Joan Verdon, North Jersey News

Joan Verdon

North Jersey News

Rutherford, NJ, United States

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Past articles by Joan:

Steven Weil, whose Party Box was North Jersey's go-to for balloons and costumes, dies at 62

For 50 years, it was North Jersey's source for anything needed to host parties. It survived recessions and was featured in a "Sopranos" episode. → Read More

In retail, one thing is certain: Everything changes, especially in January

Retail reporter Joan Verdon looks back on the changes she's seen over the past two decades and ahead at what to expect in the future. → Read More

Perfect Accent store gets its holiday wish: More time at Garden State Plaza

Perfect Accent, an accessories store being displaced at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, has won a little more time at the mall → Read More

Paterson bakes, the world takes. Greek pita from the Garden State wins global fans

Kontos Foods has three Paterson factories and its pita now gets sent across the country and exported to the Middle East. → Read More

Latest retail trend: 'Click Bricks' bringing online brands to the mall

Online retailers increasingly are deciding that they need physical stores as well, and North Jersey is a prime place to open them. → Read More

The Paper Towel state? Walmart says New Jersey cleans up in this category

Paper towels were Walmart's top selling item in New Jersey. Look at the rest of the states for some surprises. → Read More

Lowe's home improvement finalizes deal to open in Hanover this summer

The Lowe's store will be joined by a gas station and a convenience store. → Read More

New Jersey lawmakers urged to lead the fight against dangerous warehouse jobs

Warehouse Workers Stand Up, a coalition of labor and policy groups, is asking state lawmakers to put pressure on Amazon and other warehouse operators. → Read More

Yes, Santa did once arrive by helicopter at Garden State Plaza (We've got the video proof)

We asked for evidence and we got it. Santa did used to arrive by helicopter at the old Garden State Plaza. → Read More

A story where the little guys win: These neighborhood toy shops live on after Toys R Us

Where are you going to run for last-minute toy gifts in a post-Toys R Us world? Here are some options around North Jersey. → Read More

Garden State Plaza mall's new manager: Walk a mile, or two, in his shoes

Jay Daly took over the top job at New Jersey's largest shopping center just before the start of the holiday season. → Read More

Rockaway Townsquare mall set to get a makeover, including a modern food court

The 41-year-old mall will get new flooring and wall finishes, a redesigned food court and an interactive play area for kids. → Read More

Amazon can deliver the Christmas tree, but not the holiday memories

A fresh-cut Christmas tree in a box? For the first time, Amazon will sell you a fresh tree delivered to your doorstep. We review the experience. → Read More

Amazon can deliver the tree, but not the holiday memories

A fresh-cut Christmas tree in a box? For the first time, Amazon will sell you a fresh tree delivered to your doorstep. We review the experience. → Read More

Black Friday scorecard: More spending online, fewer shoppers in stores

Americans set records for online spending on Cyber Monday, but fewer shoppers went to the stores and malls over the weekend. → Read More

Small Business Saturday: New Jersey downtown stores get creative to earn your business

Small Business Saturday was started by American Express in 2010 to help small downtown retailers emerge from the shadow of mall mania. → Read More

Retail is dead? Please. Black Friday sales not slowing down at NJ's largest mall

The Black Friday tradition was alive and well at New Jersey's largest mall, which was expecting 100,000 shoppers to pass through its doors. → Read More

The top five office space makeover must-haves

North Jersey office buildings are adding gyms, expanding their cafeterias, and even installing fire pits to woo tenants. → Read More

North Jersey office boom, 30 years later: Here's what happened to all those buildings

Suburban office parks and corporate headquarters shaped North Jersey. Now shifting demographics and workplace changes are reshaping old buildings. → Read More

It's not just you: Black Friday is more like Blah Friday at the malls

There are more places to shop and new ways to shop online and on your phone, and that has made Black Friday crowds less intense. → Read More