Princeton Merchants Association

Our mission is to create a vibrant and sustainable local economy in Princeton by attracting, nurturing, and maintaining a mix of businesses that serve the economic, social and material needs of our community and make Princeton a great place to live and work.

Dec 31

November General Membership Meeting - 11/18/14

"Strategic Planning - Employees the Key to Business Success"

Guest Speaker: John Villamil, Certified Strategies Certified Coach

Strategic planning can vary for businesses based on many factors, including their industry, local community and resources, technology, work environment and their entity status. A non-profit organization and for-profit entity can differ greatly when it comes to strategic planning and running a business efficiently and effectively.

John Villamil will present programs to assist on employee relations, management styles and achieving a team concept. As a Certified Strategies Coach and the co-owner of La Jolie Salon & Spa, he has seen firsthand the success that applying deliberate effort in your business can provide.

8:00 - 8:30am - Coffee and Informal Networking

8:30 - 8:45am - Member Spotlights

8:45 - 9:45am - Featured Presentation

9:45 - 10:00am - Q&A; Final Announcements

Princeton Public Library - Community Room

Member Spotlights:

Judy Hutton, CEO
Nancy Faherty, Director of Advocacy & Development
YWCA Princeton

Marc Dashield
Princeton's new Administrator

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Nov 14

October General Membership Meeting - 10/21/14

"Innovation and Parking Technology to Enhance the Retail Experience in Princeton"

Guest Speakers: Mayor Liz Lempert, Administrator Robert Bruschi and Assistant Engineer Deanna Stockton

Representatives from the municipality of Princeton will present and seek feedback on possible new parking technology to replace the current system at the municipal garage and meters on the street.  Come discuss how innovations in parking technology may be used to enhance the retail experience in Princeton and create opportunities for businesses to attract more customers. (read Town Topics Newspaper article, October 22, 2014)

8:00 - 8:30am - Coffee and Informal Networking

8:30 - 8:45am - Member Spotlights

8:45 - 9:45am - Featured Presentation

9:45 - 10:00am - Wrap up and final announcements

Princeton Public Library - Community Room

Member Spotlights:

Fran McManus, The Princeton School Gardens Cooperative
Get to know more about "Garden State on Your Plate," a farm to school project, that brings fresh produce and products grown by local farmers into school cafeterias at lunchtime, where local chefs prepare simple recipes for tastings and for nutrition education.  This month's featured vegetable is chard!

Kristin Appelget, Director of Community and Regional Affairs
Joseph Woodward, Associate Director for Procurement 
Princeton University

Princeton University does more than $100 million dollars in business with outside companies each year. But how much of that business is actually transacted with merchants in the town? In fact, how many Princeton businesses actually know how to go about offering their goods and services to the University?  Come learn how! click here to view resource list for doing business with Princeton University ...

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6:00 pm18:00

PFD + PFARS Benefit Cocktail Party

Co-sponsored by
McCaffrey's and PMA

Friday, October 17th | 6 - 9 pm

Princeton Shopping Center Courtyard  under the grand Food Show tent

Come meet, greet and thank Princeton's local heroes!

Enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, entertainment by Princeton Arts Council's Artist in Residence Lisa Botalico, PLUS a chance to win a door prize!

100% of tickets sales will be donated to the Princeton Fire Department and the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad. click here to view press release ...

Reserve your tickets now!  click here for more details ...

(read The Princeton Packet article, October 20, 2014)

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8:00 am08:00

September General Membership Meeting - 9/23/14

Social Media & Your Business

click here to view Hilary's presentation and special offering ...

Guest Speaker: Hilary Morris, Hilary Morris Communications, LLC

We all know how important social media is for our businesses.  But are you utilizing the tools wisely to meet your goals?  With the right strategy, you can maximize your presence online and increase interaction with your audience.  Learn the importance of Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram and hashtags and how they pertain to you. Get the latest information on the future of social media from expert Hilary Morris, a PR pro, an event planner, a social media marketing consultant, a blogger and an influencer. click here to read more about our speaker ...

8:00 - 8:30am - Coffee and Informal Networking

8:30 - 9:45am - Member Spotlights and Featured Presentation

9:45 - 10:00am - Wrap up and final announcements

Princeton Public Library - Community Room

Member Spotlights:
Mayor Lempert speaks about Business Hours of Operation Ordinance
Access Princeton
A representative from The Municipality of Princeton will be presenting their new community service called Access Princeton.  Its mission is to provide all Princeton’s citizens with easy access to information and responses they need in one easy place.

Official launch on September 18th: The Municipality of Princeton is proud to announce a new community service for citizens.  It’s called Access Princeton and its mission is to provide all Princeton’s citizens with easy access to information and responses they need in one easy place.  The public is invited to attend the Grand Opening on Thursday, Sept. 18th at Noon on the steps of Monument Hall, 1 Monument Drive.  Please RSVP to

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Jul 16

Waiters' Race 2014 Results


check out PMA's Waiters' Race video created by YourTownTube of Princeton!

