We venture to beautiful Berkeley Heights to meet Michael Bernardo, graduate of the Gemological Institute of America and owner of J. Michaels Jewelers. This neighborhood jewelry store has been in the family for almost 50 years. Hear what the popular items are and why you should buy from a local jeweler. Also why it is important to shop local and how they give back to the community.
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!
We visit Scott T. de Villers, founder and President of Pulse Stage Lighting. Armed with a pick-up truck and a dream, Scott started the company out of his basement in 1990. At its inception the goal was to service the needs of the NJ community for lighting and staging production. Today, 25 years later, it is so much more.
We chat with nutritionist and health supportive chef Marisa Teiner to learn about her company Feel Better Pops. Originally inspired by her son Chace, a frozen fruit pop connoisseur, Feel Better Pops are made with wholesome ingredients like coconut water, super fruits, herbs, honey and cane sugar.
We visit Sensei Darren DeMarco at White Tiger Dojo's state-of-the-art martial arts facility in Berkeley Heights. Students of all ages, whether 4 or 104, come to practice a traditional style of Okinawan Karate called Isshin Kempo.
We visit the go-to boutique for gourmet and custom shaped chocolates, gift baskets, corporate gifts, wedding and party favors, homemade in Morristown, NJ. Owner Wendy Taffet shares her unique path from pharmacist to chocolatier. And we learn that Enjou Chocolat also makes delicious seasonal homemade ice creams!
Andy chats with Cecilia Oliva-Gilbreath, co-owner of Rosie Cleans, to find out how the company is using technology to modernize the business of cleaning homes. From using technology to book appointments to 50 point checklists, Rosie Cleans aims to make the process convenient and consistent.
We visit Zach Ryan of Strix Media, a digital media agency in Morristown that offers video production, photography, social media, and web design.
Andy chats with Brian Brandt, co-owner of Backyard Heroes Fireworks, to find out about what fireworks are available and legal in the Garden State, safety, and more.
Andy chats with Jay Oliva, founder of NJ Coed Sports, to find out why NJ Coed Sports is voted among the best Social Adult Coed Sports Leagues on the East Coast. Sports leagues bring people together to play, but it is the overall human experience and everlasting friendships created here that are the true reward.
Andy visits Mallika Malhotra, founder of MikiFoto + Co., to find out how she helps women entrepreneurs to hone their messages, create power images, and rise above the noise. She believes in creating images that build connection, energize your brand and infuse personality into your business.
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