HAMMONTON - As the summertime comes to a close, Downtown Hammonton had one last summer “Fiesta” during this month’s Third Thursday.

The night began at the ribbon cutting for the relocated Metro PCS store along Railroad Avenue, just a couple doors down from its former location.

“It was a matter of spacing and aesthetics,” said District Manager Pete Castillo about the move. The cellphone store was formerly located at the corner of Route 54 and Railroad Avenue.

“We have been in Hammonton for about eight years. We are looking forward to at least eight more,” laughed Castillo.

He does not seem to have anything to worry about as one happy customer made her opinion about Metro PCS known: “I am a very satisfied customer,” announced Cassie Iacovelli, executive director of MainStreet Hammonton.

If people were in the mood for a little something spicy to eat, then the Tales of the Olive was the place to be as they served up some salsa.

“Salsa, think of a communal bowl, it brings in the community and it tastes great,” said employee Josh Bodanza. According to employee Kellie-Jo Brown, olive oils and balsamic vinegars can be used for a variety of occasions.

“Our flavors can accommodate any type of night; Latin, Italian, or anything else,” said Brown.

After grabbing a quick snack at Tales of the Olive, people could head on over to The Noyes Shop for a craft. This month’s craft was an ojo de dios, which translates to eye of god in English.

“We did it last year, but I figured it was a good craft to do again. It’s fairly simple,” said Katie Simkins of the Noyes Shop.

Of course, no fiesta is complete without music and there was plenty of it to be found along Bellevue Avenue.

People had the chance to enjoy some authentic Latin music played by a DJ near Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery. However, Dennis Citkowicz, 2, made an impromptu performance outside of Herban Legend with some cowbells and drumsticks.

“We had dinner at Marcello’s and now we are just walking around,’ said Dennis’s mom Jamie Citkowicz. Shge said her family plans on attending Third Thursday more often now that her husband, Rich, is getting home from work earlier than he used to.

Next month’s Third Thursday theme will be “Savor the Season” and will be on Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information on Third Thursday or other Downtown Hammonton events, please visit

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