Princeton Area Places You Can Go to Warm Up, Gas Up, Eat Up, Shop (Thursday)

Hundreds of people gathered at the Princeton Public Library to relax, read, warm up and recharge their electronic devices Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the Princeton Public Library.

Public Warming and Recharging Stations

– The Princeton Public Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and welcomes people to recharge their electronic devices there.

– The Princeton United Methodist Church at the corner of Vandeventer Avenue and Nassau Street will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 for charging devices and coffee. Breakfast, lunch, free dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Trinity Church at 33 Mercer Street is open to the public for warming up, recharging electronic devices, coffee until 5 p.m.

Nassau Presbyterian Church at 61 Nassau Street  is open to the public for warming up, recharging electronic devices, coffee until 5 p.m.

– The Crisis Ministry will reopen this afternoon at the 61 Nassau Street location (Nassau Pres. Church) for food and homelessness prevention services.

– The Princeton Township Municipal building  at 400 Witherspoon St. is now open as a warming station. Coffee and snacks. Recharge your electronic devices. If you need to warm up or need shelter but can’t get there, call (609) 921-2100.

The Friend Center, located at the corner of Olden St. and Willliam St. on the Princeton University campus will be open as a respite for local residents. The center will be staffed, have heat and electricity, and will have light refreshments. The center will be opened effective 8am – 8pm until further notice.

– The Mary Jacobs Library at 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill is open until 4 and has heat, power and internet.

Lawrence High will be open for device charging, warming up, coffee, snacks and showers. Showing Disney movies for kids.

Lawrence Senior Center will be open for charging devices and warming up.

Gold’s Gym on Quakerbridge Road is open to the public for showers and facility use. Anyone can use the gym. Thanks Gold’s Gym for your generosity!

Gas Stations

Exxon at Pennington Circle

Lukoil at Pennington Circle

Getty at Washington Road and Route 1

Shell on Route 206 at intersection with 518

Sunoco Station on Nassau (Gulf now closed)

Sunoco in Princeton Junction on Princeton-Hightstown Road

Lukoil on Route 1

Grocery Stores

McCaffrey’s Princeton Shopping Center

ShopRite (Pennington)

Stop n Shop on Denow Road (non-perishables)

Superfresh in Plainsboro

Trader Joe’s


Whole Foods

Restaurants, Stores that are open:

Alchemist and Barrister

Alfonso’s Pizza Princeotn Shopping Center North

Blue Bottle Cafein Hopewell

Boro Bean in Hopewell

Buds and Bowls in Lawrenceville

Cafe 44 on Leigh Avenue open until 3 (free Wifi, comfy leather chairs)

Carver’s Cafe on Route 206 N open

Chez Alice

Cosmo Bleu Hair Salon


Ferry House (yes, it is open again)

Hoagie Haven

Iano’s Pizza


MarketFair (partial opening) – Marketfair will have a partial opening at 10 a.m. with limited operations. These stores confirmed open: Anthropologie, Calendar Club, Gymboree, Janie and Jack, Jos. A Bank, PF Chang’s China Bistro, Pottery Barn, Starbucks, TGI Friday’s, Lenscrafters (Noon opening)




Mercer Mall (reopens today)



Monday Morning Flowers at Forrestal Village

Naked Pizza

Nassau Tap Room

Nomad Pizza in Hopewell


Palmer Square Shops, and many shops on Nassau Street, Chambers Street, Tulane Street.

PJ’s Pancake House

Princeton Corkscrew

Princeton Fitness and Wellness is open again.

Princeton Shopping Center – Partial opening. McCaffrey’s has been open and is using a generator. Even without power, other stores are planning to open during the day including ACE Hardware, Jordans and other stores. Will update as we know more.

Quakerbridge Mall (reopens today)

Slice Between

Small World Coffee



Terhune Orchards



Entertainment and Cultural Events

The Garden Theater on Nassau Street is open.

McCarter Theatre – THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) will go on as scheduled. However, due to weather conditions, the McCarter Lab Fall Festival 2012 has been postponed. As soon as we have updates on individual readings we will be sure to let you know! If you have any questions about your performance, you can get in touch with the McCarter Ticket Office after 10am.

The Princeton University Art Museum will be open on Thurs., Nov. 1, 10 am-10 pm. Free.

Princeton Government

Princeton Borough and Princeton Township municipal offices are open today. The tax grace period has been extended, so no need to rush in today to pay.

Trash will be collected in Princeton Borough today.

State offices are open today. Mercer County offices closed until next week.

We will add to this list as we hear of more openings.

Editor’s Note: Readers reporting price gouging on everything from gas to food. One reader reported that the price of an egg sandwich at a diner in was jacked up from $4 to $10. Gov. Christie has promised to be tough on businesses that do this. Report price gouging or any emergency-related scams to the the Divison of Consumer Affairs at (800) 242-5846.


  1. Lukoil on Route 1 has a down pole. Route 1 at Meadow Road is backed up all the way to Washington Road. Only one lane open going south. Route 1 South in Lawrenceville has no lights. No way to make a U turn unless you drive into Trenton.

  2. In lawrence–btwn brunswick circle and whitehead road on northbound side gas station was open when I drove by earlier Thurs in AM

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