North New Jersey Stores for 2022


Local businesses are at the heart of our communities. From pizzerias to fitness centers, from pet shops to good sports outfitters, they provide the services we need and the connection we crave. You can shop online, but you can’t replace the face-to-face social interactions you get from visiting the mall or your downtown merchants. is committed to keeping you up to date with all the new shops, restaurants and service providers coming to your towns. Below is a list of some of these businesses that have recently opened or will soon be opening in your community.

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Lifespan, Hackensack

OR: Riverside Shops, 390 Hackensack Ave.

WHEN: Open in January

WHAT YOU WILL FIND: Life Time is part of a national fitness chain with over 150 locations. The Hackensack site offers classes in cycling, yoga, barre, Pilates, group and studio training and over 20 treadmills.

“Our elite lineup of well-known and dedicated instructors and trainers, along with our robust weekly workout offerings, will ensure our clients meet and exceed their fitness goals,” said Ashley Sikora, Director New Jersey Life Time Regional.

FOLLOWING: Life Time offers two subscriptions: a $199 monthly subscription and a $30 one-day subscription. Hours are Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 551-287-3400. Website:

Halal Guys, Fort Lee

OR: 130 Linwood Place

WHEN: Opening February 5

WHAT IT IS USED FOR: The Halal Guys is a franchise specializing in gyros, chicken dishes, falafels and other dishes that respect Muslim dietary restrictions. It started as a food cart in New York and now also has locations in Asia and Europe.

FOLLOWING: The Fort Lee location will be offering giveaways during its grand opening date for the first 50 customers. Giveaways include t-shirts and other products. The first 10 people will receive a free meal. Those who order from the app will receive a free drink. Halal Guys will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Website:

“I am delighted to be in the area,” said owner Mou Abuattieh. “I’m looking to stay open longer on weekends, possibly until midnight or 2 a.m., but it all depends on borough regulations.”

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WorldFlats, Ridgewood

OR: 134 E. Ridgewood Ave.

WHEN: Open January 19

WHAT IT IS USED FOR: An extensive plant-based menu catering to the needs of vegetarians and vegans, WorldFlats offers a wide variety of flatbreads, soups, salads, plant-based proteins and specialty beverages.

FOLLOWING: Owners Nvair and Zareh Beylerian state in their mission statement, “If people commit to eating one plant-based meal a day, we can have a significant impact in reversing the effects of global climate change.” WorldFlats is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 201-797-0134;

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Nothing Bundt Cakes, Paramus

OR: 393 Route 17 South

WHEN: Open January 21

FOLLOWING: The franchise was created in 1977 by Dena Tripp and Debbie Schwatz. Their website states: “There was a gap in the world for delicious, readily available cakes that didn’t compromise on their ingredients. Real eggs, butter and cream cheese; nothing was too good to achieve perfection.” 201-584-1414;

Mom’s Organic Market, Paramus

OR: 469 Route 17 south

WHEN: February 4

WHAT IT SELLS: This market offers a variety of organic products, organic vitamins and supplements, CBD and clean beauty products. The sustainable seafood section offers a wide range of seafood, including canned tuna. The bulk section allows customers to “bring their own container” and avoid plastic and single-use packaging.

FOLLOWING: An on-site recycling center accepts mobile phones, tablets, batteries, compost, glasses, shoes and corks. There are also annual denim recycling campaigns and holiday light campaigns. The Paramus location offers free electric car chargers. Website:

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