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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?”

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Chris Wang

Chris Wang is an Owner and Portfolio Manager at Runnymede Capital Management, a family-owned investment firm that has served institutions and high-net-worth individuals with integrity for over 20 years. The firm has a unique record of protecting clients’ assets from major “financial hurricanes” and offers a one-of-a-kind service sector strategy. Runnymede was named Best Customer Service in Investment Management at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Captive Service Awards and nominated 2008 Manager of the Year by Financial Investment News.

Chris was recently named one of the Top 100 Most Social Financial Advisors by Brightscope. He is a contributor to Huffington Post and Seeking Alpha; and he has been quoted in major investment publications including Barron's and Forbes. Mr. Wang graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond. He is married, has a beautiful daughter, and is a diehard New York Mets fan.

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AIR Aerial Fitness | Taking Your Workout Off the Ground

Chris visits AIR Aerial Fitness in New Providence. With the grand opening on September 14th, we get a sneak peak from owner Carrie Sharpe. This is the first location of the AIR franchise on the east coast and Carrie is excited to bring this new form of fitness to NJ. Described as the best core workout ever, Chris gets to try out the hammocks for himself.

Morristown Game Vault | From Dispensing Medicine to Dispensing Fun

Chris visits the Morristown Game Vault to talk with the owner David Balsamini who traded his vocation of pharmacy to follow his passion in retro video games. "I went from dispensing medicine to dispensing fun," he said. The Game Vault offers entertainment through classic video games like Donkey Kong, Spy Hunter, Pac Mac, and a slew of pinball machines. While it brings back memories of the 1980, you no longer have to feed quarters or tokens. Today, you play as much as you want on an hourly rate. The Game Vault also host events like pinball leagues and tournaments as well as birthday parties and private events.

Green Point Juicery | Cold Pressed Juices Go Beyond Green

Chris speaks with Eugene Onishkevich owner of Green Point Juicery with locations in Verona, Morristown and coming soon (September 2019) to Maplewood. Green Point Juicery opened its doors in the summer of 2015 in Verona. They had two goals in mind: 1) bringing the purest, tastiest, and most affordable cold pressed juices to the community, and 2) committing to sustainable business practices. It is recognized as a sustainable business by the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) for its use of biodegradable products, use of seasonal local produce and its composting initiative.

Paolo's Kitchen | Italian Specialties from Freezer to Your Kitchen Table

Chris speaks with Paolo Vieira, chef and owner of Paolo's Kitchen in New Providence, NJ. A chef for over 30 years, Paolo went from working in restaurants to starting his own business. His humble beginnings started by selling two Italian specialties at the New Providence farmers market. Today he sells at farmers markets all over the state bringing pre-prepared, frozen Italian food to the masses. His eggplant rollantini is his signature dish and "The Crack" dressing has people addicted from the first taste.

Soul Bowls | Food Truck Plants Its Roots in Scotch Plains

Chris speaks with Michelene Lambros, owner of Soul Bowls in Scotch Plains, NJ. In 2017, Soul Bowls got its start as a food truck selling at the Scotch Plains farmers market. It build a loyal following and in 2019, Soul Bowls opened its first retail location on Mountain Avenue. Soul Bowl offers homemade food that is fresh, vegan and organic. From acai bowls to juices to raw soulnola, customers love the food! This is a true local story as Michelene grew up and is still a resident of Scotch Plains.

Mary Massey | Instagram Influencer, Life Coach and Business Coach

Chris speaks with Mary Massey, life and business coach. After her father passed away, Mary found herself struggling with depression. Instead of taking a pill, Mary discovered Zumba and it changed her life and career path as well. She fell in love with Zumba and transforming people's minds and bodies through fitness. Today, Mary is a one woman force. She is a life coach, business coach and Instagram influencer.

Proud Thai Cookery | Authentic Thai Street Food in NJ

Chris speaks with Tora Uttarapong, owner of Proud Thai Cookery in Berkeley Heights, NJ. While many people are familiar with Thai food, Tora wanted to bring authentic Thai street food to NJ. Their drunken noodle has been a huge success and their Bangkok boat noodle soup is another unique dish that will surely satisfy your hunger. Not only is the food great, but Tora and his staff are wonderful people and it is well known in local the community. During the terrible snow storm earlier this year when many people were stuck on the roads for many hours, Tora delivered food personally when no other business in town even had a driver. This family run restaurant is a standout in the community.

Bagel Cafe | A Foodie Redefines the Neighborhood Bagel Shop

Chris speaks with Craig Bass, owner of Bagel Café of New Providence, NJ. Craig worked many years on Wall Street but after 2008, he decided to go back to his college roots of hotel and restaurant management. While Bagel Café seems to be just a neighborhood bagel store, Craig has dreams of transforming it far beyond just bagels. A foodie at heart, Craig has already elevated the coffee with a signature blend that is arguably the best in town. His next step is bringing customers incredible burgers, including the Jersey burger with Taylor ham, egg and cheese. The future is bright for Bagel Café with a foodie pushing the menu far beyond just bagels.

Fit Warrior Chitra | Lessons From a Fitness Coach Who Lost 80 Pounds in One Year

Chris speaks with Chitra Rochlani, aka the Fit Warrior Chitra. She is a fitness coach who has learned from personal experience of losing 80 pounds in one year and is now teaching others to do the same. She is transforming minds, habits and then bodies. It was her own struggles with weight that ignited a passion within her to help others break the physical and mental barriers that have held them back in the past. She works with clients to change their eating habits and gives them a database of easy to follow recipes. To burn the calories, she  offers 1-on-1 personal training at Florham Park Fitness. But it doesn't stop there as she holds clients accountable even outside of training sessions to ensure that they reach their goals.

My Little Party Place | A Five Star Experience for Your Child's Birthday

Chris speaks with Marisa Collazo, owner of My Little Party Place in Berkeley Heights. Marisa worked for years as an event manager at a private club on NYC's Park Avenue and as catering manager at Fordham University. However, the hours were grueling and Marisa wanted to be able to spend more time with her son. She found the perfect spot to open her own business in Berkeley Heights and now plans parties for the most important people, kids. She throws fabulous themed birthday parties for local children and no theme is off limits. If you visit their Instagram page, you will see that the attention to detail is unmatched. Parties have featured Mary Poppins, Harry Potter, Frozen, Spider-man, Wonder Woman, and Jojo Siwa. In addition to parties, they offer half-day summer workshops with fun activities like cooking and STEAM.

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