Williamstown continues to grow as the place to live, visit and work. This fact is illustrated by the recent wave of more than forty new businesses that have made Williamstown their home in 2016.
“The recent influx of family-owned businesses and nationally known chains alike making Williamstown their home signifies that our township is a draw for shoppers and a prime location to do business,” said Monroe Township Councilman Cody Miller.
He added that this influx of businesses can be directly attributed to the formation of the Main Street Committee (MSC) in 2015 by Monroe Township Mayor Daniel P. Teefy and their efforts to revitalize Downtown Main Street. He also added that the active participation of our Economic Development Commission and their recent efforts to market and increase the visibility of Williamstown has also attributed to the growth.
“Increasing the viability of the Downtown and all of our commercial corridors makes our town attractive to residents, businesses, and visitors,” said Teefy. “We look forward to what the coming months and years bring, as Williamstown becomes the destination it has always had the potential to be.”
The recent addition of a Director of Community Development and Zoning Officer eases the process in locating a business to Williamstown, by assisting businesses in overcoming obstacles and connecting business owners with appropriate resources, based on their individual needs.
“This position was created to ensure that businesses coming in to play a role in the metamorphosis taking place here are well taken care of and experience a seamless process in establishing their place in town,” Teefy explained.
Among the 40-plus new businesses now calling Williamstown home:
Muscle Maker Grill
Muscle Maker Grill provides its guests healthier versions of mainstream-favorite dishes that taste great, making it easy, affordable and enjoyable to eat healthy. Muscle Maker Grill’s diverse menu was created for everyone – fitness enthusiasts, those starting their journey to a healthier lifestyle, and people trying to eat better while on-the-go. Providing “Great Food with Your Health in Mind,”™ Muscle Maker Grill’s menu features items with grass-fed steak and all-natural chicken, as well as options that satisfy an array dietary preferences from vegetarians to the low-carb consumer and guests following a gluten-free diet.
“Mayor Teefy, township officials and the Director of Community Development were very proactive in helping us open Muscle Maker Grill. Opening a business is rarely seamless regardless of what municipality you’re in, but they made it easier with an open line of communication and assistance,” said Muscle Maker Grill owner Nicholas D’Alessandro.
Billed as the Ultimate Trampoline Park®, Rockin’ Jump is a new alternative for birthday parties and family gatherings, where your guests can soar in open jump arenas, play trampoline dodgeball, do flips and somersaults. Quality food and private party rooms are provided, and kids can safely play while parents socialize with other parents. Their goal is for you, your friends and family to have Fun For Life™ in a safe, clean, fun environment.
“The Mayor and Community Development Director guided me through every step of the process to open a new business – it was a fantastic experience and I could not have done it without them. I am proud to call Williamstown my business home,” said owner Young Kim.
Williamstown Arts Center
Located on Williamstown’s Historic Main Street, the Williamstown Arts Center opened April 30, 2016. Its mission is to strengthen the community by connecting people through visual arts by providing a creative environment, and diverse education; and by inspiring creativity in people of all ages. Classes – from beginner to advanced and everything in between – are taught by teachers who are experts in their genre and who have experience educating others. The center also hosts birthday parties and other gatherings where art is part of the fun.
“As a native of the township, I was excited to open our center here – the space and location we found were perfect, and the process could not have gone smoother. I had never owned a business before, and the township and, especially the new Director of Community Development and Zoning Officer, explained every detail and process carefully, helping me every step of the way,” said owner Gina Martucci.
Additional Businesses that have opened their doors in Williamstown in 2016 include:
5 Star Property Management and Landscaping
Ace Plumbing, Heating and Electrical
AFC Urgent Care
ANB Leasing LLC Construction Company
BNATT Property LLC
Brett Wolvin Decks
Cakes and Cookies Restaurant and Deli
Collings Lakes Motor Sports
Cross keys Microbrewery
Daniel Doan, Sugar Nails
Dauntless Design Collaboration
Deals Dollar Store
Diem Vo Nails
Endgame Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Fitness Kickboxing Studio
H and M – U-Haul
High End Vine Street Car Stereo Inc.
Jack Mesiano/Onorino Fascelli Bread Factory
Jozef Les Machine Shop
Keith Warren Construction
Krulikowski Tax Preparation
La Comida Restaurant
LRC Builders LLC
Main Street Cobbler
Mini LP – U-Haul
MJB Investments, Cadpro
Photography by Curtis Brown
Ray Medina Construction
Roefs Tire Retreading
Rt. 42 HWY Restaurant
Steven Boorstein Financial Planner
T and T Nail Salon
Tajas Chaparral LLC
Testa Driving School
The Art of Beauty Salon
Volpe Used Cars
Williamstown Buy Rite