asherneimandesignfrontA scene from last December’s temporary gallery installation on Front Street, with Emily Asher Neiman visible behind the counter.

She didn’t make her pronouncement with the pomp of General Douglas MacArthur or the portent of the Terminator — but when Emily Asher Neiman said she’d be back, well, she was a woman of her word.

After having closed her eponymous art gallery on Monmouth Street late in 2008, Asher Neiman returned to Red Bank in December of last year for a gifting-season Home for the Holidays event that set up temporary shop inside the glass-facaded former home of DesignFront at 21 East Front Street — a bit of planned obsolescence that nonetheless brought some welcome light and life to what had once been one of the borough’s most stylish storefronts.

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