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Winter has hit the Jersey shore with our first winter snow and freezing cold weather. So, let me ask you, what warms you up from the cold better than hot chocolate or a steaming hot cup of coffee? And, what better place to get your coffee than your local Starbucks? There is a Starbucks conveniently located in the Brook Plaza on Route 35 in Sea Girt. One of the great things about this particular Starbucks, is that it is located in a great shopping plaza with the Gap, William Sonoma, Bellew Jewelers, and many other fine stores. You can do your holiday shopping and then pop in for your favorite Starbucks beverage.

Aside from having all of your favorite coffees, teas, and hot chocolate, during the holiday season they also provide some delectable holiday specials. They offer a Caramel Brulee Latte, a minty Peppermint Mocha, a Gingerbread Latte, and a traditional Eggnog Latte.

If you have never had a Hot Chocolate from Starbucks, you are really missing out on something. Their website describes it as “luxurious hot chocolate for the sophisticated palate.” I’m not quite sure what that means, but the way I describe it is AWESOME!! There’s nothing better to warm your insides.

If you are looking for a snack, Starbucks has some scrumptious holiday treats. For the holidays, they have a Cranberry Bliss Bar, Frosted Snowman Cookie, and my personal favorite, the Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop. Of course, they still have all their famous cakes and cookies.
Everyone has been in a Starbucks at one time or another, but I find it best on a chilly winter day. So, take care of your holiday shopping, and then warm your insides with a hot drink and tasty treat at the Sea Girt Starbucks. One stop at the Brook Plaza, and you can accomplish it all!

Imagine…You’re sitting by the fire, warm and toasty, opening up boxes of presents. Happiness abounds as your family opens the final box from you. What’s inside? A set of papers. But, not just any set of papers. This particular set of papers happens to be a contract for a home at the Jersey Shore.

Does it seem like it’s just a blissful dream? Well, I’m here to tell you there’s still time to make that dream a reality. Whether you’re looking for a primary residence or looking for a 2nd home by the beach, it’s all here just waiting for you to claim it as your own. No matter what you have in mind, there are so many great properties on the market suited to every individual’s needs.

If you are looking for a 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath home, with an expansive backyard, in an excellent neighborhood, with a wonderful school system, the perfect property awaits you at 1646 Rogers Ct in Wall. If you are looking for a perfectly-appointed 2-bedroom condo, with ocean views, in a magnificent multi-amenity, pet-friendly building in Long Branch, then you won’t want to miss unit 206 in Diamond Beach. Or, if you need something bigger, also in Long Branch, the Penthouse in the Presidential offers approximately 3,500sf of oceanfront views from every room. I call it “a house in a building”.

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And, then there’s what I believe is one of the real deals out there right now. Unit 11 in Ocean Reef is a beautiful 3-level townhouse in Sea Bright, with ocean views from one side and river views from the other, in a pet-friendly, 24-unit private complex, with its own tennis court and pool. Recently reduced, this property could be considered by many to be “underpriced”. Especially with Sea Bright bouncing back so nicely. The much beloved restaurant, Anjelica’s, for example, just reopened with the sign, “No Retreat, No Surrender”.

These are just a few examples of the numerous, great opportunities out there to own your piece of the Jersey Shore. There are so many more to choose from in the town you love best…and there’s still time to make it the best present ever!

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This past Saturday night, I was in the mood for a great steak dinner. So, naturally, I decided to go to Brennen’s Steakhouse on Route 35 in Neptune City.

If you have never been to Brennen’s, it is a traditional steakhouse located at the Jersey Shore. It has a large bar area with multiple TV screens where you can enjoy your meal or a drink while watching the games. Behind the bar is the dining area. It may look modestly sized from the outside, but once you walk in, you realize just how big it really is.

After being seated, the waiter offered to bring us a cocktail from the bar. They have a large selection of top shelf liquor and a vast wine list. The menu is exactly what you would expect from a great steakhouse…plenty of steaks and chops to choose from. If you are in the mood for something lighter, they also have a couple of fish dishes.

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Having been to Brennen’s before, I knew how large the main courses are, so I skipped the tempting appetizers. For my main course, I ordered a 24 ounce porterhouse cooked medium rare. Each entrée comes with your choice of salad – house, traditional wedge or a Caesar salad – and a vegetable (Saturday it was string beans). For the record, I went with the wedge. It was served ice cold, and it was a perfect starter. You also get a choice of a baked potato, Smashed Potatoes, or steak fries. The waiter (who was excellent) strongly suggested the smashed potatoes. We laughed about whether they were going to be as tasty as the waiter was proposing, or if the chef just told him to push the Smashed because there was an overabundance in the kitchen. It turned out the waiter wasn’t kidding – the Smashed Potatoes were awesome! When my steak came out, it was cooked to perfection. The entire meal was excellent.

