READERS' CHOICE 2012: Best Shopping

Your picks for the best stores for clothes, bags, shoes, books, art, antiques, gifts, toys, home design and more in Morris and Essex Counties



ACTIVE WEAR

1 California Beach Hut 1 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.9155, californiabeachhut. com

2 The Running Company 31 South St., Morristown, 973.401.1300, therunningcompany.net

3 What a Racquet 468 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, 973.228.3066

ANTIQUES STORE

1 Maison Décor 36 Main St., Madison, 973.520.8396, maison-décor.com

2 Montclair Antique Center 34 Church St. Montclair, 973.746.1062, montclairantiquecenter.com

BIKES

1 MONTCLAIR BIKERY

145 Valley Rd., Montclair, 973.744.7252, montclairbikery.net

The expert staff here is equally adept at guiding a child through the purchase of a used bike and tuning an enthusiast’s top-end ride for an upcoming race. With the Bikery’s impressive inventory and a commitment to customer satisfaction, it is little wonder the shop will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year.

2 Marty’s Reliable Cycle 173 Speedwell Ave., Morristown, 973.538.7773; 1164 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.584.7773, martysreliable.com

3 Brookdale Cycle 1292 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.338.8908, brookdalecycle.com

3 Whippany Cycle 971 Route 10, Whippany, 973.887.8150, whippanycycle.com

ART GALLERY

1 Simon Gallery 48 Bank St., Morristown, 973.538.5456, simongallery.com

2 S.H.E. Gallery 819 Main St., Boonton, 973.335.0943, shegallery.com

3 Essex Fine Arts Gallery 13 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, 973.783.8666, essexfineartsgallery.com

BABY/CHILDREN

1 Denim & Daisies 8 Broadway, Denville, 973.331.9009,

744 Bloomfield Ave., Verona, 973.433.7174, denimndaisies.com

2 Take Two 5 Broadway, Denville, 973.453.6500

3 Birth Boutique 28 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973.627.8850, birthboutique.com

BOOKSTORE

1 Watchung Bookseller 54 Fairfield St., Montclair, 973.744.7177, watchungbooksellers.com

2 Montclair Book Center 221 Glenridge Ave., Montclair, 973.783.3630, montclairbookcenter.com

3 Mendham Books 84 E. Main St., Mendham, 973.543.4949, mendhambooks.com

COMFORT SHOES

1 Tory Janes 9 S. Passaic Ave., Chatham 973.701.0636;

2 Church St., Montclair, 973.744.6655, tory janes.com

2 Dem Two Hands 61 N. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, 973.783.8344, demtwohands.com

3 Shoe & Sneaker Barn 151 Route 206, Chester, 908.879.7116;

11 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.2330, shoeandsneakerbarn.com

CONSIGNMENT

1 Restyle Renew 27 E. Main St., Denville, 973.983.8100, restylerenew.com

2 Take Two 5 Broadway, Denville, 973.453.6500

3 Sugar & Spice 167 South St., Morristown, 973.267.7100, sugarandspicetots.com

COUTURE/HAND SEWING

1 Atelier 516 516 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 3, Montclair, atelier516.blogspot.com

2 Red Carpet Boutique 359 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.258.0028 redcarpetbtq.com

3 Gambert Custom Shirts 306 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.376.1400, gambertcustomshirts.com

BRIDAL

1 UTOPIA BRIDAL 125 Clinton Rd., Unit 4, Fairfield, 973.575.7775, utopianj.com

Planning for the Big Day can be overwhelming—so many decisions to make. Enter Utopia and you will fi nd all the vendors (save for bridal gowns) that any bride and groom would need, even a hair and makeup studio on the premises. Utopia is the brainchild of Joseph and Ann Marie Brasco, who have vetted and selected “only the very finest in each industry” to set up shop in their 6,000-square-foot showroom so you can rest assured the people you’re hiring are professional and trustworthy. Choose a few professionals or just one. Check the website for showcases and events.

