Contrary to popular belief New Jersey isn't all mobsters, big hair and 'that smell' on the Turnpike when you leave Newark Airport on your way to New York City. There are some lovely and charming little towns scattered about each with an abundance of beautiful shops.

Via Oh Joy, I came across a new store in historic Red Bank, NJ called Bodega Shoppe. Owner, Mike Buess, who was formerly the PR director of my favorite antique jewelry house Doyle & Doyle, stocks furniture, wallpaper, vintage fashion and beauty books, Maribelle chocolates and teas, stationery from Lucy Jane Batchelor and Lena Wald jewelry among much more.

Parcel in Montclair, NJ is an upscale paper boutique with the charm of an old fashioned general store. Selling everything from stationary, packaging, vintage ephemera, and lovely gifts Parcel is one of my favorite local shops.

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