rowell, headmaster of Gill St. Bernard's, citing Campbell-Rush's excellent skills in the classroom and as a mentor to other teachers. Campbell-Rush has written six books about early education that emphasize her philosophy—kids learn with a combination of fun, humor and music. She conducts learning workshops and serves as a consultant to regional school districts. Campbell-Rush was named New Jersey Teacher of the Year for the 2008-2009 school year and the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for 2002 and 2006, both for Hunterdon Country. She was also a NJ State Teacher of the Year ﬁnalist for the 2008-2009 school year and a National Teachers Hall of Fame Finalist the year before. For more information, stop by the school on St. Bernard's Road in Gladstone or call 908.234.1611. New Showroom Adds Spark to White House Fine Interiors W hite House Fine Interiors, formerly White House Furniture, invites the public to visit its newly renovated showroom at 131 Route 46 West in Fairﬁeld. e business has recently added 2,000 square feet to its showroom, as well as a design center where customers can browse fabrics, rugs and more. e showroom looks just like the interior of a house, allowing customers to visualize how certain furnishings would ﬁt in their homes, says owner Karen Arakelian. "People come in and say, 'I want my house to look just like this!'" Arakelian says. In business for more than 27 years, White House Fine Interiors specializes in ﬁne furniture, custom window treatments, lighting and more. Customers can expect to work closely with White House's interior designers to create and enhance their living spaces. Using a unique deﬁne-design-deliver methodology, White House Fine Interiors adds richness and individuality to its clients' homes. First, in-house designers visit the clients' home to "capture" a snapshot of their lifestyle. en, the designers incorporate the clients' styles and tastes into each design palette. Finally, expert delivery and installation teams deliver the ﬁnished room furnishings at the client's convenience. For more information, call 973.575.8317 or visit their website at www.whitehouseﬁneinteriors.com. SUBURBAN ESSEX / VICINITY September Comp Layout 2010 Vicinity MAGAZinE 2 8
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