Spring Lake Variety Store, a Shore icon for nearly 70 years, set to close
(Courtesy: Shannon Mullen; Asbury Park Press)
Established in 1947, the downtown landmark sold everything from flip-flops to coffee percolator tops.
If variety is the spice of life, then Spring Lake is about to lose some of its distinctive, small-town flavor.
The Spring Lake Variety Store, a fixture of the borough’s downtown since the 1940s beloved for its hodgepodge of hardware staples and esoteric necessities, is closing Sept. 30, apparently for good.
Owners Rick and Lynn Height, who have operated the Third Avenue store for nearly 23 years, say they’re retiring and moving full-time to their home in North Carolina.
“It’s just our time to lay back and enjoy ourselves,” said Rick, 64, of Wall, whose father, the late Richard Height Sr., purchased the store from a prior owner in 1971.
(Photo Above: Mark R. Sullivan)
The couple had hoped to find a buyer interested in keeping the 3,000-square-foot business going before their lease expired at the end of this month, but that hasn't happened, leaving the building’s future up in the air for the moment. Since 1947 the store has been an invaluable resource in a town where folks would prefer to do their errands within a distance reachable by flip-flops, if at all possible.
Longtime owners Lynn and Rick Height are closing the Spring Lake Variety Store and moving to North Carolina. “Having a store like this in a community like ours is extremely important. It allows you to shop locally,” explained Richard Clayton, the fourth-generation owner of Clayton Limousine Service, another Third Avenue landmark, who stopped in recently to pick up an order of rock salt for his business. “People are going to feel an impact,” added Clayton, who chairs the town's business improvement district board.
Previously a five-and-dime, much like a small Woolworth’s, Spring Lake Variety eventually evolved into a full-service True Value Hardware store, though it retained its wood floors, high, tin ceiling and neighborly charm.
(Photo Above & Below: Greater Spring Lake Chamber)
Despite a declining number of year-round residents in town, the Heights soldiered on, buoyed by strong summer sales, outlasting a litany of similar stores that acquiesced to competition from big-box retailers and online shopping sites years ago.
Now part of the Ace Hardware cooperative, Spring Lake Variety still has a sign out front from its days as a five-and-dime. Generations of children, often with a doting grandparent in tow, have worn a path down its toy aisle, which brimmed with old-fashioned jacks and Yo-yos, squirt guns, Nerf balls, badminton sets and stacks of classic board games — a must-have item on a rainy summer day at the beach. The store even sold spare dice, 99 cents for a pair.
Spring Lake Variety’s chief claim to fame, however, was its uncanny penchant for having the exact item the customer needed, however obscure. Knowing what the item was actually called wasn’t necessary; a reasonably coherent description of its function would usually suffice.
Whether customers came in search of shoelaces, buttons, shower curtain rings, a jump rope, vinyl replacement straps for patio furniture or that glass thingamabob that screws into the top of old-style coffee percolators, they were rarely disappointed. The oddball requests kept coming, even in the store's waning days, when many of the shelves were bare. What about a three-speed pull for a ceiling fan? Yep, Rick Height replied, still got one in stock.
Spring Lake Italian Festival features pasta eating contest, Italian car show and more
(By Caitlyn Bahrenburg; Coast Star)
The Italian Festival returns to Spring Lake this October, bringing the best of Italy to the shore.
On Oct. 1, Morris Avenue between Third and Fourth avenues will be transformed into Little Italy for a day of food, festivities and fun beginning at noon.
Each year, the Italian Festival honors a local Italian American. This year’s honoree is Lou Russo of 94.3 The Point.
“He does a lot of great work with the Ashley Lauren Foundation,” said Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce President George D’Amico.
“It’s a great charity that works with kids with cancer. He’s on their board and does great work for them.”
To celebrate Mr. Russo, Spring Lake will temporarily rename Morris Avenue “Lou Russo Boulevard” for the day of the festival.
While strolling Lou Russo Boulevard, guests can enjoy an array of Italian delicacies offered by Chamber member restaurants, cafes and delicatessens, including zeppoles, baked goods, honey and more.
The festival will also offer a variety of vendors, face painting, balloon twisting, jugglers, an Italian car diplay, mock horse races and the annual Art Walk.
