It’s my favorite time of the year. Local Shopping article time! Of course, we should be doing all our shopping at local and independent stores all year but the holiday season is the easiest time to stroll some of New Jersey’s great downtowns and get lots of shopping done all at once.
You can do just that in downtown Clinton. Our first stop was in Bill Healy Designs. Bill was in the store and talked us through lots of his gorgeous hand cut crystal pieces.
I fell in love with these ornaments and someone on my holiday gift list will definitely be getting these!
There is a wide range of crystal pitchers, glasses, serving bowls and other tableware in the store. There are also delicate decorative pieces and some really amazing larger decorative pieces for someone special. There’s a beautiful table of jewelry, too. They also can personalize items for you with engraving.
The second store that really caught our eye was Sola Candle Works.
We met owner, Kim, inside and she explained that she used to mainly supply four and five star hotels and spas and decided to open a retail shop here in Clinton recently. Everything in the store was hand made by her.
We smelled lots of candles, lotions, body scrubs and body butters. They all smelled so good that I bought gifts for some people and for myself!
Ed really liked the hand-poured candles in neat containers, especially these Timber candles.
Sola also makes personalized favors for parties, showers and weddings.
Paper Grace on Main was another store that has merchandise ready to go or items that can be personalized. And, it’s all about stationery here! Ed’s favorite kind of store.
We bought a variety of holiday cards here including New Jersey-themed ones! Of course, we’re a sucker for those.
They had a nice tablescape of calendars and gifts ideas right inside the door.
They also had a great variety of notecards, stationery sets, greeting cards and notepads. Lots of the items could be personalized with someone’s name or initials. Let’s bring the art of handwriting cards and letters back by getting everyone personalized paper and cards this holiday!
There are a whole bunch of other great stores in downtown Clinton. Here are a few more of them.
Addicted Chic had great looking women’s clothing and has a whole floor of denim so you’re sure to find something for the fashionista on your list.
Audio Video Synergy can help you outfit your music or television buff for home audio and video equipment.
Clinton Family Jewelers has just about any jewelry you can imagine in a beautiful showroom. You know there’s someone special who needs a beautiful bauble this season!
Clinton Guitars had a great selection of acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitars, ukuleles, banjos and accessories. If it’s stringed, they have it.
Expressive Stitches has a whole store of items that can be personalized. How cool is that?
Well Bred has lots and lots of pet gifts! We forgot to get our cats gifts last year so we have to make it up to them this year. Well Bred also has a store in Chester.
Clinton Bicycle Shop has a ton of bikes waiting for you to make someone very happy this season!
Finally, Clinton Book Shop had a well-curated selection of books and a great assortment of literary t-shirts. We want some of those shirts!!
Check out all the pictures from our visit to downtown Clinton and Shop Local, NJ!
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