By Dexter Downey
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Judging by the feedback from merchants and visitors alike, the June 10 event Taste of Atlantic Highlands was a huge success and is putting businesses on the comeback trail.
The comeback is from the debilitating closing of the Oceanic Bridge that for months severely impacted and disrupted the many restaurants and businesses that make up Atlantic Highlands.
Owner Bob Sherman and Arleen Miller of Sherman and Sons Jewelers were delighted with the visitor traffic generated by this new event sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce. They were not giving away free gold and diamonds but they were providing complimentary jewelry cleaning and jewelry cleaner to everyone who stopped in.
During the event, visitors paid $30 and were entitled to visit all the participating restaurants and other businesses where they were then given complimentary portions of their special dishes or samples of services and prize drawings at the non-food locations.
Better Homes Realty was taking entries for a drawing for a free travel cooler full of wine and picnic snacks. Golf Analytics was raffling off free golf lessons while Atlantic Cinema supplied popcorn. Eyes On First gave away eyeglass cleaner and there were samples of sweet creations offered at Joy & Cake and The Flaky Tart.
There are 38 locations participating. They were: Carton Brewing Co., Tom’s Cyclery, Atlantic Wines & Spirits, Joy & Cake, The Flaky Tart, Freedom Pottery, Bellisimo the Salon, Jaspan Hardware, Kuny Siam Thai, Eyes on First, Atlantic Cinema, Henry F. Wolf III, Esq., Plush Salon, Sherman and Sons Jewelers, Taffeta Teas, Book Compound, Artz by the Sea and Revere Framing.
Also participating were: Town & Surf, Foxhaus, Vintage Variety, Atlantic Bagel, Atlantic Waves Salon, Flower Express, Original Pizza, Salon at 68, FSF Training Academy, NJ Fire Equipment, Charles Matches Financial, Restore Qi Acupuncture, Golf Analytics, Memphis Pig Out, Better Homes Realty, Copper Canyon, Blue Bay Inn, Harborside Grill, Hudson Cafe, On the Deck, Chiafullo’s, Navesink Fishery, Gateway Liquors, Navesink Fitness, Foodtown, Pomodoro, Ralph’s Ices, Walter Mihm’s Steakhouse, Zoe’s Kitchen, The Painted Frame, Thomas Hauser Designs, Eastpoint Fitness, Shore Shakes, Maria’s Pizza, Freezi-Yo, and Philly’s.