Shopping in Historic Chester and Beyond
It’s time for some retail therapy!
Your favorite Morris County retail stores and eateries are open for business and ready to get re-acquainted. As you can imagine, a three-month closure for them has been catastrophic for their bottom-lines. With adversity, many businesses have made changes in the way they do business and are ready to welcome you back in person, and safely. The pandemic has enriched online retailers unbelievably. Scrambling to compete have been the small “mom and pop” businesses that make up most New Jersey businesses. They have been there for us, and now it is time for us to be there for them.
Who has not enjoyed strolling historic Downtown Chester? The variety of shops and restaurants in this charming town has attracted local and out-of-state visitors for decades. While the shops come and go, some of the favorites like Sally Lunn’s Tea Room and many of the Chester antique stores are looking forward to seeing their long-time customers, and new ones too.
Of course, all cafes, restaurants, and sweet shops as of June 15th can now serve outdoors. During the summer months, eating al fresco is a pleasure in New Jersey. Of course, food delivery, take-out and curbside pick-up have been available since March during “sheltering in place”. If you eat out today, expect to see masks and distancing of tables. Reservations are recommended. Click here for dining options in Chester.
When shops opened in June for non-essential goods and services, retailers made changes according to C.D.C. guidelines. When you in-person shop today expect to wear masks, have contactless check-out, see Plexiglas barriers, and fewer shoppers in the store at any one time. Many retailers moved to online ordering and curbside pick-up during the early phases of the pandemic. They can now also offer some much needed, in-store “retail therapy” to shoppers.
There is a great, eclectic mix of stores with unique merchandise all along Chester’s Main Street and throughout Morris County. Many stores have new days and hours of operation, so check before you go. In Chester, you can visit the specialty stores of Main Street and the Streets of Chester Mall with your favorite national brands. Click here for Chester shopping.
We were sad to learn that the renowned Chester Fall Craft Fair has been canceled. However, we expect it will be bigger and better when it returns to Municipal Field on Main Street in 2021.
There is a group of contemporary boutiques in Chester that have caught our eye. All are owned and operated by one family who moved east from California and were drawn to the opportunities in Chester’s downtown. They emphasize products that are healthier for you and the environment. The stores are: Comfortably Chic, Mercantile on Main, Chester Candle Company, Steam Soapery, and Serendipity Toys & Books. Read about them here
Let’s get shopping!