By Liz Johnson

Business is flourishing in Hunterdon County. Boroughs such as Frenchtown and Clinton are amending zoning laws to keep pace with changes in shopping and eating habits. The result is a boom of new stores opening up as well as expansion of existing businesses. Here are just a few worth checking out:

Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center

Hunterdon Hills Shopping Center, 1386 Route 22, Clinton

Recently launched by clinical hypnotherapist and health coach Tori Valspirit, Inner Truth offers hypnotherapy for sports performance, goal achievement and overcoming anxiety. It also sponsors weekly workshops on Sacred Science and meditation.

Polka Dot Café

76 Main Street, High Bridge
(908) 638-9066

Located near the Columbia Trail, the Polka Dot Café specializes in breakfast sandwiches, artisan sodas, chicken salad and almond or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Ingredients are locally sourced. Owner Christina Lynn Whited is best known for her One Spirit Festival. Outdoor seating and bicycle parking are available.

JayPat Commons

1309 Route 22, Lebanon
(908) 528-7243

A co-working space for change-makers, problem solvers and visionaries is how JayPat Commons describes itself. It offers hourly conference room rentals, mailbox rentals and shared office services.

Long Hill House Prints and Whimsy

Suite 4, 10 Bridge Street, Frenchtown
(609) 619-5885

Specializing in recreating period wallpapers, prints and fabrics for historic homes, the shop also offers decor consultations, commissioned prints and patterns and color planning.

Vagabond Barbecue

51 Bridge Street, Frenchtown

The borough’s newest restaurant will feature barbecued brisket, pork butt and slow roasted meats, done in classic American style or a mix of international flavors including Chinese, German and Middle Eastern. Estimated to open by the end of summer.

Frenchtown Pottery

13 Race Street, Frenchtown

Owned by Sam Nichols, this small batch pottery and workshop space is expected to host a grand opening on Bastille Day on Saturday, July 13th in Frenchtown.

15 Landsdowne Catering

Suite 1C, 29 Race Street, Frenchtown
(609) 212-0777

Hunterdon Happening List Finalist for Best Catering and Best Chef, 15 Landsdowne Catering has recently opened a new location in Frenchtown. Owner and Chef Mia Emerson has worked in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Italy, Southern Georgia and Oahu.

Sunbeam General Store

Suite 3, 10 Bridge Street, Frenchtown
(908) 996-0101

This tiny shop alongside the Delaware River offers an eclectic mix of river supplies, candy, vintage toys, jewelry, jams, snacks and kombucha. Recently it opened a second location at 15 Main Street in New Hope, expanding its offerings to include zip lines, camping equipment and gardening supplies.

Natural Beauty by Jamie

69 Main Street, Flemington
(908) 878-9607

Owner Jamie Saquicela started playing around with essential oils when her son developed eczema. Now she’s developed her own organic skin care line which she sells at her newly opened shop in Flemington that also offers a salon, spa and boutique apothecary.

Nespolo Restaurant

138 Main Street, Flemington
(908) 284-9777

Named after the loquat fruit native to Naples, Nespolo offers a a-la-carte four-course menu featuring local ingedients. Owned by Chef Luca Di Meglio, who is assisted by Chef de Cuisine Michael Schultz, breads, pastas and deserts are all made in house.

Hardy’s Coffee Bar

31 Bloomfield Ave., Flemington

Craft coffee that is locally roasted in an artisan atmosphere, this coffee bar offers a membership service for loyal customers starting at $9 a year that includes $1 off drip coffee, an automatic entrance key, 5% off retail items and members-only events.


1 Church Street, Flemington
(908) 237-1329

A nonprofit agency that trains people with different abilities, the group opened a thrift store in March on Church Street, offering clothing, furniture and artwork made by its clients.

Artisans & Antiques

30  Mine Street, Flemington
(908) 336-4775

Offering a selection of interesting and fun antiques for collectors, decorators, set designers and those looking to be surprised, the shop includes handmade items such as jewelry, pottery, clothing and torched glassworks from local artisans.


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