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ON CONSIGNMENT: OWNER GOES FOR SECONDS

eliaAnn Marie Elia arranges the stock at her Fair Haven store. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

When Ann Marie Elia opened her first business, All Things Consignment, in West Long Branch two decades ago, it was a tough start for the self-described “clothes and jewelry junkie.”

“Twenty years ago, people looked down on you for shopping at a consignment shop,” Elia said. “Now, it’s so hip.”

So hip, in fact, that Elia is in the middle of an apparent consignment boom along the Navesink. Elia opened her second All Things Consignment location on River Road, next door to Shutters Cottage Home, in October, and hers is one of two that recently opened in Fair Haven — just a microcosm of a regional trend she’s seen, she said.

“I’ve never seen so many pop up in one year,” Elia, 45, said. “It’s the times.”

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HIBACHI FIRES UP IN FAIR HAVEN CHURN

sansuJeremy Poon swings open the doors to SanSu Japanese Steakhouse today. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It’s been a long 120 days for Jeremy Poon.

Each one was spent next door to his Chinese restaurant, No. 1 Chinese, overseeing a complete overhaul of the former Bayshore Charlie’s Fishery on River Road in Fair Haven as workers transformed the space from seafood supplier to what it is now: SanSu Japanese Steakhouse, which opens its doors today.

There’s just one little problem.

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