NEWTON — Hampton Plaza has a new tenant.

The crafts and home décor chain Michaels opened a location on Jan. 13 at the site of a former Bed Bath & Beyond.

The new store is a "simpler, sleeker Michaels," including self-checkout registers, according to the chain.

Michaels has a grand opening celebration scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, to mark the occasion.

The five-hour event, starting at 9.a.m, will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony. It'll feature local food favorites, free craft demonstrations, and giveaways.

“We can’t wait to welcome the Newton community to their new Michaels!” said Andrea Lopez, store manager. “With many of our team members being local themselves, we are all thrilled to offer the best of Michaels to Newton’s creative community of Makers, teachers, small business owners and more. Everyone is welcome at our craft table!”

The new location was first announced in August. It's the first location in Sussex County.

There are more than 30 Michaels locations throughout New Jersey.

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If you've never been to Lambertville, you're really missing out on a true gem of a town in New Jersey.

And if you've never been to Lambertville Station you're missing out on a really great restaurant in a truly historic building.

It's housed in the building that acted as the Lambertville train station dating back to 1867.

The building and the town went through its tough times, but for the last 40 years, Lambertville Station has been serving diners in a casual upscale atmosphere with excellent food.

Last year a prominent restaurant group called Genesis Hospitality took over the historic dining spot and they've continued the excellence that has made this place a must-go-to spot anytime you're in town.

The menu consists of varied contemporary American favorites with plenty of options.

The food and the service are excellent and are a good fit for couples, families, and special occasions.

There is a first-class Inn on the property on the river across the parking lot if you want to stay over.

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