Between now and the end of the year, The Village Green is presenting the series, “Home for the Holidays,” a reminder during this holiday season that when you shop local, we all win! Today, we are proud to feature Meus at 98 Baker Street in Maplewood Village —yet another wonderful South Orange-Maplewood business, where unique items from around the world mingle with the wares of local artists.
Marichelle Hills, a stand-out in Maplewood’s thriving community of female entrepreneurs, is the owner, creative force, and curator extraordinaire behind Meus. Meus is a modern lifestyle shop with highly sought-after brands in everything from clothing to jewelry to home products. But that’s only half of the story.
More than anything, Meus is an experience. From the moment you open the door and you’re greeted by the sound of bells chiming to your first inhale of the most delicious scent that you can’t quite describe, you are seduced. (Hills insists that the smell is a combination of all the candles and perfumes but I suspect it’s some sort of trickery like when casinos pump out oxygen through vents to keep folks spending.) Meus is the kind of shop that you get lost in for hours, exploring vintage wooden drawers full of handmade soaps, perfect tiny ceramic vessels and intoxicating perfume oils and candles. You will find yourself picking up things you never thought you needed: a hand-beaded tassel traditionally used to adorn camel ankles… yes please, I’ll take two. A book featuring cocktails inspired by famous women in history…must have it.
Loyal followers who have flocked to Meus since its inception as an exclusively online retailer have stayed true to the brick and mortar shop where most clients are known by name. Hills says, “I love knowing my customers, watching babies grow, hearing about older kids going off to college. It feels like a little community. One of my regular customers, Susan, comes in almost every week, not necessarily to buy but just to get inspired from the space. It’s the best feeling ever, to provide a space that people love, where they feel transported and happy.”
From Meus’ inception, Hills has made it a point to feature local makers. Her collection of accessories and vintage wares reflects the talented community around her: crowd favorites include jewelry from local designers Julie Esgun (Maplewood) and Melissa De La Fuente (Maplewood), botanically dyed textiles from A_DB Botanical (Maplewood), floral wreaths by Josi Stone of Wildly (Maplewood) and whimsically inspired crib sheets from Rookie Humans (South Orange). More recently, the shop has shifted beyond the role of coveted boutique and has emerged as a leading communal event and gallery space for SOMA artists – showcasing the original work of local painters, photographers, and designers.
This holiday season Meus will revive its popular “Holiday Wish List” program to provide a little holiday help to those relatives who struggle to find the perfect gift. Pop in to Meus (98 Baker Street) beginning Small Business Saturday to browse the latest arrivals, create a custom wishlist, and leave the rest to Meus’ holiday elves who will make sure the list gets to your recipient of choice… because while tech gadgets are functional, why not ask for a little something indulgent this holiday. And if all else fails Meus will be having a “Last Minute Shopper” keg party on Christmas Eve with tasty brews sponsored by local favorite, SOMA Brewing Co. Cheers to a peaceful holiday season!
98 Baker Street, Maplewood NJ