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Oct 06, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

By Lori Draz

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

That most wonderful time of the year is almost here and smart shoppers are already drafting their gift lists well in advance. We’ve put together a list of some great vendors with ideas, products, and services that will make everyone on your list say, “That is so cool.” Remember that customized and personalized gifts take a little longer, and the earlier you order, the better. We wish you a merry shopping season and a happy read through our Holiday Gift Guide!

Cosmopawlitan

If your pet could talk, he would say, “Take me to Cosmopawlitan!” This is one of the most unique boutique shops for your pet. They have it all: sweaters and coats, beds and blankets, collars and harnesses, bowls, placemats, pet carriers and car seats, birthday-themed gifts, and the largest selection of pet toys in the area. Looking for something special for your furry friends for the holidays? With plush toys to tough toys, the toy wall at Cosmopawlitan has literally thousands of toys for your pet. You can even bring in your pet to browse the wall themselves.  Don’t forget to stop by the “barkery,” which offers human grade gourmet treats made just for Cosmopawlitan. They carry all-natural foods, including Orijen/Acana, Stella and Chewy, and more.

Official NFL jerseys make a great gift for the pet-owning football fan. Giants and Jets jerseys are in stock and they even carry XXL to fit the largest dogs. The farmer’s almanac is saying it’s going to be a harsh winter. Get your pet ready with their full line of sweaters and coats for every size, from teacup to a Great Dane. Cosmopawlitan will help keep your pet cozy, warm, and stylish! And the grooming service at Cosmopawlitan is where they really shine. They offer cage free grooming services, with kindness and quality to ensure your pet will be anxiety-free, because they treat them like their own.

Cosmopawlitan has been in business 17 years, with 15 years in their Middletown location. Look for their extended holiday hours starting in December, when they’ll be open seven days a week through the holidays. Cosmopawlitan is located at 1048 State Highway 35 South in Middletown. Hours are Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; closed on Sunday. Visit their website at www.cosmopawlitan.com, call (732) 275-1905, or look for them on Facebook.

CruisingCoEtc.

Shopping for millennials has never been easier! Now you can share your passion for travel with the 18- to 35-year-old crowd and still let them decide where they want to go. Patti Gallagher is a local travel agent that has traveled the world. She has toured Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, Hawaii, Europe, the Caribbean, Russia, Antarctica, and many more exciting destinations. She became a travel consultant to share her passion of exploring new places with others and would love to help you share your passion for travel with the next generation of travelers.

Contiki Vacations offers life-changing travel experiences for 18- to 35-year-olds. With Contiki, your loved one will travel in groups with other young people who have a passion for adventure and seeing the world. Contiki Vacations reinvented group travel for young explorers more than 50 years ago, so that they’ll have fun excursions with more included in their trips. You’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing that no matter where your loved one wants to go, all their accommodations and transportation will be expertly arranged. Even better, they’ll have a dedicated and knowledgeable trip manager with them every step of the way.

Contiki knows plans can change when it comes to booking travel, so they offer a no-strings approach called the Freedom Guarantee, which allows you to change your trip for zero fees, or use FlexDeposit to roll over your $200 land deposit if you need to cancel a trip.

The world is wonderful place, full of diverse cultures, history, adventures, and memories that last a lifetime. Give a young person the gift of travel. Call Patti Gallagher with The CruisingCoEtc at (800) 446-0518 or visit www.vacationsbyPattiG.com.

Ferrucci’s Gourmet

This is the real deal Italian gourmet deli, complete with that enticing aroma of coffee, sausage, fennel, cheese, and anisette that you remember from the old days. Have an espresso or a SanBitter with your sandwich, and afterward try some of those little heart-shaped sugar cookies. Their custom cuts of prime meats, poultry, pork, and lamb come from the Vrola Meat Company, well known in the industry as one of the top meat suppliers in New York City. Fresh meats and special orders arrive daily from Vrola and all are only the best American bred and raised, grain fed and organic grass fed beef. Specialty meats as well as game meats can be ordered and picked up the following day.

The deli serves products by Boars Head™, a company whose 100-year passion for quality is reflected in their top quality meats and cheeses. They also only use Prosciutto Di Parma and Mortadella with pistachios, which are imported from Italy. Ferrucci’s Gourmet also has a wall-to-wall selection of gourmet products, from coffees and teas to imported canned tomatoes, and imported and authentic aged balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, since they are the experts in making the best vinegar. The prepared foods are made using recipes that have been in the family for generations, with fresh products and never any additives, so you will get the best quality dishes. There is an array of different sauces in quart or pint containers, plus homemade soup, too. Special orders and catering orders are always welcome. Give them 24 hours’ notice and they can provide specialty foods for 1 to 100 guests or more.

Ferrucci’s Gourmet is now taking orders for your gourmet Thanksgiving, complete with all your favorites. And the delicious bread comes straight from Brooklyn; where else? Stop in and get some fresh rolls, banquettes, and loaves of their delicious bread. You’ll be glad you did!

