A special cocktail recipe from The Hamilton Inn

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List of ingredients 
Rocks Glass
Shaker
Strainer
Ice
1 oz Jigger
Muddler
Bulleit Bourbon
Sweet Vermouth
Vermont Maple Syrup
Lemon Juice
Angostura bitters
Two Orange Slices
Two Maraschino Cherries
Directions
1. Place one cherry and one orange slice in rocks glass and give two dashes of bitters
2. Muddle
3. 2 oz Bulleit Bourbon, 1 oz Sweet Vermouth (Tip byThe Hamilton Inn: measure for perfection)
4. Fill with ice
5. 1 dash of lemon juice, 0.5 oz of maple syrup (Tip byThe Hamilton Inn: the better the syrup, the better the drink in the end)
6. Place shaker over rocks glass and shake well
7. Refill rocks glass with ice and strain the drink into the rocks glass over the fresh ice
8. Garnish with second orange slice and cherry.

Cocktail Reception benefiting The York Street Project

 
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featuring the fine gold jewelry ofrecognized artisan jeweler Anna Knipe Donahue  

Saturday, February 8
4:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. 

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Anna Donahue is a recognized New York-based artisan jeweler and a resident of Hamilton Square in Jersey City.  Her work reflects delicate organic shapes and textures found in nature while also making a bold statement.  Using 18 karat gold, Tahitian pearls, diamonds, and other precious stones, each piece is truly a work of art.  From rings and earrings to necklaces and cuffs, there will be a one-of-a-kind treasure for everyone at this event.
15% of proceeds will be donated to the York Street Project, a local non-profit organization, which provides shelter, food, education, and counseling for women and children in need.
 

Tea Time at Smith & Chang General Goods with Doyoutea? from Hoboken

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Kelley is the founder of DoYoutea? and our today’s guest author. She loves sharing her inspiration behind her tea creations and her creative process. So read what Kelley wrote about Smith & Chang Generall Goods, the ingredients of our new tea line and how it’s  inspired by our Patria Collection.

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Have you ever stepped into a shop that you can’t seem to leave?
You end up circling it a few times in awe of all of the unique goodies for your
home before finally deciding you should buy at least something, if not everything.
That is how it was the first time I entered Smith & Chang General Goods in Jersey City.

You can tell that a lot of time and thought has gone into curating the items that are available in their shop. There is an excellent mix of new, antique , and vintage inspired items.
I even saw a few teapots, cups, and other loose leaf tea accessories,
but something seemed to be missing…the tea!

After I spoke with Alex and Sawyer, it was clear that having a line of loose leaf teas
was something that this shop wanted to be able to offer their customers.
We brainstormed about a couple of ideas and I followed up with a little bit of
experimentation based off of some of their custom bath and body products from the Patria Collection.

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Patria Garden was the soap that caught my eye. It is a lovely floral mix of
rose, lavender, and bergamot oils that evoked a sense of calm and beauty.
I immediately envisioned white tea leaves, rose and lavender buds with
bergamot oil (because I also use this in my Earl Grey). The final product ended
up looking and smelling so beautiful and matches Smith & Chang’s line perfectly.

There is a minty soap, the Heirloom Herb Soap,  as well that needed to be represented, so a delicious herbal blend of mint, chamomile, and marigold flowers was born, One Last Chapter, because it’s great before bedtime.

Jersey City Breakfast just had the perfect ring to it, so a beautiful spiced blend
of Assam black tea leaves with star anise, cardamom pods, and
cinnamon was created. So far, a popular choice!

We all agreed that something citrus was also essential,  just as the Kumquat Blossom Soap. So an orange herbal tea, Pasadena, was created. This blend consists of orange pieces, hibiscus, blue cornflower, rose, and blood orange oil.

There is also a plain, unflavored Darjeeling black tea available
for all of those tea purists out there.

And finally a classic, yet always beautiful blend of Jasmine blossoms
and Himalayan green tea leaves, Sayuri. If you aren’t too sensitive to caffeine,
try this one before bed time too!

If you are ever near Hamilton Park in Jersey City, or want to make a trip or it
(because it’s totally worth it), be sure to stop by Smith & Chang to pick up at least one tea
exclusively blended by Do You Tea?.

 

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Please, stop by

For
Tea Time
On
Sunday, January 26
2:00 – 4:00pm
We are pleased to introduce the exquisite line of teas blended exclusively for Smith & Chang General Goods by Hoboken’s DoYouTea?.
Enjoy the brews of our unique blends including
Jersey City Breakfast (Assam Black Tea, Star Anise, Cinnamon & Cardamom Pods)
& Patria Garden (White Tea Leves, Rose, Lavender & Bergamot Oil)
Kelley from DoYouTea? will be on hand to speak to you about tea, brewing methods and  the benefits of tea. Also served are delicious nibbles, great music & company.


