Fancy Fun

Playfully patterned goods from MacKenzie-Childs, and a buffet of sweets and apparel from Dylan’s Candy Bar, make Fancy That a treat to visit.

Owner Carol Jafferjee mixes national brands with a local shopping experience at her cheerful Montclair store.

At Fancy That, and you’ll not only be greeted by a colorful assortment of furniture, home décor, candy and gifts, but also by the equally welcoming storeowner, Carol Jafferjee.

The store predominantly carries two national brands—MacKenzie-Childs, known for whimsically patterned, brightly hued home accessories, and Dylan’s Candy Bar, with its signature Belgian chocolate bars and candy-colored apparel. “They’re both really happy, uplifting, and fun brands that I think merge well,” explains Jafferjee, who opened the store on Valley Road in Upper Montclair last September.

Fancy That 

Location: 622 Valley Road, Montclair

Contact: 973-744-6800;

Store Hours: Monday–Saturday
10 am to 6 pm; Sunday 12 to 5 pm

The shop’s walls are decorated with a black-and-white checkered border designed to match the Courtly check print featured on many of MacKenzie-Childs’ hand-painted ceramics, tableware and decorative ottomans and pillows.

“My customers can go on the Mac-Kenzie-Childs website, find something they like and come see it here rather than ordering it without seeing it, or making the trek into New York, which is expensive and time consuming,” says Jafferjee, who lives in Weehawken. “I tell my customers, ‘if you like shopping locally, go on their website, call me and I’ll order it to the store.’”

Along with home furnishings, there are treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar, a company founded  by Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren. The brand’s slogan, “Unwrap Your Sweet Life,” is depicted on the racks of Whirly Pops and on apparel and rain gear that’s great for all age groups.

Fancy That has a bevy of other upscale and creative finds such as Sferra fine linens from Italy and hand-embroidered pillows from Catstudio’s geography collection, with its very own New Jersey line.

“It’s a nice downtown shopping experience with a broader range of products,” says Jafferjee. “Although we sell nationally recognized merchandise, at the end of the day we’re still a local business.”

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