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!
This week, we venture to Madison to meet Dr. Carmen Romano, owner of R3 Lab which specializes in athletic recovery and is the official recovery center of the NY Jets. Services they offer include infrared saunas, cryotherapy, and pneumatic compression. There's also a juice bar on site.
Dr. Romano saw more and more sports injuries in his career as a sports chiropractor and wanted to help athletes reset, repair and recover. Hear how hot and cold therapies can help you in your recovery process.
This week, we venture to Plainfield to meet chef Arman Saqe, owner of Jessica's Cafe. Arman has a vision to bring fine dining but in a casual setting. He and his sous chefs have many years experience as a team at one of NJ's best restaurants Lorena's in Maplewood. The menu is largely Italian - Neapolitan pizzas and pastas - though there are specials that are French inspired including a foie gras pizza. They also offer brunch on the weekend with classics like eggs benedict and french toast; and I assure you there will be a long wait in the coming months to get a table in the dining room.
This week, we venture to Somerville to speak with Daniel Lane of Lane & Lane, a family-run law firm providing family law and divorce counsel. The firm was founded by father-son team Steven and Daniel Lane in 2009, with Eric Lane coming in as a partner not long after. Their lawyers bring over 60 years of combined experience. Dan was selected to "Super Lawyers-Rising Stars"; "Top 10 40 Under 40"; and "Top 10 Family Law Attorney." In addition, he was awarded the "Equal Justice Medal" for his devotion to providing legal services for low-income families for divorce and domestic violence matters.
This week, we venture to beautiful Berkeley Heights to meet Cheri Pertesis, the owner of Anything Floral which has been the local florist in town for over 26 years. Hear about how Cheri got started in the business and how it has changed over the years. Anything Floral does events like weddings whether small or large and they will work with any budget. Flowers are associated with romance but even more so at Anything Floral as Cheri and her daughter Hilary met their spouses at the store! Cheri and Hilary give back to the town in a big way as they are key contributors to the incredible Berkeley Heights Winter Walk.
This week, we venture to Basking Ridge to meet Joe Canderozzi, the owner of The Ridge Restaurant & Pizza which has been serving Italian comfort food for over 30 years. Hear about the family recipes that have been passed down over generations. With winter right around the corner, learn about their homemade soups to warm you up. Also hear about their best selling dishes, catering and delivery.
Chris speaks with Dr. Kareem Osman, co-owner of Scotch Plains Fanwood Dental Center. Dr. Osman has his sights set on re-imagining the dental experience for the benefit of their clients. From the minute you step foot in their center, the receptionists have smiles on their faces and treat you like family. They serve Starbucks coffee and you can enjoy the zero-gravity massage chairs to relax. It is also a one-stop shop for dentistry with oral surgery, orthodontics and more right under one roof. Dr. Osman also believes in offering affordable service to everyone.
Chris speaks with Alexandra Daras about bringing her dreams to life with the Pretty Pink Rooster. Find out how she leverages technology to create a personal shopping experience for her customers near and far.
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.
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.
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