GP’s Spicy Sausage Crostini by Executive Chef Jim Galileo

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Ingredients:
1 package baby arugula
Fresh lemons for juice
Extra virgin olive oil
8 slices Boule-shaped crusty bread, each slice cut in half, toasted and brushed with olive oil
1 pound hot Italian sausage, split, skin removed
8 ounces Fontina, sliced
2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
3-4 ounces pancetta or bacon, diced
1 cup dry white wine
Kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper to taste

Directions:
Grill or sauté sausage until browned. Cool and chop.
While sausage is cooking, sauté onions on low heat until soft.
Add pancetta to onions, increase heat and cook until caramelized.
Deglaze pan with wine as needed. Finish dry.
Combine sausage and onions, reheat if needed, check seasoning.
Mound each toast piece with sausage mixture, top with cheese.
Broil 1 minute if desired.

Serve with arugula salad dressed with fresh lemon juice, your best olive oil, salt and pepper.

Pairs well with New Jersey Beer Company’s Hudson Pale Ale, available on tap at GP’s and by the bottle at Madame Claude’s Wine.

SOMETHING GREEN

Green is the color of nature and life. Grass green is the most restful color. In Germany the Thursday before Easter is called Green-Thursday. Wednesday is the day of green. Green jade is a sacred stone of Asia.

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Frasier Fire
Pine Incense
Painting Oregano by Jessica Darlymple
Buterfly Wing
Necklace by Harika
Acai Seeds Necklace
Soap Dish by Beth di Cara
Vinatge Candlestick Pair
Hen House Linens Tableware green

SOMETHING SILVER

Silver is associated with meanings of industrial, sleek, and modern, as well as ornate, glamourous, graceful, sophisticated, and elegant. Silver is a precious metal and, like gold, often symbolizes riches and wealth.

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Cocktail Shaker
Double Jigger
Earings
Match Grazie Box (ital. for Thank you)
Vintage Cake Stand
Aerolatte
Creamer
Ornaments
Cheese Knives Set of 4
Large Oval Planetr

SOMETHING RED

Red is the warmest of all colors. In China, red is the color of prosperity and joy. Brides wear red and front doors are often painted red. Red is Sunday’s color. Red roses symbolize love.

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Playforever Enzo Motorbike Red
Red Ballpoint Pen
Red Bracelet
Round Apple Ague Necklace
Frasier Fir Pinecone Candle
Enamel Castiron Cassesrole/red
Hen House Linens Napkin
Embroidered Cuff
Coffee Press for 8 Cups Red
Proraso Shaving Soap Sandalwood

SOMETHING BROWN

Brown is the color of the earth and is associated with the material side of life. The color brown is a warm color that stimulates the appetite.

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Oak Leaf Bowl by Beth di Cara
Tagua Bracelets
Fortune Cookies by Beth di Cara
Rustico Guest Book
Owl Door Wegde
Eveningsstar Studio small bells
Smith&Chang Lavender Soap
Bronze Split Twig Rings
Wool Scarf
Olive Wood Spoons
Leather Diary
Opinel Knifes
Eveningsstar Studio Owl Ornament

SOMETHING SHINY

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Match Flass Carfe
Match Shot Glasses
Earings White by Nadia
Teapot
Rect. Ball Rim Covered Dish
Crystal Amber Potpourri
Vintage Crystal Jam Jar
Chateau Cloche
Eggholder
Tula Champagne Glasses
East West Bottlers Speakeasy Parfume

SOMETHING BLUE

Blue is the coolest color – the color of the sky, ocean, and sleep. The ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli to represent heaven. A pure blue is the color of inspiration. Blue is the colour most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, and confidence. Blue is the calming color. That makes it a wonderful color to use in the home.

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Hen House Linens Salon Delphinium Tablecloth
Silicone Scraper
Blue Moroccan Glass
Playforever Speedy Blue
Braclet by Harika
Crested Tit by Shauna Finn
Votivo Quaterfoil Candle
Christmas Ornaments
Bracelets by Yvonne Raley
Plain & Simple Candle
Teapot Blue

See you at the store

SOMETHING ORANGE

Thursday is the orange-day in the week. Orange is a power color. It is one of the healing colors. It is said to increase the craving for food. It also stimulates enthusiasm and creativity.

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photo frame
Amber & Vermeil bracelet by Yvonne Raley
holiday beeswax candles
yarn wrapped bangles
silicon scrape orange
acai seeds necklace
Baudelaire liquide soap vervain
Pendelton blanket
olive wood salat set
pair of handmade beeswax colonial taper
honey dipper
MCMC DUDE No 1 cologne

SOMETHING WHITE

White is the color of purity. Brides wear white in many countries. White means kindness. White daisies are a symbol of loyal love.

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Wooden Snake Skin Cuff Bracelet
Small Pearls Necklace by Nadia
Small Pearls Bracelet by Nadia
Eveningsstar Studio, Elephant Ornament
Histoires de Parfums
Olive Dish
Olive Oil Bottle
Chinese Soup Spoon
Olive Tray
Turkey Platter

See you at the store.