Replacing the cannoli eating contest this year is a spaghetti eating contest.
“We did cannolis last year but everyone got a tooth ache from the sweetness,” Mr. D’Amico joked.
Throughout the event, guests will be treated to live music. Dominique and Julian will kick off the festival for the second year in a row, followed by a performance by the Rick Martin Orchestra at 4 p.m.
For the first year, the hours of the festival have been extended to 8 p.m., replacing the after party.
“We decided to encorporate the party into the end of the feast,” Mr. D’Amico said.
“It’s going to be a fun family day,” he added.
This year’s event sponsors include Coast Honda, Seacoast Chevrolet and Manahawkin Jeep.
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Pedego Electric Bikes
Help You Bike from Spring Lake to Sandy Hook at Ease
Asbury Park Press and Greater Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce contributed to this blog post.
Pedego bikes have an electric motor powered by a lithium battery that can be charged in an ordinary household outlet. The bikes also has a throttle for "pedal-assist power" that offers greater speed with less effort.
"You choose how much the bike works for you and how much you want to do yourself," Levine said. "You don't have to pedal; it'll still move. It's great for people with knee issues, weight issues, anything that keeps them from doing what they'd ordinarily like to do."
Most models rent for $25 per hour, $100 per day, or $400 for a week. Those without pedal-assist power rent for $18 per hour, $70 per day and $300 per week. Pedego Spring Lake opened in March at 217 Jersey Ave. Summer hours, through Sept. 30, are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more info, call 732-201-4117 or go to pedegoelectricbikes.com
A new business in Spring Lake offers a novel way to get around: Pedego Spring Lake rents and sells electric bicycles. They're not magic carpets, but they seem pretty close. Pedego co-owner Adam Levine, pictured with his wife, Monica, first rode an electric bicycle on vacation in Colorado.
"I've gone from Spring Lake to Sandy Hook and back — a 50-plus mile journey that I'd never take on a normal bike," said Adam Levine of Freehold, who co-owns the store with his father, Gil Levine. "It encourages people to go farther, and to enjoy the beautiful flat terrain we have by the water."
Adam introducing the new electric bikes to attendees of the Annual Spring Lake Irish Festival on Saturday, May 21st (Third & Morris Ave.)
05.18.16 2016 Irish Festival Being Held Saturday May 21, 2016 (12P-5P)
Spring Lake is known as the Jersey Shore’s Irish Riviera!
Come celebrate Irish hospitality with us!
This year the Irish Festival features
many family friendly events
perfect for a
Spring-time stroll through downtown Spring Lake.
Expect live music, dancing, food, kids activities and shopping.
Thank you to our gracious sponsors:
Trinity Financial, The Irish Centre and St. Stephen's!
Want to be a vendor? Contact the Chamber @ 732-449-0577
The Spring Lake Irish Festival is being held on Saturday, May 21st (rain date May 22nd) from noon till 5:00 p.m. on Morris Avenue, which will be closed to traffic from Third Avenue to Fourth Avenue. There will also be activities, a photo booth, and buskers performing on Third Avenue. There will be music featuring Six Mile Cross (12 – 2:00) and The Snakes (3:00 – 5:00) throughout the afternoon from the stage on Morris Avenue behind the centennial clock.
The Food Court will be serving Irish favorites as well as typical festival choices throughout the afternoon from Chamber member restaurants like St. Stephen’s Green, On Third Café, Ray’s Café and Spring Lake Tap House to name a few. We are featuring our Beer & Wine Garden where you can enjoy a Guinness, a Bud or a Coors Light or a glass of wine with your lunch in the garden area.
Activities for the kid’s will be pony rides, face painting, balloon twisting, an amazing juggler as well as a stilt walker extraordinaire! Many Spring Lake Chamber member businesses will be featuring their goods with a booth on Morris as well as some fun vendors like Glitter Hoops, who will present a hula hoop demonstration and sand art to delight visitors of all ages.
A special feature this year will be –“an Damsha Mor” – The Big Dance which will feature Irish Step dancing with Andrew Vickers Club Rince, Devrin School of Dance from Brielle and the Shea Jennings School of Irish Dance from Manasquan. We are delighted to announce that Ellen Anderson, former step dancing champion and featured fiddler with Six Mile Cross, will be assisting the student dancers.
