Saturday, December 22, 2012
A look at the hot toys for tots this holiday season.
Every holiday season, the mailbox fills with the latest toy catalogs. Children peruse the pages as they scribble their lists, daydreaming about what they will find under the tree come Christmas morning. Parents pull out their pocketbooks, spending hard-earned cash as they anticipate the joy on those little faces. What will be the runaway favorites this year is always a guess, but here are some of the latest trends, mixed with tried-and-true perennial favorites. jChews Smartphone teether by Jellystone No tears for parents or babies. Babies love nothing more than to gum Mom and Dad’s cell phone, but now they’ll be too intrigued with their own smartphone to chew on. The Jellystone smartphone teether comes in seven funky colors and is BPA …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Find out what’s in before you head out to take advantage of Black Friday savings.
Making sure to put just the right presents under the tree for kids can be a trick even for Santa. If you’re hoping to find out what’s hot before you head out to the stores, we’ve put together a few suggestions. Retailers themselves are generally the best judges of what’s in. Here are what some of the biggest toy retailers in the Verona-Cedar Grove area and beyond are saying: Learning Express Toys, located at 643 Bloomfield Ave., in Verona is stocked up on all of the most popular toys of the season. They have recently restocked their magna tiles, which have been a hot item for Christmas and recently got a new shipment of Super Art Table and Chairs which sold out very quickly. The Super Art Table and Chairs is on sale for $150, instead of …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tips for getting the presents they want without having to hoof it from Verona and Cedar Grove to the North Pole.
Santa’s awesome, but he doesn’t always deliver the hottest toys of the season on demand to Verona or Cedar Grove, no matter how nicely we ask. If the kids – or wannabe kids – in your life happen to have their hearts set on presents that are hard to come by, it can be torturous running from store to store only to find what they really want just isn’t available. Whether your little girl has her sights on the latest Lalaloopsy, your son wants a Hot Wheels R/C Terrain Twister or that “big baby” in your life is yearning for a copy of Halo 4, here are some ideas on how to track down what’s in demand without putting miles and miles on your vehicle in the process: Tips for Shopping in Town If you hate ordering online and love the gratification of …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It's not even Halloween yet and some stores are already putting up Christmas decorations. Is it too soon to deck the halls or are you ready for the 2012 Holiday Season to begin?
It's an annual question for merchants and shoppers: How soon is too soon to deck the malls and shopping centers for the Christmas holiday season? Some stores have already begun the process. Christmas music, decorations and layaway ads can already been seen in the shopping aisle at local stores. Halloween decorations still dominate, but signs of Christmas are already creeping in. So what do you think? When is too early for the Christmas shopping season to begin? Do the decorations and Christmas ads entice you to buy early or make you grit your teeth and wish for more time before the holiday rush begins?
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Self-guided tour will feature homes decorated for the holidays and a gift boutique.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Some of the most distinctive homes in Essex Fells will open their doors to the public in December to help support the borough’s elementary school. The Essex Fells PTA and the Essex Fells Foundation for Educational Excellence will stage their second Holiday Home Tour & Boutique on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Homes will be decked out for the holidays with special touches added by local designers, artists and florists. The tour will feature a variety of houses from grand to cozy, Tudor to colonial, new to old, displaying an array of decorating styles. "The last tour was a great day and such a successful event that we received many, many requests to do it again,” PTA President Leigh Bright stated in a release. “We hope that you'll experience the joy of …
Friday, December 24, 2010
A Grab-Bag Shopping Guide for Last-Minute Shoppers.
Christmas shoppers: maybe you've been too busy this year to shop for your presents in a timely fashion. Perhaps your hard drive went kaput, and thus online shopping wasn't an option. Then again, maybe you're like this writer, and get some sort of strange kick out of running around at the last minute. It's risky business, but kind of fun - and although procuring a season's "must have" item may not be feasible, when one is under the gun it seems that cool, creative selections rise to the fore. The trick is to go local - by cutting travel time and not having to hear The Boss' version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" another 50 times, you'll have more time to get something for everyone - except perhaps Clarence Clemons. Here's an exclusive…
Monday, December 20, 2010
Find gifts for everyone on your list in the townships.
It might be the week before Christmas, but there are still a ton of great gifts to be had at shops in Verona and Cedar Grove. With just three stores, Main Street Cottage, Trend Coffee Bar and Boutique and Learning Express, along Bloomfield Avenue in Verona you might just find something for everyone on your list. As you course down Bloomfield Avenue, blink and you might miss the Main Street Cottage. But with regrets if you do. This aptly named shop sandwiched between the post office and the Verona Dinner may be tiny, but it's packed with everything needed to make your season bright. Every corner and crevice of the 12 foot by 19 foot space is filled with mostly original, handmade items owner Deborah Galif seeks out from hundreds of crafters…