SOMETHING for the holidays. SOMETHING for EVERYONE.

For the next 8 days we’ll introduce you to GIVING-IDEAS from the Smith&Chang Family.

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Smith&Chang Family Traditions

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Every year Sawyer makes for the holiday for Alex and their family Scalloped Corn and Oysters. It’s one of his favorite recipes, which he got from his grandmother. We also want to introduce you to another Smith&Chang family tradition: Pearled Onions.

 

Pearled Onions

Ingredients
1.5 pounds pearled onion fresh or frozen
5 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups milk or half and half
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese
Directions
In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium-low heat until melted. Add the flour and stir until smooth. Over medium heat, cook until the mixture turns a light, golden sandy color, about 6 to 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the milk and cheese in a separate pan until just about to boil. Add the hot milk & cheese to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes, stirring constantly, then remove from heat. Season with salt and nutmeg, and set aside until ready to use. Pour sauce over onion in a baking dish and place in 350 decree oven until golden on top. you can top with crispy onions for added flavor.

Scalloped Corn and Oysters

Ingredients
2 cans cream style corn
1 jar fresh oysters, chopped and drained
1 large square pkg.soda crackers
3 eggs
3/4 C milk
Pepper and salt to taste
Top with Butter

Directions
Mix together in uncovered casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hr. until brown and solid. May be doubled.

Ghoulish Gatherings: Tips & Tricks

 

Happy Halloween Cocktails!

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Happy Apple Rum Twist 

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 ounces light or dark rum
3 ounces apple juice or cider
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 cup crushed ice
Optional: apple slice garnish

DIRECTIONS
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Shake vigorously.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with an apple slice.

 

Blood-Red Autumn Punch

INGREDIENTS
Spices
2 whole cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
1/3 cup sweet vermouth
1/3 cup dry vermouth
2 cups cranberry juice
2 tablespoons sugar

Wines
2 bottles dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
1 bottle dry, full-bodied red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
1 cup apple brandy
1 cup citrus vodka

Garnish
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced

DIRECTIONS
Simmer spices, vermouths, cranberry juice, and sugar in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and let mixture steep for 1 hour.
Chill remaining ingredients in a large container. Strain spice mixture into wine mixture and chill until ready to serve.

 

 

 

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We hosted floral expert Trish Warrington of Karma Flowers for our Ghoulish Gatherings event on October 17, just in time for planning a haunted Halloween bash.

Here are Trish’s secrets for delighting and terrifying party guests.

Keep It Weird

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Use unusual symbols for halloween decorating. Pumpkins and witches are fun, but your guests will love (or be totally terrified by) something new and unexpected. 

Give Props

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Use black objects as accents for a mad lab party such as birds, vintage scales, books. Spray paint your props black for extra drama.

Collect beakers and test tubes and fill with strangely colored liquids and unusual objects.

Use raw cotton for cobwebs. Simply pull apart to the desired thickness and drape over your decorations.

Download vintage labels from The Graphics Fairy and apply to old bottles and jars to enhance your placesettings.

Go Pumpkin Picking

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Crepe paper pumpkins can be made from orange napkins cut into circles and sealed with green floral tape for your guests to take home!

 

 

 

Events: The Last Banquet

last banquet coverJoin us for a reading with THE LAST BANQUET author Jonathan Grimwood, co-hosted by WORD Jersey City at Smith & Chang General Goods on Friday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

THE LAST BANQUET tells the story of Jean-Marie d’Aumout, a man who is out to try every last taste his world has to offer. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

 

Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

Events: Ghoulish Gatherings

halloween portraitHosting a ghoulish gathering this Halloween? Delight and terrify your guests with tips and tricks from expert event planner Trish Warrington of Karma Flowers on Thursday, October 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.In this free hands-on demonstration, Trish will show you how to create frighteningly good decor including tablescapes, a signature drink station, and takeaway party favors.

Themed cocktails will be served. Guests will take home their own crepe paper pumpkins.

Free! RSVP to events@smithchang.com.

New Arrivals: Cycling gear from Brooks England

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We now carry a selection of cycling gear from Brooks England. A heritage brand steeped in history, Brooks England boasts nearly 150 years of tradition and expertise. Since its founding in 1865, Brooks England has grown from a small workshop to a byword in quality craftsmanship.

pickwick_backpack_mud_grey_-_front_w375_h275_vamiddle_jc95 The Pickwick is a versatile canvas roll-top backpack whose design complements the ease that epitomises a urban journey by bicycle. Made from water-resistant cotton and genuine Brooks leather trim, the Pickwick has been designed by André Klauser in London and is manufactured in the hills of Tuscany by Italian artisans. The backpack features one secret pocket and one extra compartment, both hidden on the back of the bag, completed with waterproof zips.The pockets and roll-top system close toward your back, maintaining a sleek appearance while keeping your belongings to safe.
challenge___black_w375_h275_vamiddle_jc95 The first Challenge was designed and patented in 1896. This tool bag is for fitment to the rear of a saddle bearing bag loops. It features buckles that whilst fastening the bag to the saddle, are located within the hold itself, thus ensuring greater levels of security and the strap that secures the unit encircles the tools it carries, to prevent them from rattling during transit.

