from the shops of cape may
600 Park Boulevard, Cape May 609-884-6181 katesflowershop.com
429 Washington Street, Cape May 609-884-1064 lacesilhouetteslingerie.com
MAC Museum Shops
If you are one of the 54% of Americans who buy poinsettias during the holidays, Kate’s got your back. She sells her poinsettias in an eight-inch natural container, wrapped in a beautiful red taffeta ribbon, and you can opt to have yours delivered. If poinsettias aren’t your style, Kate will help you put together the perfect gift, whether it be a single rose for that special someone or a personalized bouquet for mom. Look for “Deal of the Day” on her site.
Lace Silhouettes was founded on the principle that every woman should look and feel great, and they’re keeping their word this holiday season. Eight out of 10 women wear the wrong bra size — talk to a Bra Therapist to make sure you’re not making the same mistake. Buying for someone else? Lace Silhouettes has a Gift-Giving Guide on their website, as well as a Lingerie Glossary for the woefully confused shopper.
Shop at the Carriage House Shop, an old-fashioned Cape May store that features a large selection of books and teas, or the Lighthouse Shop, which has souvenirs from the famous sentinel, like clothing, postcards, and prints. The best part is, whatever you spend will be used to help restore historic Cape May sites such as the Emlen Physick Estate, the Cape May Lighthouse, and the World War II Lookout Tower, all of which are operated by Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities..
Out of the Past
Pat Jackson Jewelers
Original Fudge Kitchen
414 Bank Street, Cape May 609-884-0323
513 Washington Street, Cape May 609-884-2834 fudgekitchens.com
394 Myrtle Ave, Cape May 609-884-3357 outofthepastantiques.com
Nonpareils don red and green sprinkles in place of the usual white ones, Christmas mints are dipped in chocolate and given Santa faces, afterdinner mints and soufflés add a great touch to any holiday dinner party, and the famous homemade Christmas Straws are back in stock. If you can’t make it to The Original Fudge Kitchen this holiday, have your order sent to you by mail.
Look to your right, and spot a doll house your grandmother may have owned as a child. Look to your left, and find a teapot that her mother might have used. Jeanne Hermann, the owner, collects all the antiques herself; if you’re looking for something specific, just tell her and she’ll scour the country for it. Insider tip: if you mention their website at the counter, you’ll receive a 10% discount.
While they specialize in custom wedding bands, you don’t need to be saying “I do” anytime soon to shop here. Exotic south sea pearls in colors such as chocolate, gold, and black, are paired with complementary gemstones. Also, check out their Ultimate Cape May charm bracelet. All sea life charms have been molded from shells found on Cape May beaches, and there’s even a charm resembling an Exit 0 mile marker.
Mary Ann’s Jewelry
511 Washington Street, Cape May 609-898-8786 Before she was interested in graphic design, Mary Ann Perrini worked as a research assistant at Yale University’s Medical School. She has now combined her love of art and her love of healing into her store, Mary Ann’s Jewelers, which sells healing stone jewelry made mainly out of crystals and other semiprecious stones. Invest in a 16” Smoky Quartz Necklace this holiday, which will absorb the electromagnetic smog from your new I-phone. No, really!
Patricia Rainey Studios
1352 Emerson Avenue, North Cape May 609-886-4863 patriciaraineystudios.com In her Winter Series, painter Patricia Rainey features many of Cape May’s historic buildings in snowy settings. For anyone who’s ever seen this charming city in the winter, you know that this will make an excellent addition to your home. “Congress Hall at the Holidays”, “Cape May Light in Winter” and “The Merion Inn at Christmas” are just a few in the series that are available in note cards, prints, and mouse pads.
Everything you need to know about the holiday season in Cool Cape May.