150 years later, visitors still flock to Pitman!

In the beginning, Pitman was created as a place to congregate. A group of ministers met in June 1871 and chose Pitman, then a part of Mantua, as a Methodist camp meeting site, finding the location “convenient and desirable” for “a rural country resort.” On Aug. 1, 1871, nearly 600 tents were set up in […]

18 hours in Glassboro and Pitman: How 2 towns combine for 1 epic day out

Known for both recent economic growth and rich history, Pitman and Glassboro were named to the most desirable Philadelphia suburb list by Philly Magazine earlier this year. But what makes these neighboring Gloucester County towns worthy of such accolades? Glassboro, a town once high on glass manufacturing, is now a bustling hub with shops, boutiques, […]

2 to Tango, Many to Zumba

Patrizio Merlo wasted no time getting down to the workout. He pumped up the music, started busting out dance moves, and in less than a second the 30 women at ZK Group Fitness were following along. What looked like a party at the Pitman fitness studio was actually a private Zumba session with the Argentine […]

42nd Street’ goes back to roots at Broadway Theatre of Pitman

“42nd Street” is going back to its 1930s roots at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman — open through Nov. 24 — with an all-female ensemble taking the spotlight. “We’re actually doing things a little bit differently,” said Megan Knowlton Balne, of Somerdale, the show’s director. “Back in the ’30s you didn’t have male ensembles. So […]

A change does Pitman store good

From purses to collectible figurines to old-fashioned vanities, Chic But Cheap offers a variety of accessories, furniture and household items for wallet-friendly prices.

A Perfect Blend

A Perfect Blend Around Town – Pitman by Matt Cosentino Images courtesy of Joan Stoltzfus Imagine a place where children can still safely walk to school, where the local ice cream parlor has lines out the door and where fire truck parades celebrating the town’s championship sports teams are held several times a year. It […]

Action News at My Fair Lady

Action News went to My Fair Lady, a consignment boutique at 20 S. Broadway in Pitman, New Jersey, to see if we could re-create the looks from the pages of magazines there. Despite what you might think about resale clothing, just about all the stock here is less than two years old. “We don’t take […]

Are arts the answer for Woodbury?

The “coming soon” notice in McArt a La Carte’s storefront window is a “huge step of faith” for a Woodbury couple set to open the art studio in mid-March. For Erin and Jim McHugh, opening a studio anywhere would be a risk. In Woodbury, the rent for the studio space at 1 S. Broad St. […]

Competing N.J. brewers say business is ‘not cutthroat’

Picture this: You open a business, you’re excited, it’s the only one of its kind in town — and then all of sudden the same type of operation opens right next door. You might think that would be bad for your business, right? In the craft-beer industry, at least in South Jersey, that’s not necessarily […]


Uptown Pitman congratulates Ron Zold, owner of Venice italian Eatery and Jim Cooper of Merritt’s House of Flowers.

Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery?

I.M. Jeffries was an old school private investigator who was collecting secrets about the residents of Pitman. He’s been missing for decades. You and your friends have 45 minutes to solve the puzzles in his office and learn his fate. Sound real? Well, it is. It is a real world game of clues and puzzle […]

Enjoyed Pitman Grove’s day

Concerning Dick Runner’s June 19 letter, “Much to celebrate at Pitman Grove fest,” I, too, enjoyed the First Annual Grove Festival. Compliments to the Friends of the Grove for such an event on June 2. I’m hoping it will continue and hope to see it grow. I was not previously aware that the hymn “In […]

Ex-Deptford police chief, wife reopen Pitman bakery

Happy news for doughnut lovers! A Deptford couple has purchased Pitman Bakery, closed at the end of 2012 after more than 40 years in business. The renowned pastry shop on South Broadway was purchased by Daniel and Veronica Murphy. Daniel also is Deptford’s former police chief. The sweet deal was sealed New Year’s Eve. “People […]

First-ever brewery in historically dry town is on its way!

