In case you've actually never heard of Montclair, New Jersey I'll just begin by mentioning that it was one of the settings for the HBO show, The Sopranos! There are a lot of local shops, streets and businesses that were featured on the show. In fact...I have a girlfriend, Leah, whose nearby home was used as Silvios house and her next door neighbors house was Tonys house. Yes..The Tony Soprano!! I've 'stood in the Tony driveway" numerous times ! It's also located in the beautiful Watchung mountains.
Montclair is also well known for it's many Antique Shops and fun shopping (we'll get to that in a bit !)
Now that we've gotten THAT out of the way...it is also a sort of mid-way point for my friends Bonnie, Lisa and Joan to meet up for a girlfriend lunch...we each had to travel about an hour from completely different directions.
We picked the well known retro 50's restaurant Raymond's for lunch
(Joan upper L, Bonnie lower L, Lisa lower R)
Makes one dream of alcohol inks & glass, doesn't it !!
the temps hit almost 90 today (and FINALLY no rain) so lots of folks were eating outside
First stop Madeline Accessories, a jewelry shop that had bargain jewelry...which we, as designers, don't see as jewelry to wear but for it's many 'parts' ! The bits and bobs as they say!! Stuff to take apart !
I think we tore through the store !! Three or this, four of that...whatever ! And, more on Lisa in a bit....
Next up our friend Nancy Laboz' (R) shop
A Gift, packaging and correspondence shop.
you'll love her website...so click on it above.
here's a brief tour
Getting back to Lisa Kettell for a minute...
Lisa is a well known artist, blogger, author , and designer of wonderful, unusual jewelry
Her NEWEST, sports cuffs, are all the rage
and the bling part is an option..you can wear it or not..it's easily removable.
so..if you have a favorite team or want something completely unique...give Lisa a shout out. She's on FaceBook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram and email
You'll find her !
speaking of unusual...