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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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