See us in New Jersey Monthly

Smith & Chang General Goods is featured in the October issue of New Jersey Monthly, available now on newsstands!

 

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We’ve teamed up with WORD!

 

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Announcing a new series of food & lifestyle events at Smith & Chang!

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Veggie Burgers
Every Which Way
Book Signing and Tasting

Wednesday, September 18
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Meet Lukas Volger, author of Veggie Burgers Every Which Way. Whether you already subsist on veggie burgers, enjoy them occasionally, or ardently wish there was an alternative to the rubbery, over-processed frozen burgers sold in cardboard boxes, Veggie Burgers Every Which Way is the book for you–one you will want to cook from over and over again. RSVP on Facebook

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The Macaroon Bible
Book Launch

Wednesday, September 25
6:00 -8:00 p.m.

Join us for a party to celebrate the release of The Macaroon Bible with Dan Cohen of Danny Macaroons. Come meet Dan and learn the secrets of making your own delicious macaroons at home.
Danny Macaroons won the People’s Choice Award at Smorgasburg, New York City’s premier artisanal market, and have been featured in Food & Wine, ABC News, Daily Candy, Tasting Table, Village Voice, Serious Eats and the New York Post. RSVP on Facebook

Your RSVP is encouraged, but not required. For more information, email events@smithchang.com

 

 

Our favorite ice cream recipe

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Sour Cream Ice Cream with Jammy Blueberries

Recipe courtesy Milk Sugar Love

INGREDIENTS
Jammy Blueberries
1 C. Blueberries, fresh or frozen 1/4 sugar generous pinches of your favorite spices

Sour Cream Ice Cream
1 C. water + 1 C. sugar
1 pint (16 ounces) Sour Cream
1/2 C. Heavy Cream
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Make the jammy blueberries first. Combine the blueberries, sugar and spices in a small saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until the blueberries release their juices and begin to thicken, about 5-6 minutes.

Remove the blueberries from heat and pour into a shallow pan to cool. Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator. To make the ice cream base, first combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and cook until the sugar is dissolved.

Chill the simple syrup before proceeding. Whisk together the sour cream, heavy cream, chilled simple syrup, salt and vanilla extract. Pour the base into your ice cream maker and freeze until the ice cream begins to pull away from the sides of the machine. Layer the ice cream with the blueberries in the pre-chilled pan and freeze.

Let harden at least 6 hours or preferably overnight. Keeps for 1 week in freezer.

DIY Tips from Trish of Karma Flowers

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We hosted a DIY bridal shower florals demo with Trish Warrington of Karma Flowers.
Here are Trish’s insider tips for stunning arrangements to grace your bridal shower.
Interested in more events? Join our email list to stay in the loop.
 
1. Choose the right one. 
Let your bridal shower floral arrangements reflect your style.
Choose your favorite flowers, and don’t overlook seasonal beauties. 
 
2. Shop like a florist. 
You can find flowers beyond your local grocer. Try farmers’ markets for fresh and locally grown blooms.
The NYC floral market in Chelsea is open not only to professionals but also to the general public. 
 
3. Keep it seasonal. 
By working flowers that are in season you’ll be able to purchase more
flowers in your budget. Below are two key summer floral looks.
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The look above uses foxglove and pomegranate.
Accentuate your arrangements with vintage props and you’ll inspire your guests.
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This arrangement uses Dusty Miller, also known as lamb’s ear.
4. Use the tools of the trade.
Floral frogs, floral scissors (not regular ones), floral foam and floral tape
are must-have items to create stunning arrangements.
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5. Look for the right match. 
Select flowers that complement your vase or containing vessel.
Make sure your vase and flowers are proportional in size. 
 
6. Make it last.
Cut flowers can last two to four weeks with the right maintenance.
There are many ways to extend the life of your flowers–a few tips include
filling only one-third of your vase with water to prevent root rot and
cutting stems at an angle only under running water because a flower
takes a breath when you cut its stem.
 
Interested in another floral demo with Trish? Email us at events@smithchang.com.
 
 

Learn to make sweet treats at our ice cream social

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Learn to make your own ice cream on Tuesday, August 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with Emma Taylor of Milk Sugar Love.

 

We’ll be sampling scoops all evening!

The ice cream making demo will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Free, RSVP to events@smithchang.com.

See us at STORY

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We’re thrilled to be part of STORY‘s Made in America issue! Stop by and discover the makers putting a distinctive stamp on the American dream.
 
Check out the Patria Collection, our all-natural, made in America bath & body essentials at 144 10th Ave. at 19th Street in NYC.

