OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Serenity by the Sea owner Sarah Taylor Izzo has something to say — words of inspiration that she has crafted into a unique collection of framed art.

These statement pieces of affirmation art are on display at her Ocean Grove boutique, located at 53 Main Avenue. Cutting out single letters from printed materials, she has arranged them into words and phrases to inspire, motivate … or just to brighten someone’s day.

“I’ve been surrounding myself with positive affirmations and wanted to share with others the same – in a fun and funky way,” said Izzo. “I saw the stack of papers for recycling, mat board and thought how much fun this could be.”

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And her whimiscal and witty creations do not disappoint. As one piece exclaims, “Please don’t feed the fears,” while another simply says, “Let it be.” And for Izzo, she’s “Grooving in the Grove” — and has designed a piece stating just that.

Have a special request for a phrase or thought? Place your custom order on your next visit to the specialty boutique or call 973- 699-1760.

Serenity by the Sea is a colorful mecca of specialty merchandise that ranges from handcrafted and fair trade treasures to one-of-a-kind artwork and unique jewelry. It also features this spring season’s hand-dyed apparel from Paul McGovern of The Bamboo Clothing Co. His limited immersion process means each piece is hand dyed using as little dye as possible, up to 80 percent less than typical dye processes, to create his contemporary and unique designs.

For Izzo, it’s all about “creating beautiful things”— whether she’s custom designing her own lines of framed art, tutus, home textiles, bracelets and so much more. And every weekend, there is a selection of freshly cut flowers arranged among the shop's many displays.

Her desire to offer a wide variety of “deliciously delightful and zenful” specialty gift items is a major reason why she moved her boutique from Belmar last fall to the heart of historic Ocean Grove’s bustling shopping district, where she can offer a unique shopping experience in a bigger and brighter location.

Here is just a sampling of what you’ll find at this beautiful little gem at the Jersey Shore.

  • Unique Finds for Any Holiday or Special Occasion
  • Treasures from Around the World
  • Custom-Designed Hotholders and Potholders
  • Bracelets, Beads and Baubles
  • One-of-a-Kind Tutus for All Ages … and Pets Too.
  • Gems from the Sea
  • Scented Soy Candles, Luxury Spa Items and Soaps
  • Clothing and Accessories
  • Yoga-Inspired Items
  • Handcrafted Home Décor and Wall Art
  • Hostess Gifts and Custom Gift Baskets

Serenity by the Sea is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to confirm hours, visit its Facebook page, or call 973-699-1760.

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