2 I Do, I Do 35 South St., Morristown, 973.998.6215, idoidobridalstudio.com

3 Park Avenue Bridals 341 Pompton Ave., Verona, 973.239.7111, parkavebridals.com

3 Jerry’s Antiques & Estates 229 Glenridge Ave., Montclair, 973.744.3801, jerrysantiquesandestates.com

FINE JEWELRY

1 Yanina & Co. 451-455 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, 973.857.5544, yaninaco.com

2 Jules Fine Jewelry 435 Hollywood Ave., Suite 13, Fairfield, 973.808.1515, julesnj.com

3 Braunschweiger Jewelers 33 South St. Morristown, 973.538.2189, braunschweiger.com

HANDBAGS

1 Surprises in Store 25 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.2445

2 Restyle Renew 27 E. Main St., Denville, 973.983.8100, restylerenew.com
3 Piazza Della Sole 620 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.783.9243, piazzadellasole.com

HOME BOUTIQUE

1 JAFAJEMS

622 Valley Rd., Montclair, 973.746.5885, jafajems.com

Want to bring that international feel to your décor but don’t have the time or budget to travel? Journey to Jafajems (a play on the owners’ last name, Jafferjee) where you’ll find textiles from the East, colorful tableware from  South America, unique handmade furniture from the far reaches of the globe and so much more. Almost all the inventory is imported.

2 Creative Works 269 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.912.8484, creativeworksnj.com

3 Perch Home 9 Highland Pl., Maplewood, 973.821.4852, perchhome.com

MEN’S FASHION

1 GAMBERT CUSTOM SHIRTS

306 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.376.1400, gambertcustomshirts.com

Whether you want to impress at the next big meeting or you simply appreciate fine clothing, a custom shirt makes a statement. Gambert crafts men’s and women’s hand-cut, hand-stitched and hand-pressed custom shirts from the finest materials using a process developed over its near-80 years in the business.

2 Crookhorns 242 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, 973.746.9300

3 Bob’s Men’s Shop 602 Main St., Boonton, 973.334.1496

HARDWARE

1 Denville Hardware 20 First Ave., Denville, 973.627.2800, denvillehardware.com

2 American Royal Hardware 251 Park St. Montclair, 973.744.6727, truevalue.com/montclair

3 Saunders Hardware 627 Valley Rd., Montclair, 973.744.2583, saundershardware.com

HOSTESS GIFTS

1 Surprises in Store 25 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.2445

2 A Dash of Thyme 49 Broadway, Denville, 973.453.6200, dashofthymegourmet.com

2 Fancy That 622 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.744.6800, fancythatmontclair.com

3 Maison Décor 36 Main St., Madison, 973.520.8396, maison-décor.com

KITCHEN SHOPS

1 Kitchen a la Mode 19 S. Orange Ave., South Orange, 973.821.5145, kitchenalamode.net

2 Bridge Kitchenware 17 Waverly Pl., Madison, 973.377.3900, bridgekitchenware.com

3 Williams-Sonoma 630 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.783.1799; 1200 Morris Tpk., Short Hills, 973.467.3641, williams-sonoma.com

PET BOUTIQUE

1 Pawsitive Experience 114 Beach St., Suite 2-5, Rockaway, 973.625.2495

2 Pups at Play 42 Okner Parkway, Livingston, 973.740.8500, pupsdaycare.com

3 Fur Love of Pawz 55 Broadway, Denville, 908.979.0040, furloveofpawz.com

SHOE STORE

1 Piazza Della Sole 620 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.783.9243, piazzadellasole.com

2 Shoe & Sneaker Barn 151 Route 206, Chester, 908.879.7116; 11 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.2330, shoeandsneakerbarn.com

3 Tory Janes 9 S.Passaic Ave., Chatham, 973.702.0636; 2 Church St. Montclair, 973.744.6655, toryjanes.com

SPORT SHOP

1 Murph’s 629 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.744.6131

2 Dover Sports 242 Route 46 East, 973.744.6131, doversports.com

3 Alfred’s Sport Shop 32 Main St., Madison, 973.377.0051, alfredssportsshop.com

STATIONERY

1 The Paper Crane 125 Clinton Rd., Unit 4, Fairfield, 973.575.7775

2 The Papery 3056 Route 10 West, Suite L, Denville, 973.361.2888, thepapery.com

2 Papyrus 240 Route 206 South, Chester, 908.879.5775,

1200 Morris Tpk., Short Hills, 973.258.0557, papyrusonline.com

3 Cherish the Moment 4 Elm St., Morristown, 973.285.3883, ctminvitations.com

TOY STORE

1 Babyland 382 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.379.2978, millburnbabyland.com

2 Just Kidding Around 507 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.233.9444 kiddingaround.us

3 Sparkhouse Kids 15 Scotland Rd., South Orange, 973.821.5227

WOMEN’S FASHION

1 Barbara Jean Boutique 84 Broadway, #A, Denville, 973.627.8080, barbarajeanboutique.com

2 Lotus Boutique 908 Main St., Boonton, 973.402.2339, shoplotus.com

3 Gotham Women’s Shop 391 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.267.9797, gothamcityclothing.com

3 Thread Boutique 123 Watchung Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8892, threadboutique.com

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