Ferrucci’s Gourmet is located at 527 Prospect Avenue in Little Silver. They’re open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and they deliver. Call (732) 741-9505.

Foot & Body Works

Sweet tranquility: who couldn’t use a little of that at the holidays? Foot & Body Works offers spa treatments that are dedicated to focusing the mind, nurturing the body, and uplifting the spirit. Foot & Body Works’ spa experiences allow you to truly rejuvenate and rediscover your essential self, while you unwind in their professional and sterile-clean environment. Their staff will spoil you and treat you like royalty, with no appointment necessary.

The owner grew up in China and is well-versed in traditional Chinese massage. Following her beliefs, she wishes to help her customers reduce the stress from their hectic lives and feel their absolute best. “People love us on Yelp and we are a five star 2016 Award Recipient,” she says.

Foot reflexology has been used to cure colds/minor ailments, prevent/cure diseases, increase energy, relieve stress, pain, and anxiety, improve blood and lymph circulation, and prevent injury. Body work therapies aid in reducing anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia related to stress, myofascial pain syndrome, soft tissue strains, or sports injuries. Plus, it just feels so good! Don’t wait any longer to relax and pamper yourself; let Foot & Body Works take care of you today.

Foot & Body Works is located at 488 Route 35 in Middletown, in the Union Square Shopping Center (diagonally across from Whole Foods). They’re open Monday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Call (732) 852-2514, visit www.footbodyworks.com, and remember to like them on Facebook.

Frame It Yourself Custom Framing 

Don’t be fooled by the name; Frame It Yourself Custom Framing is a full service custom picture framing shop, with a longstanding reputation for showcasing your treasures with precision and artistic flair. They can frame anything and are known for their award-winning shadowbox designs. Educated customers appreciate that they carry all of the finest lines of picture frame moldings, including Larson Juhl, Fotiou, Bella, and many more.

The owner and the attentive staff are trained artists and pride themselves on their combined experience of more than 35 years. The shop has been located in the same Fair Haven location since 1976, and the present owner has owned and operated the business for 24 of those years. They will be taking custom orders right up to Christmas Eve, and since they keep many moldings in stock, they can even offer same day service on some projects.

Display your cherished art, memorabilia, and memories with the quality they deserve at Frame It Yourself Custom Framing, where their art has been “”hanging around area homes for over 40 years!”

Frame It Yourself Custom Framing is located at 776 River Road in Fair Haven. They’re open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call (732) 842-7330 or visit them at www.Frameityourselfshop.com or on Facebook.

Garden State Film Festival

For a truly unique gift for a lover of film, a creative spirit, a film maker, or an actor, give them tickets to the Garden State Film Festival (GSFF). The Garden State Film Festival returns to Asbury Park to celebrate its 16th anniversary after a four-year run in Atlantic City. It has become one of the most prestigious festivals on the east coast. Over the years, hundreds of thousands have attended this four-day event that is packed with celebrities, galas and parties, an open talent casting call, seminars, and, most importantly, a hand-chosen selection of more than 200 films from around the globe in all genres, including narrative films, documentaries, animations, music videos, PSAs, trailers, and the ever-popular “home grown” films, shot right here in the Garden State. A weekend pass gets you unlimited access to it all, even the Opening Night Gala Cocktail Party (awards banquet not included). Rub elbows with stars, meet other cool people, party, mix, mingle, and learn. The festival is March 22 to March 25, 2018, and weekend passes are just $50.

Can’t wait? On October 28, the GSFF welcomes you to a Halloween “Best of the Fest,” screening spooky shorts and films at Manasquan’s Algonquin Theater. Tickets are $13 and can be purchased online at www.algonquinarts.org.

Submit your films, original movie music, and screenplays now for consideration in the 2018 festival. The call for entries is open through December 1, 2017 and complete details for submissions can be found on the GSFF website. They’re also looking for an actor for their coveted Rising Star Award. Careers have been launched and lifelong friendships made at this premier event!

Give the gift of an experience they’ll remember all year! Give tickets to the Garden State Film Festival. Visit www.gsff.org and see you at the movies.

GolfCave

We’ve all heard about the man cave; now meet the GolfCave, a unique haven for golfers, where you can “Play the cave and experience the evolution of golf.” GolfCave is an indoor golf facility where you can learn, play, and improve. Experience 100+courses, driving ranges, and practice modules with video playback and instant shot data feedback, all in the privacy of your own cave with TrackMan simulators.

GolfCave offers tee times, memberships, 24/7 access, events, and gift cards. Purchase a gift card for your favorite golfer; they’ll love it! Become a member and access GolfCave anytime, day or night, with 24/7 access. Bring your own clubs or borrow a set if you don’t have any. Bring your snacks and drinks, too, as each Cave is equipped with a mini fridge. And there’s never a dress code at GolfCave.

