Store of the Week – Leapin’ Lizards

Posted on December 5, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Come find us!
250 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Store hours: 10-5 Monday – Saturday and by appointment
Check us out online and on Facebook!

Brief Store History: Leapin’ Lizards opened in Ridgewood, NJ in 2004. In June of 2009, store owners Gary and Jackie Nellis bought Leapin’ Lizards from the previous owners. “Gary and I figured it was the perfect opportunity for us for many reasons – I did not want to see my favorite local Lilly store leave the area (can you imagine?!) and it allowed me to work 1 mile from my home. I’m also excited about the fact that I can do more for my local community through Shop and Shares and contribute ideas for local fashion shows in a different forum.”

Their Lilly Story: My Lilly story started 15 years ago when my mother bought a home in Naples, Florida. I had always loved getting dressed nicely everyday but at this point I had 3 small children so fashion also needed to be functional for me. Walking down 5th aveneue in Naples, we went into the local Lilly store and I walked out with 3 new shifts and 2 pairs of printed pants. That was the start of my addiction!! Dresses that made me feel good about myself that I could wash and wear with no problem!! My friends got to the point where they understood how my dressing reflected my mood. If I was wearing black on any given day, they knew I did not feel well. To this day, if I am wearing black, I am asked if I feel okay!

Our favorite product from the Resort ’11 delivery isThe Westerly dress!! A dress that can be worn all year round for us Lilly Lovers in the north is exactly what we need!!! I’m actually wearing it today with black boots but can not wait to get my Gold McKims out in a few months and wear it with them!!!

About our town/shopping center: Ridgewood is a lovely town in Bergen County, New Jersey. We are a very close knit community and thrive on the help we give one another. Our town is the perfect place to shop for a couple of hours, then enjoy one of the many restaurants we have that serve the most wonderful food!

Upcoming events: Thursday, December 8th we are holding a Shop and Share with Social Services of Ridgewood and Vicinity…10% of the days proceeds will be donated back to their organization. We are asking shoppers to bring in $10 gift cards to be placed in gift baskets to families in need in our area as well. In return, we are extending a $10 off your purchase of $150 or more coupon as a way of saying Thank You. The event will have a Ladies Night Out theme and we’ll have cocktails and appetizers from 5-8pm. Join us!

A favorite customer story: We have what we call the Therapy Chair in our store. It’s right in front of the register and customers love to come in and sit for a spell. It usually starts with them coming in and throwing their purse on the chair (just like they’re at home!) Once they’re done their shopping, they have a seat while we ring them up and we get all caught up on what’ s going on in their and their children’s lives. It really is the best part of living and working in the same town!

Our store is unique because…We are the only place in Bergen County where you can buy Lilly and get the personal attention that our customers deserve!!!

Did you know… That Jackie and Gary have 6 kids and 4 grandchildren??? Oh and 2 dogs and a guinea pig too :)

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