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A Fun Way To Support Local Businesses

smallOne of my friends loves to buy things she thinks are interesting at various markets or shops with no one in mind, but so that she can gift them to someone one day… when the right person matches the right gift. She feels no buyer’s remorse guilt—and, she also can choose something at the last minute for a houseawarming or dinner party that’s always cool and unique.

I was thinking about this a few months ago when I stopped by JC Made and saw this amazing shirt in the window that I was gifted the week before (and coincidentally, as I wasn’t planning on stopping there, almost wore it that very day), and yet again when I dropped by Pig & Pepper on my way home, because I interviewed the owner for the Jersey City Independent and wanted to explore their inventory.

Even though I couldn’t afford to shop at the time, I love the store and bought an inexpensive gift and card for a friend…any good friend. I’m going to wait until there’s an occasion…her birthday or job promotion or whatever (my gift is a girly gift), however, it is unique, she will not be able to find it anywhere else, and for those reasons it will be uniquely perfect.

How many times have you showed up at a friend’s house with a bottle of wine or a dessert or a trinket you picked up last-minute? And how unoriginal does that feel? No judgment. It’s happens to the best of us.

Ladies and gents, here is where you have your anytime shopping excuse. And here is when you SHOP LOCAL, in Jersey City, or course. We have hundreds of quite fantabulous local businesses with unique finds and even if the item references JC doesn’t mean you can’t buy it for someone who lives elsewhere. Our city is the best, spread the love, and represent us and or stores with a token that they will never forget because it’s from where you’re from…they will never forget you.

But I digress. The authenticity does not have to say anything about JC, but you, as a citizen here, do. You will do no wrong buying locally because everyone wins. The shops profit, you don’t have to feel guilty for spending money on things that are cool but that you may not normally buy, and your friends will think you’re the most rad, cutting-edge person, ever.

Ironically, while you can’t get the perfect thing for a person all of the time, when you have an aresenal, you realize you have the perfect thing. (Or you see the perfect thing but it’s not the right time…no occasion, but you buy and save it for the future.)


Shop local,

Republic of Pigtails

Republic of PigtailsBehold showstopping hair accessories from Republic of Pigtails!

Cute, flirty, & fun hair accessories for women and children of all ages are infiltrating the streets of Jersey City.

Female entrepreneur Rika Gunawan and her company Republic of Pigtails  is a presence at local Jersey City arts, music and craft fairs including the recent 6th Borough Market as well as All About Downtown JC. She’s even had a trunk show at Warren Tricomi in NYC’s Plaza Hotel just a few weeks ago!

All of Rita’s bows, clips, ties, headbands, fascinators, and other hairpieces are named after her friends and family and are priced from $8-75. Check out my amazing Kristen fascinator.


Prepare to be unique! RoP’s inventory is constantly changing and all items are made in very limited quantities.

Even better: All Jersey City Gal readers will 10% OFF their orders using coupon code: JCGal10 

Order here.

Catch RoP in pop-up shops this season below:

*Sun, Oct 26 from 12:30-3:00pm: The Historic Paulus Hook Association Annual Children’s Costume Parade & Pet Costume Parade 

*Nov 6Nov 20Dec 5 & Dec 19: Republic of Pigtails Trunk Show at Warren Tricomi at The Plaza Hotel in NYC

*Dec 6th and 7th: Project Market in Jersey City

Accessorize your life,

Thursday 11/14/13: Glitz & Glam at Aspasia’s Boutique


Toast to the holiday season with a shopping party at Aspasia’s Boutique tomorrow night. While sipping on cocktails, pick up something sparkly for yourself and your loves.

Some of the many exciting things happening at the event:

– Knight&Hammer: 10% off with your purchase of 2 or more pieces of jewelry 
– Buddha Bombshell: 20% off your purchase or custom boot order. 
– Aspasia’s Boutique: 10% off store, excluding Knight&Hammer and Buddha Bombshell

? First 50 guests will snap up a complimentary gift bag packed with goods from Hollywood Fashion Tape, Serenity Day Spa, European Wax Center, Isagenix®, and Tocca. 

? Makeup Artist Kathleen Brown will be providing complimentary makeovers to guests after 6pm

? DJ Pastiche will be spinning

? Sweet Jumbles will be serving sweet treats

? Chances to win jewelry and other goodies

It all starts at 5pm. FB invite here.

(I wish I could be here, but I have Superbowl Committee orientation, blah):

Buy, beautify, imbibe beats and otherwise,

Back to School!


After selling most of my stuff at the Riverview Fisk Flea Market two weeks ago, I felt justified to buy new things.

Even though it’s been a while since I’ve gone “back to school,” this time of year is a great time to revamp your life and begin a new chapter.

New season, new things. Right? I rarely buy for myself, but it is just high time that I do. My sneakers are failing me. My clothing is getting thready. My iPod and phone are both glitchy. My jewelry just bores me. And I really, really want a bike.

I began my new (frugal) shopping spree with a corduroy bomber jacket, two skirts and a new sketchbook/journal. The hair-bows are from the 6th Borough Market.


I then bought some things (T-shirts, candle, soaps, lip balm, wristlets and baby headband) at the All About Downtown Street Fair. Most of these are gifts.


 The JC GAL bracelet is obvi not going to be gifted.

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