Dec 17, 2019

My Visit to Red Bank During the Holidays

By Julia Mortimer

I grew up walking into Red Bank with my best friends, wandering around Funk N Standard (who remembers that store?), taking goofy pictures in the photo booth and ending the day at Starbucks with a vanilla bean Frappuccino (I was in middle school –save your judgements). Red Bank has since changed and is ever-evolving with new, interesting stores coming and replacing others. Having grown up in Red Bank, I have been there for all of these transitions. But it is easy to become blind to just how fun and interesting this town can be. With the holidays approaching, there are countless events happening.

As my stroll through downtown continued, I decided to explore the various thrift stores in town. I stopped at Green Street Consignment which is more high-end but has countless cute finds. I then walked past Count Basie Theater and stopped in Pearl St. Consignment, which I have been so excited to visit. I was not disappointed. The store hasa heavy retro and vintage vibe with fun skirts, accessories and additional apparel that were all so interesting and eclectic. The beautiful thing about thrift stores is finding things that you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. Where else are you going to find a vintage Ft. Lauderdale tourist shirt with alligators riding, top down, in a pink convertible? Thrifting is exhausting. Where else would you get your afternoon pick-me-up, other than Rook Coffee?

I just need to take a second to shout out Rook. I blame their amazing coffee on my becoming an absolute coffee snob. During the holidays, Rook always has a holiday flavored drink. Last year, they had gingerbread hot coffee and mocha mint iced coffee. As of early November, the flavor was vanilla spice.

Stores such as The Local Line will be participating in Red Bank’s First Fridays which is held to highlight the various galleries and retailers, which will be staying open until 9 pm. The Local Line will be hosting a hands-on creative session. There are also a number of other events that The Local Line is featuring, including a glass ornament workshop and a Christmas cookie decorating workshop. For more information, visit TheLocalLineNJ.com). I visited The Local Line during my day exploring the ins and outs of Red Bank. The store has endless amounts of such beautiful decor and jewelry made by local vendors. I went before Thanksgiving when the store was decked out in all things fall and Thanksgiving-oriented. 

Red Bank during the holidays is so magical, with the lights decorating the trees that line Broad Street and the “Peace On Earth” banner strung across West Front Street. A Christmas festivity to look out for is horse and carriage rides every Saturday through Dec. 21. For more information, visit Red Bank.org.