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The Pop Shop Medford Announces Grand Opening!
An exciting day of fun and music is planned. Musicians from the School of Rock in Cherry Hill and the Conservatory of Music in Audubon will be performing outside at between 11am and 3pm. Balloon artists will be wowing the crowds inside from 11am to 8pm. At approximately12:30pm the members of the Medford Township Council will host a ribbon cutting with co-owners Stink Fisher, Connie Correia, Gary Gardner and Joanne Gardner.
The newest Pop Shop -- a unique interpretation of the nostalgic soda fountain shop -- is located in the former Burlington County National Bank Building. Utmost care was taken to maintain the integrity and character of the building which dates back to 1837. The vault with its 2000-pound door and 18-inch thick concrete walls has been repurposed as a working soda fountain. The soaring ceiling made room for a grand mezzanine possible. The Pop Shop seats 160 in a combination of ‘50s-style leather booths and ‘60s-inspired faux wood and chrome tables and with metal “submarine” chairs. Throughout the four unique dining rooms, the restaurant “pops” with Pop Shop touches – trademark bubble gum colors, floor to ceiling retro photos, whimsical graphics, checkerboard flooring and a 1954 Seeburg jukebox.
The extensive and whimsical menu includes 30 kinds of grilled cheese, a dozen varieties of 100%-from-scratch pancakes, build-your-own burgers, retro blue plate entrees, salads and sandwiches, hand cut fries, and soda fountain favorites featuring creative sundaes, splits and milkshakes. Breakfast is served all day. Gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options are plentiful. The grilled cheeses are named after streets in Medford and Medford Lakes. Some Medford landmarks such as Freedom Park and Kirby Mill also receive special recognition on the jam-packed menu.
Opening its first location in September 2005 on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, New Jersey, The Pop Shop has been part of that town’s major revitalization. Owners have high hopes of becoming the same hub of community and family life in Medford. They have strong ties to Medford and the building. Co-owners Gary and Joanne Gardner are the owners of Gary F Gardner, Inc. which was started in 1977 in Medford. Joanne’s grandfather was the past president of the Burlington County National Bank which now houses The Pop Shop.
Located at 1 South Main Street in Medford, NJ, The Pop Shop — your neighborhood soda fountain and more — calls to mind the main street soda fountains era with its retro décor, bank vault soda counter, original 1837 moldings, and vintage juke box. 609.975.6888. www.thepopshopusa.com
The Medford Organization Summit Breakfast
was held February 18th 2015 at L B Daniels
With over 30 organization representatives and members in attendance, the opportunity was provided to each to share objectives and gain insight from other organizational leaders. Also, Police Chief Richard Meder and Beth Portocalis of Medford Township joined the summit to share information about current initiatives and to discuss ideas with the group.
MBA & EDC Join to Present Informative Seminar
Content included "Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Youtube, hashtags: What are they, how can they help your business reach more customers, what do you need to get started, and more!".
Local Business Associations Receive Proclamations
Local Business Associations and Chambers of Commerce receive Proclamations spotlighting National Small Business Week and The Shop Burlington County First Program, recognizing that three regional partners have joined hands with fifteen local partners, including The Medford Business Association, in supporting local businesses through their volunteer efforts to keep our local economy vibrant.
RECENT NEWS and INFORMATION
SBA Announces National Small Business Week
WASHINGTON – Aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and others are invited to attend the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week events held May 4-8, 2015.
Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week. This year, events will take place across the country to engage the small business community and highlight their importance as innovators and job creators who strengthen the nation’s economy.
Throughout the week there will also be webinars and other live events. Interested individuals can register online at www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek where additional information on National Small Business Week events will be made available. There will be a separate registration site for the event; additional details will be provided at a later date. Events will also be live-streamed on SBA’s website at www.sba.gov.
Medford Village Business Association Merged into Medford Business Association
Effective January 1st, 2014, Medford Village Business Association (MVBA) will be merging into Medford Business Association (MBA). After many organizational and operational changes in the past four years, it made more sense for the MVBA to operate as a sub-committee within the MBA rather than continue to operate independently. The sub-committee will continue to be headed by Julie Basello-Holt for the 2014 calendar year. In addition, she will be an alternate director with the MBA and will report on updates regarding Medford Village businesses and events at each monthly MBA board meeting throughout the year.
