The Store Designers


Starting 30 + years ago in Fairhaven, New Jersey, Mara and team began their journey.



Mara Neske

Designer / Founder


Eileen Cuje


The Store From River Road has been my second home for almost 24 years.  What started as a part time job blossomed into a full time career, where I am able to combine creative design skills with "people" skills.  I attended the Interior Design Program at Brookdale Community College and it helped me fine tune the design side of my work.  The interaction with customers is just as important as design and is probably myfavorite part of working here.  You never know who is going to walk through the door or what their needs might be.  The challenge of interpreting a customer's vision for their home and executing it is very satisfying to me.  If they don't have an idea I listen to them, try to get an idea of their personality and come up with ideas to help them get the look they didn't even know they wanted.  I feel very lucky to work at The Store From River Road!  Everyday is different and challenging.



Patrice Schulte


My journey with The Store began 19 years ago working part time when I had two young children. What started out as selling furniture and accessories has developed into a full time design business for me. I truly enjoy the new challenges every day. I love to do a room from start to finish, not only furniture, but paint color, window treatments, accessories.....and of course as anyone who knows me...the pillows!

I have built my large client base through word of mouth.  My expertise is assisting my clients in turning their vision into reality.   Not only do I design their space to be aesthetically beautiful, I  always make sure it feels like they belong there.  One of the most  rewarding aspects is when I get to incorporate pieces that have a special meaning to them.


Jennifer Bolton-Lalis


Jennifer has been in the furniture industry since 2000. Starting as a sales rep for a high end lighting company, she then went on to work for Pottery Barn.  After gaining much experience, she went on to open two furniture stores of her own, carrying imports from India and South Africa.  After closing her business to start her family, Jennifer and Mara reconnected after many years.  They immediately hit it off and Jennifer joined The Store's Team in 2013.  She has combined her experience in the business aspect of the industry with Eileen and Patrice's in depth knowledge  of the design to become a great addition to The Store.