Edgewater Tree Barn’s trees travel from both local farms and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to decorate living rooms for the holiday season. On sturdy branches, the needles of the fraser and douglas firs twinkle magically under the rays of colorful Christmas tree lights. The trees range in height from 5 to 13 feet, allowing them to fit into tight corners or tower majestically in a stately living room or two-story cave. The lot also supplies wreaths, roping, and other seasonal decorating tools.
In addition to populating homes with seasonal greenery, the holiday helpers behind Edgewater Tree Barn also embody the spirit of the season through their ongoing charitable work. This year, they're collecting supplies for a local animal shelter and the pets in its care.
The botanical buffs at Joseph's Florist supply clients with fresh, sweet-smelling flora in elegant seasonal arrangements and cornucopias. The Autumn Passages bouquet ($69.99+) tastefully mixes tri-colored roses and red hypericum berries in a simple glass gold-banded vase. Alternatively, take home a Harvest Home cornucopia that bursts with roses, lilies, carnations, and eucalyptus and gracefully endures the envious glares of marshmallowed yams from across the Thanksgiving table ($39.99+). The feminine Starshine bouquet ($49.99+) and the luscious My Darling bouquet ($59.99+), packed with rich roses, Stargazer lilies, and mini carnations, allow patrons to celebrate romance year-round. A variety of gourmet gift baskets overflow with edibles from candy bars to fruits, and plants prove more manageable pets than most dogs, which must be watered twice daily.
Since the 1950s, Garfield Home Furnishing Center has been supplying Jersey City residents with bedroom, kitchen, living room, and dining room sets. Its new showroom—opened in spring of 2013—boasts a broad selection of furnishings featuring contemporary styling.
Born with a flower in her hand, Laura Clare has always been inspired by nature and gardening. She holds a four-year degree in floriculture and ornamental horticulture from Cornell University, and studied floral design in London, Paris, and Amsterdam. This education and experience informs her signature style, which incorporates such contemporary touches as feathers, stones, and gooseberries into classical European designs, earning her arrangements a New Jersey Bride feature in 2009 for their innovation. Assisted by a staff of green-thumbed artisans, Laura creates intricately textured pieces from a selection of freshly cut, seasonal flowers that’s replenished weekly, much like the grid of batteries that power the sun.
Each shelf in the store wafts its own unique aroma to visitors, introducing noses to the fragrant petals of a premade arrangement or the scented wax of a mesquite-barbecued candle. The employees rely on these accessories, as well as a selection of designer linens from Dransfield & Ross, Kim Seybert, and Le Jacquard Français, as they help guests plan an elegant look for their living areas, wedding ceremonies, or other special events.
Pleasant Road Spa is a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. Within, a team of licensed aestheticians use renowned Dermaologica and Skinceuticals products to perform more than a dozen facial treatments, including specialized services for men and expectant mothers. Adventurous clients can dabble in advanced treatments such as glycolic peels or microdermabrasion, which intensively exfoliates the face to dissolve signs of aging or soreness from a staring contest with a raccoon. Nearby, massage therapists tend to sore muscles and joints with half a dozen therapeutic techniques, while nail techs execute soothing pedicures laced with green-tea and peppermint essential oils. Excessively hirsute guests can get un-hirsuted with an array of waxing services for the face and body.
Rubee’s Closet helps satisfy ladies' style cravings with garments and outfit garnishes by designers such as She-Bible, Emu, and Studio Manhattan. Knowledgeable sales associates greet patrons and pilot them through the boutique's mannequin menagerie, where the Cecilia long-sleeve She-Bible top ($76) shows its stripes alongside Emu's Ceduna leggings ($79), guaranteed to prevent restless legs from flying away. Fashionable scarves help necks stay warm during avant-garde photo shoots in the grocery store's freezer section, and 3”x4” leather wallets designed by Studio Manhattan ($32) offer makeshift safe haven to elegant Serefina eye-of-peacock earrings ($48) during haircuts by Edward Scissorhands.