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READERS' CHOICE 2012: Best Shopping, Home and Personal Services in Monmouth

BEST PET BOARDING

1 Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts

80 W. Gilbert St.,

Tinton Falls, 732.842.4949

2424 Hwy. 35

Wall Township

purrnpooch.com

 

Vacation is a chance for a little R and R, and sometimes our furry friends need some too. Purr’n Pooch seems to be just what the vet ordered. The geriatric services are what older-pet owners love, but the pick-up service doesn’t hurt either. And with doggy suites including Oriental rugs, TVs and leather sleeper sofas, you may just need to tell Fido or Fluffy to scoot over.

 

2 Camp Bow Wow

284 Old Deal Rd.

Eatontown, 732.728.9663

campbowwow.com/eatontown

 

3 Oakhurst Vet

225 Monmouth Rd.

Oakhurst, 732.531.1212

 

BEST APPLIANCE REPAIR

 

1 Community Appliance

717 Route 35

Middletown

732.671.7721

communityappliance.com

 

2 Earl’s Appliance Repair

116 Hudson Ave.

Keansburg

732.787.8564

 

3 Eatontown TV & Appliance

50 Hwy. 35

Eatontown

732.542.0400

eatontowntvandappliance.com

 

BEST AUDIO/VISIUAL INSTALLATION

 

1 Monmouth Stereo

450 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.842.6565

monmouthstereo.com

 

2 Audio Visual Experts

602 Pennsylvania Ave.

Brick

732.495.0423

audiovisualxperts.com

 

3 Absolute Audio/Video

242 Hwy. 35 South

Red Bank

732.671.4300

absoluteav.net

 

BEST BIKE REPAIR

 

1 The Peddler of Long Branch

150 Ocean Blvd.

Long Branch

732.229.6623

thepeddler.com

 

2 D.J.’s Cycles

1318 Main St.

Belmar

732.681.8228

djscyclesbelmar.com

 

3 Brielle Cyclery

205 Union Ave.

Brielle

732.528.9121

briellecyclery.com

 

BEST DOG TRAINER

 

1 Urban Dawgs

46 English Plz.

Red Bank

732.758.8522

urbandawgs.com

 

2 The Hungry Puppy

1288 Hwy. 33

Farmingdale

732.938.4470

thehungrypuppy.com

 

3 Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts

80 Gilbert St.

Tinton Falls

732.842.4949

 

2424 Hwy. 35

Wall Township

732.528.8100

purrnpooch.com

 

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY

 

1 Jill Caren Photography

3 Sussex Rd.

Morganville

732.241.5365

jillcarenphoto.com

 

Jill Caren used to take typical in-studio portraits, but when she decided to focus more on “lifestyle photography,” you didn’t seem to mind. “People really responded to my approach of on-site and candid sessions,” says Caren, who currently spends most of her time doing sessions with family pets. “The emotions and interactions that I am able to capture that way are pretty priceless.”

 

2 Amy Sinicin Photography

732.794.9484

amysinicin.com

 

3 Allison Pense Photography

732.687.8566

allisonpense.com

 

BEST PICTURE FRAMER

 

1 Frame to P lease

2 Bridge Ave.

Red Bank

732.741.8062

 

2 Chetkin Gallery

9 Wharf Ave.

Red Bank

732.741.6116

chetkingallery.com

 

3 Finicky Framer

661 Broad St., #2

Shrewsbury

732.747.2922

thefinickyframer.com

 

BEST REALTOR

 

1 Coldwell Banker

(Pauline Poyner)

17 W. River Rd.

Rumson

732.933.5527

paulinepoyner.com

 

2 Weichert Realtors

(Lucille Traversa)

30 Ridge Rd.

Rumson

732.747.8282

weichert.com

 

3 Better Homes Realty

45 W. River Rd.

Rumson

732.842.5656

bhnj.com

 

BEST SHOE REPAIR

 

1 Fernando’s Shoe Repair

74 Monmouth St.

Red Bank

732.842.5118

 

2 Rumson Shoe Repair

22 W. River Rd.

Rumson

732.530.5391

 

3 Shrewsbury Cobbler Shop

444 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.747.1011

 

BEST UPHOLSTERER

 

1 Andrew Grossman

805 2nd Ave.

