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.
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.
Chevys serves up Mexican fare in Texas-size portions, with salsa and tortillas made from scratch daily. Begin by ordering a bowl of guacamole to witness a server capture, skin, and gut a live avocado right at your table before hand-mashing it into fresh guacamole. From there, let your taste buds tango across tender tamales wrapped by hand each morning, or play mad scientist and suture together an electrified monster plate from enchiladas, tacos, grilled chili rellenos, tamales, and chimichangas ($10.29 for any two, $11.99 for any three, $12.99 for any four). Seafarers, meanwhile, will want to try the grilled fish tacos—a mélange of grilled fish, chipotle aioli, lettuce, and pico de gallo, warmly embraced by the floury flaps of El Machino tortillas and topped with a sprinkling of crumbled cotija cheese ($10.99). To keep the hot peppers and piquant salsas from singing the sinuses, douse your mouth-flames periodically with drinks such as the Kraken fruit punch, black spiced rum coupled with spicy mango and orange juice ($8.75), or the Blue Agave margarita, a mixture of El Mayor Reposado tequila and blue Curacao ($6.75 regular, $11.50 grande).
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.
Colorful dots line the lime-green walls at re Juice a Nation, but though they bear a resemblance, they're not the candy kind. Customers find healthful sweet treats here, in the form of fruit smoothies boosted with nutrition and sports supplements, which eliminate the need to mash fruit into Gatorade. As more than just a juice and smoothie bar, the eatery satisfies savory cravings by simmering 100 varieties of Hale and Hearty soup, always fresh and never frozen, and also offers combo deals where guests can add a soup or pressed sandwich to their order.
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.