One player can play 18 holes in one hour on the TrackMan simulators. For the holidays, purchase a $150 gift card and get a $30 bonus ($180 value!) That’s $180 = 3 hours of golf. Use promo code “holiday” now through December 25, 2017.

GolfCave is located at 34 Industrial Way East in Eatontown. They’re open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call (732) 719-CAVE (2283), visit www.golf-cave.com, or email info@golf-cave.com.

Idol Time Vocal Academy

Let your child find their voice at Idol Time! From aspirations of a career in the music industry to simply having a love of singing and music, Idol Time Vocal Academy in Brick is the place to be for unique programming that offers quality vocal technique training with peers who share a common interest. Their Contemporary Voice Program incorporates elements of private voice lessons in a small-class setting. All levels of talent and experience are welcome, with classes for ages 5-9 and 10-14 years old. An end-of-year Vocal Showcase allows students to shine and perform with confidence.

Passionate singers ages 6-17 who enjoy competing may audition for one of their award-winning Vocal Troupes, which offer intensive training and a full performance and competition calendar. Their community-service based ensemble, Hopeful Voices, works extensively on harmony skills and offers exclusive performance opportunities throughout the year.

Idol Time prides itself on building self-confidence, self-esteem, and character. Students become part of a supportive family. Kayla Caffrey, owner and lead instructor, and Holmdel resident and general manager Linda Caffrey believe their students should understand the importance of community involvement and they are proud to have held charity events that have raised thousands of dollars for autism, anti-bullying, and childhood cancer organizations, to name a few.

The experiences at Idol Time are like nothing else in the industry! Idol Time Vocal Academy affords you top-quality vocal technique training, specialty workshops, and performance skill development, all in their state-of-the-art facility, complete with a stage and professional equipment. New students may join anytime throughout the year. Stop by one of their open houses to see students perform, take advantage of specials, enter a raffle for a complimentary month of Contemporary Voice classes, or take to the stage and grab a mic! Open houses are Sunday, October 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 12 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Idol Time Vocal Academy is located at 2140 Route 88 in Brick. Call (732) 581-4949 or visit them at www.idoltimeacademy.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

Inspired Living by Platypus

Give your home a gift with a design upgrade from Inspired Living by Platypus. This stylish center is your one-stop shop for all things home design. From couches to tables to paintings, they have it all. And if you need a little extra advice, they offer designer in-home consultation, as well. Their philosophy is “This is where your house becomes a home. Let us guide you to make the correct choices.”

You will find a marvelous collection of Bramble Co., Huntington House, and Classic Home furniture and accents in the most on-trend colors and finishes. They offer fully customizable furniture and home accents and access to the latest interior design trends. Lucky lovers of autumn and the holidays will be delighted to know their fall and Christmas collection is now available for your home. Discover amazing custom furniture and gifts as unique as you are. Stop by their beautiful store and meet their friendly staff for a great shopping experience.

Inspired Living by Platypus is located at 89 Newman Springs Road East in Shrewsbury. They’re open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (732) 758-0100 and visit them on Facebook.

iPlay America

Give the ultimate gift of fun this holiday season: a gift card to iPlay America! Located in Freehold, the City of iPlay America is the ultimate everyday getaway, with nearly four acres of fun. This all-indoor theme park features a new Virtual Reality Arena – the first of its kind on the East Coast – a two-level laser tag arena, New Jersey’s largest indoor ropes course, Go-Kart track , spinning coaster, over 250 arcade games, a 4D movie theater, rides, midway games, a full service bar and grill, concert venue, banquet spaces, and much more. Gift cards can be used to purchase Unlimited Ride Bands (which gives the guest unlimited rides all day), credits that you can use on any ride, game, or attraction, or a delicious snack or meal at any of their seven eateries. The iPlay America Gift Card comes in any increment and makes a great stocking stuffer or holiday gift for kids and adults alike. Be sure to look out for Black Friday specials and great incentives just for purchasing. At iPlay America – Get Inside the Fun!

iPlay America is located at 110 Schank Road in Freehold. For more information, call (732) 577-8200 or visit www.iplayamerica.com.

Junction Boutique

Junction Boutique is a gift shop featuring a collaboration of talented Jersey artisans located under one roof in the heart of Belford. “The Junction,” as it is so fondly known, is the center of this quaint fishing town, where you can still see many fleets of fishing and crabbing boats at the docks of the Belford Harbor.

For a pleasant shopping experience, step inside the Junction Boutique to be greeted by a friendly staff and a great atmosphere, filled to the brim with treasures and works of love. With great gift options and truly something for everyone, this will be your go-to source for those hard-to-shop-for people in your life. Candles, teas, jewelry, handmade baby and bridal gifts, original artwork, ornaments, Jersey Shore wall art, personalized gifts, and even pork roll t-shirts; Junction Boutique has so many unique items to choose from! Come for a visit and see how they capture not only the finest Bayshore artisans, but also the atmosphere of this charming seaport town.