The ever favorite Irish Soda Bread Contest will, once again, be chaired by Maureen Skea of Finishing Touches and applications will be available on line. For the second year we will also feature our Irish Treasure Hunt. The prizes are amazing: 1st place is a Waterford Crystal Bowl ($350 value) donated by The Irish Centre – 2nd place is a Green & White Herringbone All Cotton Throw from Brahms Mount ($225 value) donated by Finishing Touches – 3rd place is a Gift Certificate donated from Flowers By Colleen for $50. All you have to do is to visit at least 10 of the stores listed on the program card and be sure to secure a sticker - then place the card in the “Pot of Gold” at the Chamber table. Winners
will be drawn at 5:00 and you must be present to win.
New this year will be demonstrations in ancient Irish sports by the GAA along with soccer skills by The Atlantic Club. Instructions in how to knit an Irish sweater will be a feature and there will be a pleinair artist as well. As you can see, there will be an activity of interest to children of all
The festival is being sponsored by:
Trinity Financial a Peter Grandich Company,
The Irish Centre
St. Stephen’s Green Publick House
Cunningham’s Team Shamrock raises funds for Tunnel to Towers in honor of her late brother
By Caitlyn Bahrenburg of Star News Group
SPRING LAKE — The Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce honored Kathleen Cunningham, the 2016 Citizen of the Year, in a ceremony as warm and heartfelt as its guest of honor.
On Thursday, May 5, friends, family members and community leaders gathered at the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club to celebrate Mrs. Cunningham, known as a selfless motivator, devoted mother and all-around cheerleader within her community.
“It was a very good turnout,” said Ellen Manger, the executive director of the Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce, adding that 220 guests shared in the evening.
Mrs. Cunningham was designated for the Citizen of the Year Award for her tireless efforts on behalf of her nonprofit organization, Team Shamrock. Team Shamrock raises funds to support the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which builds ADA-compliant smart homes for disabled veterans.
“She was wonderful to work with,” Ms. Manger said of planning the evening with Mrs. Cunningham. “There is a little bit of responsibility that the honoree has to undertake with me and she was wonderful.”
When asked to describe how it felt to be honored by her community, Mrs. Cunningham responded, “Overwhelmed, surreal.
“I’m trying to take it all in and enjoy myself,” she said. “It’s a great night, I need to sit back and enjoy the ride.”
Among the many friends and family members present were Mrs. Cunningham’s father, Donald Robertson, who spoke during the ceremony; her friends Nancy Sanders and Edward Diamon; chamber President George D’Amico; and Patricia Laus, of the Atlantic Club, where Mrs. Cunningham has worked as a fitness instructor for years.
Mrs. Cunningham was also recognized by the Mayor of Spring Lake Jennifer Naughton and Assemblyman David Rible [R-30], and received congratulations from Congressman Frank Pallone [D-NJ], Gov. Chris Christie and Freeholder Thomas Arnone.
As the person who constantly works to raise others up, Mrs. Cunningham was not used to standing on this side of the spotlight.
“I like being the cheerleader, so it’s hard for me,” she said, humble yet proud of her organization and all of the good it does.
Not only was the event a big night for Mrs. Cunningham, it was a big night for Team Shamrock, as well.
The Chamber of Commerce donated a portion of the proceeds from the dinner to Mrs. Cunningham’s foundation and for her, that was the best part of the entire evening.
“That’s the cherry on the ice cream sundae,” she said. “To be honored is just amazing, to have all my friends here in this beautiful facility is just crazy, but to walk away with a donation for Team Shamrock and Tunnel to Towers is the best part of the whole darn night.”
THE WORLD'S CHEERLEADER
Mrs. Cunningham is the wife of Dr. Greg Cunningham and the loving mother of Sean, Patrick and Kaitlyn Cunningham.
Though she was not raised in Spring Lake, Mrs. Cunningham often jokes that she moved there as soon as she could.
Mrs. Cunningham is a lifelong cheerleader, beginning in grade school and continuing on to cheer for the New York Cosmos, Nets and Generals squads. Today, she volunteers her time as the coach of the St. Catharine School cheerleading squad and can be found cheering on her kids at all of their lacrosse games.
