Strolling up and down Bloomfield Avenue and Church Street on a recent Friday evening, I was amazed by how people are taking advantage of the new way of eating outdoors. I felt I was walking up and down an avenue in Paris or Rome. The people dining or simply walking are giving Montclair a much-needed economic stimulus.

But every single store was closed. Why? I found myself admiring the merchandise in the well-lit windows. I could have purchased a few things.

"Come back during the week when the stores are open," you might say. That will not happen for few reasons: 1) I do not have time during the day. 2) I could easily shop online at a click of a button while working at my desk.

But the most important reason is that I was in a shopping mode while strolling through the street. Now I have lost that feeling.

If I were a store owner, I would open at noon on Friday and close at 9 or even 10 p.m.

Aurora De Juliis Carluccio


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