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Guide To The Shore: Shopping

May 26, 2011 6:00 PM

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Looking to fit in a little shopping? There are plenty of choices at the Jersey Shore—from luxury shops, to premium outlets, to distinctive boutiques. Whether you’re planning on spending the whole day shopping, looking for something to do on an overcast day, or just hoping to pick up a few souvenirs, these stores, shops and outlets have something for everyone. -Veronica Dudo

The Pier Shops at Caesars

The Pier Shops is a three-story-high shopping and entertainment mecca that stretches out on a 900 foot pier over the Atlantic Ocean. It’s connected to Caesars by a sky bridge, but is also accessible from the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

The Pier’s many diverse stores offer something to suit every shopping style, personality and budget, from specialty shops like candy emporium IT’SUGAR, to an Apple store, a Brookstone, a Tommy Bahama, a Victoria’s Secret and a MAC Cosmetics store. Additionally, The Pier is home to dozens of famous designer labels including: A|X Armani Exchange, Baccarat, Max Azria, Burberry, Cole Haan, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Movado and Tiffany & Co.

Another unique feature at The Pier is the water show, which combines light, water and sound for an amazing production. Performances are every hour on the hour, beginning at noon.

Shoppers can also take a break from browsing by taking a seat in an Adirondack chair in the “sand” and looking out at the beach, boardwalk and ocean—you might even catch a spectacular sunset!

Finally, The Pier has a dynamic mix of eateries on the third level along restaurant row, including Stephen Starr’s Buddakan and Continental.

The Pier’s retail hours are Monday thru Friday 11AM-9PM, Saturday 10AM-9PM and Sunday 10AM-6PM; restaurants maintain longer hours.

For more information, visit www.thepiershopsatcaesars.com or call 609-345-3100.

The Washington Street Mall

Whether you’re looking for a unique find or a kitschy souvenir, The Washington Street Mall in historic Cape May has enough shops to appease young, first-time visitors as well as those who have been coming back for years. With brick walkways and Victorian-style lighting, landscaping and water fountains, this pedestrian mall was constructed in 1972 as a three-block concourse, and in 1976, it—along with the entire city of Cape May–was declared a National Historic Landmark. Today, the retail destination has become a tourist attraction for people from around the world.

The Washington Street Mall is comprised of small, independent shops, many of which are multi-generational, family-owned. Merchants can still be seen sweeping the sidewalks in front of their shops, and several stores date back to the 1800s. Merchandise includes women’s, men’s and children’s apparel; art galleries; jewelry stores; toy stores; ice cream parlors; sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Some retailers are: Shades of Cape May, Shoe Rack, Lynn Arden’s Children Shoppe, Cape May Art Gallery, Whale’s Tale, Andrew’s Limited, The Toy Shop of Cape May and Zoo Company.

There are three blocks that make up the promenade: the 300, 400 and 500 block. Store hours vary, and there are parking lots available for shoppers to leave their vehicles in.

For more information visit: www.washingtonstreetmall.com

The Quarter at the Tropicana

The Quarter is located inside the Tropicana Casino. With more than 20 shops, this three-story shopping and entertainment indoor facility emulates the vibrant, “Old World” streetscape of 1940s Havana.

In addition to its charming theme, the shopping destination has a variety of options for visitors, including Cache, a boutique featuring fashions and stylish accessories; Chico’s, a specialty clothing retail company; Erwin Pearl, a fine and custom-crafted jewelry store; White House/Black Market, a store featuring clothing, shoes, jewelry and other accessories that are “black and white;” and Swarovski, offering high quality crystal jewelry, art, home décor and giftware. Godiva, A Time For Wine, Jake’s Dog House and Accents are also located inside The Quarter. Store hours vary.

For more information visit: www.tropicana.net/Atlantic-City-shopping/index.htm

Atlantic City Outlets—The Walk

Packed with options for people of all ages, The Walk is an expansive premium outlets destination located in the heart of the Atlantic City. Shoppers can indulge in designer labels at affordable prices, or snatch up super deals. It’s possible to spend hours—maybe even days!—checking out all of the stores at this retail location.

Open year-round, The Walk features everything from apparel and accessories to home decor and jewelry. Visitors can get the perfect outfit for a night out on the town, pick up some trendy accessories, grab a gift, purchase decorative home accents, find cutting-edge electronics, or even buy some beautiful art.

The Walk has over 100 outlet shops covering more than six blocks. Some of the stores include BCBG MAX AZRIA Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Converse Outlet, Jockey, Kenneth Cole Outlet Store, Lacoste, Timberland Outlet, Nine West Outlet and the NIKE Factory Store.

Need some fuel after a full day of shopping? This premium outlets mecca is also home to Starbucks, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Applebee’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, The Melting Pot, Ruby Tuesday, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and even a nightclub, the 40/40 Club. The majority of stores are open Monday thru Saturday from 10AM to 8PM, and Sunday from 10AM to 6PM; however, some stores’ hours vary.

For more information visit: www.acoutlets.com

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