Junction Boutique is located at 79 Leonardville Road, Suite A in Belford. They’re open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call (732) 884-8918 or visit www.facebook.com/junctionboutique.

Le Papillon

It’s been 46 years since MaryLouise van der Wilden, a former accessories and cosmetics buyer at Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel in NYC, opened her fashion and home accessories boutique, Le Papillon. The location (originally Fair Haven, now Rumson) and styles may have changed over the years, but one thing has not: outstanding customer service. “We’ll do whatever it takes to help our customers, whether it’s picking out a gift, or finding the perfect outfit for an event, or helping accessorize an outfit they already have,” says MaryLouise. “We’ve even taken outfits to our customers’ homes to try on!”

Le Papillon is known for its wide selection of color-splashed Lilly Pulitzer clothing and accessories, including sizes for girls and babies, but MaryLouise has also curated an extensive and unique collection of other special and often undiscovered brands of fashions, footwear, jewelry, bags, and belts. The store features exceptional home accessories, as well, including paintings, lamps, hand-painted serving pieces from Italy, brass door knockers, and other decorative accents, which the store will often lend on approval overnight. “It’s amazing how a new pillow, throw, or lamp can change the look of a room, just like a new necklace can change the look of an outfit,” she says. “We try hard to select distinctive pieces from small, specialty manufacturers that look expensive and luxurious, but are affordable and offer good value.”

MaryLouise is grateful to her outstanding staff and the multiple generations of loyal customers who have made Le Papillon a shopping destination for more than four decades…and counting! Le Papillion is located at 7 West River Road in Rumson. Call (732) 842-6490 or visit www.lepapilloninc.com.

Little Silver Bottle Shop

The holidays call for sharing spirits and the Little Silver Bottle Shop will make sure you serve or gift the very best. Little Silver Bottle Shop is a full service wine, craft beer, and artisan spirits shop offering a large curated selection. The store is Little Silver’s oldest retail establishment and has been conveniently located in the heart of town since 1944.

Little Silver Bottle Shop prides itself on the quality of service it provides. Customers receive informed advice so they can make the perfect selection. The store is fully stocked, orderly, and clean, with wide aisles. Heavy packages are always carried to the car for shoppers. In fact, it’s not unusual to see a customer being helped to their car with an umbrella on a rainy day. “It’s all about offering a good experience for our customers and providing service that reflects our respect for them,” said Bill Kenney, owner of the shop.

The store has a tremendous selection to match the outstanding service. With 21 doors of refrigeration, there is an extensive craft beer selection and the widest variety of chilled, ready-to-consume wines in the area. Coupled with a 20% mix/match case discount on all wines, it’s easy to see why the shop is a local favorite. Bill Kenney is also very proud of the Four Roses Private Select Single Barrel Bourbon. The seven-and-a-half-year-old whiskey was specially chosen from among many barrel samples. “Our shop is the only place on the planet this special bourbon can be found,” he said.

The store offers gift cards and free local delivery over $50. Little Silver Bottle Shop is located at 497 Prospect Avenue in Little Silver. They’re open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visit them at www.facebook.com/littlesilverbottleshop.

Little Silver Family Pharmacy

With a million stops and a million things to buy, it’s good to know the Little Silver Family Pharmacy will be right there with everything you need. The Parisi family, owners, are committed to being the best local pharmacy with the highest level of excellence in healthcare services, including prescriptions, medical equipment, and related health care needs. Little Silver Family Pharmacy also provides a full assortment of gifts, toys, seasonal products, medical equipment, school supplies, Hallmark cards, food and drinks, and all the health products you need. There’s even free delivery to local customers seven days a week, plus fax and copy services, too.

They have a huge selection of mylar balloons for your party, in a happy mix of colors and strings. Please call ahead for large balloon orders and they’ll have your choice of colors and styles ready for you. They also offer free gift wrapping services on any items you purchase. Whether you are looking to take the hassle out of holiday shopping or need a last-minute gift before a party, they are your one-stop location to take care of it all. Even Santa pays a visit to the pharmacy every year! Check to see what day he’ll be visiting for pictures you will keep for years.

It’s important to note that Medicare open enrollment starts October 15 and continues through December 7. Please stop by anytime to discuss what plan is the absolute best for you. They have dedicated pharmacists and software to help you make the best selection to fit your needs.

Little Silver Family Pharmacy is located at 10 Church Street in Little Silver. They’re open 365 days a year, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call (732) 741-1121.

Medimorphosis Physician Assisted Weight Loss

Good health, a positive self-image, and accomplishing your goals are gifts you give yourself. If you have decided that you want to meet your weight loss goals, then visit Medimorphosis Physician Assisted Weight Loss. Medimorphosis, the only practice of its kind, provides the highest quality, comprehensive, individualized care for treating those who suffer with the chronic disease of excess weight. Board-certified bariatricians (non-surgical weight management physicians) Dr. Claudia Huegel (founder) and Dr. Carol Penn, along with certified behavioral counselor Lisa Kaplan, utilize a vast arsenal of tools to help patients lose and manage their weight in a supportive and caring environment. Some of these tools include research-backed food plans, activity counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, medications and supplements where appropriate, mindfulness, meditation, and tapping.

