Every year it gets harder and harder to find the perfect gift for friends and family. Whether you’re on a budget, having a hard time catering to different tastes, or in a time crunch — the perfect gift can be found right here in Downtown Newark. Here is a list of local stores that are sure to have exactly what you need. Find a present that is sure to be the favorite of 2017 in Downtown Newark.
For The Fashion Forward
Off The Hanger is a luxury fashion and décor studio located in the heart of Downtown Newark. Shoppers can find everything from wardrobe essentials that set the tone for any occasion to home decor and more. Off the Hanger provides alterations, made to measure service, and even a bar and lounge that provides complimentary adult beverages, espresso, coffee, cappuccino, and cold drinks. Located at 12 Linden St. Call Off The Hanger at (973) 842-4455.
Ane is a luxury mens and unisex fashion clothing brand for sale at Off The Hanger. With a selection of pants, shoes, jacks and blazers, and accessories, shoppers will have no problem finding something great for even the most tough-to-shop for person. Located at 12 Linden St. Call Ane at (973) 842-4455.
For The Foodies
Keep those on your list well fed by visiting Redd’s Biergarten. Sit down with some friends, or get a gift card. Redd’s is known for its traditional German beer garden, which has a distinctive urban flare. With multiple bars, flat screen televisions, and long communal tables, patrons can dine on traditional German food, or stick with a burger, fries or salad. Located at 220 Market St. Call Redd’s Biergarten at (973) 877-6600.
Take a break from shopping at Burger Walla, which blends American staples with the strong cultural cues of Indian cuisine. Burger Walla’s menu includes lamb, beef, chicken, shrimp, and veggie burgers among other items as well, and tasty drinks, such as Lassi, a yogurt shake with fresh fruit flavors. Try some samosas or sweet Parathas as well. Located at 47 Halsey St. Call Burger Walla at (862) 259-2552.
For something different, head over to Ono Grinds, which brings island flavors and Hawaiian traditions to Newark. Ono Grinds serves up a fresh twist on the Hawaiian tradition of Fresh Poke, along with tasty superfood acai and pitaya bowls, smoothies, and more. For a great meal, create a bowl by choosing rice or noodles, a protein such as tuna, salmon or tofu, and then add one of several sauces, including Sriracha aioli, or citrus ponzu, and top it off with something fresh and crunchy, such as cucumber or edamame. Located at 1227 Raymond Blvd. Call Ono Grinds at (973) 982-7653.
For The Techies
For that techie, or student, on your list, stop by Kite + Key, The Rutgers tech store. Kite + Key offers the latest tech gear, including computer and tablets, iPods, cameras, cords and much more. With GoPros and TV home theater tech, Kite + Key is the one-stop shop for almost everyone. With the Apple Education Pricing, students, faculty, staff or alumni of Rutgers receive special pricing. It also passes along all student discounts provided by distributors, so no one gets left out. Located at 625 Broad St. Call Kite + Key at (848) 445-1201.
For The Health Conscious
Downtown Newark also has no shortage of shops for the health conscious. Start off with a membership to the very first Planet Fitness in Newark. The state-of-art fitness center offers a feel-good experience by providing a clean, open space to work out in, enthusiastic and respectful staff, and a renowned “Judgement Free Zone”. Join now for some great introductory deals. Located at 520 Broad Street across the street from Washington Park. Call Planet Fitness at (973)273-4433.
For those who want to “feed the machine” with good, wholesome food, Whole Foods also calls Downtown Newark home. Unique gifts may include cheese plates, a dish made from a special recipe, or gift cards. For the creative, make a homemade food basket using the highest quality products around. Located at 633 Broad St. Parking can be found on New Street. Free validated parking with a $10 purchase.
For The Art-Lovers
Downtown Newark has long been a focal point for the arts. At the Artisan Collective, shoppers get to reap the fruits of a partnership between three artists and a wine lover. The store features unique specialty crafts and works of art, including jewelry, handbags, wall art, sculptures and more. It also offers wine tastings and social events. Stop buy for Wine Tasting Wednesdays, from 9 to 10 p.m. and join the Sipper’s Delight Wine Tasting Social Club. Located at 25 Halsey St. Call Artisan Collective at (973) 565-0238.
GlassRoots offers recreational glass blowing programs so that everyone can experience the thrill of glassmaking. Classes in glassblowing run regularly, and would make a great gift for anyone, regardless of how “artistic” they make think they are. Learn how to create glass art, sculptures and household objects, or purchase something from the store and give it as a gift this holiday season. The mission of GlassRoots is to ignite and build the creative and economic vitality of greater Newark. Since it opened, GlassRoots has engaged area youth, working with them to develop teamwork and creative problem-solving skills. Oh, it also teaches them how to safely work with 2,200-degree fire and molten glass. Located at 10 Bleeker St. Call GlassRoots at (973) 353-9555.
For more information on everything Downtown Newark offers, visit www.downtownnewark.com.