Sweat & Strut Works Out On Walnut Street

Sweat & Strut Works Out On Walnut Street


By Michele Silver


After being in business for a little less than one year on Valley Road in Upper Montclair, the studio-to-street apparel shop Sweat & Strut has relocated to Walnut Street. It has the distinct honor of being the first retailer in this blossoming business section, with a host of fitness, dance and yoga studios in close proximity.


Owner, competitive athlete, insurance executive, mom of two, and 13-year Montclairian Melissa Sowa has brought her “passion for high-quality leggings and athleisure designed for every body and activity to women and girls” to the community. Although Sowe was overjoyed to be part of the Upper Montclair Business District, her new Walnut Street neighbors have been “amazing.”


In addition a variety of leggings, Sweat & Strut carries tanks, graphic tees, sweats, grip socks, headbands, totes, jewelry, candles, hair perfume, and other small giftables. Locally made brands include K-Deer, Emily Hsu, WITH, Koral, Sol & Selene, Equipt4u, Alala, Lazy Pants, and PrismSport.


“I love to be in the store to help you find the right fit and function as much as I can. I often suggest that women try a new brand and if they put that trust in me they will feel great. But for when I can’t, I’ve put together an amazing, team that share my passion,” she explained. “Our customers range from fitness enthusiasts to those who don’t work out but appreciate a legging designed to fit you perfectly, in all the right places, so you can run errands or enjoy a night out.” Sweat & Strut will be adding a men’s brand in March.


Sowa stands by her choice of brick and mortar for this type of clothing and doesn’t see e-commerce as a decent substitute: “I believe you should try leggings on to make sure you have the perfect fit so you look good and feel good—you can’t do that online. All brands are sized differently. We will fit you in the size and brand that works best for you.”


Sweat & Strut

124 Walnut St.



Michele Silver is a freelance writer who has been living in Montclair for 10 years. She would wear leggings every day if she could.


Sunshine Sam Reopens At Cornerstone Montclair

Sunshine Sam Reopens At Cornerstone Montclair

By Michele Silver


Montclair’s battery-free destination for playthings, Sunshine Sam, launches its first Pop-Up event—“Spread the Love”— this weekend at its brand-new home at Cornerstone Montclair, 198 Bellevue Ave.


Cornerstone Montclair, founded by Wendy Lacey, is a new organization that partners with local businesses, educators and service providers to foster a community in which people of all abilities “have opportunities for work, healthy movement and social engagement.”  Sunshine Sam is the toy purveyor and a mission partner for Cornerstone.


Starting tomorrow, Fri., Feb. 9 through Sun., Feb. 11, Sunshine Sam will be selling toys, penny candy, chocolate roses, organic cotton candy, and artisanal cards and gifts. If one of your sweeties is a fan of Harry Potter, check out the “I Put a Spell on You” wand shop.

Parents looking to get their kids’ class Valentine’s done in one fell swoop? Reserve a spot at one of the Make-and-Take Valentines workshops (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449acad23abfd0-make) on Sat., Feb. 10, 11am – 5pm and Sun., Feb. 11, 11am – 4pm.


There’s a “Spread the Love” Wall & Confetti Sensory Experience on Sat., Feb. 10, 2pm – 4pm. Pose with friends and family for an Instagram-worthy photo op or take a selfie in front of the “Spread The Love” wall, created by super talented Azie of Verdigreen Home.


Sunshine Sam at Cornerstone Montclair
198 Bellevue Ave.

Upper Montclair



Michele Silver is a freelancer living in Montclair for more than nine years. She loves hiring other people to do crafts with her 8 year old.

Discover “Something New” at Bridal Atelier Montclair

Discover “Something New” at Bridal Atelier Montclair

By Michele Silver

Store 4

Designer Rachel Sweebe spent 20 years in the fashion business before discovering her love of wedding gowns. Over the next 10 years, she created custom designs and launched her own collection, which eventually led to her new retail space, Bridal Atelier Montclair, located in the heart of Upper Montclair. “Opening this boutique seemed like the natural next step in pursuing my love of all things bridal!” she enthused.


Bridal Atelier Montclair carries a beautiful assortment of gowns, veils and headpieces from American and European designers such as Flora, Romona Keveza, Claire Pettibone, Amy Kuschel, Campodoro Bride and Sara Gabriel. The unique brands are a real draw for customers seeking something truly special for their big day. “Most of our designers are exclusive to us in New Jersey,” Sweebe said.


The trends for spring/summer focus on classic/ clean silhouettes, deep “V” necklines, sheer details and gowns in crepe fabric. “Our bride is contemporary in her style, she wants modern with a twist paired without compromising impeccable fit and luxurious fabrics,” she explained.

The shop offers private one-on-one bridal and accessory appointments, complete alteration services and maximum flexibility for customizations on the gowns that we carry, according to Sweebe. “We take great care in creating a relaxed and personal experience for both our brides and their families.”

Bridal Atelier Montclair
623 Valley Rd.
Montclair, NJ 07043

Michele Silver is a freelancer who has been living in Montclair for 10 years. Her favorite part of her wedding was shopping for her gown.

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