Asbury Park Unites to Support Local Businesses 

On Thursday, June 12 from 4:30 – 9 pm, business owners, residents and tourists alike gathered at the 700 “Art Block” of Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park to celebrate local businesses. The Block Party opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the recent partnership and new Asbury Park office location for Jersey Shore At Anytime, Gold Mobile and Marshall, Jackson & Partners. 

Toulouse Interiors joined the party with its own Elan Sullivan represented at a welcoming table. “I had the chance to talk about the work we do at Toulouse while meeting some really lovely people and still had time to try the delicious food,” said Sullivan. “It was an excellent opportunity to catch up with some other local business owners.” 

A look-book featuring glimpses of Toulouse’s portfolio and elegantly crafted salt-water taffy giveaways captured the creative style of Toulouse Interiors and celebrated the classic Jersey Shore spirit of the event. 

Jersey Shore At Anytime, an online marketplace created to promote small, local businesses, along with the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation and AP Vibe, organized the Art Block Party. 

This free event featured over 50 local merchants, live music, food, entertainment and a variety of giveaways. Art galleries and specialty stores were open, welcoming the public inside to explore the culture of Asbury Park. 

The Where Music Lives Museum featured the opening of their “Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes Through the Lens of John Cavanaugh,” photo exhibit. Other attendees included Monmouth County Tourism, Monmouth County Arts, Monmouth County SPCA, The Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau, Where Music Lives and Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, amongst many others. 

With the effects of Hurricane Sandy still affecting the area, events like the Art Block Party show immense support for local businesses by connecting ties between merchants and consumers. Focusing on the community on a united front allows Asbury Park to benefit as a whole as the city’s restoration continues, and its rich, cultural history is preserved for generations to come.