All Medford Village businesses who are not current MBA members are invited to become members of the Medford Business Association for 2014. The deadline for membership is January 5th, 2014 and the annual membership fee is $ 100 per year. Included with membership is the ability to participate in the county gift card program which is in the process of being implemented in Medford. Also included is a listing for each business in a directory which the MBA distributes throughout Medford each year. Members are encouraged to attend networking events which are scheduled monthly and often include special guests and speakers. Interested businesses can join by going to www.medfordbusiness.org
As a sub-committee, the former MVBA (Medford Village Businesses) will continue to meet monthly to discuss concerns and opportunities that are unique to running a business in Medford Village. The goal will continue to be building synergy with businesses here in Medford Village. These meetings are open to members and non-members of the MBA whose businesses are in or near the village and will continue to be facilitated by Julie Basello-Holt for 2014. Anyone who has a business in or near the village that could benefit from networking, discussions and interactions with other village businesses is invited to participate each month in these sub-committee meetings. These monthly meetings will continue to occur on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 8:30am to 9:30am at True Story Photography, located at 10 South Main Street.
For questions or information, please contact Julie Basello-Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org or Theresa Freedman at email@example.com
The new sign ordinance is now in effect and as with new legislation there have been some questions raised regarding implementation and interpretation of certain provisions. The Township Planner discussed these as well as potential amendments with Council at the 10/15/13 Township meeting. Township Council then directed that the original Sign Task Force be reconvened to work with the Planner on these issues, etc and to bring recommendations back to Council.
Tax Abatement and Exemption Program
Ordinance 2013-11 was adopted at the 8/6/13 Township meeting which established the Tax Abatement and Exemption Program. Property owners upon application would be eligible for an exemption on the first $25,000 in improvements to their facility/dwelling for a period of 5 years. The abatment would follow a negotiated process with the Township.
Plenary C Liquor License
The former Beau Rivage license has been declared "dead" by the State of NJ and is available to the Township and now out to bid for a minumim bid of $600,000. Contact the Municipal Clerks Office for more information.
"Special" Liquor License Objection
The Township has filed an objection of the renewal of two (2) liquor licenses associated with the MVEA sites. These licenses have been renewed multiple times over the past 10 years. If successful, these two (2) licenses would available to the Township. The Administrative Office of the Court hearing on this matter is awaiting scheduling.
Route 70 Highway Management Zoning
At the 9/3/2013 Township meeting, Township Council discussed and directed that the Planning Board prepare a brief reexamination study of the Route 70 Highway Management by evaluating various provisions that may be inhibiting growth including setbacks, buffers, and the building size limitations.
Route 541 Paving Update
The County advises that the area in front of TD Bank will be added to 2013 overlay program. The construction will begin in spring 2014. There is drainage work to be completed on Stokes Road which held it up. Once drainage work is completed, the County will pave CR 541 from Jackson road to the bridge near 7-11. In addition, Main Street is also included in 2013 overlay program (from Rt 70 to Trimble Lane) which will be resurfaced in 2014.
Ordinance 2013-9 Expanding the Permitted Issuesance of a Class A Liquor License for Limited Breweries, Restricted Breweries (Brew Pubs), Plenary Wineries, and Instructional Winemaking Facilities
Ordinance 2013-9 was adopted 6/18/13 which is now consistent with State law to permit breweries, wineries, brew pubs, etc that were previously not in the ordinance as the ordinance originated in the late 1970's when these type of facilities were not envisioned.
Tax Abatement and Exemption Program
Council continues to consider and finalize the abatement and exemption program that will apply to the redevelopment and rehabilation zones. Property owners upon application would be eligible for an exemption on the first $25,000 in improvements to their facility/dwelling for a period of 5 years. The abatment would follow a negotiated process with the Township. The final version is subject to change before introduction which could be as early as the 7/16/13 Township meeting.