Her enthusiasm and spirit are hardly limited to her time as a cheerleader — she applies them to every aspect of her life.
“She is the cheerleader to the world,” said Mr. D’Amico.
From her job as a trainer at The Atlantic Club and a realtor at Chris Smith Realty, to her fundraising efforts for Team Shamrock, Mrs. Cunningham gives 100 percent of herself to everything she does.
“I’ve never met anyone with more energy or more goodness than Kathy,” said Frank Siller, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, who also spoke during the ceremony.
To date, Team Shamrock is just shy of reaching its $500,000 fundraising goal for Tunnel to Towers, which she formed in honor of her brother, Donald W. Robertson Jr., who died on 9/11.
Tunnel to Towers Foundation is a nonprofit organization that builds smart homes for disabled veterans. Each September, Tunnel to Towers hosts a run through the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel into Manhattan to the 9/11 memorial, following the path of Stephen Siller, a firefighter who ran through the tunnel in full gear on 9/11 and lost his life trying to save others.
Mrs. Cunningham initially joined the Tunnel to Tower race as a solo runner in 2005. But after five years of running, she realized she could do more.
Thus, Team Shamrock was born.
Mrs. Cunningham’s current fundraising goal for Team Shamrock is $500,000, which will provide one complete smart home to a disabled veteran. Mrs. Cunningham plans to dedicate the home to her brother.
Thomas Joseph Byrne, III, 72, of Spring Lake, passed away peacefully on March 25, at home, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Tommy was a devoted husband, caring father, adoring grandfather and great friend.
Tommy was born in Newark, NJ and grew up in Spring Lake. He is a graduate of St. Catharine's Elementary School, St. Rose High School and Monmouth University. He spent his career as a real estate appraiser for the New Jersey Department of Transportation. He retired in 1997 after 31 years of service.
Tommy also had a distinguished career in public service. He served as the mayor of Spring Lake from 1990 until 2006. Aside from Rita, his boys and their wives and his six adoring grandchildren, being mayor was the love of his life. As mayor, he took tremendous pride in working with the Department of Public Works, the Spring Lake Police Department and the volunteers of the Spring Lake First Aid and Fire Departments. In addition to being the mayor, Tommy also served many years on the Spring Lake Board of Education and as a leader and coach for the Spring Lake/Sea Girt Little League. The Spring Lake Braves were a force to be reckoned with and those boys will always be in his heart.
Tommy was a lifelong resident of Spring Lake. The town will never know a more loyal and loving son. Loyalty was one of Tommy's finest traits. The New York Jets, Joe's Deli, Notre Dame and all the local high school teams were his heart and soul. The New York Yankees were also close to his heart. He adored Mickey Mantle, but when push came to shove, he preferred winning a bet against Joe Val than the Yankees winning.
Above all though, Tommy was a true family man. Rita was the love of his life, his boys were his pride and joy, their wives he adored and his grandchildren put a smile on his face every day. Tommy was blessed. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Harriet and Thomas Joseph Byrne II. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Rita, his son, Bryan, his wife Amy and their children Shayne, Luke and Ivy, and his son, Kevin, his wife Kristen and their children Myles, Kellan, and Madden. Tommy was also a beloved in law to Alice and Mike Lombardy, Dr. Michael and the late Mary Ann Cahill, Hugh and Joan Moriarty, Esther Moriarty, and the adored uncle to many loving nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his dedicated caregivers, Roxy and Akeile. His loving pets, Bailey, Ellie Mae, and Kane were also always at his side.
Tommy had a heart of gold and will be forever in our hearts.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 30 from 4-8 p.m. at Neary Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street in Manasquan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake. Committal will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tommy's name to The Alexandra Rose Tozzi Foundation, P.O. Box 47, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 or SP Fast at www.spfast.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 28, 2016
2016 Trout Contest In Divine Park, Spring Lake, NJ
Greater Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce
Selects Kathy Cunningham Citizen of the Year.
Kathy Cunningham is the captain of Team Shamrock of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation. This year alone, they have raised over $200,000 to build smart homes for returning amputee and other deserving vets.
