Margate Business Update: Paper Chase and Lamberti’s on Amherst Ave.

Margate business is not immune to the chaos of 2020. The popular Paper Chase shop next to Casel’s Market on Ventnor Ave has announced they’ll close for good by the end of January 2021. Read their email to customers:

It is with great disappointment and sorrow that this, our 27th holiday season at Paper Chase, will be our last. It has been a wonderful run. We have enjoyed every minute of doing business with all of you, our amazing customers and have made many meaningful friendships along the way. Unfortunately, we have had a challenging few years made even harder by the pandemic, and we have no choice but to close. We will be closing our doors in mid to late January.

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Elly Bea: Yes. We are closing mid to late January. That does not mean supply is low. We still have amazing gift items for the holidays so come by and shop small!

Janie Feldman started Paper Chase as a home-based business in Margate shortly after her first daughter was born in 1978. Janie quickly developed a local following that came to depend on her attention to detail and uncompromised personal customer service.

After 17 years of selling invitations, stationery and personalized gifts from her home, and with her two daughters nearly grown, Janie realized her dream of opening her own store.

On Memorial Day weekend of 1994, Janie opened the 1700 square foot Paper Chase on Atlantic Avenue in Margate.

The business grew and, in 2000, Paper Chase expanded to its present location at 8000 Ventnor Avenue in Margate.

The shop is a sparkling jewel where one can find beautiful tabletop and home accessories, jewelry, gift wares, leather goods, china, crystal, picture frames, kid stuff, personalized gifts, and high-quality invitations for any occasion.  

Lamberti’s on Amherst Ave in Margate

Lamberti's on Amherst Ave in Margate

After many months of downtime, construction crews are back. Work has ramped back up on the all new, Lamberti’s Restaurant on the Margate bayfront. Amherst Ave.

A massive structure and well-known name that’ll benefit from the publicly funded Amherst promenade and soon-to-be roadway reduction to one-way only.

42 thoughts on “Margate Business Update: Paper Chase and Lamberti’s on Amherst Ave.”

    1. Totally agree….that is totally obtrusive! Feel bad for residents on Amherst Avenue, and to think…Margate GAVE them that property?????

      1. not only did Margate GIVE them the property to build on, they GAVE away the long standing public access rights that were embedded in the property. Did they have the right to do that?

    2. The deal didn’t end with bay front property. Lamberti ALSO now OWNS the parking lot on Monroe Ave! So there you go.. the sweetheart deal if the century!
      PS.. Hey “Local” guy, I suspect you could never afford one of the lovely townhomes on Amherst that are now blocked from the bay view we ALL ENJOYED because, otherwise, you’d be bitching about Lamberti! It’s your personality! 🤪

      1. Please insure that your information is correct before commenting,
        The Lamberti Property ALWAYS included the lot on Monroe Avenue.

  1. That is disgusting. There is no need of that building being so enormous and blocking the beautiful Bay views.
    Margate needs to rethink their zoning and all these variances, it’s ruining the charm of the City.

    1. It is pretty horrendous but what do you expect from a zoning board that approved Congo Falls. They have a absolutely no respect for the homeowners in that area. They also turn a blind eye to the summer “sales” blocking the sidewalks on Ventnor Avenue. Margate is beginning to have a “Wildwood” look. Why don’t they look at Stone Harbor’s shopping district instead of trashing up the downtown area of the city.
      Also a little more police presence around Wawa would not hurt

      1. The sidewalk sales in Margate are REALLY affecting your life and blocking your way? Good lord, you will whine about anything.

      2. Thegameisthegame

        Nutso… we need to bump up that Marina … that is gonna be the best Marina in the area except golden nugget casino marina… just the way it is. Go anywhere else that’s a beach town.. they have large Waterfront restaurants with sweeping views. Long time coming. Hopefully since it will Be open all year they will
        Have full time staff rather then the seasonal kids that used to work there who just had not incentive to work hard. Longing for war to a better Lambertis with even better views than before.

  2. This large building is clearly not needed and where will parking be for something that large. Very poor incompetent decision to make it one way to benefit who?

  3. Totally agree, how the heck was this monstrosity approved? The food was mediocre and expensive before, he’ll never be able to fill this place.

