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As Town Topics Newspaper celebrates their 70th anniversary Nelson Glass, a long time advertiser, was honored to be included in the article, "Advertisers Past and Present Have Shared Commitment to the Community"


Robbie Nelson shared:

"It all started in 1949 with one truck and one man, my Dad, Bob Nelson,

servicing one small town. Today, 66 years later our service area

includes Lawrenceville, Pennington, Hopewell, Skillman, Rocky Hill, So

Brunswick, Kendall Park, Monmouth Jct, Plainsboro, Cranbury, West &

East Windsor and Robbinsville, etc. We do it all, residential and

commercial, simple or complex; we are still the one stop shop for

everything glass, including windows, insulating units, tops and

shelves, mirrors, shower doors, storms, solar film, and more. To keep

up with the times, we have developed a fabulous Website and an

interactive Facebook presence but a huge part of our business is still

face to face service. Glass work is highly specialized, and every job

is different. We really don't compete with the big box stores

with their generic approach to products and customer service.

Being THE Glass Company in Princeton for over 66 years has given rise to a huge,

loyal customer base. Our customer base spans generations. We have customers who

were classmates of mine from Princeton High School whose parents were customers of my Dad's years back!

Of course, long time employee, Alice Kent, with over 52 years with Nelson Glass, has been

the continuous thread through the generations. As a longtime continuous running advertiser, Nelson Glass congratulates Town Topics on their 70 years of providing the community with local news and

information in a format that still excites and informs!"


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At Nelson Glass on Spring Street, a plan for six new apartments

Anyone concerned about housing in Princeton would prick up their ears at news of six new residential units. When those units are apartments planned for the heart of the central business district, on a street that appears to be almost fully developed already, that’s practically cause for back flips.


Blessed by unanimous approval of the Planning Board on February 15, the owners of Nelson Glass and Aluminum Co. at 45 Spring Street now have permission to add a three-story addition above the commercial building that has housed Nelson’s glass business there since 1960. The addition will house two 3-bedroom apartments, three 2-bedroom units, and a single 1-bedroom apartment. The units will range from 1,170 to 478 square feet, and include one low-income unit.

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Nelson Glass Makes Their Mark in Princeton With New Apartments

Nelson Glass and Aluminum’s location made a lot of sense when it moved to a workshop at 45 Spring Street in the heart of Princeton in 1960. Centrally located in Princeton’s business district, it was close by all the hardware stores and other retailers. But in 2018, Princeton is a much bigger small town than it used to be, and a business like Nelson Glass had a harder time in that location. “Everything got a lot tighter, and parking became difficult,” says Robbie Nelson, the second-generation owner of the business.


Fortunately for Nelson, her father, Bob, had thought ahead. The building was intentionally overbuilt, with heavy beams so that the property could be expanded vertically. So that’s exactly what Nelson did: Architect JZA+D is adding two three-bedroom apartments, three two-bedroom units, and a single one-bedroom apartment on top of the commercial structure. Nelson, who owns the building along with the house next door, has moved Nelson Glass to a commercial park on Alexander Road while construction is under way. She says she doesn’t have a tenant yet for the old Spring Street glass workshop, which will remain a commercial space. She is trying to get it approved for a restaurant. “Princeton is getting more and more restaurants and food things in town,” she says. “Retail is having a hard time downtown, so we think we’re going to end up with food service approvals,” she says.

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Robbie Nelson (center), owner of Nelson Glass & Aluminum and daughter of its founder

Princeton Mainstay, Nelson Glass & Aluminum, Moves To New Location on Alexander Road

ON THE MOVE: “I wanted to leave a legacy for Dad and my family, and this was the right time to make the move. We have the construction project going on at our Spring Street building, and we found this great Alexander Road location.” Robbie Nelson (center), owner of Nelson Glass & Aluminum and daughter of its founder, the late Bob Nelson, is shown with officer manager Joanne McGettigan (left) and longtime former office manager Alice Kent (right). Your son just threw a baseball through the window; the wind blew the patio table over, and broke the glass top; the king-size mirror fell off the wall — who to call?


Nelson Glass, of course! Since 1949, this has been the place to go, whether for an emergency, a quick fix, or a long-range project. Nelson Glass & Aluminum is unique in Princeton today. An independent, family-owned and operated business that continues to provide Princeton and the area with knowledgeable, friendly service and quality products. It has a proud history. In 1949, Bob Nelson returned to his Princeton hometown with an engineering degree from Cornell and a goal of establishing his own business. It didn’t take long to discover that Princeton lacked a glass company, and he set out to fill that need.

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