By JOHN T. WARD
Two home-themed retail shops that have operated in downtown Red Bank for only about a year are calling it rolling up their welcome mats, redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.
One specialized in home decor, while the other staked its claim on marinades, sauces and household tchotchkes with a southern American flavor.
• An employee at Pickett & White tells Churn the store, at 15 Broad Street, plans to close soon, though he declined to say when.
He said the store, which owner Anne Pecora opened in February, 2016, had not been as successful as her Spotted Whale shops in the summer-only communities of Barnegat Light, Ocean City and Stone Harbor. He attributed the difference to a “not enough foot traffic.”
The 2,000-square-foot space was previously occupied by Ashley DuPre’s Femme by Ashley lingerie boutique. A sign in the window says the building, which features an unusual Italianate facade with an exposed, curving staircase, is for sale. Monmouth County records identify the owner as Aprad I LLC.
• Charleston Shops, at 9 Monmouth Street, closed last week. The retailer of southern American marinades, sauces and tchotchkes had been in town for just 13 months. The space was previously rented by Toad Hollow.