Chocolate Covered and Sexy in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (43)

You just read the headline and thought this article was about chocolate covered sex or people who have sex in chocolate didn’t you? Nice. The day of hearts, flowers, chocolate and odd fat babies with adult looking faces holding a bow and a heart-tipped arrow is fast approaching next week, and you have no clue what to buy for those special people in your life. Here are four stores that embody everything wonderful about retail.  Every one of these  store owners has PASSION about their store and what they carry, and they make shopping locally a pleasure.

Now for those of you who love to protest the day saying it was made up by the card and flower companies, you can either change your reason or join in the fun with the rest of us. For one, that is incorrect. Valentine’s Day has a long history dating back to 1382, but it really became popular back in the 1800’s when the cost of postage became affordable coupled with the Victorian desire to express one’s self anonymously to the one that they admired.

Valentine kits at Parcel

The Victorians were passionate about giving elaborate Valentines and saved them as keepsakes. One step inside of Parcel, and the passion owner Nancy Laboz has for curiosities and beautiful things from the past is everywhere. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to do a small thoughtful thing for the special people in your life. If that person has a passion for purple or love for red and white polka-dotted toadstools, Nancy will search the store for the fun little bits that will make your creation something that will be cherished for years to come. If you  are not feeling like Esther Howland  and making your own Valentines is just not going to happen, Parcel also stocks a number of fun vintage Valentines, gorgeous Valentine making kits and decorations as well.

If your Valentine’s passion is skulls and love birds then let’s jump on into the store I try my best to

Heart charms at Culture Couture

avoid (because I never leave empty handed). Culture Couture is one of my very favorite stores in Baristaville. Owner Lisa Johnson has the most amazing eye for the hip and dark. It makes a mother of two like me feel like I can still pull off wearing my Misfits tank top and high top Doc Martins — and if the PTA moms don’t like it they can suck it. Carrying fun purses, wallets and coin holders with graphic cherries, hearts and birds to all sorts of jewelry and unique clothing all at prices most people can afford is what keeps  teenagers to moms like me coming back for more.

Sweet Home Montclair

Now for the chocolate covered sex. If you have ever tried the chocolate covered confections from Sweet Home Montclair then you get my drift, am I right ladies? Store owners like Paul Michael with passion for finding unique home and gift items, confections as well as whimsical cards make his store truly feel like part of the community. People are just happy when they are in the store. It is a contemporary version of a local candy and gift store where locals know they can always turn find the perfect gift that won’t break the bank — and get fantastic service.

Enough with the foreplay and let’s move onto the sex. Johari carries gorgeous things that your Valentine will not only enjoy wearing because it is sexy and comfortable, but they won’t need to give you the “where is the rest of this thing?” look. Johari’s owner Deborah Furr has a passion for women’s lingerie and swimwear.  Her fantastic eye and attention to detail are ever present in the store.

Whatever your needs — from a saucy bustier, to seamless stick-on bras that give support under the strappiest most backless dress ever, to high quality Wacoal Bras that are practical and lacy, to a gorgeous pale pink corset or stocking, from the practical to super fun red Cuban heeled (red seams up the back) — Johari has you covered. Or depending on how you like it…uncovered.  Because Deborah understands this holiday is for all kind,s she will  also have the super naughty crotchless panties in stock as well! Red for me, please.

Most of the items featured are under $30 and many are much less than $15. This is not a holiday about large showy gifts but more a special nod to say to anyone you like, “I am glad you are in my life.”

Tell us your favorite love song in comments and win a $50 gift certificate to the super romantic, cozy  Salute Bistro.


  1. POSTED BY Martta Rose  |  February 08, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    I knew that even before I clicked on this that this story had to be written by Holly! 🙂

  2. POSTED BY Holly Korus  |  February 08, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    MM I have never heard that song before.

    Here are a couple of my favorites, “For All We Know” by Nat King Cole and “Emily” by Andy Williams.

  3. POSTED BY Martta Rose  |  February 08, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    I like “Don’t Laugh, I Love You” by Ween
    “When a Man Loves a Woman,” by Percy Sledge (also our wedding song)
    “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin

  4. POSTED BY lisabells  |  February 08, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    “Ribbon in the Sky” by Stevie Wonder (our wedding song)
    “Somebody” by Depeche Mode

  5. POSTED BY nochooches  |  February 08, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. Listen to it, and you will understand why.

  6. POSTED BY rkgrem  |  February 08, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    “Sexy and I Know It”-LMFAO

  7. POSTED BY Howard Beale  |  February 08, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    When I was a teenager back in the dark ages I thought the most romantic songs were “Don’t Worry, Baby” and “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. But my romantic life back then was more in tune with “Love Stinks” by the J. Geils Band.

  8. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  February 08, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    Holly! I never gave you permission to post a photo of me!

