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By JOHN T. WARD
Epoxy-and-wood tables; “occult” bath products; and news about two downtown restaurants get the spotlight in this edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.
By JOHN T. WARD
In this edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn: a skateboard shop rolls into downtown Red Bank, a comic book shop relocates, and the pandemic economy claims another handful of stores.
As an Ocean County-based resident of the Jersey Shore, Karen Sandy (pictured) had a front row seat to the devastation and displacement wrought by a certain Superstorm with whom she reluctantly shared a name. As an animal lover, the longtime community volunteer also knew that the epic natural disaster impacted the lives of wild creatures and domesticated pets, every bit as much as it did the people of the tri-state region.
It was a visit to Popcorn Park Zoo Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, the Forked River facility operated by Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey, that inspired Karen Sandy to create Zach to the Rescue, a story for young readers that touches upon themes of life-changing loss, readjustments, and the healing power of new friendships. Just released earlier this month as the author’s first published work, the book receives its first Monmouth County showcase event this Sunday, July 31, at one of the most animal-friendly venues on the greater Red Bank green: the Paws for a Cause annex of Frame to Please.
From Meghan at Frame To Please comes word that the shop located inside The Galleria has opened a boutique-gallery kiosk under the name Art from the Heart. Each month, the space will showcase the work of a local artist, with a percentage of sale proceeds dedicated to an “adopted charity” of the featured artist’s choice. For the inaugural display in December, the work of animal photography specialist Kim Levin is on display — and the Little Silver lenswoman has designated a set of her favorite pet rescue organizations as the beneficiary of the collected funds.
Silent auction gift baskets await inspection during the recent Holiday Bazaar at Christ Church in Shrewsbury. For those who missed it, there are many more craft shows, artisan fairs and gift boutiques going on around the greater Green this weekend.
There’s an open-house glimpse into the wondrous workshop of a leading Red Bank artist. Unique handcrafted gifts, unexpectedly encountered at a pair of county parks in Middletown. Floral arrangements in Shrewsbury; fine art pieces by the area’s best-known creatives in Little Silver. All around the villages and hamlets of the greater Red Bank Green, a dedicated core of neighbors seeks to combat the seasonal brainfreeze of “shopper’s block;” seeding inspiration for gift-givers who want to think outside the big-box store for the special ones on their list — and it’s all happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Just weeks after hosting her annual Art Show and Sale at Mudslingers Pottery, master potter Lauren Bellero takes part in a special Holiday Open House event this Friday, December 5. Between the hours of 3 to 9 pm, shoppers on a quest for something truly unique can visit 12 Oak Street in Lincroft to select from a display of the artist’s award winning pit-fired decorative creations (candle holders, vases, bowls and more) and glazed cookware — or visit the Mudslingers website to make an appointment.
Open for business at picturesque Poricy Park this weekend, the Nature Conservancy’s Holiday and Craft Shop offers up an array of locally sourced wood, pottery, crochet, fine art and home decor items, available for purchase between the hours of 11 am to 4 pm on December 5, 6 and 7. They’ll be doing it all again next weekend too, with shop hours on December 12, 13 and 14 — but there’s much more to see this weekend, with details around the bend.
By DANIELLE TEPPER
Melanie Pomerico of Tinton Falls grew up spending a lot of her time in Red Banks shops and restaurants, but didnt expect shed one day become part of the downtowns booming business community.
After graduating from Philadelphias University of the Arts in 2003 with a B.A. in photography, she turned her creativity toward baked goods. Thus Lil’ Cutie Pops, a collection of custom-made cake pops, was born in 2010, as a sideline to Pomerico’s work in the photo industry.
Little more than two years later though, she’s preparing to open a retail store, at 16 Monmouth Street, and jump into the brisk competition for local dessert dollars.
By REBECCA DESFOSSE
Unsure of what gifts to buy this holiday season? Dont fret. redbankgreen has been window-shopping downtown Red Bank in search of the perfect gift ideas for everyone on your list.
