OCEAN GROVE, NJ — To prepare for the busy holiday season ahead, take some time for yourself this weekend with a visit to Serenity by the Sea, which will feature a variety of “zen-ful” offerings.

Professional crafter Deb Hathaway Hunter will offer an English paper piecing session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 16. By using simple paper templates, Hathaway will demonstrate this classic quilt design and hand-sewing technique. Hexagon templates, needle, thread and scissors are provided for all participants to create their own artful pieces.

Cost is $35 for participants who bring their own fabric, or $40 with fabric provided. Class size is limited. Call 973-699-1760 to reserve a space.

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Readings will be given by intuitive psychic medium Melissa Ann on Saturday, November 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. Her goal in these sessions is to “bring forth guidance and information with compassion, care, abundant love, coffee and definitely a sense of humor.” In creating a safe and positive space in the readings, “You choose the direction of your session. You will acquire tools to help you live your best life,” she explained.

Cost for a 15-minute reading is $25. To reserve a space, call 973-699-1760.

Carly Surmonte of Car Chet Healing will combine energy and education with artistic creation during her Mindful Mandala Workshop on Sunday, November 17 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Participants will create their own mandala watercolor art, characterized as an “awesome self-care escape” by Surmonte, a reiki master/teacher who holds a master’s degree in holistic health studies.

The cost is $25 per person or $40 for two, and includes all materials to create the frameable art. Call 973-699-1760 to sign up.

The programs are part of Serenity by the Sea’s ‘It’s All Within the Zen” series, which features a variety of artistic and holistic offerings during November. For more information on upcoming programs and workshops, visit its Facebook page.


A Little Shop of Wonders: Celebrating One Year in Ocean Grove … with a Special Gift

Serenity by the Sea owner Sarah Taylor Izzo is marking her specialty boutique’s one-year anniversary in Ocean Grove by giving back. Through Thanksgiving, November 28, she is donating 14 percent of her sales to Mary’s Place by the Sea, a respite home for women with cancer also located in Ocean Grove.

“Can’t think of a better way to celebrate one year in my amazing and magical place of love,” she said.  “So stop on in, get a bit of holiday shopping done and also know that some of your gift giving will benefit an amazing organization.”

At Serenity by the Sea, it’s always about creating beautiful things and introducing specialty items that includes handcrafted and fair trade treasures, one-of-a-kind artwork, eco-friendly merchandise, and personal care items that relieve stress and promote relaxation, including CBD oils and creams.

What’s more, shop owner Sarah Taylor Izzo is known for her custom-designed lines of hotholders and other home textiles, tutus for children and pets, bracelets and affirmation art.

In fact, Izzo’s keen eye for items that are “deliciously delightful and zenful” makes a visit to Serenity by the Sea a different experience every time.

For example, she recently introduced an expansive line of her “Just Charming” line of DIY jewelry, which includes hundreds of different styles and shapes of charms that can be used to create keychains, necklaces and bracelets.

Serenity by the Sea also showcases featured vendors on a regular basis, including NJ Hair Fairy Kate Bresso who does her magic with Luna Locks sparkling hair extensions. Watch for details on her next visit.

To complement the shop’s ever-changing mix of merriment, there is a selection of blooms of the season beginning every weekend on Fresh Flower Friday.

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
  • Bamboo Fabric Clothing and Other Eco-Friendly Items
  • Custom-Designed Hotholders and Potholders
  • Bracelets, Beads, Baubles
  • Crystals, Charms and Trinkets
  • CBD Oils and Creams for People and Pets by Brady’s Botanicals
  • One-of-a-Kind Tutus for All Ages … and Pets Too.
  • Gems from the Sea
  • Scented Soy Candles, Luxury Spa Items and Soaps
  • 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. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and closed on Thursday. For more information or to confirm hours, visit its Facebook page, or call 973-699-1760.

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