Shopping Spotlight: Wildly Smitten, Downtown Montclair’s Chic Boutique

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

"Catch Me If You Can" kimono, $60

“Catch Me If You Can” kimono, $60

Shopping for the holidays is easier when you can do it locally. And if you want to get started earlier, check out Wildly Smitten on South Fullerton Avenue. Sharing an awning with 73 See Gallery’s Living Pop Up Gallery, new men’s accessory shop – Speer & Crane, and Bistro 18, the boutique was originally located in Nutley, but moved in 2013 to reach Montclair’s fashion forward clientele.

Owned by Raphaella Gesumaria, the mood of the store is soothing with white walls, hard wood floors, and clutter free space. The eye-catching clothes are hung neatly, not shoved into racks, making it easier to find a size. Gesumaria, who has been modeling since she was 10 years old, travels all over the world, giving her the opportunity to hand pick special items for Wildly Smitten.


“This store is special because it isn’t like one of those stores that sells random items. Raphaella picks each item because she likes them and hopes everyone else will like them too,” says sales associate Aria Irizarry. Voluspa Candles, clothing by Australian brand For Love & Lemons, and vintage inspired jewelry are some of the varieties that Wildly Smitten has to offer.

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Hey Ladies! Friday Night is Ladies Night Out in Montclair Center

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ladies Night Out


Hey ladies in the house! Call up your girlfriends and plan to hang out on Friday, October 24, because it’s Ladies’ Night Out in Montclair Center.

Montclair Center merchants create an entertaining evening for us ladies to enjoy: chocolate tastings, signature cocktails, free mini-massages, personal shoppers, free hair blowouts, food, and lots of fun!

Think of it like a Pub Crawl, but instead of bars, you’ll be hopping into salons, shops, studios and more.

Check out the all the details online here and our slideshow from last year’s event.

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Local Businesses Think Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

BY  |  Friday, Oct 17, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Parlor hair studio In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, several local businesses are helping to raise money and awareness by thinking pink.

Parlor Hair Studio on Glenridge Avenue in Montclair will make you “pretty in Pink,” with pink hair extensions or highlights during the month of October. All profits will go to The American Breast Cancer Research Foundation.




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Free Friday: Sips, Sweets and Songs at Montclair’s {verdigreen}

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Here’s a trend we like — live music popping up at some of our favorite shops. We loved catching live music this summer outside Watchung Booksellers. Now, on Montclair’s Glenridge Ave., {verdigreen} is hosting a complimentary evening of live music with a little bubbly and some local treats. Dubbed Free Friday, the idea, says owner Azie Shelhorse was “born out of the desire to do those things as a family in our new-ish Montclair neighborhood.” Continue Reading

Support the YMCA of Montclair by Shopping at Whole Foods Market Next Tuesday

BY  |  Friday, Sep 19, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

YMCA of MontclairChances are you plan on going to Whole Foods in Montclair this weekend. If you wait to go, or make another trip on Tuesday, September 23, you’ll be helping out the YMCA of Montclair.

On September 23, Whole Foods Market Montclair will donate 5% of its net sales to the YMCA of Montclair to benefit the Y’s Financial Assistance Program – a really wonderful program.

And the Y will thank you too. When you shop at Whole Foods Market Montclair on the 23, save your receipt and bring it to the Y. If you’re not a member of the Y, bring your receipt by Tuesday, September 30, to receive a free trial month of Y membership. If you’re currently a Y member, bring your receipt to receive four free guest passes. *Some restrictions apply.

By joining together, Whole Foods Market Montclair and the YMCA of Montclair are helping strengthen our community through advocating healthy living.


Montclair Opening and Reopening: Merit Kitchens and Atelier

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 3:35pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

atelierIf you were at Montclair Fashion Night, you may have caught a glimpse of Atelier’s stylish fashions.

Tomorrow, (Friday, September 19), you are invited to the grand re-opening of ATELIER (47 Park Street, Montclair), a curated boutique from 6-9 p.m. Preview Robert Greco Couture before it hits the runway for New Jersey and Chicago fashion week. Enjoy special sales, drinks, desserts and meet and greets. Continue Reading

Montclair Fashion Night Brings The Fabulous to Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 5:14pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


Move over Project Runway. Montclair Center made it work at the 2014 Montclair Fashion Night. Fashionistas of all ages showed up to watch models take their turn on the catwalk. This was the second time for Montclair Fashion Night, presented by Montclair Center BID, and the move to the Wellmont Theater was a smart one, because the turnout was huge, with fashion-loving fans filling the entire main floor (fortunately, there was additional seating and great views from the balcony)! Continue Reading

Montclair Pop-Up Returns!

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Soaps from Nature Island Botanicals.

Soaps from Nature Island Botanicals.

Montclair Pop-Up is popping up on September 20, as an outdoor market at 84 Walnut Street (in the Building Blocks parking lot across from Montclair Farmers Market).

Shop local with more than 20 returning and new vendors (favorites include Schmutzerland, Blue J Syrups and Dangerous Pottery).

Choose from handmade artisan goods including art, pottery, jewelry, cards, stuffed toys, skin care products, recyclables and more. There will be music, crafts, Reiki and other surprises.

The Montclair Pop-Up Outdoor Market will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., so shop before or after your trip to the Farmers Market.

Best Foot Forward: Montclair’s Piazza Della Sole Turns 10

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

piazza della 3Time flies! Piazza Della Sole will mark 10 years in Montclair this fall.

Located between restaurants and shops on Valley Road, the boutique specializing in chic, comfortable women’s shoes first opened in Montclair’s Watchung Plaza, but owner Camille Kessler relocated the business to Valley Road three years ago for a larger space and more foot traffic. Continue Reading

Montclair’s Sorrelli Shares The Love and Sparkle This Week

BY  |  Monday, Aug 18, 2014 3:39pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sorrelli JewelersThis week, Sorelli on Church Street continues Customer Appreciation Week. Today, Monday, August 18, the store is giving away coupon goody bags. Here’s what’s happening the rest of the week: Continue Reading

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