OCEAN GROVE, NJ — If you need a sprint into spring as the last days of winter trudge along, Serenity by the Sea in Ocean Grove is awash in specialty gifts and handcrafted items that are certain to brighten any day of shopping.

This “little shop of wonders” at 53 Main Avenue boasts displays of colorful offerings that are inspirational, funky, whimsical and zenfull.

The boutique showcases a selection of merchandise that abounds in both creativity and diversity — from handcrafted and fair trade treasures to one-of-a-kind artwork and unique jewelry.

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For shop owner Sarah Taylor Izzo, it’s all about “creating beautiful things”— whether she’s custom designing her own lines of tutus, home textiles, bracelets and so much more.

In fact, she’s widely known for her line of “tutus with attitude,” which are on display at her shop or can be custom ordered. “I have been creating amazing and awesome tutus for over 14 years now, and I still get as excited to start another one,” said Izzo, who last fall moved her shop from Belmar to a bigger and brighter location in the heart of Ocean Grove’s bustling shopping district.

She also stocks the best socks at the Jersey Shore — the warm, soft and colorful tie-dye line of The Bamboo Clothing Company. Made from bamboo, the socks are antibacterial and antimicrobial, and help to cure athlete’s foot and prevent blisters.

And every weekend, Izzo brings nature into her boutique by offering freshly cut flowers — another harbinger of spring in color and aroma.

Through the month of March, Serenity by the Sea continues to participates in  Ocean Grove’s “Take a Walk on Main” winter promotion — as a way to thank its customers.

Serenity by the Sea is among 19 shops and eateries offering loyalty cards that earn patrons special savings from January through March.

Here is how it works: Every qualifying purchase made earns shoppers a sticker on their loyalty card. Once 10 stickers are earned, stop by one of your previously visited merchants and receive a special discount on your next purchase.  Loyalty cards are available at all participating stores and restaurants (see flier).

 “I am so delighted to be part of the Ocean Grove community,” Izzo said. “Everyone has been so welcoming, and this special ‘Take a Walk on Main’ promotion is a way for all of us to express our gratitude to our customers.”

Serenity by the Sea is a beautiful little gem at the Jersey Shore, in the historic town of Ocean Grove. Almost all handcrafted or fair trade items are custom created for a unique shopping experience.

Here is just a sampling of what you’ll find at this delightful shop, where it’s always CBT time (creating beautiful things):

  • Unique Finds for Any Holiday
  • 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.