Originally a simple pharmacy established in 1987, Penlar Pharmacy expanded in 1998 to include more than 100 vendor lines. Penlar went through a complete renovation in late 2011, revamping the decor and upgrading their computers to a new state-of-the-art system. Its goods range from Hallmark cards and gift items to balloons, plush animals from Britto, Melissa & Doug, and Mary Meyer. Penlar also carries a selection of cosmetic products, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and medical equipment. In order to adapt to evolving times, Penlar added two other advancements in 2004—online prescription refills and prescription delivery. Despite the growth, it still operates by its original motto: “Your doctor knows your name, why shouldn’t your pharmacist?”
Locals may have noticed that Lazzoni has grown into a family of 20-plus stores, but the company’s roots actually reach back more than 50 years and thousands of miles away. The first store was in Turkey, where they produced joinery pieces for windows and doors. They eventually got into the business of modular kitchen design, which evolved into the production of made-from-scratch and exclusive furniture for every room of the home.
Today, the brand has settled into a decidedly modern style. With a team of international designers from Turkey, Italy, and the United States, Lazzoni showcases original furniture made from Italian leathers, Austrian hardware, and Turkish textiles. The collection is marked by streamlined silhouettes, bold colors, and other contemporary touches: Andel armchairs shaped from clear polycarbonate get a pop of color from a seat cushion in one of 10 hues, and the simplistic Florence bed can be dressed in an elegant textile to match your favorite tuxedo pajamas.
Clients unsure of where to start with Lazzoni’s extensive inventory can request personal design services. Designers use blueprints or measurements from an in-home consultation to create a computerized 3D rendering in which homeowners can preview different pieces of furniture. The Lazzoni team also does staging for customers looking to sell their home or those who have recently kicked a furniture allergy.
Savvy Chic Consignment Boutique, voted Best Consignment Shop in Bergen County by (201) magazine, affords a luxurious shopping adventure for snagging high-end designer finery, at bank-account-mollifying discounts. Specializing in women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and accessories, Savvy Chic styles customers in top designer brands, such as Free People, Prada, and Juicy Couture. Just like the acceptable length for cargo shorts, the inventory at Savvy Chic is constantly changing, but recent offerings have included a Lily Pulitzer dress ($59), a Theory pantsuit ( $89), and a Louis Vuitton purse ($499).
It is not difficult to find NJ Mattress Factory—simply look for a showroom with rows of blanket-less beds. Once there, you will see sewn onto bare mattresses patches with the names Sealy, Serta, Stearns & Foster, Simmons Beautyrest, and Tempur-Pedic, a who’s who of mattress brands the store is authorized to sell. Any questions can be directed to the seasoned staff, whether they are about mattresses or the shop’s bedding accessories, which include Tempur-Pedic pillows and mattress pads that can fend off water, microbes, allergens, and that one nightmare where you are forced to stuff your mattress into an airplane’s overhead compartment.