  9. POSTED BY Jenn  |  February 08, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    I Wanna Sex You Up by Color Me Badd.

  10. POSTED BY Randel McMurphy  |  February 08, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    “Lick my Love Pump” by Spinal Tap

  11. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  February 08, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    Holly’s articles are the best!

    Our song is Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky”….

  12. POSTED BY geoff gove  |  February 08, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    “Oh Babe, What Would You Say?” by Hurricane Smith. Played at our wedding.

  13. POSTED BY brianjames1981  |  February 08, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    “There is no greater love”

    -Bilie Holiday

  14. POSTED BY kalililla  |  February 08, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

    These Arms of Mine by Otis Redding…swoooooon

  15. POSTED BY atkatefinn  |  February 08, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    i’m on fire by bruuuuce!

  16. POSTED BY ncmab  |  February 08, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    “Just the Way You Are” – Billy Joel

  17. POSTED BY meteor29  |  February 08, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    “At Last”

  18. POSTED BY Liz George  |  February 08, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    After reading this post — all I can think of is “Passion” by Rod Stewart

  19. POSTED BY rak  |  February 08, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

    Unchained Melody

  20. POSTED BY Tim Lynch  |  February 08, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

    Elton John, “Your Song.” It was the first dance at our wedding.

  21. POSTED BY Iceman  |  February 08, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    “beautiful” by Gordon Lightfoot.

  22. POSTED BY Carl Bergmanson  |  February 08, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    “Blue Moon” – The Marcels

  23. POSTED BY not a jersey girl  |  February 08, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    “Add It Up” by the Violent Femmes. But what else?!

  24. POSTED BY Nellie  |  February 08, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

    Through the Eyes of Love by Melissa Manchester

  25. POSTED BY walleroo  |  February 08, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

    You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.

  26. POSTED BY walleroo  |  February 08, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    I read this on my iPhone, on the mobile reader, which doesn’t show the byline. I saw that big plastic ass and the word “sex” twice in the first sentence, and by then there was no doubt who had written it.

    My personal favorite touch is PASSION in pink.

  27. POSTED BY jabberwocky  |  February 09, 2012 @ 6:03 am

    Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love”

  28. POSTED BY DagT  |  February 09, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    More (theme from Mondo Cone)

  29. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  February 09, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    Commander Cody’s classic, “How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away”.

  30. POSTED BY Conan  |  February 09, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    ‘Cro, the Commander is of a very strange breed, almost vanished.

    Ry Cooder is another one: “That’s the Way the Girls Are in Texas.”

    And Roy Clark: “Thank God and Greyhound.”

    But I gotta say my all-time fave is “Since I Fell for You.”

  31. POSTED BY scs_in_nj  |  February 09, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Whoa – the pic that goes w/ this story is indeed eye-catching.

    As far as romantic songs, one of my favorites is
    ‘I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

  32. POSTED BY deadeye  |  February 09, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    This took some thought, but in the end Sir Mix-A-Lot wins with this classic:

  33. POSTED BY ksbelton  |  February 10, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    My favorite love song is definitely “When God Made You” by NewSong and Natalie Grant. <3

  34. POSTED BY mtclibn42  |  February 11, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    Our special love song is “My Prayer” by the Ink Spots.

  35. POSTED BY kacey  |  February 11, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Theme from “A Man and a Woman”

  36. POSTED BY clmshea  |  February 11, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    Can’t Take My Eyes Off You-Frankie Valli. It was my wedding song.

  37. POSTED BY bobmellman  |  February 11, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    “And The Angels Sing”, by just about anyone.

  38. POSTED BY magicwoman  |  February 11, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    Andrae Crouch – “I’ll be Thinking of You” – It’s the first song my husband played for me on his cassette player in 1980. We had just met and he was quite shy…so he let the music speak for itself. We’ve been married for 27 years and I still adore him.

  39. POSTED BY theprimroseplath  |  February 11, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    “I’ll come running” by Neil Diamond (The MCD cover of this was our wedding song) or Seals and Croft’s “Summer Breeze” – which we always seem to hear when we are on vacation in Rehoboth Beach.

  40. POSTED BY 2taxed  |  February 11, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    “Shameless” – written/performed by Billy Joel –

    (although cover by Garth Brooks more well known)

  41. POSTED BY cathar  |  February 11, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Either of two songs by country singer Don Williams: “You’re My Best Friend” (not the Queen or Jefferson Airplane songs, though neither is all that badbad) or “The Ties That Bind.” It’s the rare love song with some obvious mutuality to the sentiments and needs expressed.

    “How Can I Miss You when You WOn’t Go Away” was an oldie even when Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks recorded it. I think it dates back to the 20’s.

  42. POSTED BY boonanas  |  February 11, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    love me tender elvis presley

  43. POSTED BY peppermax  |  February 11, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston….RIP

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