(Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from the letter the Belmar Business Partnership received from Belmar resident Penny Leonard, who recounted her Belmar Sidewalk Sale experience on August 25.)
To the Editor:
In case you wonder how shoppers approach the Sidewalk Sale, I can tell you that my husband and I embraced its spirit by going into as many participating stores as possible and learning about what each one offers.
We started at Taylor Hardware, where we bought a Belmar sweatshirt. Taylor's is our favorite store anyway, and our other recent purchases included smoke detectors, beach umbrellas and home-repair items.
We went into A Peaceful Home, where we learned about its beautiful accessories and quality custom furniture that is made in the USA.
We bought doughnuts at Main Street Donuts. They were almost too pretty to eat, but so delicious we couldn't resist! I plan to buy them for a centerpiece whenever we have company.
We went into Beach Haus Brewery and found out that we can go there and order in food as we enjoy their distinctive craft beers.
We discovered that Belmar has two high-end thrift shops that benefit charities. At Center Square Thrift Shop we purchased a framed print, but other shoppers were focusing on clothes. At Selective Seconds I bought a jade-like necklace; however, we marveled at the furniture. There are many excellent buys at both of these stores.
We lunched on pizza and soda at Don's Pizza King, where we were helped by a friendly waitress.At Beckman's Deli we bought lottery tickets.
At Ward Wight Sothebys International Realty we met Danielle M O'Shea, a very enthusiastic Realtor, who supplied us with many pages of house and condo listings J —- perfect for friends who ask about what's for sale in Belmar.
The most fascinating place was Nostalgic Nonsense Vintage Clothing, which is loaded with clothes that are perfect for Halloween, staged productions or just having a fun time. I was surprised to find that most of the clothes are actually new J — and there are many current styles included.
At Lofidelic Records, we saw hundreds and hundreds of collectible records that made us wish that we still had a phonograph. Only later did I think of the covers as interesting decorative objects.
We entered the specialized world of the Pro Skateboard Shop, which was incredible to see; its vast selection is certain to attract skateboard enthusiasts from far and wide. (We, however, are well past skateboarding age.)
We stopped at the Paperback Exchange, which my husband checks regularly anyway. He always gets welcomed there.
We skipped the Go Play! Retro Arcade, but we plan to take our grandchildren there.
We turned our tickets in at the Sweet Tease Tea Room, which is a charming Downton Abbey style step back in time J — perfect for meeting with friends.
We missed: Nourished by Nature, Supersavers Market and Steak Stand (which we've heard is great), but we will get to them another time.
As it was last year, the Sidewalk Sale was a fun experience, and we look forward to frequenting many of the featured shops on a regular basis. Although we are only seasonal residents of Belmar, we've had our condo here since 2001, and we plan to eventually retire here.
Belmar is a great place. Thanks to all of the members of the Belmar Business Partnership for keeping it that way!
Penny Leonard, Ocean Avenue, Belmar