Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Destination Jersey City: The Insiders Guide

Hey kids, are you local folks using Destination Jersey City as a resource to things going on around town? If not, you should be. I can't even count how many times people pop into the shop and ask me where I get all my local info, so here's my tip: Destination Jersey City, Jersey City Independent and New magazine. Don't mess around.

AND and and ... there just so happens to be a very awesome post this week on shopping locally (heck yea, small business!). Check it out:

The Insiders Guide

There is something for everyone in Jersey City, from unique cultural gifts to big name luxury brand stores; but with the holidays around the corner, we wanted to highlight a few shops ringing in the spirit of the season. Having to limit myself to just ten was no easy task, but if you are in the mood for quirky, homemade, trendy, sporty, vintage or just plain fun these stores might have something for you. There are many wonderful shops in Jersey City with fantastic offerings, to view a more comprehensive list click here.

Down in Exchange Place you will find the perfect gift for the romantic at heart. Camille Cesari, owner of Love Print, will take your personal impression and cast it into a precious metal.  Finger prints or paw prints are set into soft wax, and then cast by hand creating a beautiful organic custom works of art.
Looking for a bit of holiday glamour, look no further! Deen carries a unique mix of designer labels as well as up and coming talent, with fashions for both men and women. You will find premium denim, tees, totes and accessories all uniquely styled, home décor selections as well as pet goods.
For the holidays, Kanibal Home is offering card making and other crafting classes to help you send warm wishes to your family and friends. Most of the store is filled with one-of-a-kind objects, home furnishings, vintage dishware, and found objects. They also offer jewelry and eco-friendly apparel, a place where history meets glam. Kanibal’s motto: Pretty things make life beautiful.
Need to bundle up for the cold weather…head to Tia’s Place for all of your outerwear needs. Sorry gentlemen, this one is for ladies only. For the fashionista on your list you will find a fabulous selection of coats, gloves, hats, sweaters and boots. At Tia’s Place you will find great prices, key pieces, original antiques, jewelry, candles and home décor.
Roasting chestnuts on an open fire this season? For that It’s a Wonderful Life look, head over to Another Man’s Treasure, where you will find plenty of classic Harris Tweed blazers, fedoras, and trench coats. Stock up on Pendleton and Woolrich shirts and keep Jack Frost from nipping at your nose.
Jingle all the way this year with beads and bangles from Tarina Tarantino’s “Midnight Circus” collection at  Vivi Girl! This store focuses on all things fun, girly, funky, cute, sparkly, flirty, whimsical, and colorful. Totes from Apple and Bee and Orla Kiely, with new fashions from Shinzi Katoh, Havaianas and Kenneth, so go in and get girly.
Stuff your stockings with tiny whimsical treasures. At Jack’s Toy Store you will find an amazing selection of wind-up penguins, ponies, robots, racers, cars, kangaroos, squirrels and even space shuttles. They offer the latest in toys, games, and books; with a terrific selection of WorryWoo’s, fire trucks, Tegu magnetic blocks, plush toys and dinosaurs.
If handmade for the holidays is your niche, then head straight for The Stockinette, where you will find a mixture of fibers, fine art, and fabulous treats. If you are a quick study, knitting and crochet classes are available and there’s a modest selection of quality yarns, various needles, notions, and pattern books. This holiday make something special for your special someone.
Looking to show your Jersey City pride, well Nine Lives Skate Shop has great Jersey City logo tees, hoodies, and paraphernalia. This skate shops offers a walls of colorful graphic boards, accessories and has plenty of street fashion.

Entertain in style this season with vintage stemware and brass candlesticks from Smith & Chang’s General Store. This whimsical shop takes a general store approach, adds an eco twist, and tosses in a vintage vibe...featuring quality goods that are essential to an everyday life.

Happy Holidays!



Kanibal Home for the Holidays!

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