She has coached the St. Catherine Cheerleading squad for the past twenty years. She has served on the Chambers Irish Festival Committee. and participated in the Avon Walk for a Cure. She cleaned our beaches after Sandy and she sat in the July 4th Dunk Tank. She has hosted families of the Derry, Ireland Swim team for the past eighteen years...
Kathy Robertson Cunningham has been the perennial volunteer in things big and small. She is always there. The consummate Cheerleader. Always affirming and supportive of all she comes into contact with . We envision 2016 to be the year that we collectively turn the tables on Kathy Robertson Cunningham - It is high time that we all cheer for her!
Congratulations and a huge Cheer of thanks and gratitude to our 2016 Citizen of the year, Kathy Robertson Cunningham.
-George D'Amico; President of The Greater Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce
The Candlelight Christmas Inn Tour was held Saturday, Dec. 5.
SPRING LAKE — The annual Candlelight Christmas Inn Tour Saturday shared the magic of the holidays through visits with local innkeepers and their beautifully decorated establishments.
The self-guided tour on Dec. 5 took place between 3 and 6:30 p.m. It was sponsored by the Historic Inns of Spring Lake bringing hundreds of residents and visitors to the borough. Along the streets of Spring Lake, it was evident that something special was happening.
As participants walked from inn to inn, or home to home, they were able to enjoy unseasonably warm weather. Groups could be seen taking a break from the tour to look at the beach, before heading into the beachfront inns.
Ralph and Susan Defaria of Toms River were walking along the beach before continuing the tour by visiting The Breakers.
“This is our first time on the tour, but it’s not our first time in Spring Lake. We were married at The Breakers two years ago and decided to come back for the tour this year,” Mr. Defaria said.
“I love the warmness of the people that have opened their homes and inns to us. Everyone has gone over and above with desserts and drinks,” Mrs. Defaria said. “Everyone is very helpful with information and it makes me want to come back again.”
Throughout the tour, different inns and homes were decorated to the nines for the holiday season. Different holiday music, treats and more filled the rooms while participants enjoyed a thorough look into the inns of Spring Lake.
“Spring Lake is a beautiful town,” Mr. Defaria said. “It’s absolutely beautiful in the way it’s laid out, the homes, the inns and the people. Of all the shore towns, it’s a real gem and events like this are wonderful.
The tour allowed participants to visit inns, hotels and homes decorated for the holiday season with vintage ornaments, handcrafted heirlooms and an additional assortment of elegant holiday ware. Early birds were invited to tea and cookies at The Breakers from 2 to 3 p.m.
Tickets for the event were $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Anyone who had booked a room in one of the inns for the evening of the tour received a free ticket.
Seven inns participated in the tour, including The Breakers, Ocean House, Chateau Inn & Suites, Hewitt Wellington, Spring Lake Inn, Grand Victorian and The Duggan Building. Several private homes were also included in the tour.
ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH AT 6:00 P.M.
At Third and Morris Avenues
Spring Lake Recreation and The Spring Lake Community House
invite family and friends to help kick off the holiday season!!
The night will feature music, dancers, hayrides and of course a
special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their elves.
Extend the fun!
Enjoy a hayride immediately following the tree lighting and other
festive activities in town.
Make your way down Third Avenue and complete your night with a
visit with Santa Claus at the Community House.
10.18.15 Nejie of Discover Therapeutic Massage Kicks Off the Annual Spring Lake Italian Festival Singing Star Spangled Banner
And she did an amazing job! Thanks to everyone who showed up and participated.
Lots Happening at the Spring Lake Italian Festival
Italian Food in our outdoor café area featuring some of our favorite eateries:
Joseph’s Delicatessen, Spring Lake Manor, On Third Café, Benny’s Pizza, Ray’s Café,
Spring Lake Tap House, The Breakers and, of course, Spring Lake Pizza. Enjoy sausage
and peppers, meatball sliders, eggplant & chicken parmigiana as well as pizza baked goods,
zepoles and so much more.
2 of our award winning pizza places. Spring Lake Pizza and Benny's Pizza.
Since 1985 Benny's Pizza has been preparing delicious pizzas, subs, salads, and Italian dishes to local customers in a cozy, family friendly, clean atmosphere. Come on down to Benny's Pizza and dine with them!
