Letter writer Aurora De Juliis Carluccio loves seeing outdoor dining in Montclair, but wishes shops were open later on weekend evenings as well. (FILE PHOTO)

Strolling up and down Bloomfield Avenue and Church Street on a recent Friday evening, I was amazed by how people are taking advantage of the new way of eating outdoors. I felt I was walking up and down an avenue in Paris or Rome. The people dining or simply walking are giving Montclair a much-needed economic stimulus.

But every single store was closed. Why? I found myself admiring the merchandise in the well-lit windows. I could have purchased a few things.

“Come back during the week when the stores are open,” you might say. That will not happen for few reasons: 1) I do not have time during the day. 2) I could easily shop online at a click of a button while working at my desk.

But the most important reason is that I was in a shopping mode while strolling through the street. Now I have lost that feeling.

If I were a store owner, I would open at noon on Friday and close at 9 or even 10 p.m.

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Aurora De Juliis Carluccio

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