JEWELRY STORE TAKES MONMOUTH SPACE

Ashley Goral will manage Ice, which plans to open soon at 12 Monmouth Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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A primo spot on the sunny side of Monmouth Street in Red Bank is about to get some ice.

Most recently home to Soapmarket, which vacated in January to become an online-only retailer, 12 Monmouth is being outfitted for Ice Costume Jewelry, which hopes to open in just a couple of weeks, store manager Ashely Goral tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

The store is the first retail venture by Goral’s boss, Jack Hersch, and will feature “costume jewelry, but high-end, with real stones,” pieces crafted by “up-and-coming designers,” she said.

Though the store’s name might suggest diamonds, it won’t be selling any. “It’s more fun stuff, more exciting,” she said.

In other Churnings…

Elio Ventrella’s The Glam Bar hair styling salon – blowouts, no cuts – has opened for business, after a glammy red-carpet style opening party last Friday night.

Ashley Dupré, who plans to open Femme By Ashley lingerie and swimwear in May, has all her approvals from the borough planning and zoning office, except for one. A store sign that would hang from a beam that spans the opening alcove to the building, at 15 Broad, is not of a kind addressed by any ordinance and will need a variance, said director Donna Smith Barr.