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!

11 Hulfish St.
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 497-1019

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

Got Art?



The Arts Council of Princeton presents a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events and studio-based classes and workshops in the visual, performing and literary arts.

In 1970, the Arts Council of Princeton introduced a community art event, “The Art People’s Party”, which was held on the lawn of Nassau Hall on the Princeton University Campus.  This popular arts festival ultimately became one of Princeton’s most beloved annual traditions.  Over the years the event has had two name changes; in 1985 it was renamed Communiversity, to reflect the participation of students from Princeton University, and again in 2006 when it became Communiversity Festival of the Arts.  ComFest can now be found throughout the downtown Princeton area; at Nassau and Witherspoon Streets, on the Green at Palmer Square, and it’s original home, Nassau Hall.  Last year’s event drew over 40,000 people from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

This year’s event, which is free to the public, will be held on Sunday, April 17, 2016, from 1:00 to 6:00pm, rain or shine.  Featured will be over 200 booths showcasing original art and contemporary crafts, merchandise, food, children’s activities, six stages of continuous entertainment and a broad representation of the many businesses and organizations that play a prominent role in the vibrant life of the Princeton community.

Applications to participate as an artist, crafter, merchandise or food vendor, non-profit organization or performer are now available online at www.artscouncilofprinceton.org

Deadline for submission is February 23, 2016.

Communiversity Festival of the Arts

The Arts Council of Princeton

Paul Robeson Center for the Arts

102 Witherspoon Street

Princeton, New Jersey 08542




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

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

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

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

Holiday Happenings Around The Square



The Residences at Palmer Square wish our Princeton neighbors a very special Thanksgiving, to be shared with family, friends and beautiful memories that remind us to be grateful for all the goodness in our lives. Thanksgiving traditionally begins the start of holiday season, and nowhere is that more evident than here in Palmer Square.

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Stroll over to The Green at Palmer Squre on Friday, November 27th at 5:00pm and watch Santa Claus help light a spectacular 65-foot Norwegian Spruce – our very own Christmas tree adorned with over 32,000 lights.There will also be special musical performances by Princeton High School Choir and Bob Denson Blues.

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Continuing with the holiday theme, seasonal sounds will be heard around the Square from 12 noon to 3:00pm every Saturday and Sunday, beginning Saturday, November 28th through Sunday, December 20th. Although there will there be a variety of musical groups to entertain you, you won’t be able to miss the “ho-ho-ho” sounds from that man in the red suit, as he awaits meeting our “I’ve been good all year” children before they hand over their legendary gift list.

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On Thursday evening, December 3rd, men take over Palmer Square for the first-ever Guys Shopping Night Out.  From 5:00pm until 8:30pm the shops will be running exclusive sales and promotions to make choosing the right gift for the woman in their life less stressful.  In fact, this issue becomes a no-brainer, as a registry has been set up for women to sign on with their wish list. There will also be a special on food and drink where the men can meet up with their friends, and an added plus – free parking in the garages. And, to make certain there’s something for the guys – after all, this is supposed to be their night, right? – they will have a chance to win a flat-screen TV and a Super Bowl party, compliments of 94.5 WPST.  Men and women must RSVP on separate sites; go to

http://www.palmersquare.com/events/guys-shopping-night-out and follow the links.

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Princeton University A Cappella Jam & Toy drive happens on Friday, December 4th between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00pm.  Music will be provided by some of the University groups.  JaZams is offering a 20% discount for any toy purchased to donate to YMCA St. Nicholas Project toy drive.

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Santa’s Helpers Walking Tour, held every Saturday, is one of Princeton’s most cherished traditions for parents and grandparents of 4-year, 5-year and 6-year old youngsters who are fascinated with all things Santa Claus. Co-sponsored by Princeton Tour Company and Palmer Square Management, this one-hour tour is designed to create one of the most memorable childhood experiences of the holiday season. Find out what life on like on the North Pole, how Santa met Mrs. Claus, why holiday trees exist, what is the preferred snacks of the reindeers, and insider tidbits to be sure letters arrive safely, and timely, to Santa.

