Fameabilia is one of those shops that is a little difficult to categorize. We usually drop by to see their fantastic collection of sports paraphenalia, but they carry historical memorabilia, too. You'll see autographed footballs, football helmets, photos large and small of sports heroes, autographed baseball and football jerseys, and even boxing shorts. My husband and grandson eat this all up!
Historical documents cover one long wall, including framed letters with photos of President Ronald Reagan or the infamous General George Custer. This is where I tend to loiter, amidst these unique bits of history. Some of these items run into the thousands of dollars!
Celebrities have a spot here, too, as posters and maybe parts of scripts along with publicity photos are presented in oversized frames for collectors of that ilk.
What to buy: All sorts of items connected to the celebrated!
What to pay: A few dollars to several thousand dollars!!
Artist Chris Covert of Red Bank makes celebrity mosaics with cut up pieces of the Weekly World News. He also does mosaics from actual books that celebrities have written. One of my favorites is Howard Stern made from Howard Stern's Private Parts ( the book, not his actual..um, parts).
Chris is one of Cory's best friends from his days of living in New Jersey.
Chris also owns Elsie's sub shop next door.
What to buy: ART
Originals are displayed and you can buy copies of mosaics.
One of my favorites is Jesus, yes he used the Bible to make it!
Ten Thousand Villages gives you wonderful handcrafted products by artisans from around the world. The income the artisans make help them to provide for their families, use for health care,housing or to help them educate their children. This non-profit program was conceived by members of the Mennonite community.
The store shelves are abundantly piled with contemporary styled pillows, coverlets, placemats and napkins, ceramics nicely tied into the colors of the fabrics, musical instruments made of gourds, shells or carved wood, jewelry made of silver, semi-precious stones or colorful beads, wall art or delicate paper products and many other items.
I stop by this store whenever I am in Red Bank. There is always something new and I know when I purchase something there is a person in need who has benefitted.
What to buy: Quality handcrafts from around the world
What to pay: A couple dollars and upwards
Ricky's has all types of candy, but it's the familiar old brands that I like to see there! How about bubble gum cigarettes, sweet tarts, gummies or jellie beans--in any color and flavor you want. Ice cream is dispensed in many yummy flavors and themed parties for kids can be scheduled, like a Pizza Party or Magic Show. The store is bright and colorful, making it very appealing to youngsters!
This is the first place we hit when our grandson is in town!! Store hours are Monday-Thursday and Sunday 11 am-9pm; Friday and Saturday 11 am -11 pm.
What to buy: You'll see candy from your childhood whether young or old!! Lots of choices and flavors...a candy lovers paradise.
What to pay: A few cents to a couple of dollars
This store has two personas: Toymasters carries toys for children of all ages and Hobbymasters specializes in models to construct, trains and train accessories. The building has an attractive mural painted on its storefront which you can't help but notice. There are two doors through which to enter: the left door leads to Toymasters, the right door to Hobbymasters.
We found the prices to be higher than Toys R Us, but it gave us an opportunity to shop locally and to avoid congested traffic areas further down the road. Toymasters reminds me of an old-fashioned general store with its narrow aisles and shelves reaching to the ceiling, promising special delights within! I also like the wacky commercials the business makes throughout the year.
Store hours are Mon-Thurs. 10 am-6 pm; Fri. 10 am-8 pm; Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 12 pm-5 pm.
What to buy: Toymasters--toys! Hobbymasters--model planes, ships, tanks, etc. Trains and train accessories!
What to pay: A little higher priced than Toys R Us or Target
Carolyn Roche Designs offers handcrafted earrings,pendants, candle holders and windchimes--it's the unique and contemporary jewelry that I prefer. Last Christmas my husband bought me a pair of earrings like these shown, but after a single wearing I lost one of them.
When I stopped by the shop hoping to have a matching one made, Carolyn Roche gave me a new pair and only charged me half the price. For this gesture, she has created a contented customer who will return once again to shop at her store!
The cute little shop is filled with her handcrafted items, but the jewelry takes center stage and is moderately priced. Store hours are 11 am-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
What to buy: I love the earrings--this pair cost $18.00.
What to pay: $18.00 for a great pair of earrings
Jack's Music Shoppe is pretty much an institution in Red Bank! You can find your favorite artist's CD or DVD, a nice selection of sheet music or buy/replace musical instruments such as saxophones, violins, keyboards, flutes, trumpets, clarinets or band instruments...Jack's will have what you need.
Recording artists showcasing their latest CD's are regularly scheduled for in-store performances--Bruce Springsteen pops in for late night record release appearances! See Manager, Tim Cronin for any hard to find CD's or the latest in the world of rock music.