For example: your fashion-forward wine aficionado? Help her arrive at her next BYOB in style. At Red Ginger Home at 48 Broad Street, the wine purse shown above sells for $39 and includes a corkscrew for on-the-go bottle opening action.
Butt-sniffing and friendly licking: all the cool pups are doing it. (Video by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)
By STACIE FANELLI
Reservations for the ritziest, most exclusive party in Little Silver fill up quickly at the Dog Spaw. Catered with the finest selection of liver biscuits and grain-free kibble, Yappy Hour regularly draws about 20 local puppies and small-breed dogs.
The grooming, dog-walking, pet-sitting and canine holistic health food store had also been known by the name Paw Palace before it relocated from Red Bank last month. The move sent its boutique-style leashes, collars and fashion apparel to the Internet so the shop could focus on patrons’ nutrition and glamour.
Yoshi (left) and Chopper (right) anxiously await a treat in front of their owners new pet product kiosk, Paws for a Cause. Megan Prenderville and Mike Harper opened the stand in response to Choppers cancer diagnosis. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)
By DANIELLE TEPPER
Three months ago, Chopper, Megan Prendervilles 7-year-old Border Collie mix, was diagnosed for the second time with a malignant anal sac tumor. This time, however, the cancer was more aggressive, the tumor inoperable.
With the diagnosis weighing heavily on her mind, Prenderville searched for a way to stay productively positive.
It was just really horrible coming to work every day knowing this about my best buddy, said Prenderville. I realized that putting a pet boutique together in a way that we could raise money for charity could be my therapy.
Last month, Prenderville and her husband Mike Harper debuted Paws for a Cause, an extension of Frame to Please, in a hallway kiosk outside the custom framing shop they own in the Galleria of Red Bank to do just that.
Dub-ble vision: The landmark Dublin House is among the people, places and things rendered in ecstatically bold strokes by illustrator Mike Quon, in a first-ever art installation at NovelTeas in Red Bank.
It’s time once again for a virtual “Artwalk” come on in, the watercolor’s fine and what follows here are some picks for the coming days and nights at the storefront galleries and public spaces of the Green.
FRIDAY: Photographer Michael Hynes at The Monmouth Museum. As part of the Emerging Artists series, the Monmouth Museum (on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College) spotlights a set of compelling black and white images by Middletown-based lensman Hynes featuring scenes of his native Ireland as well as his adopted home on the Jersey Shore. Hynes is expected to be present at the opening, from 6p to 8p, and he’ll return to the museum on the evening of June 16 for another in its regularly scheduled series of Artist Talks. Exhibit continues during normal museum hours through July 3; check website for admission info.
SATURDAY: Rahway Art Hive at Jamians Food & Drink. The Rahway Art Hive? It’d sound downright sci-fi sinister if it didn’t sound so simultaneously intriguing. Based in our sister city just up the NJ Transit tracks, the creative cooperative (and accompanying art gallery) presents its first Monmouth County “away game” show as the June feature at Jamian LaViola‘s eponymous Monmouth Street bistro, an offering curated as always by Red Bank painter (and Jamian’s mixologist) Travis Radcliffe. Beginning tonight and continuing through June 30, the work of Jim McKeon and company is on display at the restaurant that opens up its inviting “convertible” facade when the weather gets warm. Your host Jamian caters the cool cuisine at a reception at 8p.
By TOM CHESEK
An “Art Walk” can be a tricky thing; a study in dueling impulses, in which one part of you the part that wants to linger long on a single painted image or sculpted object is forced to contend with the part that needs to keep moving and simply can’t wait to discover what new source of inspiration waits around the next corner.
It was with those conflicting, complementary impulses in mind that the art galleries of Red Bank banded together seven years ago to present the first in what has become a series of annual springtime Artwalk events, free and entirely self-guided excursions that allow perambulating patrons an opportunity to experience the borough’s artscape at one’s own pace.
The idea: give everybody a map, set them loose on the sidestreets and alleyways of the downtown, and let them make of it what they will.