BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS: Somerville Aluminum celebrates new location

by Bradley Koltz
   I recently joined well over a hundred others in celebrating the grand opening of a new 15,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art showroom for Somerville Aluminum.
   In the past 60 years, Somerville Aluminum has grown from an aluminum storm windows business to a full-service home remodelling company. Now in its third generation, they have moved from downtown Somerville to the new location in Branchburg that features three fully functioning model kitchens, walls of fixtures and doors, and even a fully functioning shower in the model bathroom.
   Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, state and local representatives and the mayor joined owners David Gropper and Gary Shiman for the ribbon-cutting, with the lieutenant governor giving the keynote address.
   You can learn more about Somerville Aluminum at, but really, you need to visit this amazing facility in person to experience the quality and craftsmanship firsthand. The new facility is located at 20 County Line Road in Branchburg.
Doing good
   In honor of the Mercadien Groups’s 50th anniversary, the Mercadien Foundation has launched a financial literacy initiative to serve the community. Working primarily with high school educators and nonprofit organizations, the foundation has teamed up with local leaders to determine how to spark financial literacy education in all age groups. For more information visit
Save the date
   Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Hillsborough will be hosting a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony and community celebration on Saturday, Oct. 5 at noon at the Hillsborough Centre shopping plaza, located at 649 US Highway 206 (next to Stop & Shop grocery, Thai Kitchen III and Retro Fitness).
   There will be refreshments and participation from other vendors in Somerset County, including raffles and giveaways. They are also offering guest one-day memberships on Saturday, with up to 50 percent off guest rates on services, 10 percent off products, free chair massages and skin mapping analysis.
   The first 25 people to sign up for their Lifestyle Program will receive a gift card for an Express Facial. Owners, Archna and Harin Patel are local to Somerset County, and they wanted to bring their belief and passion in health and wellness back to their community. The spa offers a wide variety of services including massage, facials, waxing, peels and microdermabrasion seven days a week.
   The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a workshop on Friday, Oct. 4, at 8:30 a.m. at Copper Hill Country Club on one of the most challenging aspects for any business: hiring new employees.
   Andrew Borkin of Strategic Advancement will provide insight on how to handle hiring decisions for your business. The fee to attend is $35 for members and $55 for non-members. To register for this event, visit or call 908-782-7115.
   Witherspoon Grill will be hosting its fifth annual Harvest & Music Festival on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Hinds Plaza in Princeton. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good donation for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Sponsors include: New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance company, JM Group (Witherspoon Grill, Blue Point Grill, and Nassau Street Seafood & Produce Co., Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, Mercedes-Benz of Princeton, NHKT Urban Renewal, Carl S. Defazio Private Investigations, Nassau Inn & Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Borden Perlman Salisbury & Kelly, Northeast Displays & Graphics, La Jolie Salon & Spa, Paulina Fernandez and Mary Kay.
   Sunday brunch is back at The Peacock Inn, featuring a new fall brunch menu. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Peacock Inn is located at 20 Bayard Lane in Princeton. Call 609-924-1707 for more information.
   The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Princeton, located in the Princeton Shopping Center at 301 N. Harrison Ave., is presenting a Young Dancers Program. There are 12-week sessions for ages 4 to 8 and 9 to 14. The dancers will learn Cha Cha, Waltz, Swing, Rumba, Salsa and more. Sibling discounts are also available. These sessions will lead to their winter performance at their Holiday Ball on Dec. 6. For more information, call 609-921-8881 or visit them online at
   The Hillsboro Farm and Country Market is now open for the season with hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through October. Hillsboro Farm is located at 219 Hillsborough Road in Hillsborough. Call 908-500-0803 or visit for more information.
Specials and sales
   Join Tre Piani on Friday nights for their Restaurant Supported Agriculture (RSA) dinners. The cost is $29.95 for a three-course dinner. They are located at 120 Rockingham Row, (Forrestal Village) in Princeton and can be reached by phone at 609-452-1515.
   Hendrixson’s Furniture has begun its fall inventory reduction sale. They are located at 3539 York Road (Route 263) in Furlong, Pa., or give them a call at 215-794-7325 or visit them on the web at to learn more.
   If you’re a local business doing something new, interesting, good for the community, or just want to let our readers know about a new product or service, please contact General Manager Brad Koltz at