Zoë: Women’s Designer Apparel, Straight from the Runway to Your Closet at The Residences at Palmer Square

Isabel Marant. DVF. Rag & Bone. Current/Elliott. A.L.C. Helmut Lang. J Brand. Tibi. It's this eclectic mix of designers that, according the Zoë Facebook page, "sets [this women's boutique apart] from its look-a-likes." It's also the reason behind Zoë's healthy client base (women of all ages are known to browse the racks here), as well as the shop's longevity: Zoë has been a member of Princeton's retail scene since 1995.

Owner Lisa Brock is yet another reason for the boutique's success. A graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology, Brock is regularly in the audience at all the larger fashion shows, so you can rest assured that everything on display at Zoë is reflective of the latest looks and trends from the runway. One final thing to note: Zoë stocks footwear, handbags, and accessories in addition to apparel. Stop in now to see new clutches from Lanvin, and check out the shop's sale section—you're likely to find a new item for your closet at The Residences at Palmer Square!

Zoë
11 Hulfish St.
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 497-1019
www.shopzoeonline.com
www.facebook.com/SHOPZOE

Old Barracks Museum: North America’s Last Remaining British Military Barracks Is Only a 30-Minute Drive from The Residences at Palmer Square

Princeton is a town steeped in history, but diehard history buffs are encouraged to venture beyond our town's limits. That's the only way to discover the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, a Revolutionary War site that's about 13 miles from The Residences at Palmer Square.

Built in 1758, this colonial barracks — the last of its kind in North America, per the museum's website — provided shelter to British soldiers during the French and Indian War. It was also used by American troops during the Revolutionary War, then lived on to serve as a military hospital and private homes before becoming a museum in October 1903. Today, the Old Barracks Museum is owned and maintained by the state of New Jersey.

Every year, tens of thousands of visitors explore the barracks to experience living history as costumed docents provide guided tours. Don't depart without a lap around the museum's Quartermaster's Store, home to handicrafts, teas, candles, and gifts with a colonial theme!

Old Barracks Museum
101 Barrack St
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 396-1776
www.barracks.org

A Can’t-Miss Holiday Event Near The Residences at Palmer Square: Trolley Tours With the Princeton Tour Company

Want to get in the holiday spirit and complete your gift shopping, all in one swoop? We know just the thing: a Holiday Trolley Tour! Offered by the venerable Princeton Tour Company, a local tour outfit headed by Princeton resident Mimi Omiecinski, these tours are held every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.

On the docket during the one-hour-long tours? A ride on one of Princeton Tour Company's iconic (and climate controlled) trolleys, accompanied by docent-supplied, lesser-known facts about Princeton's most famous residents, buildings, and private homes. Afterward, you can browse the many boutiques of downtown Princeton and hopefully check off your gift list as you go!

Holiday Trolley Tours with the Princeton Tour Company cost $15 per person. You can register online from the comfort of home at The Residences at Palmer Square.

Holiday Trolley Tours with the Princeton Tour Company
Saturdays through Dec. 31, 2015
Downtown Princeton
(609) 902-3637
www.princetontourcompany.com/polCalendarEvent.cfm?Program_Code=176

What to Do This Weekend Near The Residences at Palmer Square: Laugh Along With Up-and-Coming Comedians at Catch A Rising Star Princeton

The Hyatt Regency Princeton hosts more than out-of-towners. This local hotel is also known as the Princeton outpost of Catch A Rising Star, a comedy club that first debuted in New York City more than 40 years ago. The original NYC location has since shuttered, leaving behind a legacy of talent that includes Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Crystal, and Chris Rock, among other well-known names.

Today, Hyatt guests and Princeton locals alike can catch acts by up-and-coming comedians before they hit it big. Three shows are held every week, one of Fridays and two on Saturdays, with available show packages that offer a meal and a laugh at a special price. And make note, The Residences at Palmer Square comedians: Catch A Rising Star (or "Catch," as it's better known) offers classes in stand-up comedy. These seven-week-long workshops meet once a week and culminate in a chance to perform at the club!

Catch A Rising Star Princeton
Hyatt Regency Princeton
102 Carnegie Center
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 987-8018
princeton.hyatt.com/en/hotel/activities/hotel-activities/catcharisingstarcomedyclub.html

Restock Your Fridge at The Residences at Palmer Square With Bon Appetit’s Gourmet Groceries

Regular patrons of Bon Appetit can be divided into two camps: those who come to shop the family-owned supermarket's selection of gourmet groceries and those who arrive to feast upon Bon Appetit's prepared foods section.

That said, you can usually expect this Princeton market to be bustling during the lunch hour, when busy professionals and students stop by for lasagna, sandwiches, soups, macaroni and cheese, and other chef-prepared items from Bon Appetit's heat-and-eat section. All of the above can be enjoyed at the market's in-store cafe area, which also provides the opportunity for shopping pit stops over espresso and croissants.

If you head to Bon Appetit with the end goal of restocking your fridge at The Residences at Palmer Square, be sure to first check the market's online circular for current promos and specials. The website also lists the store's weekly prepared foods menu, as well as the daily soup offerings!

