By: Russell Swanson, Exec. Dir., VDID, Main Street Vineland
VINELAND, N.J. — Last week, we set out on our “walking tour” of The Ave with the 900 block of Landis Avenue—the downtown’s “Eastern Gateway.” We now continue our westward journey, by crossing East Avenue and continuing onto the 800 block. This block really marks the beginning of the business sector of The Ave, with the number of businesses per block increasing as we venture further into the center of town.
Let’s take a look at the businesses on the 800 block. On the north side…
• 830 E. Landis Ave.—Landis Theater
• 818 E. Landis Ave.—South Jersey Federal Credit Union
• 800 E. Landis Ave.—First Presbyterian Church
On the south side…
• 837 E. Landis Ave.—East Landis Motel
• 827 E. Landis Ave.—Vineland Judo Club
• 817 E. Landis Ave.—Gruccio, Pepper, DeSanto & Ruth, PA law offices
• 809 E. Landis Ave.—Automotive Supply Co. (NAPA Auto Parts)
• 805 E. Landis Ave.—Best Food In Town Chinese Restaurant
• 803 E. Landis Ave.—Arely’s Beauty Salon
• 801 E. Landis Ave.—Lyneer Staffing Solutions
Get the Yuletide mood with our annual Christmas Parade, to take place this year on Saturday, November 30 (rain date: Sunday, December 1) at 5 p.m. The theme this year will be “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” BB&T is again the major sponsor this year. Vendors, participants, and volunteers are currently being sought to help coordinate on the night of the parade, and parade sponsorship opportunities are available. Applications to be in the parade or to be a vendor can be obtained by going to the Main Street Vineland website—TheAve.biz—where the rules and regulations can also be reviewed and printed out. To be a participant in the parade, applications must be completed online. Registration for parade participants is free, if received before Friday November 15, with a $20 fee, if received after that date. The deadline for all registrations will be Friday, November 22. Registration is required to participate in the parade and no registrations will be allowed the night of the parade.
Remember to stop by the mini-park at the southwest corner of Landis Avenue and the Boulevard and check out the progress on the military mural that’s been made so far by artist George Perez and his assistants. They continue their hard work and the mural is taken shape more and more.
We’re continuing our donation drive for the mural. As I’ve said before, only part of the expense of this valuable initiative is covered by grants and the various donation of goods and services. For the rest, and to make this a real community effort, we’re asking for donations. We want to raise $7,500 and we’ve made it very easy for you to contribute your share. Just go to our website—TheAve.biz—and, on the home page, click on the link for the military mural. You’ll be immediately taken to a page where you can find out more about the project and how to donate—and since we’re a 501(c)3 entity, your donation is tax-deductible.
No amount is too large or too small. You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve contributed to a great project that beautifies The Ave and, at the same time, honors those—past and present—who defend freedom, our country, and its ideals. You’ll also want to come to the official dedication of the mural, to take place, appropriately, on Veterans Day—Monday, November 11—at 9:30 a.m., right before the City’s annual holiday commemoration.
If you missed the fun, fear not. There are a few more chances to join in before the end of the year. We have our A Taste of Vineland & Volunteer Recognition Event on October 23 at the Greenview Inn at the Eastlyn Golf Course, the Pumpkin Patch Party on October 26 at the mini-parks, Weddings on The Ave on November 6 in The Banquet Room at Grant Plaza, the annual Christmas Parade on The Ave on November 25, the CommUNITY Tree-Lighting Event on December 9 at the mini-parks, and more. Stay turned in future columns for more information about these events.
This is all the more reason to make The Ave your destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment needs. Save money on gasoline, avoid the long lines at the big-box stores, malls, and shopping centers, and take in the rich variety of fun things to do—right in your own backyard.
For more information on Main Street Vineland, call 856-794-8653, visit TheAve.biz or check them out on Facebook. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.