NEWTON, NJ - “I’m looking forward to all of the new spring fashions, casual and fancy,” said Courtney James, a regular customer at PB&J Stores, who came to watch the show. “When the outfit feels good, I feel good in it."
The PB&J Stores spring fashion show took place on Thursday, May 2, and was a fun filled event with food, wine, giveaways, and fashion. Doors opened at 6 p.m. for customers to shop and socialize. They could also taste a variety of wines brought by Tara Becker from Vinter’s Circle, located at 227 Newton Sparta Road in Andover, or nibble on cookies and cupcakes provided by Jennifer Daley from Romancing Desserts.
The show itself began at 7 p.m. and followed the theme of “Color Magic," with bright and bold colors often being shown on the runway. Looking like they were coming off of a runway in Paris, thanks in part to their hair and makeup done by The Perfect 10 Nail and Hair Boutique, located at 203 Spring Street in Newton, ten models strutted their stuff to an intimate audience of approximately 35 attendees.
From casual and beach ready to fun, flirty and ready for salsa dancing, there was an abundance of looks that had something for everyone. Among the designers displayed in the show were: Tribal Sportswear, Elana Kattan, Hail3y:23, Nally & Millie, UBU, Lulu-B, NYDJ, Elliot Lauren, Lisette, and Buxton Handbags.
“Every time we do a fashion show not only do we have good sales for the night, we gain a significant number of new customers often from different areas outside of Newton,” said Sara Megletti, co-owner of PB&J Stores with her husband Jim. “ We think it’s important these days to have fashion shows or store events because people enjoy shopping as a form of entertainment, so PB&J tries hard to put together something worthy of people’s time, always in a great environment surrounded by friendly people, good food, good wine and with partners that we enjoy working with. The models have the best time because we do their hair and makeup. I think everybody wins.”
Old and new faces attended the show, and a possible future celebrity.
“I’m a former businesswoman, so I love supporting women in business,” said mother of five and current "New Jersey Outstanding Mother" Rita-Ann McCullough-Schmick. “I’m looking for something unique to compete for 'America’s Outstanding Mom in July.'"
Community and customer support was prevalent during the evening, not only for the boutique, but also for local non-profit organization Sussex County Women’s Forum. Throughout the night, raffle tickets were sold for three prizes of $50 Gift Certificates to the store. All proceeds made from it will be donated to the Sussex County Women’s Forum, which provides assistance to women and their families who have been affected by breast and ovarian cancer. At the end of the evening the store had collected almost $100 for the organization.
Megletti said, "This was PB&J’s sixth fashion show since 2009 and they just keep getting better all of the time.”
The models in the show were Patricia Noonan, Beverly Kinney, Linda Freeman, Chrissy Prumatico, Catherine Moore, Eileen Kithcart, Pat Stevenson, Wanda Marotta, Terri Trapp, and Lainie Oleske. The winners of the three $50 Gift Certificates were Eileen Kithcart, Fran Kasturas, and Mary Jane Westra.
PB&J Stores is located at 219 Spring Street in Newton. They are open seven days a week. For more information, visit the store's Facebook Page.
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