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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Update: Coming Soon to Essex County: Pianos, Chocolate Works, Restaurant


Essex County's second Chocolate Works location will open in Millburn in September. 

"We are so excited to open our chocolate shop in Millburn", said Randy Guttenberg, of Livingston, who will own the franchise along with Rob Weiss, of Short Hills. "It will be a family owned business. We each have young children and, with strong ties to the community, thought Millburn would be an ideal location". 

According to Guttenberg, the shop will sell a variety of chocolate covered items, including chocolate covered, pretzels, cookies, marshmallows, graham crackers, and fruit. In addition, truffles, fudge, and bark will be for sale. The store will also host chocolate themed birthday parties and workshops. The Millburn Chocolate Works will be located next to Red Mango at 321 Millburn Avenue, in the former location of the Bagel Chateau. The other Essex County franchise is located in the Livingston Town Center off of Route 10 in Livingston. Most locations of Chocolate Works, which has been in business for nearly 50 years, are located in New York. 

Do you remember the pianos which were placed throughout South Orange Village Center last year? The pianos will be coming back to the village this week! Six pianos will be placed at the corner of Irvington and West Fairview Avenues. the Sloan Street Gazebo, Spiotta Park, Cameron Field Park, Seton Hall University, and outside of the Gateway building. This Saturday, August 23, from noon until 1pm, professional musicians will play on each of the pianos. Plus, a jam session will take place every succeeding Wednesday from 5pm until 7pm at the Sloan Street Gazebo. Each of the pianos have been painted to reflect a certain theme. Bill Billec, Maeva Fouche, Lawrence Ciarallo, Sarah Walters, and 'Mac' McPeters were selected to be the artists for the project. The pianos will be in the village until October 6, and will be auctioned off in order to raise money for educational programming at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC). Until then, the pianos are open for members of the public to play. The pianos are part of the 'Playin' Around South Orange' public art project from SOPAC, the South Orange Village Center Alliance, the Village of South Orange, and Seton Hall University. The project is sponsored by PNC Bank. 

A new restaurant will open in September on Route 46 in Fairfield. Sidelines Bar and Grill will be located at 198 Route 46 East next to Monster Mini Golf and the American Business School. "I want Sidelines to be known for it's amazing food and great customer service", owner Alexandra DiIorio told Essex County Place. "I want everyone to feel comfortable here and feel as if they belong here because they do, wheteher they're stopping by for a quick bite at lunch or hanging out on Sunday watching all of the games, or maybe they are bored on a Tuesday night, they can come shoot a few games of pool and and have a couple beers".

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