It’s no secret that Montclair is bustling with chic boutiques, some of which are very well-hidden gems. But we’re here to uncover them for you — so you can plan your next shopping day knowing you’ll be coming home with the good stuff. There are so many places to shop to find a one-of-a-kind gift or just the thing you’ve been looking for. Read on for a list of must-shop boutiques in Montclair.
Audrey + Elle Boutique | 47 S Park Street
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Owned and operated by Montclair resident Audrey, this boutique carries a variety of trendy clothing items including stylish WFH looks. Customers can find chic dresses, tops, loungewear, and even candles, sage, and other cute trinkets that are sure to complete any room. Audrey donates a portion of the store’s proceeds to organizations that fight human trafficking, including the Child Rescue Coalition.
& Son Boutique | 43a Church Street
Mother + son goals! Benjamin Stricof and his mother, Beth, co-own Montclair boutique & Son. The boutique sells various decor and accessories. This shop is known for the “animal lover seat” which is a loveseat for you AND your pup.
Barbara Eclectic | 594 Valley Road
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Also known as Village Vogue, this Valley Road boutique carries all of the latest trends in women’s fashion. From workwear to transitional pieces, Barbara Eclectic carries bold prints and striking colors suitable for women of all ages. Online shopping and private, in-person shopping appointments are available.
Bridal Atelier Montclair | 623 Valley Road
Bridal Atelier is home to hundreds of designer wedding dresses. If you’re a bride-to-be, this Upper Montclair boutique should be the first stop on your list of wedding to-dos. The showroom is beautifully decorated, well lit, and contains racks of gorgeous gowns as far as the eye can see. The team at the shop gives the personalized attention every bride craves by hosting one appointment at a time. Fun fact: one of MG’s very own writers got her dress from Bridal Atelier and had the best experience there.
Culture Couture | 53 Church Street
This eco-friendly shop located right on the bustling Church Street offers a variety of lifestyle items. From the inspired collections that include essential oils and spirit animals to accessories and home decor, Culture Couture truly has it all. If you’re looking for gifts for just about anyone in your life, add this boutique to your shopping list.
Dody’s Dresses | 24 South Fullerton Avenue
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Dody’s Dresses is home to a wide selection of couture gowns. Whether you are a bride in search of bridal party attire, a mother of the bride, or simply searching for a prom dress that sets you apart from everyone else, this spot is for you. Dody’s carries gowns from high-end designers including Gemy, Mac Duggal, Feriani, and more.
Dot Reeder | 129 Watchung Avenue
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Dot Reeder was created and founded by a former New York City stylist in 2007. Needless to say, this boutique has all of the on-trend pieces you’re searching for. The store’s Instagram page is a great resource to search the inventory so when you see something you like, be sure to stop by and snag it.
Mind Your Beads and Seeds | 147D Valley Road
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The mother-and-daughter duo behind Mind Your Beads and Seeds was really onto something with this concept. The store sells plants, jewelry, gift items, and home goods. The team uses the space after hours several nights a week to host private events such as birthday parties, or special events like karaoke and plant-potting. There is something fun to see and do there pretty much any day of the week. The Montclair Girl readers like this store, too; it was voted Best Covid-born business and Best Plant Shop in the 2021 Best Of Montclair contest.
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Monty | 12 North Willow Street
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Monty is a boutique that brings a breath of fresh air and whimsy to the Montclair shopping scene, with a strong focus on independent and emerging designers. Not only can you shop the inventory online but if you’re loving the style of a specific emerging designer, Monty also allows you to shop the entire collections on the website, making for a great way to support your small and local designers.
Moss + More | 246 Bellevue Avenue
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This is not your average boutique. In fact, you will not find any clothing in this shop but instead, plants. If you are a green thumb enthusiast (we have a feeling quarantine invited new house plants into many people’s homes), Moss + More is your one-stop-shop for all things plants, plant care tips, workshops, and more. The knowledgeable staff can assist you in finding the perfect plant for the type of living environment you’re in and did we mention this shop is a common good refill station? This means you can bring your empty bottles of laundry detergent, hand soap, all-purpose cleaners, and more to be refilled with safe and plant-based cleaners.
Nouvelle Upper Montclair | 629B Valley Road
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This chic boutique really has it all. When customers walk through the doors of this Valley Road spot, they can expect to find clothing, accessories, jewelry, and even gifts, healing stones, and wine accessories. As if that wasn’t enough, Nouvelle also shares space with the sister store, One Savvy Design, a luxury consignment boutique. You can shop designer apparel either new with tags or gently worn and walk out with style.
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Oasis | 40 Church Street
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With locations in both Montclair and Ridgewood, this Church Street boutique always carries the latest trends. Even better, you can shop the selection online as well. You can shop cozy loungewear, jumpsuits, and matching sets, or step your wardrobe up a notch with chic outerwear and accessories.
Over the Moon | 619 Valley Road
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This children’s boutique is full of adorable sets, accessories, and toys for children. All of the inventory is now available to shop online where you can easily find outfits for special occasions, specific clothing lines, and more. Your littles will love everything this cute shop has to offer.
The Eclectic Chic Boutique | 547 Bloomfield Avenue
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Since 2018, this boutique located right on Bloomfield Avenue has offered handmade, locally sourced, and small-batch goods to the customers. Not only does this boutique provide a unique shopping experience, but they also work to mentor over 30 artists from New Jersey to build the brand and help them grow. The Eclectic Chic Boutique does a lot to make this possible by offering virtual shopping experiences, hosting virtual celebrations, and creating custom goods for the customers.
Velvet Lush | 123 Walnut Street
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We love the vibe over at Velvet Lush and the clothes are even better. This boutique offers adorable pieces to create or complete any outfit and they are extremely accessible online. You can shop the selections on the website as well as take advantage of the Editor’s Picks section for outfit inspo.