Early registration is required. To reserve your space, log on to http://www.princetontourcompany.com and indicate your choice of date and time;

Saturday December 05, 2015      11:30am  – 12:30pm

Saturday December 05, 2015       1:00pm  – 2:00pm

Saturday December 12, 2015       11:30am  – 12:30pm

Saturday December 12, 2015       1:00pm  – 2:00pm

Saturday December 19, 2015       11:30am  – 12:30pm

Saturday December 19, 2015       1:00pm   – 2:00pm

There is a $5.00 per family fee.  All proceeds will be donated to help scholarship children to the YMCA Summer Camps.

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This year, Princeton’s annual Menorah Lighting ceremony takes place on Tuesday, December 8th at 5:00pm. Join us at the North Plaza on Hulfish Street as the first of eight Chanukah candles is lit.  After, meet up in the Senior Room at the Nassau Inn to hear special guest speakers, sing and dance to the tunes of the Odessa Klezmer Band, and enjoy delicious refreshments.


Happy Holidays from our famliy to yours!

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

This N’ That in Princeton

The town of Princeton, and some Princtonians have recently been the recipients of several prestigious awards, and recognition.





f-nobelecon-a-20151014-870x688Angus Deaton, FBA

Once again a Princeton University professor has been awarded a Nobel Prize. According to the Royal Swedish Academy, Angus Deaton was honored with the 2015 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in consumption, poverty and welfare.

“The consumption of goods and services is a fundamental part of people’s welfare. The Laureate, Angus Deaton, has deepened our understanding of different aspects of consumption,” the Nobel committee said. “His research concerns issues of immense importance for human welfare, not least in poor countries. Deaton’s research has greatly influenced both practical policymaking and the scientific community. By emphasizing the links between individual consumption decisions and outcomes for the whole economy, his work has helped transform modern microeconomics, macroeconomics and development economics.”

Angus Deaton, a native of the United Kingdom, earned his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He taught at Cambridge and the University of Bristol before joining the faculty at Princeton in 1983. He is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and a professor of economics and international affairs in Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

“Angus Deaton is a brilliant economist whose pioneering research attacks big questions with rigor, imagination and daring,” said Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber. “He has deepened our understanding of poverty, inequality and human well-being in ways that will inform both academic and policy debates for decades to come. Angus has been a leader not only in his field but also on this campus, where he has taught for more than 30 years. We are fortunate to have him at Princeton, and we are thrilled that he has won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.”

Deaton joins several other tenured Princeton faculty members who have received a Nobel Prize in Economics, including Christopher Sims in 2011, Paul Krugman in 2008, and Daniel Kahneman in 2002.


“Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty”

Local playwright Noemi de la Puente and composer David Davila have won the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival special award for social relevance and impact for “Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty”, a musical comedy about illegal immigration. The festival is the largest musical theatre event in the United States, and provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions to reach peers, industry leaders, and musical theatre fans.

Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty” is based on the life story of Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a 2006 graduate of Princeton University who was selected as salutatorian and won a scholarship to study classics at Oxford University. An undocumented immigrant from the Dominican Republic who once was homeless, his story gained widespread national media attention.  More than 90 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and off Broadway, and in regional theaters, which is the goal of De la Puente and Davila for “Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty”.  Stay tuned.



Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton has been designated the best small city in America. A recent in-depth analysis of more than 1,000 cities with a population between 25,000 and 100,000 was conducted by WalletHub, the personal finance website, to determine their recommendations for their 2015 Best &Worst Small Cities in America report.  WalletHub evaluated the cities using a data set of 22 key metrics that ranged from housing costs to school-system quality to the number of restaurants per capita. Of the 1,268 small cities studied, Princeton took the #1 position.  But, hey, you already knew that!


Will be back soon with more This n’ That in Princeton.  Hope you’re enjoying the community snippets.