PITMAN, N.J. (AP) – It was simple, the trio just liked to make beer. When they started six years ago, there was no grand plan, no investment strategy – the only plan was to make the beer good and then make it better and even better after that. Not to sell, but to drink – […]

Four generations enjoy Pitman car show

When all the tallies were counted, 106 car owners brought their prized possessions to the 9th Annual Pitman Manor Classic Car Show and Picnic. “When we held the first show eight years ago we had 15 cars attend. This year we had nearly eight times as many and of course Mother Nature cooperated by giving […]

Ghoulish Happenings Are Brewing In Pitman This Saturday

PITMAN, N.J. — Downtown Pitman gets into the Halloween spirit beginning this Saturday, October 12, with a number of activities for ghouls and goblins of all ages. The festivities begin with the 3rd Annual Witches of Pitman Shoppe Hop from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Pitman that will feature fun-filled Halloween themed activities scattered along […]

Gloucester County’s Most Eligible Bachelor Auction

The Women of Gloucester County Online Magazine hosted Gloucester County’s Most Eligible Bachelor Auction to benefit People for People Foundation on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Twelve bachelors, ranging in age from 22 to 35, vied for this title. Beginning on April 1st and ending May 7th, 2011, people voted for their favorite bachelor at the […]

Grant will go towards new public space for Pitman

Dreams of a Pocket Park facelift in the heart of Uptown Pitman will soon become a reality thanks to a THRIVE SJ Grant that was presented to the Chamber of Commerce last evening by Laura Wallick from New Jersey Community Capital. The $15,000 grant will go towards the conversion of Theatre Avenue to Theatre Plaza, […]

Harry Potter fans, get ready. Pitman’s getting its own Potter Festival!

The magic of the Wizarding World arrives this fall for the first ever Pitman Potter Festival beginning on Friday, October 20, and continuing through Saturday, October 21, 2017. The festival begins on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with a showing of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman. The festivities […]

It’s magic! A free way to see sold-out Potter Fest

PITMAN – No spell and flick of the magic wand can conjure a ticket to the sold-out Pitman Potter Festival Saturday. While wizards won’t be a part of the paid Hogwarts house-sorting ceremony, there are tons of events going on in Uptown Pitman that don’t need a wristband or are magically free. The festival kicks […]

Jim Six: To market, to market

After more than 40 years as an early childhood educator, working with infants and toddlers and “training big people who worked with little people,” Martie Mollenhauer is now retired. That does not mean she’s sitting in a rocking chair. No, Martie is too busy trying to “bring my spirit” to Pitman, where she lives. “I […]

Kelly Green Brewery is opening in Pitman to end the dry-town label

On Saturday afternoon, Kelly Green Brewery will open on Broadway, the main road in Pitman. The brewery will be complete with a tasting room, taps, and more than enough beer to go around, becoming the first brewery in the historically dry town. “I think opening a brewery here in Pitman will definitely add a breath […]

Landmark Pitman bakery set to reopen

It’s time to make the doughnuts. The landmark Pitman Bakery is scheduled to reopen in the spring after closing more than a year ago, leaving a void along South Broadway storefronts. Retired Deptford Police Chief Dan Murphy, 47, and his wife, Veronica, 48, a registered nurse, are starting a new career and family business. They […]

Mamma Mia! A flashmob and ABBA tribute band are coming to Pitman

You could change your mind, but you should be first in line for the upcoming Dancing Dream, ABBA tribute show at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman. Dancing Dream will perform all of the band’s 70s favorites like “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “Super Trooper,” while raising money for the Pitman Economic Development […]

Mayor throws himself in front of car to save dog

Former Pitman, New Jersey mayor Michael Batten risked his life when while on a walk, his dog broke free and ran into traffic. Though he suffered a number of broken bones, Batten was able to push his dog out of the way of an oncoming car to save its life. Batten was walking his dog […]

Music & Arts

He may have regretted his hometown not having a music festival when he was a child, but now he’s certainly making up for lost time.

My Fair Lady – Makes the Headlines!

Checked your closet for spring clothes yet? It’s time to put away that winter coat and go through your closet for something fresh and light to wear. And time to get rid of things that just don’t work for you. But the problem with spring cleaning, especially closet clean-outs, is that we practical types tend […]

New Businesses Abound on Broadway

OK, we’re sure it was a bit more complicated than that. But co-owners Rachel Marker, Katie Kelly, Maureen Eisenhart and Lisa Whelan host parties for toddlers to tweens, including stories, dress-up time, hair, makeup and nails and more. Marker and Eisenhart, both hairstylists, handle the ‘dos; Kelly decorates the space and runs the parties and […]

NJ Brewery Owners Oppose Recent Event Restriction Ruling

A special ruling has recently been announced and it’s affecting how local breweries throughout the entire state conduct business. Breweries are popping up across the South Jersey area and not only have they become a source to taste a locally brewed beer, but they’ve also become a go-to spot for people to hold events. But […]

