Buy Local NJ

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!


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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Recent Posts

Buy NJ campaign kicks off to support local NJ businesses

We started BuyLocalNJ in November 2018 because we saw the need to support our local businesses. Without our main street businesses, our communities would suffer and the downtowns would be left with empty storefronts. With COVID-19, our NJ businesses need the community support more than ever. That is why we have continued our BuyLocalNJ series with livestreams and videos for towns like Berkeley Heights and New Providence.

Livestream with Jimmy Joseph Mortgage

Today, we chat with Jimmy Joseph of Jimmy Joseph Mortgage. We talk about all things mortgages. Is it a good time to refinance? How is the shelter in place order affecting the real estate market? How has the Federal Reserve actions affected mortgage rates? Why does Jimmy think its important to spotlight local businesses?

Pastrami House | Jewish Style Deli with a Modern, Bakery Twist

We sit down with Jon Gjoni, the dynamic young owner of Pastrami House in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Jon talks about the incredibly delicious pastrami and their freshly baked breads. They offer many creative side dishes and homemade soups. Despite being a new business, they are already giving back to the local community whenever they can.

Livestream with Jon Gjoni of Pastrami House in Berkeley Heights

Because of COVID-19, we are checking in with businesses to see how they are adapting to the challenging environment. Today we checked in with Jon Gjoni, the owner of Pastrami House in Berkeley Heights. With the dining room closed, they are offering curb side pickup as well as delivery through multiple platforms. They are also giving free junior sandwiches during lunch hours to the hero first responders.

Livestream with Carrie Sharpe, Air Aerial Fitness in New Providence

Because of COVID-19, we are checking in with businesses to see how they are adapting to the challenging environment. Today, we check in with Carrie Sharpe, owner of Air Aerial Fitness in New Providence. With the shelter-in-place order, Air quickly pivoted to teaching classes via Zoom. While you don't have a hammock at home, classes are tailored to be an intense workout using items that you have around the house like a broom. They look forward to the day when they can get back to workouts in the air!

Livestream with Unwind Yoga & Wellness in New Providence, NJ.

Because of COVID-19, we are checking in with businesses to see how they are adapting to the challenging environment. Our first guest is Aubrey Reichard-Eline of Unwind Yoga & Wellness in New Providence, NJ. Find out how her yoga studio is adapting during stay-at-home and how she's helping other local businesses.

All you need to know about forgivable CARES loans?

This is the most crazy and stressful time to be a business owner, not to mention just being a human in general. We started the BuyLocalNJ project to support local businesses and this is a time that requires even more. Given the unprecedented economic hardship, the government passed the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill called Coronavirus, Air, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) which makes $350 billion available to small businesses in the form of "Paycheck Protection Program" loans. Business owners may be eligible for loans that are completely forgivable if used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, and utilities over an 8 week period.

CAD Construction | Your Partner in Home Transformation

We venture to Watchung to speak with Chris Daunno, owner of CAD Construction. CAD is a home transformation specialist, providing turnkey general contracting service for residential customers in Somerset County and the surrounding areas. They provide high quality construction and on-time, on-budget project completion, all managed by Chris as the single contact who oversees every project from beginning to end. CAD can construct new homes and service tear downs/rebuilds. Furthermore, CAD can assist in additions and renovation projects.

This episode is in partnership with the Bernards Township Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Peace of Mind Yoga | Overcome Daily Stresses with Yoga

We visit Owner Kris Silvestry at Peace of Mind Yoga in Berkeley Heights. It is the town's first and only stand alone yoga studio. At Peace of Mind Yoga, the instructors help its students learn how to cope and heal from their stress, anxiety, depression and trauma so that they can emerge as better parents, friends, community members, children, bosses and co-workers. In yoga classes, Peace of Mind Yoga provides a safe, peaceful and nonjudgmental space allowing for people to move and meditate to facilitate their own healing.

Starship Pediatric Dentistry | An Out of the World Dental Experience for Kids

We venture to Madison to board the spacecraft at Starship Pediatric Dentistry. We meet the Captain (Dr.) Sky Berdahl who gives us a tour of the mothership. From a young age he dreamed of being a pediatric dental astronaut and he brought his vision to life in NJ. There is a clear love for dentistry and fun at this dental office that goes beyond the limits of space itself. This is a wonderful place for kids to have their first dental experience and we still are lobbying for them to take adults as patients.

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Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results.  Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by Runnymede Capital Management, Inc.-"Runnymede"), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this blog will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful.  Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions.  Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this blog serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from Runnymede.  Please remember that if you are a Runnymede client, it remains your responsibility to advise Runnymede, in writing, if there are any changes in your personal/financial situation or investment objectives for the purpose of reviewing/evaluating/revising our previous recommendations and/or services, or if you would like to impose, add, or to modify any reasonable restrictions to our investment advisory services. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. Runnymede is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the blog content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of the Runnymede's current written disclosure Brochure discussing our advisory services and fees is available for review upon request. Please Note: Runnymede does not make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy, timeliness, suitability, completeness, or relevance of any information prepared by any unaffiliated third party, whether linked to Runnymede's web site or blog or incorporated herein, and takes no responsibility for any such content. All such information is provided solely for convenience purposes only and all users thereof should be guided accordingly.

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