RCDS to Host Second Annual Brownstone Boutique Holiday Shopping Event


As the holidays near and errands accumulate, the thought of venturing to the crowded mall to tackle gift lists becomes a daunting undertaking. Fortunately, the stress of seasonal shopping disappears when the Blake Gymnasium at The Rumson Country Day School transforms into a shopper’s paradise. Not to be missed, RCDS’ Second Annual Brownstone Boutique, a curated collection of clothing, toys, and gifts, kicks off with an exclusive Preview Party on Thursday, December 7 and will open to the public from Friday, December 8 through Saturday, December 9.

An inaugural event last year, The Brownstone Boutique is now slated as an annual occasion that makes holiday shopping easily accessible for local families and features a variety of premier vendors from across the country. OAO women’s fashion from NYC, Lotus Way clothing, jewelry, and accessories from Fair Haven, Kon-Dor boho luxe handbags from Brooklyn, Jay Butler footwear and leather goods from PA, and Seven Barrels olive oils and balsamic vinegars from NJ are just a few retailers who will be present to satisfy shoppers’ gift-giving needs. In addition to a wide assortment of vendors, artists from the Jersey Shore to NYC will display original artwork and photography that will be available for purchase. Bookworms will be pleased to hear that the Annual RCDS Book Fair will also be operating on campus and open to the public, providing an incredible selection of reading material for children and adults.

“After a successful kick-off year last year, we are grateful to have such strong enthusiasm leading into this year’s event,” said co-chair and RCDS parent Pam Lacey. “We are excited to maintain the popular aspects of last year’s boutique, including some favorite vendors, but in an effort to keep things fresh, approximately 70% of our vendors this year are brand new!” Not only will shoppers cross family and friends off of their gift-giving lists, they will also be giving to a good cause; 20% of every purchase will benefit The Rumson Country Day School.

“Our goal is to bring unfamiliar and emerging brands from all over the northeast right into our backyard, while also supporting many wonderful local businesses,” said co-chair and RCDS parent Shannon Trudel. “We will also offer children’s activities and casual dining options so that boutique can be a unique, one stop, holiday shopping experience that the whole family can enjoy.”

Visit www.rcds.org/brownstoneboutique to learn more and to browse a full list of vendors. Brownstone Boutique’s operating hours will be:

Thursday, December 7 • Invite-only Preview Party, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Friday, December 8 • Brownstone Boutique Sale, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 9 • Brownstone Boutique Sale, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.