Wine and Beer tent featuring Italian red and white wine and both Peroni an Italian choice and domestic
beer. Entertainment for the whole family with pony rides, face painting and balloon twisting
Gaminride (mobile video arcade) is a favorite – not to mention a stilt walker and a
Juggler. All of these activities are free. Oh, can’t forget the Christopher Columbus
will be joining us as well!
For the first time we are having a caricature artist - just like you find on a stroll in Paris!!
(this is not free – he will be charging a fee).
Some additional vendors will be joining in the fun: Doggie Delights, It’s Gravy not Sauce,
Carter & Cavero Olive Oil, Trappers Honey, L & B Cigars, a professional Glass Blower, and
Maybe a beautiful Italian car or 2.
All this in addition to NY Rangers Legends Nick Fotiu and Ron Greschner and celebrities
Lou Russo & Rick Aiello – all will be signing photos to benefit You Can NOT Be Replaced.
A special event being held at 2:00 p.m. will be our very first Cannoli Eating Contest
featuring Mayor Jennifer Naughton, Police Chief Ed Kerr, Boro Administrator Bryan
Dempsey, Freeholder Thomas Arnone, Citizen of the Year Margie Brahn and the list
goes on and on.
Both the Knights of Columbus an Mercey Center will be with us as well
Also participating on Morris Ave are our own Chamber membes: The Ashley Lauren
While the Jersey Shore might be more associated with the gaudy excesses of Atlantic City, some towns – such as historic Spring Lake – offer an altogether more refined seaside getaway. Hailed as the ‘Jewel of the Jersey Shore,' Spring Lake rose to prominence in the late 19th century when wealthy New Yorkers and Philadelphians flocked to spend their summers there, and many of its historic inns still stand today. Downtown Spring Lake boasts boutique shopping and eclectic eateries serving everything from casual grub to fine dining fare. Perhaps best of all, its scenic, uncrowded boardwalk is just a pleasant amble away.
Spring Lake Ranked #1
on the Shore's Best Downtowns for Shopping
Whether you’re looking for a bottle of rosé for a girl’s night out or a leather jacket for the start of the fall season, here are the best towns in Jersey for shopping.
Shop ‘til you drop at these incredible downtown areas located by the Jersey Shore.
1. Spring Lake, the town by the sea is often called the “jewel of the Jersey Shore” and it’s no secret why. The historic, quaint Shore town has one of the most alluring shopping districts by the coast, providing visitors and locals with fashionable boutiques, candy stores, home and garden stores and more.
Head over to Third Ave. and stop by The Bottle Shop for your favorite bottle of wine. The Bottle Shop, 1400 Third Ave., offers some of the most collectible wines in the world as well as an extensive list of everyday drinking wine.
Barefoot is a new addition to Spring Lake. The store, 1203 Third Ave., opened March of this year and is an athleisure boutique that features active and lifestyle apparel. Ali Keating, the store’s owner is a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher and her Barefoot collection features an array of stylish apparel for when you’re enjoying a morning jog on the boardwalk or just lounging around.
Alison Keating just opened Barefoot, a Spring Lake boutique that sells athleisure clothing, this past March. (Photo: GANNETT FILE PHOTO)
If you’re looking for a boho chic beachy look or “East Coast cool” inspiration, check out Camel’s Eye, 1223 Third Ave., for incredible finds.
We haven’t forgotten about the fellas — Village Tweed carries fine traditional and updated menswear. The store carries Vineyard Vines, Peter Millar, Sperry and more.
Teddy Bears by the Seashore, 317 Morris Ave., is a childrenswear and adult store that also offers Jersey Shore themed clothing apparel.
Teddy Bears by the Seashore in downtown Spring Lake. Barbara Rozell is co-owner with her husband Lee. (Photo: GANNETT FILE PHOTO)
On the hunt for something you can’t find anywhere else? Urban Details, 1115 Third Ave., is a specialty gift boutique with an emphasis on handmade uncommon gifts by American artists. The store carries a wide variety of products for every occasion, including birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. Check out their hidden treasures, like their jewelery, candles, home decor, apparel and tableware.