• Stop What You’re Doing and Go Shop at These 5 Boutiques {in Jersey City}

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    Shopping locally is one of the best things you can do for your community, and the personalized boutique experience these shops offer is something you truly can’t get in big box or chain stores. Think: friendly shop owners who remember your name, curated collections, and *no* lines to purchase your items. Win/win/win. So to help you get started, we rounded up a few of our favorites stores in downtown Jersey City you should visit when you need your next shopping fix {or just want to explore and window shop}. Hope your wallets are ready ladies, because we are about to set you up to create a Jersey City shopping addiction!

    1. Kanibal & Co. {197 Montgomery St}

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    Kanibal & Co. recently moved to their new location in the downtown Charles and Co. building, giving them a ton of space to showcase their great merchandise. {The old store was previously located up the block at 213 Montgomery St and called Kanibal Home.}  This lifestyle store sells everything from home décor/housewares to accessories, apparel — and even estate jewelry.  The owner Kristen Scalia shared with us, “at Kanibal & Co., we’re always developing new products and concepts to best serve the needs of our customers,” and she means it.  There’s always new merch each time you set foot in the door, and the sales people are quite friendly and welcoming.  This is really a place that makes you feel like you’re at home {and want to come back}. The standout takeaway of this boutique, however, is they offer craft classes! Feel like making your own bath bombs or starting to embroider things in fabric? Just check out their website and sign up — wine’s included. FYI: The boutique sells a lot of Jersey City-specific merchandise {stuff actually made in JC} such as baseball tees, baby onesies, and postcards. So festive, especially for the JC-loving guys and gals.

    2. Another Man’s Treasure {195 Montgomery St}

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    You may remember AMT for our post back in April 2015, but since this fabulous vintage shop has moved to a new location {also in the new Charles and Co. building}, it definitely deserves another mention. Previously located at 353 Grove Street, this vintage shop now boasts way more square footage and inventory. The new location is packed with hand-selected vintage goodies that won’t disappoint {the old location never disappointed either}.  The sales people are attentive and will help you find whatever it is you are looking for {even if you didn’t go in looking for anything}. Recently, one of the owners mentioned they make several buying trips to California each year to bring you the best of the best of vintage fashion, showing their dedication to the vintage cuase. This place is a must-see spot {even if you think you’re not into pre-owned or vintage}, and there’s a unique find for any type of taste.

    Writers note: I purchased a great little midi dress from the 80’s {when I want to channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw} and a beautiful pink cashmere cardigan from the 60’s {when I want to channel my inner Audrey Hepburn} both in AMAZING condition and were not expensive.

    3. Tia’s Place {277 Grove St}

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    Tia’s Place is one of the OG downtown boutiques that has been here since 2004.  Despite all the change Grove Street has seen in recent years, Tia’s is still going strong and is as relevant today as it was then.  This shop can best be described as your go-to for all your wardrobe needs, carrying a selection from workwear to evening wear and accessories — perfect for taking your outfit from day to night. Owner Megan O’Sullivan wanted to create “a different kind of clothing boutique where clients could enjoy the luxury of boutique shopping while encountering a broad and accessible range of items,” and she did just that — think Urban, Forever, H&M, and Anthro {at mostly H&M price points and without the poor Forever21 quality — yeah, we said it} all rolled into one relaxing, local boutique setting. The space is carefully merchandised — from the front door all the way back to their adorable 1950 beach style changing  rooms {very cute and different}. BTW, if the name Tia’s Place sounds familiar, its probably because you’ve seen it in Grand Central {and probably peeked in} and is Tia’s second location, which is worth a look. You’ll be hooked!

    4. Feena Boutique {297 Grove St}

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    This boutique encompasses the best parts of shopping locally, the store owner {Elizabeth} is always there with a smile ready to answer any of your questions.  Not only is she friendly and knowledgable, she also has impeccable taste.  Her store has a zen-like feel when you walk in which is met with beautiful baubles and handcrafted bags calling to your inner fashionista.  A lot of the items are indie labels — which differentiates this boutique from the others in the neighborhood.  The store is small, yet perfectly merchandised.  There are high-end {often one-of-a-kind} pieces priced accordingly {no sticker shock here}. Since its once twin boutique {JC Made} is no longer open, Feena carries a bit of Jersey City-created merchandise which further connects the shop to the community. And in case you’re in the market for your +1, they have a small selection of men’s leather goods. The perfect spot for a gift for yourself or a friend.

    5. Mint Market {339 Grove St}

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    Jersey City newbie {but Hoboken native} and great addition to Grove Street, this vintage and contemporary boutique has so much to offer. The front of the store is devoted to contemporary clothing trends while the back of the shop has a carefully curated vintage section {including designer LV and Gucci — yasss}.  Mint Market offers a TON of accessories to shop from ranging from retro purses to fancy statement earrings, and they are displayed all over the store. With “mixing the old with the new being their own personal style motto,” Mint Market definitely knew what they were doing. The contemporary part of the shop shows an appreciation for the feminine girl with flowy skirts, coordinating crop tops, and lots of florals {a go-to for spring and summer, obv} — while the vintage section of the shop speaks to the girl trying to work classics into her wardrobe without completely ignoring trends. As far as price points, outfits range from $30-$100+, so it’s not going to break the bank, even if you buy a few things. .

    Now that we’ve created a Jersey City shopping addiction, it’s time to get shopping! You’ll thank us later.


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    Christine is a born-and-raised Jersey Girl who landed in Jersey City several years ago. After a year of living in JC and absolutely loving it, Christine and her husband decided to make it a little more permanent and buy their own little piece of downtown Jersey City. When she isn’t crunching numbers as a merchandise planner in NYC, you can find her strolling down Newark Avenue heading to Barre, running along the waterfront, trolling the awesome JC vintage shops or discovering another great place to grab a bite to eat. If she’s not enjoying all that Jersey City has to offer, you will most likely find her on her couch…watching Bravo.


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