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North Jersey Businesses Hurt As Brokers Cut Back On Bagels, Lactose

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You'd think strip clubs, steak houses, and Real Doll outfitters would be the only ones feeling the pinch of financial professionals not making/spending any money, but you'd be wrong! In Northern New Jersey, bagels and cheese, items heretofore considered staples in the community, are being cast aside, deemed luxuries too expensive to justify in these hard times. Rick Breistein, proprietor of the Cheese Shop of Ridgewood which sells $60/pound English Stilton and Brillat-Savarin, says that many of his former customers are "bond traders...[who] don't come in anymore...they are suffering--they are not making the money."
And according to bagel guy Elliot Cohen, there's been a dramatic drop in orders from the nearby Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney. "We used to get breakfast and lunch deliveries there, and we've seen a lot less," he said. "One guy used to buy breakfast for the whole group on Friday. He doesn't come anymore." I speak for everyone here when I say there's an almost unbearable sadness about this permeating the DBHQ this morning. So here's what--our sandwich welfare program is now being extended to include bagels and lox. If you know a deserving individual who can no longer afford his/her own shmear, get in touch. Jews and non-Jews welcome. Any requests for flagels will be sent to spam.
Wall Street's Pain Felt By North Jersey Retailers [The Record]


Ashley Dupré's New Career Involves Encouraging Customers To Put Clothes On

If it feels like it's been forever since we last heard from Eliot Spitzer's former gal-pal Ashley Dupré it's because it has. What's she been up to since July 2010, when she told reporters she was focusing on getting her real estate license and writing a dating column which sadly did not continue past its debut? Becoming a small business owner and shedding her old skin, which she'd appreciate if you didn't bring up in conversation. That (hooking) was then, this (being a New Jersey-based entrepreneur) is now. And while the new venture "represents a continuation of her evolution," rest assured "special underthings" and swimsuits will always have a place in her life. Four years after her high-priced hotel romps with Eliot Spitzer dynamited his tenure as governor of New York and made her infamous, Ashley Dupré says she turned a page Monday with the opening of Femme by Ashley, a lingerie and swimwear boutique on the choicest block in downtown Red Bank. The shop, Dupré told redbankgreen in an exclusive interview, “is almost like the beginning of the rest of my life...Petite and wearing eyeglasses that made her appear somewhat more studious than she did in Girls Gone Wild videos made a decade ago, 27-year-old Dupré said she agreed to redbankgreen‘s request for a sit-down only at the urging of her boyfriend, TJ Earle, who thought it was important in establishing community roots. She said it would likely be her only interview on the topic. “I’m just done with it,” Dupré said of her scandal-based persona. “I’m very private. People don’t believe that, but I’m a very private person. I don’t want that life. I’m not looking to be in the press. I’m just looking to get on with my life.” “I’m a girl, and I think every girl likes to shop and explore their tastes,” she said. “Getting into this business, I kind of explored all of these designers and fell in love with them.” The shop offers swimsuits in the $180 to $200 range as well as some “special” underthings, Dupré said. Pop in for a look-see today. ASHLEY DUPRÉ SETS UP SHOP AND MOVES ON [RedBankGreen via Daily Intel]