Brielle Dog Boutique's self-serve dog-wash houses four elevated pup tubs, granting owners kneel-free access to their canine's besotted coat. Strap on a waterproof apron and combine water with liberal squirts of house shampoo to cleanse fur caked in mud and temporary Marmaduke tattoos. After the wash, owners can take advantage of a fluffy selection of clean towels to dry off their pooch's sopping coat.
Though the five partners who make up this olive oil company are vastly different people, each share a common passion: healthy living augmented by authentic, small-batch products. From the business’s initial location in Red Bank, New Jersey, Carter & Cavero has grown to encompass six stores, each of which offers tastings and a unique collection of products from around the world. Extra virgin olive oils include those infused with wild mushroom and sage, meyer lemons, or Tuscan herbs, each a flavorful accoutrement for bread, cooking, or otherwise bland cardboard. Carter & Cavero also stocks a huge variety of gourmet vinegars, foodstuffs, and unique skincare products that make use of gentle herbs and olive oils.
In 1955, Joseph and Margaret Gerard bought a liquor store near Lovelandtown Bridge in Point Pleasant, from which they sold spirits and wine to their community. Members of the same family still operate Gerard's Wine & Spirits today, but they distribute bottles across the country as well as locally. Staff members—all well-versed in the world of wine—curate an inventory of high-quality varietals. For a sampling of wines ranked highly by experts, check out bottles rated at 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator.
The captains at Point Pleasant Parasail know the ins, outs, and ups of parasailing. As a team, they work from a base of more than 25 years of experience soaring above some of the world’s most beautiful locales including the Caribbean and Hawaii. Although the company specializes in parasailing adventures that propel riders 500 feet into the air, it also offers fireworks cruises, banana-boat rides, and dolphin speed-dating events.
At Lapels Dry Cleaning, the owner is always behind the counter, fostering an open relationship with clients. Same-day cleaning allows for speedy turnarounds on suits, and 24-hour drop-off service lets efficiency-minded patrons leave their clothes while sleepwalking. As a service to the planet, Lapels uses a nontoxic dry-cleaning solvent and recycles hangers and plastic garment bags.