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Ramsey Gift Shop With Olive-Green Roof 'Makes It Work'

Olive 54 in Ramsey sells a host of gift items, from candles to Buddha products to pillows.
Olive 54 in Ramsey sells a host of gift items, from candles to Buddha products to pillows. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Olive 54 is big on selling local products.
Olive 54 is big on selling local products. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Olive 54 in Ramsey utiilizes its garden for events.
Olive 54 in Ramsey utiilizes its garden for events. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Olive 54 in Ramsey is chock full of one-of-a-kind items.
Olive 54 in Ramsey is chock full of one-of-a-kind items. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
A dishtowel's ode to summer 2015 sold at Olive 54 in Ramsey.
A dishtowel's ode to summer 2015 sold at Olive 54 in Ramsey. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Selling items with a Jersey theme is important to the owners of Olive 54 in Ramsey.
Selling items with a Jersey theme is important to the owners of Olive 54 in Ramsey. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Oversized pillows at Olive 54 in Ramsey.
Oversized pillows at Olive 54 in Ramsey. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
The interior of Olive 54 in Ramsey.
The interior of Olive 54 in Ramsey. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Olive 54 is named for its olive terracotta roof.
Olive 54 is named for its olive terracotta roof. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick

RAMSEY, N.J. -- You can thank the two daughters of Pam Greenberg and Ivy Becker for the beloved gift store, Olive 54 on W. Main Street in Ramsey.

The two Franklin Lake moms met through their daughters' kindergarten class — the girls are now 14 and 15.

At the time Becker, who previously worked as a fashion editor at a host of Condé Nast publications, had a store called Pip ... "Pop In Please," near her home in Franklin Lakes.

Greenberg said she always admired it and all that Becker did to make it unique.

She, on the other hand, was itching to do something a bit more "home goods" related.

Long story short: the two bought an old nail salon on a well-trafficked corner in Ramsey, renovated it along with a side garden and opened for business.

The now four-year-old store, named for the olive terracotta roof (in addition to the store's address), has become a go-to for the kinds of items you can't find anywhere else.

There's lot of local stuff -- think Jersey Girl pillows and Jersey beach dishtowels -- along with jewelry, candles Lewis Sherry candy, Buddha inspired items, and more.

Becker, a frequent traveler, said many products and ideas also come from what she finds on her many trips.

She said she's drawn to things that are witty, graphic and often, impulse buys. "You don't have to have it but you really want it," she said of the objects that attract her.

She attributes the success of Olive 54 partly to location, but mainly to knowing - and catering -- to the needs of the community.

That includes utilizing the store's garden, an extension of the selling space, which is also used on occasion for events.

"We figured out the formula," said Greenberg. "You can mix beautiful antique pieces with something current, modern and whimsical and make it work."

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