Patients are thrilled with their results and with entire experience, saying, “The program was easier than I ever imagined! The staff was wonderful and supportive and I could not have done it without them” and “Their program is ahead of its time.”

Medimorphosis Physician Assisted Weight Loss is located at 499 Broad Street in Shrewsbury. Call (732) 389-0131 for a free consultation or to learn more, visit www.medimorphweightloss.com.

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Celebrate your next occasion with a freshly baked bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Available in four different sizes and topped with their incredibly delicious signature butter cream cheese frosting, these “can’t-resist” bundts are great for all occasions and are perfect for teacher and corporate gifts, holiday parties, weddings, and birthdays! Choose from 10 different flavors, including some seasonal favorites like Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Chocolate Chip. They personally craft over 40 different decorations to top your cakes and “wow” everyone at your next celebration. Each one is a delicious delight. Customize your gift with company logos, photos, message cards, balloons, and more. Nothing Bundt Cakes offers serving packages, candles, cards, and gifts to throw the perfect celebration. Can’t make it to the party? Ask about their delivery and shipping options!

Nothing Bundt Cakes is located at 1081 Broad Street, Shrewsbury, in the Trader Joe’s Shopping Center. They’re open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, call (732) 544-CAKE (2253) or visit www.nothingbundtcakes.com.

Off Season Adventures

Off Season Adventures (OSA) has a truly extraordinary and exotic gift idea for the travel-lover: the Tanzanian safari. This one-of-a-kind safari is pure adventure and is designed to emphasize and prioritize the communities and wildlife reserves visited. Explore all that the United Republic of Tanzania has to offer within its 365,000-square-mile borders. Come see the abundance of animals within the reserves, including lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, hippos, zebras, giraffes, and much more! Travel from Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, to the serene beaches of Zanzibar. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife of the Serengeti National Park, unique cultural excursions, and tasty cuisine. The breathtaking moments you will enjoy while touring this spectacular East African country will last a lifetime.

Off Season Adventures strives to be a sustainable organization with a focus on development projects, as well as carbon off-setting emissions from clients’ plane flights, safari vehicles, and accommodations. They believe they have a responsibility to leave destinations better than they found them for future travelers to enjoy.

While OSA books tours year-round to accommodate your schedule, they emphasize and encourage off-season travel because of its positive impacts on the local economy without compromising your experience. They will customize your tour and pair you with your own experienced safari guide to meet all of your wildest dreams. Join Off Season Adventures for an unforgettable adventure as they spread sustainable tourism.

Contact Tanner Knorr today to set up a trip of a lifetime. Call (619) 971-0823, email info@offseasonadventures.com, or visit www.offseasonadventures.com.

Pets General

Pet parents like to treat their furry kids to gifts at this time of year, also, and Pet’s General Store has a wonderful selection of their favorite toys, treats, and coats to keep them warm and dry this season.  You will also find a wide variety of dog and cat food to fit the dietary needs of your pets, plus items to help improve their health, like joint supplements, ear and eye cleaners, flea and tick preventatives, and shampoos, just to name a few. Small animal pet parents can also conveniently pick up food, treats, hay, and bedding. And if you like to keep your outdoor birds fed through the winter, they’ve got that covered, also!

Some of the pet-selected brands of food you can find are Stella & Chewy Frozen & Freeze Dried, Taste of the Wild, Orijen, Blue Buffalo, Merrick, Fromm, Natural Balance, Wellness, Freshpet, Oxbow, and many others. They are also happy to special order for their customers. Whether you’re buying gifts or stocking up on supplies, Pet’s General’s prices are competitive, with incredible service and concern. Their love of animals and daily commitment to their community makes them the place that neighbors tell neighbors it’s the only place to go!

Pet’s General Store is located at 32 Prospect Plaza (Prospect Avenue) in the ACME Center in Little Silver. They’re open seven days a week: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call (732) 345-1200 and like them on Facebook at PetsGeneralStoreNJ.

Quicksilver

Everyone wants silver for the Holidays! And Nobody does silver like Quicksilver.  Quicksilver in Red Bank is celebrating 46 years as the area’s leader in sterling silver jewelry. This family owned and operated business sells traditional hand-wrought sterling silver as well as contemporary jewelry from hundreds of craftsmen throughout the country. You’ll find solid hand-made sterling silver bracelets, rings, earrings, pins and necklaces at Quicksilver in every price range.  But that’s just the beginning…

Not only does Quicksilver offer the largest selection of sterling silver on the Jersey Shore, with prices ranging from five dollars into the thousands, they also offer the highest quality Native American Jewelry bought directly from the Southwest’s top craftsmen!From sterling silver picture frames, to baby items, Quicksilver has something for everyone on your Holiday shopping list.Whether you’re an authority on sterling silver or totally unaccustomed to buying jewelry, you’ll feel comfortable shopping at Quicksilver where “Quality at the Best Price” has been a long standing tradition.