Jack's hours are Mon.-Tues. 9am-6pm; Weds.-Sat. 9am-9pm; Sun. 11am-5 pm.
What to buy: Anything related to music
Novelty gifts can be found at Funk & Standard's variety store--like toy guns that blast potato bits at your friends! Or...silly books, Betty Boop dolls and magnets that look like Einstein or Abraham Lincoln.
It's fun to browse through the store for that wacky gift which just might generate a laugh from someone! For those of you familiar with the movie, Napoleon Dynamite, a giftline based on that movie was a kick--a talking Napoleon Dynamite figure or a backpack.
What to buy: Lots of funky stuff here
What to pay: A few dollars
The Bees Knees is a colorful boutique housed in the Firehouse Specialty Shop on Broad Street. This shop carries trinkets, jewelry, small accessory items, Lilly Pulitzer clothing, shoes, cloth belts. I even saw men's ties in bright florals and watch straps in pretty fabric patterns. The pink and green decor makes it a cheery place!
Hours are Mon.-Sat. 10 am-6 pm and Sundays from 12 Noon-5 pm (732-758-1900)
The Firehouse Specialty Shop was located in the rear of the store. It had great souvenirs from the shore--New Jersey emblazoned t-shirts, sweatshirt jackets, hats...all manner of things that scream NEW JERSEY!! Some of Jersey's famous icons are pictured on mugs--like Tilly! You'll also find Red Bank euro labels. If you're visiting the Jersey shore and want to remember your summer at the beach, stop here. (732-530-1048)
What to buy: Clothing and jewelry; Jersey shore souvenir clothing and more
What to pay: Moderate prices
Gadgets Galore & More is snugly tucked along Victorian Court in Red Bank. You'll find reasonably priced items like cute cocktail napkins ($.88) and kitchen gadgets for a few dollars. It's a small shop where you can find inexpensive items costing more elsewhere.
I loved the themed cocktail napkins featuring amusing artwork and captions like 'Cat Pushing His Luck'--being a cat lover I grabbed several packages and can use them at my next party or give as a small tokens of appreciation.
I bought four items and the cost was $4.79!! Try it, you'll like it!
What to buy: Small, useful kitchen items--this might be the least expensive shop in Red Bank--or the best kept secret!
What to pay: A few cents to a few dollars
Located right off the main street in Red Bank, you'll find this charming shop packed full of luxurious bath items and fragrant candles. The Soap Market is where I discovered Shea Butter--a wondrous bar of the softest, purest soap I've ever used. Costing $5.50 each, I find myself stockpiling it each time I enter this divine store.
Shea butter is derived from the nuts of shea trees in the form of vegetable oil which is used in chocolate or soap making--a successful export for third world countries, such as, Africa.
The shelves are laden with delightfully scented candles and unique baby products, such as the cutest pair of terry cloth bath sandles you'd ever want to see! Take your time browsing, breathe in the heavenly aroma and pick up something for yourself or a friend. Shopkeeper Ellen D'Amore will help you find whatever you need!
Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 am-6 pm, closed Sundays and Mondays.
What to buy: Pure, fragrant soaps and exotically scented candles--bath items to pamper oneself with
What to pay: A few dollars and up
Ambience features European antiques, lighting fixtures, clocks and all types of home furnishings and also functions as a full-line interior design business. It is open daily (except Monday) from 11 am-5 pm.
I've never stopped here, but the store looked lovely and the shopkeeper, Peter, was very friendly on the phone when I called for information.
Over 25 different dealers specializing in diverse antique pieces are represented here. Although mostly featuring furniture, you can also find antique glassware and lighting fixtures, jewelry and decorative items. Many periods and styles are represented by the collections offered at Riverbank Antiques.
Hours are daily from 11 am-5 pm.
The Monmouth Antique Shoppes has 30 dealers offering an assortment of antiques. A number of furniture pieces, such as dressers and tables can be found here, as well as, toy collectibles, antique glassware, ceramics and artwork. The collections are extensive and the store is quite large.
The last time I visited I couldn't believe my eyes--a dealer was carrying Star War figures. I guess it's time that they become collectibles, too!
Hours are daily from 11 am-5 pm.
The Galleria contains very nice, upscale shops carrying that special one-of-a-kind item you've been looking for everywhere but can't find. It's "Unique Shopping in An Historic Setting".
There are stores offering home furnishings, jewelry, art, bedding, leather accessories, children's clothing and more. There are also restaurants and offices. Free parking is available. Most stores are open daily from 10 am-5 pm. Homewares,Ltd.is a favorite shop of mine.
A Farmer's Market makes available tasty Jersey Tomatoes and other assorted fresh produce on Sundays through mid-October.
What to buy: One-of-a-kind quality items
What to pay: You pay for the quality...which is excellent