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Welcome to redbankgreen 3.0.

The newest version of this seven-year-old authentically local news and information site comes with changes both cosmetic – as you’ve probably already noticed – and substantive.

The cosmetic is self-evident. The substance is hinted at above: PieHole and All Good are the names of new pages that we hope will satisfy particular needs in your life. And there’s some new fun stuff, too.

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SEA BRIGHT: BOUTIQUE IN A BOAT SHOP

A straw clutch by Mud Pie is among the fashion items available in what had long been just a boating supply store. (Photo by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

After a rough off-season that included severe damage from Hurricane Sandy, the owners of Sea Bright’s Angler’s Marina & Beach Boutique, Fred Leonardis and his wife, Elizabeth, worked hard to reopen their Ocean Avenue shop.

“My husband has always believed that we are in a service business, a seasonal business, and that we need to be here for our customers,” said Elizabeth. “So we take that very seriously.”

Perhaps unnoticed by many motorists passing by, however, Leonardis has been developing a side project within the marina store to go along with the boating hardware: a beach-themed accessory shop selling everything from chairs, towels, tote bags and more. Her experience in retail sparked the idea for the accessory shop.

“I said ‘We should have beautiful beach bags, and we should have shoes,'” she tells Window Shopping the Green. “Last year, I brought in jewelry, and it just evolved.”

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RED BANK: GETTING DOWN AND COMFORTERED

Susan Fowlers’ comforter, sized for use by an individual and foldable into a pillor or travel pillow. (Photo by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

Window Shopping the Green cozied up at Down To Basics in The Galleria Red Bank with the 4-in-1 Travel Comforter created by store owner and Rumson resident Susan Fowler.

Originally from Wisconsin, Fowler moved to New Jersey 35 years ago and has owned Down To Basics for 22 years. She’s been selling the white, goose down comforter encased in a white striped duvet cover for 15 years.

What’s a travel comforter? “You can use it as a personal comforter, a crib comforter,” Fowler said. “It can be folded in half as a standard pillow, or folded into the case for a smaller travel pillow.”

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RUMSON: COPPER FROGS TO PERK UP THE YARD

At Bain’s in Rumson: outdoor furniture and frog sculptures. (Photo by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

Looking to add some levity to the yard? Hop over to Bain’s Outdoor Living in Rumson to see Beau Smith’s chic home décor frog sculptures.

Store owners Tom and Donna Bain came across Smith’s sculptures featured in a magazine. They contacted the artist, interested in selling his pieces.

“They actually drove down to Atlanta to get some of my work and sell it in their store,” said Smith.

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SMART: A SMARTPHONE WITH… A DUMB ONE

The Pop Phone merges old and new telecom features. (Photo by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

Travel back in time and answer the call on the POP Phone from Lucki Clover, a women’s clothing and accessory shop on Broad Street in Red Bank.

Window Shopping the Green finds the newest cellular accessory disguised as an old-fashioned telephone handset that boasts quality-improving features.

The POP Phone is a fairly new concept that marries modern technology and with a nearly outdated one: a 1950’s-inspired retro telephone receiver. Created by product designer David Turpin for Native Union, the handset allows users to easily navigate their Smartphones while talking. Using a plug that fits any auxiliary outlet, it’s designed to function with any Smartphone, notebook, or tablet.

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RUMSON: PULLEEZ, HERE’S THE INVENTOR

Pulleez hair ties on display at Posch. (Photo by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

This week’s Window Shopping the Green can report a double discovery: a stylish hair-bunching device that turns out to have been invented by a woman who lives practically around the corner from where we came upon it.

With its pulsing music and fuzzy zebra-print chair covers, Posch Boutique, at 113 East River Road, stands out in the quiet and conservative Borough of Rumson.  It’s a kind of one-stop women’s shop, featuring designer brand accessories, perfumes, and denim wear.

While browsing the racks, we snagged the latest craze in hair accessories, Pulleez ponytail holders, and were delighted to learn they were created by Rumson resident Diana Wright.

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IN RED BANK: COASTAL COASTERS

Shore Chic’s ceramic shore town coasters are the most popular item in the shop. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

In this week’s edition of Window Shopping the Green, we head over to Red Bank’s English Plaza, where Shore Chic boasts some appealing coastal coasters.

Owner Maureen Marcil says the ceramic squares, at $7 apiece, are her most popular offerings in her gifts-and-accessories shop. Each displays the name of a Jersey shore town with its geographical coordinates in a weatherbeaten typeface suggestive of seaside locales.

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FAIR HAVEN: STARS IN ONE’S EARS

Celluloid earrings featuring James Dean are among the items included in the going-out-of-business sale at Nature’s Emporium. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Welcome to Window Shopping the Green, a new regular feature for redbankgreen.

The idea here is simply to call out interesting items that catch our eye as we wander the stores of the Green.

We kick off with an ending, though. Fair Haven’s Nature’s Emporium will close its doors March 2 after 40 years of business, but not before hosting a blowout sale.

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