46 years and still shining!! Quicksilver is located at 8 White Street in beautiful downtown Red Bank.  They are open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 .m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.  Call (732) 842 6696 for extended Holiday hours and visit them on Facebook.

Ski Barn 

Since 1971, Ski Barn has been outfitting New Jersey with the largest selection of premium ski and snowboard gear, apparel, and accessories. They have a wide variety of holiday gifts and an expert staff ready to assist you with all your needs. With locations in Shrewsbury, Lawrenceville, Wayne, and Paramus, they have a huge inventory that includes top brands and the hottest styles of the season. Come in and see how many gifts you can knock off your list! Look good on the streets and the slopes with premium winter fashions, layering pieces, hats, gloves, and socks by brands like Arcteryx, Bogner, Bonfire, Burton, Canada Goose, Dale of Norway, DC, Descente, Fire + Ice, Holden, Kuhl, Miller Fur, Nils, Northface, Oakley, Obermeyer, Parajumper, Patagonia, Quicksilver, Rossignol, Roxy, Spyder, Skea, Volcom, and more.

Their boot-fitting experts are the best in the business and they offer ski and snowboard rentals for the season, starting at $109 for ski and $129 for snowboard packages. Plus, with every rental, you get Ski Barn’s exclusive Resort Passport that includes $1,000+ value of discount lift tickets, special offers, and useful information. Redeem just a few of the offers and your savings will be greater than the cost of your rentals!

In the spring, the stores transform into a beautiful outdoor furnishings showroom, featuring the very best in furniture, fire pits, grills, and accessories.

In Shrewsbury, Ski Barn is located at 795 Broad Street. They’re open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Paramus is closed on Sunday). Visit www.skibarn.com.

Stephanie Bee Handbags

Make your fashion statement with an original, portable work of art: a Stephanie Bee handbag. Each Stephanie Bee bag is custom created in a variety of styles, including hobos, roll clutches, totes, and messenger bags, using top quality, made-in-America leathers. The artist then personalizes each handbag with her signature art in a variety of colors that will express your personal style. You are guaranteed to “bee” fashion forward and the only person wearing your bag.

Stephanie Bee bags were recently profiled on News Channel 12 and at many designer showcases. Five years ago, Stephanie Bee left behind her career as a dentist to pursue her lifelong passion as a fine artist. Each bag is blessed with the loving and attentive hands of the artist, and a portion of each sale goes to the Homeless Health Initiative, so you can feel even better about looking so good. Stephanie Bee bags are available directly from the artist and in select area boutiques. Additionally, Stephanie is finalizing a fall/winter appearance calendar that will include select craft shows and charity events. She is also accepting inquiries from vendors for display and sale.

See the stylish designs at www.stephaniebee.net. Contact the artist by calling (908) 415 -0904 or email stephaniebmarkel@gmail.com.

The Channel Marker Café

It’s one of the prettiest spots on the shore…and one of the friendliest, too. The Channel Marker Café is proud to announce that following their busiest summer season ever, they will be staying open this winter to bring you breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and most importantly to host your parties and gatherings. The Channel Marker Café is located at the Ocean Beach Marina in scenic Lavallette, right on the channel, surrounded by all the boats. With their beautiful waterfront view as the backdrop to your special events, your party will be one they’ll remember for years!

The Channel Marker Café is casual, cozy, and customer-focused. Let their party planning team help you plan all the details. Book your choice of two rooms for parties of up to 75 people, or go ala carte and order your favorites like prime rib, fish and chips, tasty sandwiches and steaks, and so much more, right off the menu. Book your holiday parties by October 31 and receive a 10% discount on the total bill.

Check them out online and read all the great comments. It’s BYOB. The Channel Marker Café is located at the Ocean Beach Marina, 3245 Route 35 South in Lavallette. They will be open for the fall/winter season Wednesday through Sunday for dinner, (Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.) On Saturday and Sunday, they’ll be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) Visit them on Facebook or call (732) 793-7559.

The Hobby Shop

The stresses of holiday time are a lot easier to process when you relax with a hobby – or know that you’ve found the perfect gift for the hobbyist in your life. Avid enthusiasts and novices alike know that The Hobby Shop in Aberdeen is the place to get advice and supplies, as well as investigate new hobbies. Family owned and operated since 1978, this hobby, toy, and game store is a perennial favorite. Whether you’re a sports collector, model builder, a Boy or Girl Scout, an electric train expert, or have an interest in toys, crafts, or games, there is something for you in their huge 7,000-square-foot shop.

If you’re thinking about taking on a new hobby for fun and relaxation while building deeper relationships with your family, The Hobby Shop will get you started with a smile. Their friendly, knowledgeable staff will make sure you find what you’re looking for and provide free gift wrapping, and you will soon see why The Hobby Shop was named the #1 Hobby Store in America.