Asbury Park

732.897.0110

andrewgrossmanupholstery.com

 

2 Edwina’s Upholstery

29 Monmouth St.

Red Bank

732.741.6544

 

3 M Silberstein Interior Designs

428 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.741.1762

msilberstein.com

 

BEST TAILOR

 

1 Ralph’s TailorING Shop

90 Brighton Ave.

Long Branch

732.222.7555

 

Practice makes perfect at this alterations shop, which opened its doors in the 1970s. Though small snags and loose fits are the usual problems, you trust Ralph’s with all your alteration needs because of the fast, detail-oriented service the shop has been honing all these years.

 

2 Rosann’s Tailoring

314 Main St.

Allenhurst

732.517.1083

 

3 Sciortino Tailors

3 East Front St.

Red Bank

732.933.8448

sciortinotailors.com

 

BEST DRY CLEANER

 

1 Sand’s Dry C leaners

444 Ocean Ave.

Long Branch

732.870.3335

sandsdrycleaners.com

 

2 SeaBreeze Cleaners

multiple locations

seabreeze-cleaners.com

 

3 Brite Star Cleaners

596 Shrewsbury Ave.

Tinton Falls

732.530.7528

 

BEST PAINT STORE

 

1 Painter’s Express

1523 Route 35

Middletown

732.615.0500

benjaminmoore.com

 

2 Bain’s Hardware

1092 Ocean Ave.

Sea Bright

732.530.9425

bainshardwarestores.com

 

3 Colors to Go

620 Park Ave.

Freehold

732.780.3311

colorstogopaint.com

 

BEST BED LINENS

 

1 Down to Basics

2 Bridge Ave.

Red Bank

732.741.6800

downtobasics.com

 

Hate when a comforter gets crumpled and out of place inside a duvet? Well, Down to Basics owner Susan Fowler did, and she decided to do something about it. Her patented Diagon design makes sure the duvet doesn’t go anywhere. What you really love is that she can add Diagon seaming to any duvet, from her shop or your home.

 

2 Duxiana

37 Broad St., Red Bank

732.450.9011

duxiana.com

 

3 Elegant Linen

6764 Route 9 South

Howell

732.905.9444

elegantlinen.com

 

BEST ANTIQUES STORE

 

1 Monmouth Street Emporium

27 Monmouth St.

Red Bank

732.224.0033

 

2 Antiques Center of Red Bank

195 W. Front St.

Red Bank

732.842.3393

226 W. Front St., #2

Red Bank, 732.842.4336

redbankantiques.com

 

3 Antique Center of Asbury Park

413 Allen Ave.

Allenhurst

732.531.4466

shoreantiquecenter.com

 

BEST ART GALLERY

 

1 James Yarosh Associates Fine Art

Gallery

55 Main St.

Holmdel

732.993.5278

jamesyarosh.com

 

2 OPI Gallery

2125 Route 35

Sea Girt

732.449.3554

opigallery.com

 

3 Parlor Gallery

717 Cookman Ave.

Asbury Park

732.869.0606

parlor-gallery.com

 

BEST BABY/CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE

 

1 Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals

9 Monmouth St.

Red Bank

732.759.0016

feplush.com

 

2 NessaLee Baby

346 Mounts

Corner Dr., Freehold

732.431.0008

nessaleebaby.com

 

3 Kidegories

468 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.530.0066

kidegories.com

 

BEST BIKE STORE

 

1 The Peddler of Long Branch

150 Ocean Blvd.

Long Branch

732.229.6623

thepeddler.com

 

2 D.J.’s Cycles

1318 Main St.

Belmar

732.681.8228

djscyclesbelmar.com

 

3 Shrewsbury Bicycles

765 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.741.2799

shrewsburybicycles.com

 

BEST BOOKSTORE

 

1 River Road Books

759 River Rd.

Fair Haven

732.747.9455

riverroadbooks.net

 

2 words!

