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Jaunt on Over to Allentown (N.J.)

Retreat to this historic village for shopping, dining and a little TLC.

Located not far away at all, the historic village of Allentown in Monmouth County offers a pleasant escape from Central New Jersey’s crowded malls and thoroughfares.

Incorporated as a borough in 1889, the town’s shaded streets are lined with restaurants, boutiques and historic homes. Allentown offers a scenic and relaxing alternative to shopping at the mall. Looking to spend the day in Allentown? Then, try out some of Patch’s Allentown picks below.

Touted as a shop for your “girly girl” side, Necessities for the Heart offers a broad selection of Vera Bradley bags, Trollbeads and Chamilia jewelry and Brighton accessories.

This is a great bike shop for anyone looking to get a new bicycle or fine-tune an old bike this spring. Bruno’s Bicycles carries a large selection of children’s bicycles, Trek bikes, and skateboards. The shop will host spring bike rides starting April 3.

This environmentally friendly store sells products like soy candles and beautiful jewelry made from recycled materials. Earth Goddess Jewelry & Gifts will be holding an “egg-cellent”  store-wide sale from March 27 to April 2, with discounts of up to 40 percent off. Just pick your egg while shopping to reveal your discount.

This family-family restaurant serves pizza, sandwiches, fresh pastas, Italian desserts, espresso and cappuccino. There is also a kids menu featuring pastas and kid fare like cheeseburgers and hot dogs.

  • Swal Dairy, 33 S. Main St.

This ice cream shop, which opens for the season on March 15, makes 36 ice cream flavors, including sugar-free and fat-free ice cream, plus ice cream cakes and pies and Italian ices. You can find Swal Dairy on Facebook.

Why not end your day in Allentown with a little pampering? Located in a historic national bank building, Necessities Day Spa offers haircuts and hair treatments, massages, manicures and pedicures, waxing and teeth whitening.

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