Want to shop locally and also feel really good about helping our friends down the shore? Shop downtown Point Pleasant Beach! We had this downtown on our shopping list last year but didn’t really get to it in time to write it up for our Shop Local series last December. When we started thinking about what we’d cover this year, I was concerned that maybe Point Pleasant wasn’t ready for us to shop this year. Thankfully, we found every one of the shops along Arnold Avenue open and ready for holiday shoppers.
If this isn’t one of the most beautifully decorated downtowns, I don’t know what is. Every store, even the skate shop, had holiday decorations that glowed in the beautiful shore sunset on the Saturday night we were there. We started off at Point Beach Interiors and were immediately thrilled we’d come in. This store is bigger than almost any storefront we can think of and it’s filled to the brim with beautiful items for the home. There are shore-themed decorations and furniture to be sure. But there are also lots of classic styles and modern touches that could fit almost anyone’s style. There are lots of affordable gift ideas and, of course, plenty of slurge-worthy big ticket furniture pieces, too.
Ambiance had more decorative signs than we’ve ever seen in a store. If you know someone who likes those cute sayings, this is the place to be. It was almost overwhelming.
Idiosyncrazies Gallery and Gifts had beautiful art pieces and clothing. You’re already shopping locally… why not also support a local artist?
Pro Skateboard Shop has two locations, the other one is in Belmar. If you have a teenager on your gift list, the staff here can find something for them even if they aren’t skate kids. The t-shirt collection is really cool.
Daffodil has cute pajama sets and kitchenware to browse through.
If you’re looking for antiques, don’t forget to stop by the Point Pavilion Antique Center (608 Arnold Ave, 732.899.6300). It’s a huge antique center where you’re bound to find something for all those antique-lovers on your list.
Stella e Luna has local artists’ work along with gift ideas for children and adults. They even offer FREE gift wrapping! If you really want one-stop shopping for the holidays, you can’t make it much easier than a store that will also do you wrapping for you.
What kid wouldn’t love a classic train set for the holidays? Heck, I can think of a few adults who’d love to have a train set to set up on the dining room table! The Train Room has a great train set up in the window and has just about everything you can think of to get a novice train fanatic and even something for that train guy who seems like they have it all already. It’s worth a stop in just to watch the giant train set in the front for awhile.
Borden’s Stationery (as you can see in the sign up above) is a teachers’ mecca. If you’re looking for a gift for a teacher, this is the place to check out. They have an entire second floor filled with teaching supplies and gift ideas. The downstairs has really nice gifts and stationery, too.
Our final stop on Arnold Avenue was Merzie’s Glass Menagerie. This store is so beautiful that I wanted to just stay and gawk at all the sparkly stuff. Wind chimes, window glass, jewelry and other glass art is all over the store.
We were so happy to find that Point Pleasant beautiful Arnold Avenue corridor was alive and well after Sandy. If anyone in our state can use your business, it’s certainly our shore towns. So do yourself and the shop-keepers a favor and Shop Local, NJ!
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