HIGHLAND PARK – Valerie Mason-Robison, Irene Tsangarakis and Allison Young have been appointed to the Main Street Highland Park board.
Mason-Robinson, who owns Eden Organix spa, and Tsangarakis, owner of Aposto restaurant, will sit on the economic revitalization committee. Young is on the promotions committee.
“We’re always looking for fresh, energetic people and these women represent the best of Highland Park,” said James McCrone, executive director of Main Street Highland Park (MSHP), which promotes the businesses along Raritan Avenue in the borough.
McCrone said Mason-Robinson was a MSHP volunteer. “She brings a lot of innovative marketing strategies to the community,” he said. Mason-Robinson said she will work to attract a variety of businesses to Highland Park.
“It behooves everybody to have more businesses that are profitable because it’s good for the town,” she said. “I will share my advice on how to get more businesses here and work on getting them to stay here.”
She also said she wants MSHP to attract more destination businesses.
“We have a lot of hair salons and little places to eat, but not a lot of destination businesses,” Mason-Robinson said.
Tsangarakis said she wants to focus on helping small business owners.
“I want us to come up with more ideas to help small business owners, like restaurant week, that was great. We need to bring more foot traffic into Highland Park,” she said.
Young, who has lived in Highland Park for three years, sits on the board as a resident.
“Allison is a long-term promotions committee volunteer and she brings a wealth of talent and insight to the board,” McCrone said.
Young said she’s looking forward to helping Highland Park grow.
“I’m thrilled to be involved in the organization in an official capacity. I plan to work on raising the profile of Highland Park outside of the community.”
Main Street Highland Park is a non-profit community development organization that manages the downtown Business District for the benefit of the merchants, business owners and residents of Highland Park, as a place to live, work and do business. MSHP is an officially designated program of Main Street New Jersey, a program of the NJ Department of Community Affairs.
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