Where to holiday shop at the Jersey Shore
Small business Saturday has come and gone, but there's still time to support local shore spots that lost business during Sandy, whether they had damage themselves or were forced to shut down during the storm.
Here are your best bets.
For Your Surfer: Surfer Supplies
This 50-year-old surf shop is legendary at the Jersey Shore. You can get everything your surfer needs to actually get out there - board, wetsuit, etc. - plus everything for what one of the owners calls "après ski." That includes things like surf-inspired clothing, shoes and accessories.
For Your Free Spirit: Global Pursuit
This Stone Harbor Shop was spared most flooding damage after Sandy, and is ready for the holidays. They have a wide selection of beach-inspired wear, but also winter selections too like hoodies and jeans. If anyone on your list is a fan of Toms shoes, go here. Their selection is impressive. Even if you're not shopping for any free spirits, check out the sidwalk infront of the store anyway - the sand sculptures are amazing.
For Your Kids: Zoo Company
This Cape May toy store is a catch all of all things kid. They have everything from an impressive Hello Kitty toy selection to Smurf items. They also carry an impressive puppet collection, and higher priced collectable items for anyone who's still a kid at heart.
For Your Prepster: Suncatcher and Mimi
These two stores combined take up most of a block in Stone Harbor, and has been a main stay in town for nearly 60 years. The men's items lean toward surf, but there's plenty of items that would work for your dad. The women's selection is upscale, but they have lower priced items for juniors, too. They have stuff for kids as well, including backpacks if yours wore through his or hers already.
For Your Mom: Whale's Tale
This gorgeous shop has plenty of items that would make mom smile, including shore-themed jewelry, home décor, books and accessories. They have a kids section, too, and plenty of cards if you're still looking for a way to send your season's greetings.
For You: White House Sub Shop
The main location of this shore mainstay was hit hard by Sandy, and they should be re-opening sometime in December. To help them out, check out their Trump Taj Mahal location, and treat yourself to a hearty sandwich.
Jen A. Miller writes the Down the Shore with Jen blog for NewsWorks.org. Jen is author of The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May, which is now in its second edition.