Happy New Year! It is officially 2023 but we here at the Bloomfield Center Alliance (BCA) are still reflecting on some of the amazing moments that happened in Bloomfield's downtown. We have compiled a list of our TOP TEN moments from the last year.
Facade Grant Program
The Bloomfield Center Alliance is committed to revitalizing the look and feel of Bloomfield Center. Through our Facade Grant program, which assists existing business owners interested in enhancing their businesses and properties, we awarded $8,500 to curb appeal enhancements. Recipients included:
Awarded NJ State Grant
The State of New Jersey's Main Street New Jersey Program awarded the BCA a $42,000 grant. This money allowed us to purchase:
The grant program provides business improvement district (BID) organizations like the BCA the funding and resources needed to make various improvements around the district that help attract new businesses, encourage more investment from the private sector, and increase the number of visitors attending local activities and shopping at downtown stores/restaurants.
Bloomfield Center Welcomes 11 New Businesses
The success of 2022 is largely due to the generosity of our sponsors. The BCA was successful in securing $15,500 in sponsorship for events and programming from:
Bloomfield received a great deal of BUZZ in 2022. We started out the year with a profile in the New York Times. As the year progressed, articles on Bloomfield Center and many of its events, activities, and businesses were published in over 40 publications - many covering our news stories several times throughout the year resulting in hundreds of press stories. Notable publications and media coverage, included Pix 11 News, USA Today, News 12 NJ, NJ.com, The Montclair Girl, Mommy Poppins, Bloomfield Patch, Tap Into Bloomfield, Bloomfield Info Project, and many others.
The Bloomfield Center Alliance partnered with the Bloomfield Cruisers for another summer of classic tunes and cool cars. Featuring:
Bloomfield Center Restaurant Week
Restaurant week is a great opportunity to explore Bloomfield's cuisine, with several restaurants offering pre-fixe and discounted menus.
Downtown Walking Food Tours
Food is always a great way to create community and Bloomfield Center does food and community so well. Bloomfield Center hosted 2 walking food tours in 2022.
Holiday Events Were a Hit
Trick or treating with the Bloomfield Center Alliance and Clara Maass Medical Center (sponsor)
People and pet costume contest
Small Business Saturday
Visit from Santa Claus, Victorian-style carolers, and a live ice sculpting demonstration
Bloomfield Center hunt for holiday gifts with bingo style board listing twelve participating stores
Raffle prizes donated by local small businesses
Over 1000 votes
Sugaring NYC Organic Waxing Studio chosen as the Viewer's Choice winner
Dinner Under the Stars
In 2022 the BCA collaborated with more businesses and diversified the offerings and performance types of our long standing Dinner Under the Stars summer concert series. Some notable highlights included:
***Honorable Mention - Social Media & Email Campaign Growth
***Honorable Mention - BCA Volunteers
The Bloomfield Center Alliance team grew a bit this year. We were fortunate to welcome two incredible volunteers who were helpful, knowledgeable, and a wonderful surprise. Special mention to our volunteers Eva Darron and Brenda Nero for assisting with our community outreach, tabling at many of our events, and helping with various marketing and graphic design needs.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Sincere thank you to everyone that helped make 2022 such a huge success. There are so many great things we are planning for 2023 in Bloomfield Center! Stay tuned, but in the meantime, please . . .
CHECK OUT THE 2022 HIGHLIGHT GALLERY HERE