Bon Appetit
Princeton Shopping Center
301 N Harrison St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 924-7755
bonappetitfinefoods.com

Put Your Best Face Forward for the Holiday Season With Help From Godfrey Fitzgerald Salon, Located Just a Stone’s Throw From The Residences at Palmer Square

"Through our artistry, creativity, and culture, the ultimate mission of the Godfrey Fitzgerald Experience is to inspire the beauty within us all." That's the driving force behind the services rendered at Godfrey Fitzgerald's eponymous and high-end salon in Princeton, just moments from The Residences at Palmer Square.

Behind this serious artistry, however, is a staff of experts who are more likely to be described as friendly and hospital than somber and pensive. In fact, if you take a look through the salon's reviews on Yelp, you'll see adjectives like approachable, warm, and friendly used to describe Godfrey Fitzgerald's roster of pro stylists. That said, the most praise is directed toward Godfrey Fitzgerald himself, who many herald as a "master stylist," and, indeed, his services will cost you more than those performed by other members of his staff (but well worth the extra cost, clients agree).

Rest assured that whoever's standing behind your chair, you're likely to walk out with a cut, color (go for the balayage!), or style that'll help you face the holiday season with renewed confidence.

Godfrey Fitzgerald Salon
15 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 924-5355
www.godfreyfitzgerald.com

Bonkerz Family Fun Center: This Place Is More Than Just Child’s Play, The Residences at Palmer Square!

Seeking a surefire way to feel like a kid again, The Residences at Palmer Square? Head over to Bonkerz Family Fun Center in Princeton's Kingston Mall shopping center. This massive entertainment venue, which is open to the public for free play between Thursdays and Sundays, offers recreation in a number of forms.

Kids and adults alike can have a blast navigating the blacklit corridors of the 5,200-square-foot laser tag arena, while the 2,600-square-foot arcade houses a mix of retro and contemporary games, plus air hockey tables, basketball hoops, skeeball — even an old-fashioned candy shop. Trade your tickets in for a novelty prize, then head over the batting cages to hone your swing. Whatever you do, save time (and energy!) for Bonkerz's rock climbing wall, which at 90 feet long and 10 feet high, can deliver a serious workout at a rate of $10 per hour!

Bonkerz Family Fun Center
4437 New Jersey 27
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 454-5653
www.bonkerzffc.com

McCarter Theatre Center Near The Residences at Palmer Square: A Princeton Institution Since 1930

McCarter Theatre Center bills itself as "the region's leading performing arts center" — and who would argue? After all, this venerable performing arts institution has been a part of the Princeton landscape since February 1930, when it was founded to serve as the home base for the Princeton University Triangle Club.

Nowadays, however, McCarter Theatre Center is perhaps best known for its wide breadth of performances (more than 200 per year), which run the gamut from dance and theater to jazz and special presentations of international works. In fact, it's this diverse mix of art forms that's said to draw close to 200,000 visitors to McCarter Theatre Center annually.

Want to check it out, The Residences at Palmer Square? You can view the venue's online calendar to preview upcoming performances and to purchase tickets. Upcoming performances include A Christmas Carol, the Bollywood Masala Orchestra, and The Nutcracker.

McCarter Theatre Center
91 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 258-2787
www.mccarter.org/home.aspx?page_id=1

Quaker Bridge Mall: From Trick-or-Treating to Retail Therapy Near The Residences at Palmer Square

If you'll be heading to the Quaker Bridge Mall this Saturday and you'll have kids in tow, be sure to dress them in their Halloween costumes. If you do, they'll be able to participate in the mall's annual Kidgits Mall-O-Ween event, during which participating mall retailers will dole out candy to trick-or-treating shoppers! The fun starts at 1 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the Quaker Bridge Mall's Center Court.

Rather just stop by for a little retail therapy? You'll certainly find that here, as well: The Quaker Bridge Mall plays host to nearly 100 stores, with JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, and Sears acting as anchors. Housed within the enclosed mall's two levels is a wide variety of local and national retailers, including H&M, PacSun, Sephora, Old Navy, Zumiez, Apple, The Children's Place, Pandora, Lush Cosmetics, Forever21, Gymboree, Coach, Lawrenceville Embroidery — the list goes on.

Open seven days a week, the Quaker Bridge Mall is just five miles from The Residences at Palmer Square!

Quaker Bridge Mall
150 Quaker Bridge Mall
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 799-8177
www.simon.com/mall/quaker-bridge-mall
www.facebook.com/shopquakerbridge

Question for The Residences at Palmer Square: Did You Know That the Princeton Corkscrew Wine Shop Has Its Own iPhone App?

Photo apps, drawing apps, calendar apps, social apps… You probably have apps of all sorts already installed on your smartphone, but we know of one that you've probably yet to discover: the Princeton Corkscrew app, offered by the Princeton Corkscrew Wine Shop, a comprehensive wine shop right at your doorstep at The Residences at Palmer Square.

Available for free from iTunes, this useful app is a must-have for sommeliers and neophytes alike, as it gives users an advance heads up about new arrivals, in-store wine tastings, and even lets you shop new varietals directly through the app. What's more, the app suggests food and wine pairings, a feature that will certainly come in handy the next time you're hosting a party at The Residences at Palmer Square.

Of course, if you'd rather check out the Princeton Corkscrew Wine Shop's inventory in person, you can certainly do that, too. Open daily, the store specializes in “terroir wine,” with varietals hailing from all over the world. The customer service is top-notch here, so don't hesitate to ask for guidance should you need it.

Princeton Corkscrew Wine Shop
49 Hulfish St
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 430-1200
www.princetoncorkscrew.com