Video: Mays Landing Welcomes New Businesses to Historic Main Street

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MAYS LANDING, N.J. – This Saturday, there won’t be just one but three ribbon cuttings welcoming new businesses onto Main Street, Mays Landing.
Even though some of the buildings in the historic downtown area are over 150 years old, it's not stopping new vendors from filling up the vacant spaces. Roger Silva, mayor of Hamilton Township, believes that the strip of shops and restaurants will attract residents who want to be able to walk from location to location.
“There’s something special about hometown businesses, that main street flavor. And I’ve always felt that it takes a special business to be on our main street," said Silva.
With the new business opening, the goal is to finally have the community be able to take a stroll down Main Street and have plenty of things to do.
“The community has supported us and it was kind of our way of giving back. We figured if we create something and we take a chance, and we can spark that initial buzz, that in itself can be contagious and it has," said Myke Collazo, owner of Anytime Fitness in Mays Landing.
Christopher Longer, owner of Hair Design by Christopher, echoed this sentiment as well:
“When I came and I started to renovate, a lot of the neighbors came out and asked me, ‘what are you doing, I love this little area, you going to make this place nice again?’ I said ‘yeah I’m going to do my best," said Longo.
And Catering 2 U co-owner Javon Blank had nothing but praise for the area of his new business.
“We felt it was a nice atmosphere, nice community, nice people, beautiful, everything around us is beautiful," said Blank.
Collazo, Longo, and Blank are very excited to cut their ribbons and open their doors this Saturday for everyone to be able to take advantage of what they have to offer -- not as individual businesses but working together as one unit.
“I think it will be great for our town, great for our community to see that we’re not operating as individuals. One of the things that I personally believe in is that together we’re stronger, together we can accomplish more than we can as an individual," said Collazo.
Not only will Saturday feature the ribbon cutting ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m., but there is also going to be "Art in the Park," an art festival for all ages, happening in Memorial Park on Main Street.
“It’s really been just amazing and overwhelming. The local community has embraced us and welcomed us and I’m really happy to be a part of that," said Collazo.