DIY Bridal Shower Florals: July 28

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If you are a bride-to-be, or planning a party for one, come to Smith & Chang General Goods to learn insider tips and tricks for creating stunning floral arrangements to grace your tabletop with Trish Warrington of Karma Flowers, a floral arranging company that embraces an organic design aesthetic.

 

Guests will receive an exclusive floral arranging tip sheet from Karma Flowers + Smith & Chang General Goods.
Champagne will be served.

 

Sunday July 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Free! RSVP to events@smithchang.com.
Click here to visit our Facebook event page.

 

ABOUT KARMA FLOWERS
Founded in 2011 by Trish and Dave Warrington, Karma Flowers is a floral design company that orchestrates and handcrafts weddings and events from farms in rural New Jersey to seasides in the Hamptons.
Karma Flowers embraces an organic design sentiment by offering fresh, hand-selected flowers, accompanied by unexpected elements such as fruits, branches, berries, and vegetables. The company uses local, seasonal flowers and plants where possible.Karma Flowers lives its company mantra “what goes around, come around” by donating a portion of their proceeds to local charities.

We’re an American Made 2013 Nominee!

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We’re an American Made 2013 Audience Choice Award nominee.

Click here to view our nomination and vote for us on August 26!

Get to know us. Here’s our story:

Our favorite July 4th BBQ recipe

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Korean-Inspired BBQ Sauce
by Frederick Aquino, Executive Pastry Chef of The Standard Hotel
Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil 
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
2 tbsp Apple Cider vinegar 
1/2 cup ketchup 
1/4 cup Korean chili paste (Gochujang) 
1/3 cup Agave syrup 
 
Saute garlic and olive oil for a minute. Combine everything in and bring to a simmer.
While stirring frequently, cook for 5-8 minutes until thick. 
 
Brush sauce on your choice of meats.

Check us out on Elizabeth Street

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Check out our profile on Elizabeth Street, an international collective of chic moms who know that life is best lived with style.

Reviewer Gretta Monahan writes, “Combining authenticity and sustainability, Smith and Chang General Goods is a great outlet for the vintage lovers of Jersey City.”

See our profile here.

Win a New Bicycle

Join us at the
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

 Raffle drawing at 7:00 p.m.

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The Big Day is May 12!

Mother’s Day is around the corner and we’ve hand-picked great gifts for you to show your appreciation. 
Inspired by Nature 

This collection transforms the graceful details of the natural world into wearable art. Curly pod necklace, $164, from Prunier Vecchio Creations.
Thank you, Mom

On the outside, this pewter box reads “Grazie.” Open it to see the message “Thank you.” Handmade by artisans in northern Italy. From Match, $150. 
Keepsakes with Local Flavor

These recycled silver and bronze rings  are hand cast from twigs found in Jersey City’s Hamilton Park. By Cecile Raley Designs, recycled silver, $39; recycled bronze, $29. 

Jewelry just right for Mom

Mother’s Day is May 12

Are you looking for something special for Mother’s Day? Let us help you find a unique gift. We have an exquisitely curated selection of fragrances and candles.

Exquisite Statement Pieces

Local designer Nadia Singhvi works with artisans in Northern India to create her handmade jewelry line. Using gold, silver and silver alloys coupled with semiprecious stones, her necklaces, earrings and bracelets are unique statement pieces.

A Heart-Shaped Locket 
Our assortment of antique 19th century lockets and jewelry make the perfect keepsake gifts. From $100.

Vintage Eyewear Trunkshow

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Vintage Eyewear 
Trunk Show 
Sunday April 28, 12-4 p.m.   
This special event will feature hundreds and hundreds of new and unworn old stock vintage glasses and sunglasses from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. 
 

Histoires de Parfums

We now carry a selection of fragrances from Histoires de Parfums, an olfactive library that tells stories of famous characters, raw materials and mythical years. The collection, created by Gérald Ghislain, is governed by no rules other than inspiration and brings these stories to life in perfumes, a sensitive and sensual medium that can be read on your skin.

The Philosophy

Histoires de Parfums’ perfumes perpetuate the French perfumery know-how, which features are luxury, nobility and creativity.
Histoires de Parfums maintains the highest qualitative standards in the choice of the raw materials as well as in the choice of the bottles,
packaging and communication tools.
With this perfume library, Gerald Ghislain wanted to evoke stories through scent just as books are written with emotions.

New Arrivals: Billykirk

 

Classic Bags Made in the USA

 

The spring 2013 collection from Billykirk has arrived. Billykirk makes lasting items that get better with age. We love their collection of small leather goods and bags, most of which are handmade by in-house artisans or by a group of Amish leather crafters in Pennsylvania.

 

Introducing Peg & Awl

Things Both “Olde” and Good

 

We’re excited to welcome new dry goods from Peg & Awl, a husband and wife team from Philadelphia, PA. Their handmade works are useable, longlasting treasures made from reclaimed wood. Check out their video on creative uses for the handmade chalk tablet.