The Hobby Shop is located at 1077-C Route 34 in Aberdeen. They’re open Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call (732) 583-0505 or visit www.hobbyshopnj.com.

The Maids

With everything going on at the holidays, who has time to clean? The Maids do! The Maids will have your home looking its holiday best all season. Whether you need a one-time cleaning, want to schedule regular visits, or have an event like a move in/move out, new baby, or an out-of-town guest, The Maids will arrive in their sunny uniforms ready to tackle grime in all the hidden corners of your home, including all those hard-to-reach places and spaces. The Maids was established in 1998 and are proudly serving Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, and Camden Counties in New Jersey and Orange County, NY.

Need great gift ideas for a busy mom, a senior citizen, maybe a coworker, allergy sufferer, or someone in poor health or perhaps challenged with disabilities? A gift certificate for a sparkling home is always a winning choice. Whether it’s for the holidays, a birthday, or whatever reason, having one of The Maids cleaning crews arrive is always a well-received surprise. They will bring the sparkle back to your home using environmentally friendly products. Their bonded team of professionals gets in and gets the job done, so you get back some free time to relax in your clean home or enjoy going out and about, without dreading coming home to start cleaning yourself!

The Maids also encourage you (or others) to consider joining their team. They have full time and part time opportunities available Monday through Friday (no nights or weekends), so give them a call!

Booking early is a good suggestion as the holidays near, but rest assured that the friendly Maids do whatever they can to accommodate new customers. All first time and project cleans are hourly. Set pricing is established when The Maids know the frequency and condition of home (square feet, time needed for proper job, etc.) Call now for a free estimate.

Call (888) 411-6243 for all the details and availability or email the sales staff: Molly at maidsoffice6@gmail.com or Precious at maidsoffice4@gmail.com. The Maids look forward to the opportunity of cleaning your home.

The Rose of Sharon Florist

Whether you are sending your love with flowers or dressing up a home or catering facility for a holiday affair, The Rose of Sharon Florist will make your expression one you will be proud to share. The Rose of Sharon is no ordinary florist. This is a full service florist and gift shop. They offer an enormous and inspiring variety of specialty gifts such as candles, Michel Design Works, ceramics and pottery, handbags, and jewelry. For winter nuptials and holiday affairs, let Rose of Sharon help, because they specialize in weddings and events of all sizes. They even do in-home holiday decorating and they happily share free consultation on any events or in-home decorating.

Among their many treasures are items from Michel Designs, Better Homes & Gardens,  Godiva, Hallmark, Thomas Kinkade,  and Surfs Up Candles, just to name a few. If you need to send flowers or a gift now, they typically offer same day delivery. They have built their business by creating great relationships that last a lifetime. See what they can do for you and everyone on your list. You’ll love the tranquil and personal attention.

The Rose of Sharon is located at 4057 Asbury Avenue in Tinton Falls. Call (732) 922-1806, visit www.theroseofsharonflorist.com, or email theroseofsharonflorist@hotmail.com.

The Toy Box

Like the sign says, “There’s Fun Inside!” The Toy Box has a wide variety of toys for every age and interest. They were recently honored with the Regional Good Neighbor Award from the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, and The Toy Box is known for their big selection of hard-to-find and specialty toys. You’ll find all kinds of fun items, including books, board games, and bath toys, learning toys for toddlers, puzzles, stuffed animals, arts and crafts, and a whole wall of Lego products.

Owner Kim Pasqua says, “Kids love it here and I love it as much as they do. The kids can play with toys while their parents shop. That’s just another reason parents like it here so much. We offer one-stop shopping. Here, they can buy a gift, get it wrapped, pick up a birthday card or a card for any occasion, and head off to the party. And they really appreciate our friendly and knowledgeable staff, and the fun and unique products we carry that other toy stores do not.” The Toy Box offers gift certificates, as well, along with beautiful wrapping paper. It was voted as Hulafrog’s Most Loved Toys & Books Store 2017.

The Toy Box is located in the Morello Plaza Shopping Center at 410 Route 34 South, near Dunkin Donuts and the Colts Neck Dance and Performing Arts Academy. Store hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday till 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Their phone number is (732) 866-6676 and their website is www.toyboxnj.com.

The Velveteen Daughter

Give the reader on your holiday list the latest award-winning novel, The Velveteen Daughter, penned by Rumson resident Laurel Davis Huber. This acclaimed debut novel was released July 11. This fascinating book reveals for the first time the story of Margery Williams, author of The Velveteen Rabbit, and her daughter Pamela Bianco, once a world-famous child prodigy artist. Gloria Vanderbilt has called the novel “mesmerizing.”