After we finished our meal, it was time for dessert. Along with coffee, espresso and cappuccino, the waiter brought out the dessert tray. As full as I was, I couldn’t resist. They had a couple of different chocolate cakes, Italian cheesecake, and a holiday red velvet cake. I decided on the chocolate peanut butter cake. What a perfect ending to a great meal!

Next time you are in the mood for great steaks or chops in a great atmosphere, make sure you give Brennen’s a try. It will definitely satisfy your inner carnivore!

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The holiday season has arrived, and you have a home currently listed for sale. So, what’s the best approach? Do you decorate your home or not?

You will hear many realtors tell you, “When the buyers start talking about where to put the Christmas tree, they’re emotionally attached.” So, why not help the process along by actually having a tree in the ideal place in the home? Why make them envision when you can prepare the visual for them?

It’s very important to remember that buyers who are looking during the holidays are generally ready to buy. The key to decorating your listed home is to keep it tasteful and neutral…and don’t overdo it. Decorating your home can add to the emotional part of the buy, because holiday decorations typically give people a happy feeling. If you do it right, potential buyers will find your home warm and inviting. Just keep the decorations to a minimum and be sure not to cover up important selling features of your home.

Below are some guidelines that you may find helpful:

  • Don’t “re-clutter” the house that your agent told you to remove the clutter from when you listed it in the first place.
  • Keep exterior decorating to a minimum. Remember how important curb appeal is.
  • Put up a smaller tree than you usually do so that you don’t minimize the size of the room with an overpowering tree.
  • Keep walkways clear. You don’t want potential buyers to have to step around holiday decorations to get from one room to another.
  • Put presents that you might normally display under the tree in a closet or attic until you are ready exchange them.
  • Be very careful about any scents that you may use. What may smell good to you might be a turn-off to a potential buyer. It’s probably best to limit the aromas to fresh-baked cookies.
  • Lighting can present a warm and inviting atmosphere. You might want to invest in some battery operated candles for showings.

If you do it right, the warm ambiance you create may just yield you the best holiday present of all…the sale of your home!

Today, Joe’s Spots introduces Campbell’s Pharmacy on Route 35 in Wall Township. Now you’re probably thinking, “Why a pharmacy?.” Well, let me explain. The fact is, your pharmacist can be just as important as your doctor – especially when you are taking a medication for the first time. You need a pharmacist that will explain the medication clearly and thoroughly. One who is familiar with what you normally take and what you are allergic to. A pharmacist who will make sure that you are not mixing medications that could be harmful if taken together. Campbell’s Pharmacy is that type of pharmacy.

My family first started using Campbell’s when we first moved to the area about 13 years ago. In the beginning, I didn’t have to take many medications – just the occasional antibiotic or cough medicine to treat a cold. Over the years, I have had a couple of operations and started taking blood pressure medicine daily. When I pick up my prescriptions, it is always comforting to know that the pharmacist will be there to explain, in a clear manner, exactly what I am taking and what the possible side effects could be. Another advantage of using Campbell’s is that they keep track of all the medications that you are allergic to. If a doctor prescribes one of those medications, they will consult with your physician to find you an alternate medication.

About 10 years ago, I had to have a fairly serious back operation. The doctor gave me the pain prescriptions ahead of time so that I would have them ready when I was released from surgery. I went to Campbell’s to get the scripts filled. When the pharmacist looked at the prescriptions, he came out from behind the counter to ask me why I needed such powerful pain killers. After I explained the situation to him, he handed me his business card with his home number on it in case I needed anything at any time. How many pharmacists do this? Do I think that this would happen at one of the large chain pharmacies? I don’t think that you can get that type of personal attention at any other pharmacy.

The whole Campbell’s Pharmacy operation is run in a friendly and organized manner. They seem to know all the clientele by name and they frequently ask people about the little things going on in their daily lives. As you might presume, many of the people going to the pharmacy are sick or are nervous about a loved one who is sick. Campbell’s atmosphere seems to ease all of that. It’s a real neighborhood pharmacy.

If you are looking for a full service pharmacy with a personal touch, give Campbell’s a try. You’ll be glad you did. And, they deliver too!

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