 

Spring Bike Giveaway!

Win a vintage-inspired bicycle!

We’re giving away a Globe Daily 1 bicycle!
Visit us at 230 Pavonia Avenue in Jersey City
to check out the bicycle and enter.
We’ll select the lucky winner in a random drawing
at our spring party on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Click here to save the date on Facebook.

New Arrivals: Men’s Grooming

Luxury Range for the Discerning Gentleman

 

You’ll love this luxury ceramic shave bowl and traditional shave brush from Scottish Fine Soaps, each $55, now at Smith & Chang. The Classic Male Grooming range is a must-have. Perfectly formulated, enriched with Aloe Vera, Cocoa Butter, while infused with clary sage and lavandin extracts, renowned for their naturally therapeutic properties will rehydrate and soothe skin.

 

Fragranced with an incredible signature scent that is fresh, woody and spicy, this range has notes of amber, patchouli, and sandalwood for a sophisticated masculine fragrance. Classic Male Grooming will leave skin feeling revitalised, refreshed and smelling magnificent.

 

Get Buddy Holly’s Glasses

Crystal Matte Frames

The eyewear collection at Smith & Chang now includes a new line of crystal and matte crystal frames.

Originally worn by style icons like Buddy Holly, Woody Allen and Johnny Deep, these custom-made retro frames are also available in tortoise and black. All our retro-inspired frames are just $95!

Bring your prescription and add on lenses at just $60 for distance or reading in ultralight polycarbonate with UV coating. Our in-house optician Lester Frankel will ensure your frames fit perfectly.

We also carry unworn vintage frames from the 1950′s to 1980′s as well as brands like Tom Ford and Rayban at significant savings. For every pair of frames we sell, one pair is donated to New Jersey New Eyes For The Needy.

Learn Ikebana at Smith & Chang

Celebrate the arrival of spring! Learn ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arrangement with Marie Steinman, the Ikebana Coordinator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Workshop Dates

Tuesday April 16 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. SOLD OUT

Tuesday, May 21 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Click here to register.

Tuesday, June 18 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Click here to register.

Register by phone at (201) 420-0557.

Instructor Marie Steinman received her teacher’s Diploma from the Sogetsu School. She is the Ikebana Coordinator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is also on the board of directors of Ikebana International New York. Her work has been exhibited in art galleries and museums throughout the NYC metropolitan area and in Paris.

Meet the Artist: Julie Prunier-Vecchio of Prunier Vecchio Creations

Pearl earrings by Prunier Vecchio

On Friday, March 29, 2013 join us from 6 to 8 p.m. for an opening reception with Julie Prunier-Vecchio of Prunier Vecchio Creations, the newest jewelry collection at Smith & Chang General Goods.Enjoy a glass of champagne while you try on fine jewelry inspired by nature. Click hereto RSVP on Facebook.

Prunier Vecchio‘s jewelry designs transform graceful details of the natural world into wearable sculpture. Individually crafted and distinguished by impeccable hand-engraving, each piece takes on a life of its own, while its organic contours complement the form of the woman or man who wears it.

Prunier Vecchio Creations also offers custom jewelry design services including rings, earrings, and other items.

Jeweler Julie Prunier-Vecchio

ABOUT JULIE PRUNIER-VECCHIO
French-born Julie Prunier-Vecchio specializes in hand-engraved, nature-inspired jewelry executed in traditional, Old-World techniques. She graduated from the Ecole Boulle in Paris, France, where she specialized in hand-engraving, and was the apprentice of renowned jeweler Michael Van. In Geneva, Switzerland, she worked in a prestigious workshop engraving miniature decors and micro sculpture on high-end collectible watches for companies including Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Breguet. Today, Julie lives in the New York City area, where she loves creating unique jewelry inspired by nature.

Learn what “Cold-Brewing” Really Means

A Cortado from Dames Cofee Espresso Bar

This Saturday, stop in to Smith & Chang at 230 Pavonia Avenue, enjoy a cup of coffee, and finally learn what “cold-brewing” really means.

On Saturday, February 23 from 11am to noon, Smith & Chang will host Jersey City’s own Dames Coffee Espresso Bar. From brewing techniques, to coffee’s history, Dames Coffee will cover it all and give us the knowledge and skills necessary to maneuver the most important meal of our day.
Coffee has become a thing- a full-on institution complete with its own lexicon and rivalries.

And while we do love the convenience of entrusting our morning caffeine rush to a skilled and talented barista, there is something to be said for reading the paper over a home-brewed mug of coffee on Sunday mornings.With recent attention to sourcing local and organic beans, to new and improved methods of brewing, making the perfect cup has become easier and more eco-friendly than ever before- albeit a little confusing.

Dames Coffee owner Borah Chung will be on hand to help us to navigate the how-to’s of coffee making. Featured methods of brewing include the French Press, the Clever, and the Chemex.

