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Waitin’ on a Rainy Day: London, Maddie, Rex and Roxy Explore The Grove at Shrewsbury, New Jersey

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As we headed down to our beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey, for most of the month of August, Rex and the girls and I had a few things on our wish lists, but we figured we would save our shopping for a rainy day. Well, this year the weather gods smiled upon us, and that rainy day never came. We didn’t see a single movie at the theatre in Brick, NJ, and every sunny day meant the errands would have to wait.

Finally, as Labor Day approached, there were a few clouds in the sky and the forecast offered up “scattered showers,” so we jumped into our Chevy Suburban and headed north to The Grove at Shrewsbury. First things first…we were starved, so we enjoyed an outdoor lunch (the showers held off) at Pasta Fresca. Then we shopped till we dropped!

Rex and Maddie are the chefs in our household, so they went wild at Williams-Sonoma: a new small sharp knife set for Maddie and London to share when they help Rex to cut up string beans for dinner and strawberries for breakfast. Maddie found a special cheese grater for their daily dose of Parmesan, and Rex and I were only too happy to encourage them to give up the Kraft “green can.” While Rex was in search of cedar planks for salmon, as well as potholders, they were out of stock so we ended up ordering them online…I guess we didn’t need to wait for a rainy day for that.

We tried to find new tennis outfits for the girls at McLoone’s Running Store, but everything was either too big or too small, so we moved on. Weeks later, Rex and I ended our tennis search at Mason’s in New York City, where we found a really cool tennis dress…London loved it, Maddie didn’t.

London and Maddie had a notion that they needed jeans for their girl band, so we commandeered the dressing rooms at Gap Kids and ended up with two pairs of jeans for each girl and matching BFF (that’s “best friends forever” for you unhip mamas out there) T-shirts for all three current band members.

Having promised Maddie that we would redecorate her bedroom with a monkey theme, we dropped into Pottery Barn to pick up their current kids catalog and placed our order online in time for back-to-school delivery. While we were there, we discovered Pottery Barn’s line of aromatherapy and bought two scents for freshening the air at our beach house.

A little something for everyone included a quick stop at Victoria’s Secret, where I bought a few items but dashed out blushing with embarrassment as London and Maddie ran around the store, holding up a variety of seductive selections for mom.

Our last stop was Brooks Brothers, where Rex and I both did well. Rex got two new blue and white striped shirts for his collection, and I found two “miracle shirts” – the miracle is that they don’t need to be ironed, and I was able to have a wrinkle-free button down shirt right out of the dryer instead of sending it off to the dry cleaner. What’s more, a week later, we got a thoughtful thank you note from our salesperson…now that’s service!

Other stores at The Grove in Shrewsbury include: Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Bebe, Belmondo, Bluemercury, Chelsea, Chico’s, Clarks, Coach, Country Curtains, Eddie Bauer, Glow, J. Crew/crew cuts, J. Jill, J Mclaughlin, M.A.C., Mimi Maternity, Neves Jewelers, Nine West, The Papery, Platypus, Stacy Gemma, Starbucks, and Talbots/Talbots Petites. Coming this Fall: Lucky Brand Jeans and Janie and Jack.

The Grove at Shrewsbury, located one mile south of Red Bank on Route 35.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am to 9pm; Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm

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