RED BANK: A BIT OF A KITCHEN GRIND

061314 spice market 2Lisa Prepon, seen here with husband Howard Bernstein, will tell you all you need to know to grind it right at the Spice & Tea Exchange. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

morsels mediumMortar and pestle sets in 2014?

Well, they seem downright at home at Red Bank’s Spice & Tea Exchange, a Monmouth Street shop styled after an 18th-century trading post.

Made from marble, ceramic or wood, they also remain a necessity, even in the modern kitchen.

“They work better than a mechanical device, because they don’t pulverize the spices, when what you really want to do is release the oils and the flavors the old-fashioned way, which is the better way,” said Lisa Prepon, who owns the store with her husband, Howard Bernstein.

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RED BANK: A ZESTY NEW NEIGHBOR

spice 2PieHole happened to be on the scene when Red Bank’s new sugar and spice purveyor came looking to give away some lemons leftover from a morning of zesting. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

While out foraging in downtown Red Bank earlier this week, PieHole happened upon a curious giveaway.

“We were dehydrating lemons this morning to make lemon zest,” says Howard Bernstein, carrying a hefty bag of skinned lemons, “and we have no use for the rest of the lemons.”

Bernstein tells PieHole he’s “just waiting on permits” to open his new shop, the Spice & Tea Exchange, on Monmouth Street. He hopes to be opened by Thursday of next week, and is prepping ingredients for the spice blends he’ll be selling.

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RED BANK: SPICING UP THE CHURN, WITH SUBS

12 monmouth 111213The Spice & Tea Exchange plans to open a store at 12 Monmouth Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Some random updates from the ever-changing mix of stores and restaurants in downtown Red Bank that we call the redbankgreen Retail Churn

• From Ice to spice: the Spice & Tea Exchange, a chain of independently owned and operated merchants of gourmet spices, herbs, salts, teas and more, has filed papers with the borough to open at 12 Monmouth Street. The space was last, and briefly, occupied by Ice Jewelry, and before that, Soapmarket.

Landlord Bill Meyer tells Retail Churn that the business is jamming for a pre-Christmas opening. Ambitious.

Jersey Mike’s subs, an ever-expanding franchise operation with New Jersey roots, plans to open a store in the City Centre strip mall at Maple Avenue and Water Street.

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