  4. The commissioners cannot wait to turn margate into another wildwood. Was there any parking problems forseen with the two story Lambertis

  5. ALANNA ALEXANDER

    I am so sad to see Paper Chase leave us in Margate. They have been so helpful with my invitations, house gifts all gifts in general. The best gift wrapping ever!!! It alway made me happy to give a give from Paper Chase. Janie and your staff will be missed What a shame!!!
    Thank you,
    Lana

  6. It is pretty horrendous but what do you expect from a zoning board that approved Congo Falls. They have a absolutely no respect for the homeowners in that area. They also turn a blind eye to the summer “sales” blocking the sidewalks on Ventnor Avenue. Margate is beginning to have a “Wildwood” look. Why don’t they look at Stone Harbor’s shopping district instead of trashing up the downtown area of the city.
    Also a little more police presence around Wawa would not hurt

  7. I’d like to know how LAMBERTI RESTAURANT intends to handle the massive traffic that will be directed to it on weekend eves

  8. It’s a disgrace to block the sunset views of the bay, with ANY building. Public access to the natural beauty of our island should not be for sale.

  9. We can all be assured that if mayor Mike Becker or any of his cronies lived across from this Lamberti monstrosity being built, IT WOULD NOT BE HAPPENING. My heart breaks for the people who do own those lovely townhomes that surely were purchased BECAUSE OF THE VIEWS. Now they will have morning coffee looking at nothing more than concrete blocks. This construction project should NEVER EVER have been permitted. But the bulging pockets of our town leaders tell all. It’s shameful and I cannot wait to vote them all out.
    We are also very sad to lose Paper Chase… always a great shop for gifts or whatever you need…best wishes to all the staff.

  10. OH NO I’m so sad. I love the Paper Chase my go to for gifts. So sad to see this little gem closing.
    Best of luck to Janie and her wonderful staff of humans and doggies.

  11. The property owner of the bayfront owns the view.Full stop. The owners of the townhomes still have exactly what they paid for.The view from townhomes is no different, as the old building covered the same area.It’s easy for the uninformed to hurl baseless charges at good ,hardworking people who are investing millions of dollars in the community.
    The raising of the building is mandated by NJDEP & FEMA.

    1. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!!
      NO, the present “property owner of the bay front” DOES NOT OWN THE VIEW, Old building did NOT “cover then same area”, The view “from the townhouses” IS DIFFERENT NOW.
      Since there is no name on above statement other than “Local”, it’s most likely the present property owner, running his “uninformed”, “baseless”, NOT “good” “hardworking” CARELESS big mouth.
      Secondly, this monstrosity should have NEVER been approved, due to the “NJDEP & FEMA mandate”!!!!!

    2. and the Public Access requirements for that land is also mandated by law. NJDEP – look it up.
      How is that being protected?

  12. Sad to lose Paper Chase. It was our “go to” spot for special gifts. Janie is a sweet lady. We wish her all the best. I hope it is replaced by a comparable business.

  13. The Townhomes are irrelevant.It is NOT their view.
    What part of my original stated facts are you incapable of understanding?
    If I was wrong the people owning the Townhomes that are NOT bayfront would have sued.
    They DIDN’t. Case closed.

  14. Will the food and service still be terrible in the new building? Maybe when they rebuild, they will find a new menu and a better attitude.

  15. Who doesn’ love Paper Chase & Janie for sharing her beautiful talent. Isn’t somebody willing to give it a try under new ownership?

  16. Constance, Why don’t you look up how long Lamberti’s has owned the parking lot on Monroe ave? The problem with uninformed jealous people like you is that you criticize, and imply that your city fathers and planning board did something underhanded.
    They did not. You should be ashamed of yourself and apologize.

    1. Hey “Local”…
      Lamberti DID NOT OWN ANY of the property they now hold title to. The Monroe Ave parking lot AND the restaurant location were owned by the city of Margate. Lamberti, for some unknown reason, was granted a 99 year lease from the City. In a back room deal, the City traded ownership of all the leased property in exchange for Lamberti agreeing to “improve” the parking lot and reinforce, repair and improve the length of bulkhead and pedestrian areas. I accept your apology for your ignorance.

    2. Hey “Local”…
      Lamberti DID NOT OWN ANY of the property they now hold title to. The Monroe Ave parking lot AND the restaurant location were owned by the city of Margate. Years ago for some unknown reason, Lamberti was granted a 99 year lease that included both parcels, from the City. If our “city fathers” had any respect for the voting citizens of Margate, the matter would’ve been put on a ballot for a vote. These are HUGE pieces of prime property, surely worth much more than what it actually cost Lamberti to make the improvements. The City traded ownership of all the leased property in exchange for Lamberti agreeing to “improve” the parking lot and reinforce, repair and improve the length of bulkhead and pedestrian areas along Amherst.
      I accept your apology for your ignorance.

  17. Hey Constance, Why did it take you all this time to respond after being called out for your incorrect drivel??
    Your are just as bad as RC. Both hurling bullshit accusations .
    You know nothing!!!

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