Best of NJ 2014: For the Home

Whether choosing the perfect accent piece for your living room, or searching for a safe and clean place to leave Fido for the weekend, these Best Of winners will make you feel right at home.

Glen Rock-based Shades of Soho specializes in original handcrafted products, from table lamps to chandeliers.
Michael S. Barr

Home Furnishings
A blend of classic and modern, Red Ginger Home, located in downtown Red Bank, has unique items for every room of the house. Owners Rob Amend and Michael Yavorsky pride themselves on globally inspired pieces, from a mid-century dining table to a one-of-a-kind wall sculpture. Interior design services also available. (48 Broad Street; 732-345-1000)

REGIONAL WINNERS: The Farmhouse, Westfield; Oskar Huber, Ship Bottom

Antique Center of Red Bank has more than 100 dealers in two enormous buildings in Red Bank’s Historic District. There’s something for anyone on the hunt: furniture, silver, jewelry, accessories, linens and more. Specialty services such as watch repair and furniture restoration are also offered. (195 West Front Street; 732-842-3393)

REGIONAL WINNERS: Point Pleasant Antique Emporium; Montclair Antique Center

Glen Rock-based Shades of Soho specializes in original handcrafted products, from table lamps to chandeliers. You’ll find handmade shades and unique finishes such as cosmic teal, cinnamon red and Soho pink. Services include repairs and restorations. (175 Rock Road; 201-857-2266)

REGIONAL WINNERS: Capitol Lighting, multiple locations; Good Friend Electric, Toms River

Chef Central in the Paramus Towne Mall satisfies cooks from novice to gourmet. With top brands, a large commercial kitchen and Culinary Institute of America-trained instructors, there is always something new to see and learn. (Route 17 North; 201-576-0100)

REGIONAL WINNERS: Love the Cook, Cape May; Kitchen Kapers, Princeton

More than just a flower shop, Reynolds Floral Market is an experience. In addition to the beautiful fresh flowers, this family-owned shop in Manahawkin has unique gift items, including clothing, fragrances and accessories. Seasonal events and frequent sales keep regulars happy. (201 East Bay Avenue; 609-597-6099)

REGIONAL WINNERS: Perry’s Florist, Glen Rock; Sickles Market, Little Silver; Especially for You, Monroe

Garden Center
Reynolds Garden Shop in Manahawkin has grown to include a nursery and garden center with a full-service landscaping business. New items arrive daily, including specialty plants, flowering baskets, birdbaths and birdhouses.

REGIONAL WINNERS: Metropolitan Plant & Flower Exchange, Paramus; Sickles Market, Little Silver; Dearborn Market, Holmdel

Pet Boutique
Lucky’s Bed & Biscuit in Manahawkin puts a posh spin on pet essentials. The boutique sells the basic —food, treats, toys and clothes—with an emphasis on organic products. The boarding facility accommodates dogs and cats. VIP suites feature cameras so pet owners can live stream from vacationland. (508 East Bay Avenue; 609-597-9009)

REGIONAL WINNERS: Cherrybrook, Garwood; Bark Avenue, Red Bank; Paw Palace, Little Silver

Pet Service
K9 Resorts, with five Jersey locations, offers premium overnight pet accommodations. Dogs can lounge in a cage-free luxury suite while watching their favorite shows on Animal Planet. Special services include all-day group play and private outdoor walks. Traditional caged boarding is also available. Each staff member is trained and certified to make your four-legged friend’s stay worry free.

REGIONAL WINNERS: Urban Dawgs, Red Bank; Lucky’s Bed & Biscuit, Manahawkin

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