Chris speaks with Aubrey Reichard-Eline, co-owner of Unwind Yoga & Wellness of New Providence, NJ. Unwind Yoga was founded in July 2018 by Shirley Fee and Aubrey. They seek to make yoga and wellness easy and approachable for all. It is one of the few studios in the area that was designed specifically for yoga and the practice of the various wellness modalities. The teachers on staff combine for more than 100 years of yoga teaching experience. They have classes for all ages and levels; and have special classes for kids and families. The also keep things innovative and new with workshops featuring drummers and singing bowls.
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Andy visits Evelina Berc, Chef/Owner of Pierogies House, in Morristown, NJ. Inspired by the food of her hometown of Leżajsk, a small city in the Subcarpathian region of Poland, Evelina creates quality Polish cuisine and innovative ideas for a menu that includes pierogi, bigos, stuffed cabbage, and potato pancakes. In fact, the potato pancakes and handmade pierogi with sauerkraut and kielbasa are made according to her grandmother's own recipes.
Chris speaks with Heather Backer of Backer Farm in Mendham, NJ. Backer Farm was founded in 1927 by Richard and Jessie Backer. Over time, it evolved from a dairy farm to a horse boarding facility. Today, the farm is under the guiding hands of the third generation in Derick and Heather Backer and they are adapting to today's culture. Backer Farm features a farm stand that is open 365 days a year, CSA (community supported agriculture), naturally grown produce, pork, eggs, bottled sauces and compost. They also offer a variety of after school and summer programs for kids. Since the fall, they offer a true farm-to-table experience in partnership with the local Mendham team of Chef and the Baker.
Ellen Eppie, founder of Scooch a Mi Boutique in Chatham, helps customers to spread mindful kindness by giving back to heartfelt causes and communities. Scooch a Mi features homemade accessories and gifts that are made by social and eco-conscious artists.
Chris speaks with Jimmy Vardas, owner of Prestige Diner of New Providence, NJ. Prestige Diner was founded in 1967 and has been in the Vardas family since 1982. Despite its many years in business, they aren't stuck in the past. They have a full liquor license so they serve many NJ micro brews as well as wines and mixed drinks. Their food also keeps up with the evolving tastes of its customers with gluten-free offerings, locally sourced ingredients and their newest menu addition, the Impossible Burger which is 100% plant based. The service is friendly and warm. It is no wonder that there is often a line out the door at this historic diner.
Andy speaks with Liv Breads co-owners Yaniv Livneh and Bary Yogev. This artisan bakery and coffee bar in Millburn proudly bakes natural sourdough the traditional way, relying on a slow fermentation process and plenty of hydration, to produce a complex loaf. In addition to whole loaves, Liv Breads' café has a daily selection of pastries, buns, healthful grain and green salads, sandwiches, and coffee. Visit before 1 pm to watch the bread bakers mixing, shaping, and baking naturally-leavened sourdough breads in an open kitchen attached to the café. You will be treated to the sights and smells of a traditional European bake shop, featuring whole loaves, vienoisserie (yeast-leavened dough and puff pastry), with a few Mediterranean surprises coming from the owners' Israeli background.
Chris visits with Tony Franco, the youngest business owner in Morristown. He started Beenie's Ice Cream at the age of 26. Always a creative person, Tony went from a professional drummer to passionate maker of inventive ice cream flavors. All of the ice cream is made daily with fresh cream, milk, and the highest quality ingredients. The end result is luscious, silky ice cream that will leave you wanting more and more. There's no doubt, if you visit in person, you will leave with a big smile on your face. If you live locally and don't want to get off the couch, Beenie's will even deliver to your door as you can now order with a few taps of a smartphone app.
Andy visits Grammy award-winning recording engineer Kevin Crouse who founded Kevin Crouse Audio Design to bring big screen experiences, quality sound, and automation into your home.
Andy interviews Dylan Baker, Proprietor of Summit House in Summit, NJ. Summit House offers elegant cuisine inspired by the Garden State's diverse edible bounty – served with care in a warm, lively atmosphere.
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