Pitman awards former mayor Mike Batten with Lifetime Service Award

Pitman officials and business owners will honor longtime volunteer and former mayor Mike Batten at a special dinner Jan. 17. The Lifetime Service Award is given out every two years by the Pitman Chamber of Commerce to nominees with a long history of contributing to the town. “I’ve been out of office here for a […]

Pitman has a bakery again! Meet the owners of Broadway Bakery

A new bakery, called Broadway Bakery, is calling Pitman home. It will be the second bakery to open up shop in the landmark location that housed Pitman Bakery for 44 years until 2012, but the new owners — Christine and Michael Mastrocola, a brother sister duo from South Philly — say they’re in it for […]

Pitman High School student to promote charity on Steve Harvey Show

A borough high school senior will appear on the Steve Harvey Show this week to promote a charity she started at the age of 12. Katelyn Darrow, who founded the Angels of God Clothing Closet when she was still in middle school, traveled to Chicago in late September to appear alongside Harvey on his talk […]

Pitman is one of 23 great N.J. food towns that no one knows about

Pitman is a lively little town, with Broadway the main drag and the Broadway Theatre, built in the early 1920s, a retro wonder. There are two craft breweries (Kelly Green and Human Village, with Neck of the Woods just outside town, in Mantua), a first-rate ice cream shop (Alaura Kitchen), an excellent pizzeria (Mannino’s), a […]

Pitman marching band enjoys a success beyond its size

Call it the little band that could. With just 33 members, the Pitman High School marching band did the borough proud this season. After taking first place in the Tournament of Bands New Jersey State Championship, the band took third in a national competition of 18 bands in Allentown, Pa., last week. “It always amazes […]

Pitman marks some firsts with Fourth Friday

Sweet Lula’s executive chef Anthony Asbury said the borough’s first Fourth Friday celebration of the year will also be a “thanksgiving celebration” for the restaurant, which marks its first official anniversary on Broadway. “We’ve endured a year in rough, turbulent times and took a leap of faith in rebuilding this place into something glamorous,” said […]

Pitman packs ’em in for Summer Swelter Craft Beer Festival

The smell of beer and barbecue hung in the air over Pitman on Saturday during the Summer Swelter Craft Beer Festival. Beer lovers from all over South Jersey gathered to try craft beer from more than 40 different breweries and food from seven food trucks. As people started to gather outside the gates, volunteers were […]

Pitman Poetry on Parade: Duo brings new celebration to borough

The borough’s community may see a different kind of parade next month as they visit the stores uptown. To celebrate National Poetry Month two Pitman residents have decided to bring Pitman Poems on Parade to the borough. Pitman Poems on Parade is a multi-week event that will display original poems written by Pitman residents, and […]

Pitman police to hold ‘Coffee With a Cop’ event at Venice Italian Eatery

Borough police will hold their first “Coffee With a Cop” event on Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Venice Italian Eatery, 68 South Broadway. The event is an informal gathering, Police Chief Robert Zimmerman said, in which residents can meet and speak with officers. Participating Thursday are Zimmerman, Capt. McAteer, Sgt. Owens, Sgt. […]

Pitman residents react to borough wine sales

PITMAN — As a downtown cafe becomes the first business to sell wine in the borough’s history, residents and shoppers were split Sunday on how they felt about local businesses offering alcohol. The Bus Stop Music Cafe started serving and selling bottles of Auburn Road wine Aug. 21, acting as an outlet for the Pilesgrove […]

Pitman restaurant to sell wine legally for first time in 110 years

PITMAN — A borough cafe has become the first business to legally sell alcohol in the town’s entire 110-year history. “I sold my first bottle on Thursday,” said Vic Martinson, owner of the Bus Stop Music Cafe on South Broadway. Martinson now offers his customers bottles of wine from Auburn Road Vineyard in Pilesgrove. “I’m […]

Pitman Theatre Plaza Buy A Brick Campaign

A “pocket park” complete with pavers, lighting, seating, landscaping, signage, and shade. Purchase a commemorative tile to honor your family’s or loved one’s life in Pitman. Your tile will be mounted on a vertical capped panel along the wall adjacent to Mama Marie’s, safe from the wear and tear of foot traffic and easily read […]

Pitman to build ‘pocket park’ downtown, gets a $10,000 shot in the arm

A campaign launched by the Pitman Economic Development Committee to turn a little-used side street into a manicured public space has gotten a major boost in the form of a $10,000 donation from the town’s chamber of commerce. “The park is the committee’s biggest long-term project at the moment,” said Lisa Morgey, president of the […]