Plenary C Liquor License
The former Beau Rivage license has been declared "dead" by the State of NJ and is available to the Township to put out to bid. This is listed for discussion at the 7/16/13 Township meeting under Manager's Report as the Township Manager is seeking authorization to put the license out for bid. Council will need to determine a minimum bid if staff is authorized.
"Special" Liquor License Objection
The Township has filed an objection of the renewal of two (2) liquor licenses associated with the MVEA sites. These licenses have been renewed multiple times over the past 10 years. If successful, these two (2) licenses would available to the Township.
Commercial Trash Collection Update
Ordinance 2013-6 was adopted at the 4/16/13 Township meeting which defines commercial user as the owner of the property per block and lot and shall entitled them to one 90 gallon container. Tenants and multiple users shall not be entitled. However, a question was raised by a member of Council for commercial condominium associations relative to the amended definition and that is listed for discussion at tonight's, 5/7/13, Township meeting.
Open Space Trust Fund Ordinance and Referendum Update
Just a reminder that the public hearing on Ordinance 2013-5 is scheduled for this evenings, 5/7/13, Township meeting in which Township Council is asking the voters in November to vote to make the Open Space Tax a variable tax with a rate of 1 cents to 3 cents. The current rate is 3 cents. Council is seeking flexibility from a budgeting strategy. For example, should the general tax rate need to be increased, if all open space obligations are met and the open space tax can be reduced Council could reduce it to the level needed which would offset the increase in the general fund.
2013 Budget Update
The public hearing was held on 4/16/13 with no public comment. However, the State is requiring an amendment which will be acted on at tonight's, 5/7/13, Township meeting. The amendment does not alter Council's position of no tax increase. The hearing on the amendment only will be 5/21/13. Until the budget is adopted the temporary budget is being amended tonight as well.
Commercial Trash Collection Update
As previously discussed, the Township has been working to reduce and contain its cost. One of the services impacted in this process is commercial trash collection. The 300 gallon containers utilized by approximately 30 businesses are being taken out of service and discontinued. However, in implementing this change additional issues developed in which the Township is now in the process of amending the ordinance for commercial trash collection again. The existing definition by ordinance of commercial user is defined as "any person or other entity operating a business, trade, industry, or other non-residential activity" shall be entitled to one 90 gallon container. However, Township Council introduced Ordinance 2013-6 on 4/2/13 which defines commercial user as the owner of the property per block and lot. Tenants and multiple users shall not be entitled. The public hearing on this ordinance is 4/16/13.
These changes are as a result of the Township's efforts to reduce and contain cost as well as limit and or reduce liability as the 90 gallon containers must be placed curbside as the Township, or its vendor, will not access private property.
Uniform Construction Code Services
Medford previously provided Medford Lakes Borough with certain subcode services. As of the last Township Council meeting a new interlocal was approved in which Medford provides all the services.
Open Space Trust Fund Ordinance and Referedum
Township Council is asking the voters in November to vote to make the Open Space Tax a variable tax with a rate of 1 cents to 3 cents. The current rate is 3 cents. Council is seeking flexibility from a budgeting strategy. For example, should the general tax rate need to be increased, if all open space obligations are met and the open space tax can be reduced Council could reduce it to the level needed which would offset the increase in the general fund. The public hearing for this ordinance is 5/7/13. If the ordinance passes, it will then be referred to the County Clerk for a vote in November.
Council introduced the 2013 budget on 3/19/13 and the public hearing is scheduled for 4/16/13. The budget calls for no tax increase. The major changes include an adjustment of the reserve for uncollected taxes and reduction of the snow removal line item. The snow trust has adequate funding to handle several typical average storms.
Staff is meeting with the builder to address building and zoning issues as they prepare to renovate the former bank building for their new tenants.
Township Abatement Program
The Township is in the process of establishing an ordinance that will permit owners in the rehabilitation zones and the redevelopment zones to receve a tax abatement when improvements are made to existing structures/buildings. The Township is developing a threshold of improvement value which will trigger the 5 year abatement. The improvement taxes are then phased in over 5 years at 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% and 100% of value.
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