Holiday craziness is in full swing with retailers and malls packed with customers scurrying to finishing their shopping lists. I've been working on a series of holiday gift guides for Baristanet.com to help let readers know how convenient it is to shop in Montclair. I feel that people tend to forget that boutiques carry the same items big name retailers do, along with exclusive items that aren't found anywhere else. I did a majority of shopping online and at boutiques in Montclair where I didn't get frustrated over parking. Instead of the typical holiday madness, it was quite relaxing and enjoyable. I fall in love with the town more after each visit and stroll, and I tend to find a new coffee shop or boutique while I'm working on an assignment. My latest discovery is Java Love and their seasonal holiday menu filled with festive coffee drinks. The latte I had definitely hit the spot while I was shopping at Paper Boutique around the corner. You can read the first article of the series here: Great Gifts for Gals in Upper Montclair.