Best indie shops: Jersey City

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  • Fish with Braids Gallery

  • Fish with Braids Gallery

  • Fish with Braids Gallery

  • Hudson County Art Supply

  • The Stockinette Knitting Caf

  • The Stockinette Knitting Caf

  • The Stockinette Knitting Caf

  • Tia's Place

  • Tia's Place

  • Tia's Place

Another Man's Treasure

Bob Dylan crankin' on the 33 helps set the mood at Meika and Warren Franz's knockout vintage boutique. We especially love their selection of suspenders and bow ties ($10--$15), one-piece swimsuits from the '50s through '80s ($25--$45), Chinese silk embroidered kimonos ($34--$55), Valley of the Dolls translucent nightgowns ($25--$45) and antique designer sunglasses ($35). 353 Grove St between Bay and 1st Sts (201-860-9990, amtvintage.com)

Fish with Braids Gallery
Uta Brauser's itty-bitty gallery specializes in local art and quirky gifts. Go here if you want a fish stapler ($15), graphic novels, art books or a windup robot toy ($12). 521 Jersey Ave at Christopher Columbus Dr (201-451-4294, fishwithbraids.blogspot.com)

FJB Comics & Games
This tiny, airless shop caters to garden-variety geeks with its Marvel, Dark Horse, Wii and Xbox offerings, but that's not why we're guessing they flock here week after week: Owner Floyd Bennett occasionally has a Rock Band setup in the middle of the floor, and any neighborhood kid (or, okay, adult) is welcome to join in the jam session. 17 Coles St between Columbus and 1st Sts (201-946-2200, fjbcomics.com)

Hudson County Art Supply
No wider than a subway car, this cramped spot is JC's premier place for basic art supplies like canvas and spray paint. Remember to snap a new Facebook pic in front of the store's impressive 30-foot-wide mural, painted by pop jammers Ron English, Jason Maloney and Big Foot. 303 1st St at Coles St (201-413-0900, hudcoart.com)

Iggi Olorun
This 42-year-old botanica smells like tradition—or maybe that's just its kaleidoscopic selection of spiritual bath salts ($6), cinnamon soaps ($3--$5), jinx-busting oils ($2.50), prayer candles (starting at $2), and see-through buckets of cure-alls like myrrh, sulfur and yerba buena. Believers also stop by to drop $1 and $5 bills at the altars of the Seven African Powers, or to have the ashes of friends and family members blessed. 332 Barrow St between Christopher Columbus Dr and Newark Ave (201-309-0909)

Made with Love
This organic bakery and cafe is a little more than two years old, and already it's at the top of other JC shopkeepers' must lists. Owner Celeste Governanti regularly hosts live jazz sessions and cooking classes, not to mention making a kick-ass pear galette ($4 a slice), fragrant fougasse stuffed with olives or sun-dried tomatoes ($7 a loaf) and righteously healthy dog biscuits in human-tempting flavors like honey peanut butter (12 for $6.50). 530 Jersey Ave between Christopher Columbus Dr and Newark St (201-850-3260, madewithloveorganics.com)

The Stockinette Knitting Caf
This homey caf entices freelancers with its quiches, tufted cushions and free Wi-Fi. Stockinette also makes good on its name, selling pattern books ($6.99--$18), aluminum and bamboo needles ($5.25--$20), and a rainbow of Debbie Bliss, Schaefer and Misti Alpaca yarns ($8.95--$54). Bonus: Knitting noobs can sign up for a starter class at the register (four hours for $65). 581 Jersey Ave at 3rd St (201-792-5648, thestockinette.com)

Tia's Place
Look past this boutique's abundance of strappy B&T tops and you'll unearth some real keepers, including Betty Rubble--style necklaces in kelly green, periwinkle and sunshine yellow ($32) and a to-die-for Spiewak hooded raincoat ($105). Also available: threads by Trina Turk, ruffled pinup panties ($14) and chunky wooden rings ($10). 277 Grove St between Mercer and Montgomery Sts (201-451-9358, tiasplace.com)

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