NEWTON, NJ - “Every time I do a fashion show here in Newton I am amazed at the number of people who turn out to support my store. Newton is an interesting, small town and I have found that if you bring the public something they like, they will come,” said PB&J Stores owner Sara Megletti.
Shoppers most definitely found clothing, handbags, and accessories that they liked, as they were out in full force at the fall fashion show held at PB&J Stores on Spring Street on October 4. Although the event ran from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., guests were invited to come early and stay late, and many did, with approximately 60 reservations and several walk-in customers.
The fall fashion show featured several local businesses that helped to cater to the crowd of fashionistas throughout the evening, including wine served from Vinter’s Circle in Andover by the owner Tara Becker, hors d’oeuvres from Thai Nam Phet, and sweets from the Seven Acre Baker, both from Newton.
“I love the idea that every time I do a show I’m able to partner with quality people in the business community; they are professional, they do a great job, and it brings a wonderful experience to my store,” said Megletti.
The food was devoured quickly, and the wine was flowing all evening. Guests happily mingled with each other, sharing compliments on fashion choices, and even helping each other decide on which pieces to purchase.
Local models of all shapes, sizes, heights, and backgrounds were used to show off a total of twenty awe-inspiring, runway ready looks. The looks ranged from casual to sporty,ready to conquer the boardroom at work, and ready for a night on the town. Some of the designer lines featured during the show were: Tribal, La Diva, Ronen Chen, and Elliot Lauren. The models were given glam makeovers worthy of Heidi Klum, with help from a few beauticians, as well as the owner Judy Keba, from The Perfect 10 Nail and Hair Boutique located on Spring Street.
Also featured during the fashion show was a trunk show with a representative from Lalu scarves, well-known for their beauty and high-quality.
A fun addition to the night and its festivities, and to thank their loyal customers, PB&J Stores gave away five raffle prizes, which included a tote bag filled with a purse organizer and a gift card to the store. The lucky grand prize winner received the aforementioned, but with the special bonus of a $250 gift certificate.
Said Megletti, “I think that we are honored to be in our store now in our second year; we have broadened our offerings and we’re really seeing the results turn the corner in the public’s reception, their communications with us and what they want to see next and their willingness to buy quality; which is contrary to what a lot of people think outside of Newton.”
The models in the show were Joan Policastro, Cheryl Zamora, Cathy Smiley, Judy Biederman, Jennifer Jean Miller, Jessica Caldwell, Julie Simms, Cathy Rosselli, and Paige Ortega. PB&J Stores is located at 219 Spring Street in Newton. They are open seven days a week. For more information, please visit their website at www.pbandjstores.com or “Like” them on Facebook.
Editor's Note: Jennifer Jean Miller referenced in the article as one of the models, is the Managing Editor and CEO of The Alternative Press of Sussex County.