Princeton WannaBe Blog
I'm not a real historian. I didn't grow up in Princeton. I don't have an Ivy League education.
I'm a total Princeton WannaBe.
Still, I gush about loving the heart of Princeton as much as I can!
okay, it's not true 75% of princeton families are down to one car but
WITH THE NEW freeB NEIGHBORHOOD SCHEDULE IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME UNTIL IT HAPPENS!
NOW, SIX DAYS A WEEK, EVERY HOUR, PRINCETON RESIDENTS CAN HAVE FREE SHUTTLE RIDES TO THE POOL, PRINCETON SHOPPING CENTER, PALMER SQUARE, THE LIBRARY AND MORE!
Come, to think of it, now employers can offer FREE PARKING TO THEIR EMPLOYEES IF THEY PARK AT THE PRINCETON SHOPPING CENTER AND TAKE THE SHUTTLE TO WHEREVER THEY WORK!
If this town keeps making decisions to meet the needs of its diverse citizens, I might just die from gushing!
I should add, our family has been a one car family for seven years. Between the free Tiger Transit provided by Princeton University and the zip car ride share and this new freeB schedule it's WAY easier than you think!
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THIS SATURDAY, START DADDY'S DAY WEEKEND OFF RIGHT!
7:00am - Go to Little Pastry Chef on 6 South Tulane in downtown Princeton for the best pastries in America!
(No, really, it's been voted the #1 croissant in America THREE TIMES - it's not unusual to see chauffeurs lining the street to pick up a little sumpthin' sumpthin' for some of Princeton's sparkliest billionnaires!)
Walk around the corner to Witherspoon Street for small world coffee - voted the best coffee in any college town
(No, really, it's been voted the #1 coffee house more times than you would believe me.)
8:00am - Fire your decorator and just go to 148 Randall Road on the corner of Terhune and Randall for the moving sale of the century
If you like furniture, dishes, glassware, leather goods, antique books, framed art work, grills, indoor and outdoor pots ... even objets d'art! (Yes, I've been lucky enough to get inside this house and, yes, you want their stuff!)
10:00am - Head back to downtown Princeton and see one of the most exquisite collections of fine art in America at the FREE Princeton University Art Museum
I'm talking Monet, Degas, Wharhol, Picasso with no lines to get in and no crowds
11:00am - See America's first White House at 55 Stockton Street
(You read that right ... the nation's first White House. Take the $6 tour of the house - I'll let their tour guides explain the rest on the tour.)
12:15pm- Shop at the #1 Vinyl Record Shop in America at 20 South Tulane - one door over from The Little Pastry Chef
When the owner of this incredible shop got started, he traveled incessantly and scoped out the best private collections all over America. He lived out of his car 100+ nights a year when he wasn't at home!
1:00pm - Grab a sub at the #1 sub shop in America - Hoagie Haven
(I KNOW! This is where all the tycoons, students, faculty and big no bodies get fed in Princeton. One submeister is an honorary classmate to Princeton University!)
2:00pm - 6:00pm - Go next door to The Ivy because iIt's time to dance to honest to God GREAT LIVE MUSIC with open bar/apps
Live music by Helen O’Shea and Ed Hermann, Strings Attached and Morph the Cat.
(Did you know Princeton ranks among the most generous zip codes in America? TRUE! If you want to feel at home in Princeton, support their charities. They are WHACKO for their non-profits!)
6:30pm - See MORE LIVE MUSIC with the Marshall Tucker Band
Did I tell you this town was WHACKO for their non-profits or what? You can write off the majority of this day in Princeton!
8:30pm - You've done everything else you never knew existed in Princeton, why not do that ghost tour the NY Times rates the #1 Attraction in Princeton
Princeton really is haunted and guests use dowsing rods, EMF Meters and therma-meters to prove Princeton it. FREE ADMISSION if you present your ticket from the Ivy Inn Good Grief Dance Party!
10:00pm - head to bent spoon for the best ice cream in America
(No, really, they've won that award more times than your sticky fingers can count!)
Happy Father's Day from the gang at Princeton Tour Company!
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As described in the Princeton Alumni Weekly Magazine!
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Everyone knows the cigarettes on set aren't real and the "brown" booze is apple juice or iced tea but few know the REAL Don Draper of advertising graduated from Princeton University .... ! Check this out:
In 1924, Princeton University graduate, Gerard Barnes Lambert, launched a series of advertisements with the slogan “Often a bridesmaid, never a bride” to help boost sales of Listerine!
The advertisements insinuated a forlorn woman who seemed to have it all suffered from BAD BREATH which kept her from landing a man.
This line of dramatic advertising sold millions of bottles of mouthwash increasing the company’s sales from $100,000 in 1921 to over $4,000,000 in 1927.
(He was known to say we don't sell words and products .... we sell LIFE!!)
You gotta admit, if Gerard wasn't the inspiration for Don, he should have been! They would have respected each other for sure!
If you really want to be convinced, read about Gerard here. This 'lil Tiger invented Draper style advertising!:
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Go to Grounds for Sculpture – You may have heard about the 35 acre cultural park with amazing views: ....
Did you know there’s an open air outdoor employee shower at Grounds for Sculpture? TRUE!
(Here’s a shot of one of the employees taking a quick rinse! I KNOW!)
Did you know J. Seward Johnson (the Founder of the worldclass park) works behind a locked door at the Grounds for Sculpture? TRUE!
(This is a shot of the security pad. I THINK I heard the code was 1234 but you DIDN'T hear it from me!)
I’m PROOF POSITIVE the secret gardens and passageways at the Grounds for Sculpture will inspire you to break away from you usual routine:
Here I am posing NUDE with some statues!
Okay, so she’s a statue too but please tell your friends I got naked at Grounds for Sculpture because I like the rebellious vibe of the story ….
Here’s the moment I acted on my girl crush with Coby, the Grounds marketing guru, in the super sexy bar. Can you blame me? Like the vision of the park, she’s a COMPLETE original!
Here I am giving J. Seward Johnson a big ‘ol smooch for giving New Jersey one of the most delightful cultural destinations on the planet.
Okay, so it’s a statue of the visionary sculptor but please tell your friends I got invited to a party with J. Seward Johnson because I like the insider vibe of the story.
Ready to break away from a conventional cultural outing? Here you go: http://www.groundsforsculpture.org/visit_us.html - a 16 minute drive from the gates of Nassau Hall!
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