612 Cookman Ave.

Asbury Park

732.455.5549

 

3 BookTowne

171 Main St.

Manasquan

732.722.7255

booktowne.com

 

BEST HARDWARE STORE

 

1 Fair Haven Hardware

752 River Rd.

Fair Haven

732.747.9500

fairhaven.benmoorepaints.com

 

Fair Haven Hardware likes being the small fish in the big pond with chain hardware stores because it helps them give attentive, quality service, and you seem to agree. Its owners pride themselves on knowing all customers personally—because most are friends, family or neighbors. And if they don’t know you when you walk in, you better bet they will by the time you walk out.

 

2 Bain’s Hardware

1092 Ocean Ave.

Sea Bright

732.530.9425

bainshardwarestores.com

 

3 Gales Industrial Supply

28 W. Front St.

Keyport

732.24.2000

galesindustrial.com

 

BEST SURF SHOP

 

1 Island Style Surf Shop

1032 Ocean Ave.

Sea Bright

732.842.0909

islandstylesurf.com

 

Wetsuits and skimboards may not be hard to come by when you live on the shore, but that doesn’t stop you from staying loyal to Island Style Surf. For three decades, generations of beachgoers and surfers have come here to get their boarding gear, bathing suits or summer apparel. And need to know an up-to-date surf report? Just call 732.842.4024, the store’s surf line.

 

2 Inlet Outlet Surf Shop

146 Main St.

Manasquan

732.223.5842

inletoutlet.com

 

3 Brave New World

61 Oceanport Ave.

Little Silver

732.842.6767

bravesurf.com

 

BEST BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

 

1 Mustillo’s

11 Broad St.

Red Bank

732.741.0258

mustillos.com

 

2 The Barefoot Bride

65 Monmouth St.

Red Bank

732.747.4014

barefootbridenj.com

 

3 Sassy Chic Boutique

13 Monmouth St.

Red Bank

732.747.0049

sassychicbtq.com

 

BEST CONSIGNMENT/ VINTAGE CLOTHING

 

1 Back On The Racks

144 Brighton Ave.

Long Branch

732.272.1416

backontheracksnj.com

 

2 Elegant Exchange

132 Main St.

Manasquan

732.223.8300

elegant-exchange.com

 

3 The Sun and Moon Boutique

27 Monmouth

St., Red Bank

732.224.0033

sunandmoonboutique.com

 

BEST FINE JEWELRY STORE

 

1 Leonardo Jewelers

35 E. Front St.

Red Bank

732.747.7880

leonardojewelers.com

 

2 Earth Treasures

178 Route 35

Eatontown,

732.542.5444

earth-treasures.com

 

3 Goldtinker-Rumson

15 W. River Rd.

Rumson

732.530.9696

goldtinkerrumson.com

 

BEST FLOWER SHOP

 

1 Sickles Market

1 Harrison Ave.

Little Silver

732.741.9563

sicklesmarket.om

 

2 Foggia Florist

196 Monmouth Blvd.

Oceanport

732.222.2999

foggiaflorist.com

 

3 Posies Florist

104 Kings Hwy.

Middletown

732.533.5913

posiesstudio.com

 

BEST GIFT SHOP

 

1 Foolish Ginger

608 Cookman Ave.

Asbury Park

732.455.8068

 

2 Sickles Market

1 Harrison Ave.

Little Silver

732.741.9563

sicklesmarket.com

 

3 Ten Thousand Villages

69 Broad St.

Red Bank

732.576.1621

redbank.tenthousandvillages.com

 

BEST HANDBAGS

 

1 Susan Greene

435 Route 34

Matawan

732.583.3696

susangreene.com

 

2 Francesca’s

3710 Route 9

Freehold

732.780.3732

555 Route 35

Shrewsbury

732.741.5022

francescascollections.com

 

3 The Couture Exchange

511 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.933.1123

thecoutureexchange.com

 

BEST HOME BOUTIQUE

 

1 Red Ginger

48 Broad St.

Red Bank

732.345.1000

redgingerhome.com

 

2 Shutters Cottage Home

604 River Rd.

Fair Haven

732.842.6611

 

3 Robert Legere Design

521 Cookman Ave.

Asbury Park

732.869.9399

robertlegeredesign.com

 

BEST JEANS/DENIM

 

1 Tula the Boutique

524 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.219.8888

tulastyle.com

 

