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Belmar Welcomes Innovative Makerspace, Beachwear Boutique to its Diverse Business Community

Creativity Lab owner Lauren Stout and her family, along with Belmar Mayor Brian McGovern, cut the ribbon at her makerspace's grand opening. She’s also joined by BBP and borough council members. Credits: Colleen Dillon, top photo
Shop Beaches owners Annmarie and Michael Manna celebrate their grand opening with Belmar Business Partnership trustee Thomas Burke, far left, and Mayor Brian Magovern, as well as friends and family. Credits: Cathy Goetz

BELMAR, NJ — Although two new Belmar businesses are quite different in what they offer, their names exemplify exactly what is bringing patrons through their doors.

Situated in the borough's central shopping district, Creativity Lab at 809 Main Street offers a makerspace for people of all ages to exploring today’s technologies through hands-on learning experiences. And at 1605 Ocean Avenue, Shop Beaches is a boutique featuring beachwear and a wide array of cheery and bright accessories.

Both businesses celebrated their grand openings this weekend on June 22 and June 23, with ribbon-cuttings presented by the Belmar Business Partnership.

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At Creativity Lab, adult and student learners alike engage in a wide range of innovative projects that use robotics, crafting, 3D printing and coding to build authentic skills in science, technology, math, the arts and engineering.

“We’re surrounding by so much technology, but too often we are just consuming it,” said owner Lauren Stout of Belmar, a mother and school teacher. “Our mission is to empower students to create with, not consume, technology.”

For more information, visit its website at, and follow it on Facebook and Instagram at @creativitylabnj.

At Shop Beaches, its shelves are brimming with beach wear and other beach-inspired items — from sandals and sunglasses to bathing suits, beach hats and beach towels.

This is the second retail establishment for Annmarie and Michael Manna who also own Ann Bags Boutique in Bradley Beach. For more information, call 732-608-4381 or visit Shop Beaches’ Facebook page by clicking here.

Helping Belmar Businesses Grow and Prosper

Belmar Business Partnership is the nonprofit group spearheading economic development through private/public partnerships in this flourishing Monmouth County borough.

Created by Belmar to manage its Special Improvement District,  BBP assist  businesses start, promote and improve the various aspects of their operations through a variety of programs.

To learn more about the BBP, contact the group at or 732 894-9022. Information also is available on its website and Facebook page at @BBPNJShore.

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