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RED BANK: SEAFOOD, YARN & ART IN CHURN

Mario Segundo has opened Mariscos Marlin, a Mexican seafood restaurant, in the Galleria of Red Bank. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallThe owner of a new Red Bank restaurant quit his job in auto repair to open his first business in the space vacated by friends earlier this year.

Also in this summer-doldrums edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn: a Norwegian knitting store and a health spa plan openings, and a group of artists hope to hang onto their space.

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SEA BRIGHT: KNITTING AS SANDY THERAPY

Megan Heath Gilhool first picked up her needles in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when she was in “full panic mode,” she said. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Move over, yarn spinning and yarn bombing. A new knitting-based activity has entered the region’s post-Sandy lexicon: Yarn Therapy

“I think the whole activity of knitting in itself is extremely therapeutic,” said Megan Heath Gilhool, an artist and prime force behind the newly instated weekly knitting sessions taking place inside Sea Bright’s community center Thursday nights.

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RED BANK: AFFORDABLE GIFTS AND GOODIES

What, she doesn’t have a wine purse? We can fix that. Read on. (Photos by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

Unsure of what gifts to buy this holiday season? Don’t 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.

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SIP ONE, PURL TWO

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Red Bank’s knitters sure know how to have a good time.

Longtime redbankgreen readers may recall our March 2007 feature story about Wooly Monmouth, the Monmouth Street knitting-supply store that doubles as an Algonquin roundtable of sorts for the pointy-needle set.

It’s a place where, one night a week,  food, conversation and the occasional bottle of wine flow amid the constant knitting and purling.

Last night, a handful of the Wooly Monmouth faithful took their moveable feast down the street to the open-air bar/restaurant Jamian’s, for the first of what organizer and Wooly Monmouth owner Dori Cohen Kershner says  will be a monthly event.

Why the change of venue? “I like to knit, and I like to drink,” Kershner says with a laugh.

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