How To Create a Romantic Table Setting this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, make your table feel romantic. Here is Smith & Chang’s guide to setting a table that will delight your sweetheart. Pick up our guide to setting a romantic table in store just in time for Valentine’s Day at 230 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City, NJ.

Choose a general theme and color scheme for your table décor.
Doing so will make choosing pieces to display easier, and will make the table’s look cohesive. We chose to do an eclectic and whimsical look, as well as a soft and romantic one.

Few things are more romantic than candlelight.

Play with a mix of candle widths and heights for a more eclectic look, or use taper candles in a pair of candlesticks for a more classic, elegant feel.

Consider using various types of vessels to hold flowers.
Glasses and pitchers work especially well. Often this style of floral arranging is less expensive than creating one large-scale arrangement.

Take note that any element you place on the table isn’t taller than seated guests.
A general rule of thumb is that if you place your elbow on the table, you should be able to see over your fist.

Use your most beautiful Chinaware.
Using a salad, dinner, and dessert plate will add dimension to your table.

Make the place setting seem special by adding an item to the top of your dining plates.
We recommend using a ceramic fortune cookie with a handwritten love note placed inside, as well as a vintage postcard with a handwritten dinner menu on the reverse side.

Consider your meal part of the table décor.
Whether it’s through the use of a decanter to hold your wine, or a cake stand to present a dessert, small things like this will aid in creating a romantic feeling.

Recipes We Love: Superbowl Spinach Dip

Martha Stewart's Hot Spinach Dip

Martha Stewart's Hot Spinach Dip

If ever there’s a day we throw all eating sensibility to the wind and bury any lingering thoughts of New Year’s resolution diets, it’s Super Bowl Sunday. This year, we’re making

Martha Stewart’s Hot Spinach Dip- a surefire upgrade from the jalapeno poppers and pigs in a blanket you’re used to.

Since the dish can be made through step two up to three days ahead, you’ll have plenty of time Sunday morning to partake in Smith & Chang’s in-store Art of Cake Decorating workshop hosted by chef Frederick Aquino.
Without further adieu, Martha’s Hot Spinach Dip recipe:

Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for baking dish

1 medium onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 pounds spinach, cleaned, trimmed, and coarsely chopped

1/2 cup milk

6 ounces reduced-fat bar cream cheese

3 dashes Worcestershire sauce

3 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco

3/4 cup shredded mozzarella

Coarse salt and ground pepper

Baguette slices, breadsticks, or crackers, for serving

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a Dutch oven or large pot, heat oil over medium. Add onion and garlic; cook until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes.

2. Add spinach in two additions, letting the first batch wilt before adding the next; cook until completely wilted, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a colander; drain, pressing to release all excess liquid.

3. In the same pot, warm milk over high heat. Whisk in cream cheese until melted, about 3 minutes. Add spinach, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and 1/4 cup mozzarella; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into a lightly oiled 1 1/2-quart shallow baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella.

4. Bake until bubbly and golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot with accompaniments, as desired.

Exquisite Desserts: The Art of Cake Decorating

Chef Frederick Aquino

We’re honored to have Frederick Aquino, Executive Pastry Chef of The Standard Hotel lead an exclusive hands-on workshop in the art of cake decorating at Smith & Chang General Goods.

On Sunday, February 3, guests will learn to decorate a cake using the techniques of a master pastry chef. At the end of the workshop, students will take home a cake, plated on a vintage dish and in its own box along with a set of pastry tools. Register by calling (201) 420-0557 or email events@smithchang.com.

Frederick Aquino is also the former Executive Pastry Chef of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market and 66.

Aquino looks to architecture and design for inspiration and adds a modern twist to classic desserts for his menu, which evolves with the seasons.

Aquino oversees the entire pastry program of The Standard Hotel, including the dessert menu at The Standard Grill.

He never grows tired of watching his desserts put a smile on guests’ faces, and some of his current crowd pleasers include the Passion Fruit Fool, with coconut meringue and tropical fruit, and the Yuzu-lemon Pudding Cake, with caramelized blueberry compote and thyme wafers. Aquino’s signature dessert, The Deal-Closer, a bowl of bittersweet chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream and served for the entire table, is ranked as one of the top five desserts in New York City by New York magazine.

Chef Frederick Aquino's Pumpkin Cheesecake

Date & Time: Sunday, February 3, 2013
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Workshop Fee: $75, includes all materials. Space is limited, pre-registration required.

To register, email events@smithchang.com or call (201) 420-0557.

 

Beth DiCara’s Holiday Ornaments Are Back!

December 5, 2012
The beautiful and whimsical holiday ornaments of Jersey City based artist Beth DiCara are back at Smith & Chang. The collection includes owls, black & white sheep, beehive bells and birds of all colors.
Beth’s adorable and very popular black sheep ornaments were recently featured in a segment on NJ Today. Click here to watch the video.
Beth creates beautiful pottery for Smith & Chang General Goods. She also creates other potttery items like the wall-mounted  ‘fish head’ which makes a great holiday gift.

