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.
BuyLocalNJ is what happens when brothers Andy and Chris, native New Jerseyans and owners of financial advisory firm Runnymede Capital Management, wondered, “What if we create a website that promotes buying local by interviewing business owners for our community?”
Join us in finding, supporting, and celebrating local businesses that are helping to build our communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, connecting neighbors, and contributing to local causes. Thank you for buying local!
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.
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.
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.
Andy interviews Chris DiMatteo, assistant manager at Gravity Vault in Chatham. The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gyms’ mission is to make everyone’s rock climbing experience a positive and memorable one, welcoming young and old, big and small, novice and expert, to challenge themselves each day.
Andy visits Yoga Essence with owners Chelsea Hoeffler, Kristen Bond, and Nicole Turczak who want you to experience the transformative power of yoga. The practice of yoga can being people together with a common goal of inspiring each other to flourish and thrive.
Stefanie Mathews always loved consignment for finding great stuff for her kids that's recycled and sold for a good price. Seeing a need in her community for a consignment store that focused on sports and dance, she opened Flip Consignment where customers can convert quality used items into cash, use proceeds to fund upgrades, and enjoy a pleasant shopping experience.
Chris Brinkofski, an owner at Tons of Toys, says that the secret to his company's success is its team, customer service, and responsiveness. With locations in Wyckoff, Bernardsville, Madison, and Westwood, Tons of Toys has flourished for nearly 30 years while many other brick and mortar toy stores have struggled.
When small business wins, communities win. Community leaders everywhere are in search of new ways to spark growth, keep young people engaged, and revitalize downtown areas. One answer is to cultivate small businesses because when a town offers locally owned restaurants, cool coffee shops, and unique boutiques—along with architects, attorneys, and other professionals—that downtown is often the heart and soul of a vibrant community.
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