The Velveteen Daughter was a decade in the making. The author stumbled over the story in the summer of 2006, and when research revealed one tantalizing clue after another, the work became an obsession. The story unfolds during the golden age at the turn of the 20th century. Several of the reigning glitterati of the day have roles in the book, including Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Agnes and Eugene O’Neill (Agnes is Margery’s niece). As the Biancos move from Paris to Turin to London and on to Greenwich Village, young Pamela struggles with too-early fame, an overbearing father, a spectacularly misguided marriage, and depression bordering on madness. Throughout, her life raft is her mother. “This is not a mother-daughter story about villains and victims; these women move through each other’s lives like sun and moon, both illuminated and shadowed by the other.” – ForeWord Reviews.

The book is the Editors Choice, Historical Novel Society and Independent Book Publishers Silver Medal winner for First Book (Fiction). The Velveteen Daughter is available now at local bookstores. To learn more, visit www.laureldavishuber.com.

Trademark Boutique (Previously Uphoria Boutique)

Celebrate your holidays with flair with women’s clothing and accessories from Trademark Boutique (previously Uphoria Boutique). After six years, they’ve updated their name and their look and inventory to bring you an even more exciting collection while staying committed to offering an enjoyable shopping experience and, most importantly, great customer service. They specialize in great quality items at an affordable price. You’ll find looks that are both on-trend and current, as well as classic pieces that are timeless. They strive to cater to women of all ages, from the stay-at-home moms to business women, as well as their daughters. Some of their featured designers include Dex, Z-Supply, Veronica M, Blank, and Flying Monkey. They say, “Fashion should be fun and functional. Seeing a customer feel comfortable and confident in an outfit; there is no better feeling than that!”

As a special gift to Journal readers, Trademark Boutique will give you 15% off full price merchandise when you mention The Journal. And they even offer free shipping and free gift wrapping. Trademark Boutique will be open Tuesday through Saturday until 7:00 p.m. for the month of December.

Trademark Boutique is located at 155 Markham Place in Little Silver. Call (732) 842-5854.

Tuscany Specialty Foods and Catering

Tuscany Specialty Foods and Catering is celebrating its 20th festive holiday season! Authentic, superior, and proven describe the outstanding success of Tuscany, which continues to proudly serve the finest quality Italian foods to their loyal and growing sphere of customers. Since 1997, owners Vinny LaFranca and Sal Faenza have devoted their masterful culinary skills and penchant for quality to create meals and memories. With two locations in Marlboro and Manalapan, Tuscany blends the winning combination of flavor, freshness, and service to make this high caliber emporium. The holidays with Tuscany are flavorful and memorable, given their hallmark family recipes. Whether it’s delectable eggplant dishes, myriad choices of pasta, fresh meats, brick oven pizza (Marlboro location only), outstanding homemade mozzarella, imported cheeses, or dry sausage and sopressata, Tuscany’s delicious choices are certain to be crowd pleasers. Their fabulous bakery items include fresh baked bread daily, biscotti, heavenly pastries, pies, and custom cakes baked on the premises, with an accomplished baker from Italy. For gatherings both small and large, at home or company parties, Tuscany Catering makes December holiday parties unforgettable. Their full-service catering provides its sensational food as well as wait staff, bartenders, and linens. Come see the large assortment of beautifully wrapped imported food gifts. Don’t see your favorite? Just ask! They do everything, including gluten-free items.

Call Tuscany to place your order for Thanksgiving and the December holidays. “Tuscany is built on love of people, love of food, quality, and careful attention to detail,” says Vinny LaFranca, owner. Celebrate the season with Tuscany!

In Marlboro, they’re located at 130 A South Main Street. Call (732) 308-1118. In Manalapan, they’re located at 285 Gordon’s Corner Road. Call (732) 972-2500. Both locations are open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit www.TuscanyCateringNJ.com.

Xtreme Machines

Talk about different! Xtreme Machines is a like no place you’ve ever seen. If it’s got two, three, or four wheels, you will find it there, plus the coolest gear and accessories. They offer ATVs, cargo trailers, generators, lawnmowers, motorcycle/scooters, power equipment, PWCs, snow blowers, snowmobiles, UTVs, even water pumps, and hybrid rides of all kinds. Family owned Xtreme Machines is the place for cutting-edge technology, superior service, outstanding customer support, knowledgeable, reliable, and professional personnel, and quality products and accessories. You won’t believe all the things you’ll see; that’s why people have been traveling from five states away just to check it out.

Housed in a new 34,600-square-foot building built specifically to accommodate Xtreme Machines, you’ll find everything for active riders, whether it is street, touring, sport, off-road, water, or snow related activities. Top brands include Arctic Cat, Yamaha, Spyder, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda, Can-Am, Sea-Doo, Victory, Polaris®, Triumph, and Ural products, and they have a service department, too. They even have a big customer lounge with a big screen TV, plus a store full of cool apparel and gear.

Xtreme Machines has monthly rides, bike nights, and tremendous customer service from people passionate enough to create such a unique place. Check it out and have some fun!

Xtreme Machines is located at 700 Highway 33 in Millstone. They’re open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday. Call (732) 786-9696 and visit www.xtrememachines.us.