2 Nirvana

21 White St.

Red Bank

732.530.3334

shopnirvana.com

 

3 Coco Pari

270 Norwood Ave.

Deal

732.517.1227

17 Broad St.

Red Bank

732.212.8111

cocopari.com

 

BEST KITCHEN/COOKWARE

 

1 Williams-Sonoma

2150 Route 35

Sea Girt

732.449.5119

579 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.747.0128

williams-sonoma.com

 

2 Sur La Table

3710 Route 9

Freehold,

732.409.9935

surlatable.com

 

3 Carter & Cavero

36 Centennial Dr.

Long Branch

732.222.6888

19 Monmouth St.

Red Bank

732.219.0506

2100 Route 35

Sea Girt

732.449.0044

carterandcavero.com

 

BEST ACTIVEWEAR

 

1 Lululemon Athletica

553 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.576.1586

lululemon.com/shrewsbury

 

This shop is home to “technical athletic apparel for yoga, running, dancing and most other sweaty pursuits,” so it is no wonder it wins your vote for your favorite calorie-burning clothes. And its community events—like a free cross-training boot camp— make Lululemon less of a store and more of an experience.

 

2 It’s Good

1113 Third Ave., Spring Lake, 732.974.0005

 

3 Lightly Salted

Surf Mercado 1000 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732.455.3460

 

BEST MEN’S FASHION

 

1 Garmany

121 Broad St.

Red Bank

732.576.8500

garmany.com

 

2 Michael Duru Clothiers

685 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.741.1999

michaelduru.com

 

3 Northshore Menswear

1080 Ocean Ave.

Sea Bright

732.842.9909

northshoremenswear.com

 

BEST PET BOUTIQUE

 

1 The Hungry Puppy

1288 Route 33

Farmingdale

732.938.4470

thehungrypuppy.com

 

2 Cosmopawlitan

325 Route 34

Colts Neck

732.683.1985

1046 Route 35 South

Middletown

732.275.1905

cosmopawlitan.com

 

3 The Dog Spaw

333 Silverside Ave.

Little Silver

732.747.9744

thedog-spaw.com

 

BEST SHOE STORE

 

1 If the Shoe Fits

18 Broad St.

Red Bank

732.741.7273

 

2 Coco Pari

270 Norwood Ave.

Deal

732.517.1227

17 Broad St.

Red Bank

732.212.8111

cocopari.com

 

3 Footnotes

280 Norwood Ave.

Deal

732.531.9734

footnotesonline.com

 

BEST SPORTS SHOP

 

1 The Sport Spot

660 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.747.0585

thesportspotnj.com

 

2 Miles Ahead Sports

2100 Route 35

Wall

732.223.0444

milesaheadrunning.com

 

3 The Racquet Shop

411 Route 34

Colts Neck

732.462.8866

theracquetshop.com

 

BEST SWIMWEAR

 

1 The Sport Spot

660 Broad St., Shrewsbury, 732.747.0585

thesportspotnj.com

 

The Sport Spot has been family-owned and -operated for more than four decades, selling tennis snowboarding and ski gear, but you can’t stop yourself from stocking up on its swimsuits. Maybe there’s a big race on the way, you are gearing up for lifeguard duty or you just want to soak up the sun. Whatever the basis of your suit needs, the three dozen brands of swimwear and accessories here will satisfy them.

 

2 Femme by Ashley

15 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.747.1073

femmebyashley.com

 

3 Everything But Water 3710 Route 9, Freehold, 732.577.8577

everythingbutwater.com

 

BEST TOY STORE

 

1 Jackrabbit Toys

2157 Route 35

Sea Girt

732.449.0018

540 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.530.7700

jackrabbittoys.com

 

2 Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals

9 Monmouth St.

Red Bank

732.759.0016

feplush.com

 

3 Distinctive Toys

595 River Rd.

Fair Haven

732.747.8080

 

BEST WOMEN’S FASHION

 

1 Glow

567 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.747.2262

shopglowonline.com

 

2 Coco Pari

270 Norwood Ave.

Deal, 732.517.1227

17 Broad St.

Red Bank

732.212.8111

cocopari.com

 

3 Garmany

121 Broad St.

Red Bank

732.576.8500

garmany.com

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