 

Find Something Sparkling for the Holiday Season

Come find something sparkling for the holiday season at our jewelry trunk show with local jewelry artist Yvonne Raley of Cecile Raley Designs, Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Yvonne works with natural high-end gemstones such as natural Colombian emeralds, Spessartite garnet, Ceylon sapphires and Burmese rubies to create delicate, one-of-a kind pieces.

At 6:30 p.m., join us for a Jewelry Making Workshop where you can learn to make your own precious stone pendant in a sterling silver setting. Workshop Fee: $20. Space is limited. To register, email info@smithchang.com.

Eyewear Trunk Show

Join us for our Eyewear Trunk Show at Smith & Chang General Goods this Sunday, November 11 from 12p.m. to 4 p.m.

Spruce up your look this fall while you save up to 60% on vintage-inspired reproductions and brands including Tom Ford, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, Jai Kudo, and more. This special event will feature hundreds of sunglasses and prescription eyewear.

While you shop, you’ll be helping Hurricane Sandy victims get back on their feet: Smith & Chang General Goods will donate $10 of the sale of each pair of eyeglasses to Gov. Chris Christie’s Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to help New Jersey communities rebuild. RSVP to claudia@smithchang.com.

Smith & Chang General Goods at UNIQUE NYC

Come visit Smith & Chang General Goods at UNIQUE NYC, the largest modern, curated Made-in-America shopping event on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Center 548, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011 (between 10th and 11th Avenues). We’ll be at booth 300 on the third floor.

Skip the mall this holiday season and come spend the weekend with us discovering great made-in-the-USA design – plus enjoy delicious local food, free cocktails and chic DIY projects, a free photo booth and more!

When: Saturday, November 17 & Sunday November 18, 2012, 11am – 6pm both days

Where: Center 548 (548 West 22nd Street) in the Art Gallery District in Chelsea
Cost: $10 at the door or buy online (which guarantees you’ll get our free cotton tote bag)!
Kids 12 and under are free. 10% of all ticket sales will be donated to the local non-profit organization World-Up.

Admission includes:


• An exclusive UNIQUE NYC cotton tote bag
• Unlimited re-entry for both days
• Free drinks & open bar from our friends at The Naked Grape Wine, Hendrick’s Gin, IZZE, O.N.E. Coconut Water, Honest Tea and more!
• Free DIY workshops + crafts all weekend long with I SPY DIY

• Free photo booth portraits and a print at the Oh Snap Studios Photo Booth
• Curated cafe, so you can enjoy lunch, snacks or a sweet treat
• UNIQUE mini-magazine with the Vendor Directory + Map plus cool articles, DIY how-to projects, and more!

Terrarium Class By Amy Donaldson

 

Please, join us for Terrarium Class by Amy Donaldson

Friday, June 22nd, from 6 to 8PM.

Please, RSVP by Wednesday, June 20th to Caroline at 201-420-0557 or caroline@smithchang.com.

$25 per person includes all supplies for the terrarium you create during the class.

 

 

 

Win a $1000 Shopping Spree!

 

Season’s Greetings

December 27, 2011

 

Handmade Brushes From Germany

December 8, 2011
“Located in the former Home for the Blind in Berlin, the workshop which produces these brushes employs fifteen blind artisans using traditional craft techniques that the Institute for the Blind has developed over the last 120+ years.”

Introducing Beth DiCara’s Holiday Ornaments

November 30, 2011

Introducing Beth DiCara’s Holiday Ornaments

Beth DiCara has been creating beautiful pottery for Smith & Chang General Goods and her hanging ‘fish head’ has been a favorite of ours. Now, her kiln in Jersey City has been literally on fire turning out a collection of beautiful and whimsical Holiday Ornaments. The collection includes owlsblack & white sheepbeehive and birds of all colors.

Maintaining a Raised Bed Garden

 

November 7, 2011
Raised  Beds
Happily, raised bed gardens require very little maintenance. Each spring or fall, it’s a good idea to top dress with fresh compost and manure, or, if your bed only holds plants for part of the year, go ahead and dig the compost or manure into the top several inches of soil. As with any garden, mulching the top of the soil will help retain moisture and keep weeds down. Moisture retention is important, because raised beds tend to drain faster than conventional beds.
P.S. – Other thoughts & considerations
  • Tall plants shade short plants – plant the tall and climbing vegetables like corn and cucumbers at the North end of your garden and in individual beds.
  • For part shaded area – plant veggies that can tolerate less light and prefer cooler temperatures in the shady areas like lettuce and spinach.
  • Rotate crops each year – plants in related families shouldn’t be planted in the same location – pests and nutrient needs are often common to the family and pests may remain for the 2nd year, while soil is sapped of nutrients.
  • Consider ‘companion planting’ – planting herbs or other specific veggies alongside your vegetables to help repel insect and animal pests.