• Jersey City Boutique: Love Locked {Local Jewelry + Apothecary}

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    If you love scoping out new and different pieces of jewelry and local goods, but have yet to come to downtown Jersey City, you’re in for a treat. Local shop Love Locked is a Jersey City boutique that sells jewelry, home, and apothecary, 100% locally-made — and a cozy haven for gift-buyers and shopaholics alike.

    For this local boutique spotlight {situated at 353 Grove Street in Jersey City}, we’re ranking this shop from 1-5 in the following categories: first impression, variety, ambiance, convenience, and authenticity. Then, there will be a final “get up and go” comprehensive overall score where 1 = nah, pass and 5 being MUST-GO ASAP… so let’s get to it!

    First Impression: 5

    Wooden beams surround the entrance of this uniquely designed storefront. The complexity of the architecture combined with the simple tabletop showcase featuring intricate detailed artwork on the inside makes for a sincere and effortless experience.

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    Variety/Size: 5

    At first look, there are tables and tables of beautifully crafted goods from local artists — however, the shop features custom wedding bands and gowns. Definitely a unique find in this small Jersey City nook! Beyond that, the shop boasts creations from 97 local artists {including 30 from Jersey City} to officialize that eclectic ‘something for everyone’ vibe, including a selection of Her Velvet Vase bucket bags: a popular purchase at Mint Market in Hoboken.

    Ambiance: 5

    If you couldn’t tell from the pictures, Love Locked executes a perfect Anthropologie-meets-antique-shop type of experience with simple natural wood accents throughout the store and stylized displays showcasing the cool products of the shop: without overloading the consumers’ senses.

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    Convenience: 5

    A four-minute walk from the Grove Street PATH, this boutique is nestled on a quiet street corner off of the bustling restaurant scene, but absolutely not too far — really. The shop’s 8:30PM closing time makes this ‘late night’ shop even more appealing to many 9-to-5 {or 6} schedules, making this a must-stop on the commute home, or during a weekend excursion.

    Authenticity: 5

    Previously ‘Love Liesel’ on Newark Ave, Kerry opened ‘Love Locked’ on Grove Street location back in April 2016 with the friendly assistance of Another Man’s Treasure {it pays to have friends in the area to find amazing shop spaces}. The shop began selling custom wedding bands in August 2016 and has continued their niche expertise featuring local artists’ creations, and we can’t say we’ve seen this much variety anywhere else in the area!

    Final ‘Get Up & Go’ Score: 5 — yup, that’s 5s across the board!

    A perfect oasis for your handmade dreams, this fair trade shop houses local apothecary, beauty, and vegan {except for the beeswax in their candles and leather} goods. This place is a must-go, not only for the beautifully arranged aesthetics, but because the shop owner Kerry alone is beyond sweet and cares for each and every customer walking into the shop. We highly encourage supporting this local business — and that includes the talented artists’ creations waiting inside.

    Follow our find: @shoplovelocked

     

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    Genna moved to Hoboken upon graduating from the University of Tennessee to start her Marketing career at HGTV, and is most currently at The Knot in downtown Manhattan. To Genna, there's nothing better than cheering on UT football, soaking in warm sunny weather on her balcony, and watching starry-skied movies on Pier 13. You may have spotted Genna as a customer associate at Anthropologie ...that is, when she's not doing Hot Yoga or punching bags at CKO! Most days, you can find Genna circling the Mile Square on an early morning run or attempting to justify her shopping habits along Washington Street.


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