59 contestants, 28 ladies and 31 men, from 16 restaurants & cafes:

Agricola, Alchemist & Barrister, Blue Point Grill, Chez Alice, Despana Princeton, Eno Terra, Ivy Inn, Main Street Bistro, McCaffrey's, Mediterra, Teresa Caffe, Triumph Brewing Co., Winberie's, Witherspoon Grill, Yankee Doodle Tap Room, and Zorba's.

The Ladies' Finalists:

Lauren Hoey (Mediterra) - 1st Place
Rachel Simmins (Witherspoon Grill) - 2nd Place
Hannah Saccone (Eno Terra) - 3rd Place
Chelsea Smith (Eno Terra)
Ashley Carver (Ivy Inn)
Emily Alpert (Triumph)
Mandy Silowka (Winberies)
Theresa Kalfass (Teresa Caffe)

The Men's Finalists:

Dan Speck (Witherspoon Grill) - 1st Place
Rocky Pineda (Witherspoon Grill) - 2nd Place
Tone Repollent (Triumph) - 3rd Place
Boone Wheeler (Teresa Caffe)
Chris Reinhardt (Winberie's)
John Ryan Fry (Yankee Doodle Tap Room)
Justin Kahn (Ivy Inn)


Alchemist & Barrister
Altman Investment Management
Arts Council of Princeton
Bai Drinks
Bent Spoon
Chez Alice
Despana Princeton
Hamilton Jewelers
JM Group
La Jolie
Lindt Chocolates
Main Street Bistro
Nassau Inn/Yankee Doodle Tap Room
New Jersey Athletic Club
Palmer Square
PNC Bank
Princeton Merchants Association
Princeton Printer
Princeton University Store
Road ID
Smith's Ace Hardware
Terra Momo Group
Triumph Brewing Co.
Whole Earth

Many thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers!  See you all at next year's Waiters' Race at the Princeton Shopping Center!

click here for Waiters' Race Princeton Facebook page

click here to view Waiters' Race 2014 photo album

(check out Princeton Echo's party crasher photos from PMA's June Social!)

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Jun 20

2014 National Special Olympic Games - 6/16/14 to 6/20/14

Special Olympics Aquatics and Track and Field Events

Princeton University - DeNunzio Pool and Weaver Stadium

Princeton Merchants Association and the Princeton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau will provide free shuttle service between the venues to downtown Princeton. The shuttle will run in a continuous 30-minute loop during a five hour period on each of the days of the events, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m.

Volunteers from the PMA and PRCVB will ride on the shuttle to welcome visitors and give directions to places to shop, dine and tour.

click here to view shuttle schedule and special offers on PMA's Special Olympics page ...

Enhance your Princeton experience during the events with "The Free & Fabulous Shameless Name Dropping Self Guided Mobile Tour of Princeton" by Princeton Tour Company.  click here for more on how to download the free tour

8:00 am08:00

May General Membership Meeting - 5/27/14

Business Law:  Harassment 101

Guest Speaker: Brad Mitchell, Stevens & Lee

Every business owner and manager needs to ensure that their workplace remains free of all forms of harassment.  This includes employees, but did you know it extends to customers, vendors and visitors and even to non-work locations?  Learn to identify "hostile" or "offensive" speech or conduct and the appropriate actions to protect your business and staff.   click here to read more about our speaker ...

8:00 - 8:30am - Coffee and Informal Networking

8:30 - 9:45am - Member Spotlights and Featured Presentation

9:45 - 10:00am - Wrap up and final announcements

Princeton Public Library - Community Room

Member Spotlights:
Princeton Half Marathon
The Waiters' Race

8:00 am08:00

March General Membership Meeting - 3/25/14

Special Presentation: Local Real Estate Panel

Learn about how the Real Estate market is trending in 2014 in both the residential and commercial spaces. Join us for a powerful seven-panel discussion and get exclusive information on market trends in Princeton.  Entrepreneurial minds are eager to know the microeconomics of local Princeton. Find out what new businesses are making an entrance to our marketplace, the hurdles of building a business in town and so much more.

Meet our panelists:
Jack Morrison – Principal, JM Group
Judson Henderson – Principal, Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s
Peter Dodds – Principal, Morford & Dodds Realty
David Newton – Vice President, Palmer Square Management
David G. Germakian – Development Manager, EDENS
Josh Zinder – Principal, JZA+D
Derek Bridger – Zoning Officer, Town of Princeton

click here to read more about our panelists ...

Member Spotlights:
Good Grief
One Princeton

8:00am - Networking

8:30am - Presentations begin

Princeton Public Library - Community Room

8:00 am08:00

February General Membership Meeting - 2/25/14

Leadership Program featuring Neil Ducoff, award-winning author, business coach and global keynote speaker

8:00am - Networking

8:30am - "No-Compromise Leadership … How to Achieve Extraordinary"  Learn how to create a dynamic no-compromise company culture, committed to driving the Four Business Outcomes – productivity, profitability, staff retention and customer loyalty.  more ...

Princeton Public Library - Community Room

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