Pitman’s Madeline Brewer makes an appearance during Super Bowl XLIX

While watching the New England Patriots battle the Seattle Seahawks and Katy Perry fly over the crowd at Super Bowl XLIX, you may have seen Pitman’s own Madeline Brewer during a commercial break. Brewer, known best for her roles on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” and “Hemlock Grove,” appeared on the Toyota “My Bold […]

Project Thanksgiving returns to provide turkeys to those in need

As Thanksgiving approaches, families are rushing to stores to pick up the ingredients for their big family feast. However, not everyone can afford a big feast for the holidays, and what would Thanksgiving be without a turkey? The fifth annual Project Thanksgiving is back in Cumberland, Gloucester and Atlantic county and is supplying a turkey […]

Shopping local on Small Business Saturday a boost to South Jersey businesses

In 2010, the American Express company created and promoted what we now know as Small Business Saturday. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shoppers are encouraged to “shop local” by patronizing family owned, brick and mortar businesses such as those that line many streets in South Jersey. Dawn Hunter, executive director of the Greater Vineland […]

The 18 places in N.J. you need to visit in 2018

Pitman Collingswood is a neat little town, but overhyped by food and travel writers. Head instead to smaller, cozier Pitman, a half hour to the south. Broadway, the main drag, is dotted with such shops as the Caffeinated Cyclist and Endgrain Coffee Bar, plus the gorgeous Broadway Theatre. The historically dry town is now home to […]

The Caffeinated Cyclist peddles down the road to a larger location

For nearly five years, Steve Blackman ran the Caffeinated Cyclist shop in a small storefront on Broadway in Pitman. After six weeks of gutting, painting and moving, the hometown bike shop has a new home — one that is almost three times as big as the original location. “We can display so much more inventory […]

The World of Harry Potter Comes to Pitman

PITMAN, N.J. – A local community is taking their love of all things Hogwarts and turning it into a festival for thousands to enjoy. For the past year, a group of people in Pitman have been planning the first Pitman Potter Festival. “The Pitman Potter Festival is the coming together of the greatest fans that […]

To Kill a Mockingbird

As the stage adaptation of an American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird is the portrait of a southern town, brimming with powerful lessons of tolerance, justice and quiet heroism.

Tour De Pitman

Saturday June 9th, 2018, 2:00pm to 7:00pm Race Times 2:00 pm Men’s category over age 45 3:15 pm Women’s Category 3,4 and 5. Part of NJ Women’s Cat4 cup 4:15 pm Kevin Summers Memorial Men’s Category 4 and 5 5:30 pm Men’s category over age 35 The 2018 Annual Bob Riccio Memorial Tour De Pitman […]

Town By Town: Small-Town Convenience

The big news in Pitman in recent weeks centered on beer, unusual for the historically “dry” BYOB Gloucester County borough. “You’ve heard about the brewery?” asks Patricia Settar of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors, in Mullica Hill, who sells a lot of houses here. That means Pitman native Justin Fleming will be […]

Treasures On Broadway helps fund Lupus Foundation of America

Theresa LaMonaca said she feels like she was given a second chance in opening her Broadway boutique/ consignment shop Treasures On Broadway. After she was diagnosed with lupus a chronic autoimmune disorder that can affect almost any organ in the body LaMonaca, a Washington Township resident, had to give up a 25-year career in nursing […]

Uptown Pitman Chamber of Commerce opens Welcome Center

One day, Yvonne Giovanetti — Uptown Pitman Chamber of Commerce President and owner of The Inn on Holly Bed and Breakfast in Pitman — was walking along the street in Stone Harbor with her husband, passing by all the “cute shops.” “I looked up and saw a sign that said ‘Stone Harbor Welcome Center,’” Giovanetti […]

Venice Italian Eatery to serve turkey for free

PITMAN Last year, Venice Italian Eatery here served a free, traditional Thanksgiving dinner to more than 450 people, and this year owner Ron Zold has set the bar even higher. “I think we can do at least 600,” said Zold. “We’ll have people in for our three seatings at 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., and […]

Watch out! In Pitman, it’s a trap!

When I heard of an apparently perilous fundraiser in Pitman, I hoped for the worst. The “escape-the-room” experience isolates a group of people in an old-time detective’s office, then closes the door on them. The victims — er, participants — have 45 minutes to figure out how to prevail in “Trapped Uptown.” Of course, I imagined all kinds of ways the trauma […]