TEANECK, N.J. -- Remember the good old days of life in a small community when life was simple? The center of town would have a post office, a general store and perhaps a bakery.
That concept -- of being a social hub as well as a place to buy certain essentials -- is the key driver behind the six-year-old Teaneck General Store. "We're a modern version of the old country store," explained Owner Bruce Prince. On any given day you can find folks sipping coffee or having a sandwich while others peruse gifts, while still others sign up for events occurring later in the store.
"We're all about addressing the needs of the community," he explained. To that end, customers will find family-oriented games and other educational toys. Many items are made under the auspices of Fair Trade, an organization that monitors labor practices in developing nations.
All food is vegetarian, kosher and mostly organic and the eclectic giftware includes ceramics, serving pieces and tableware.
In addition, there's a running list of special events including Mah Jongg classes, women's learning groups, poetry readings and more.
"We often ask our customers if they would like to talk about their interests or professions and many accept our invitations,"' said Prince. "Bergen Record Reporter Jim Norman, for example, taught kayak building and a local nutritionist will soon speak about healthy eating, just to name a few."
Going on now: a holiday sale on most products. And on through Christmas: Game experts will be on hand to explain the many new games in stock.
The Teaneck General Store is at 502A Cedar Lane, (201) 530-5046, www.teaneckgeneralstore.com/ .
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