The Jolly Tar is and always has been proud to be female and family-owned, to serve the community, and to promote artists.
If it's artful, if it's beautiful, and if it makes us happy - it's in!
Evalyn Shippee has always used her small business to bring the community of Bay Head together through several different methods. The Jolly Tar has been active in events like The Bay Head Christmas Walk, which Evalyn started and was Mrs. Claus for many years. Along with The Christmas Walk, the store has actively supported the community by participating in the Halloween Parade and Summer Art Walk. The Jolly Tar has been a part of the civic demands of the communities such as The Business Association of Bay Head and The Bay Head Historic Society. Evalyn helped to organize and revamp the Business Association of Bay Head to focus on small business rights. In 1990, Evalyn started the Bay Head Historic Society to emphasize and bring the forefront the architecture of the town. In 1995, Evalyn spearheaded and conducted the art history and architecture investigation of the city leading to Bay Head being recognized as a historic town by the state and by the nation . Evalyn helped to protect the integrity of the town that has been her second home - its nature, its architecture, and its people.
The Jolly Tar is everything a good store should be.