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!

The Pasta Shop | Handmade Italian Classics in Denville

This week, we travel to Denville to talk to chef Tommy Pollio about all things pasta. Born and raised in Denville, Tommy wanted to bring handmade pastas to his hometown. All of his pastas are handmade in house (which you can watch from the front window) and priced at a tremendous value. We were treated to some of his hits with mozzarella sticks, linguine with clams, rigatoni alla vodka and finally the best cannoli that we have ever had. The food blew us away and Tommy believes in supporting other local businesses and the community. If you haven't been to the Pasta Shop, you are in for a treat!

This episode was in collaboration with Downtown Denville.

Sisters and Surprises in Store | One Family's Dedication to Customers and Community

We visit Meg Olenowski, who with her sister Cait, own not one store but two. Located in Denville, Sisters is a clothing boutique and Surprises in Store is a delightful gift shop.

Meg and Cait come from a family of local business owners and are dedicated to both customers and the community.

Three Daughters Baking Co | Professionally Crafted Baked Goods in Maplewood

We visit Erica Leahy who founded Three Daughters Baking Company after working for star chefs Daniel Boulud, Karen DeMasco, and Tom Colicchio.

You're Invited to the On The Bus Virtual Trade Show

Check out our latest live segment with Chris Lipper of On The Bus Sales Training, Consulting and Coaching, because he has a deal for you!

This is a unique opportunity to support local businesses as you shop for gifts. It's also great for vendors marketing a business.

Why local is so important to business and strong community with Bobbie Peer, TAPinto

Check out our latest live segment with Bobbie Peer, owner of the TAPinto franchises in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Mountainside. Find out how she went from writer to franchise owner and why she is so passionate about covering local news. Hear about the benefits of advertising on the TAPinto platform and the hyper-local visits that it generates.

Also watch as Bobbie turns the tables and interviews us about why we started BuyLocalNJ. It is the perfect day for the interview on the two-year anniversary of BuyLocalNJ. Looking back we have produced over 100 videos and have visited 80+ businesses. Check out both segments!

Dry Goods Refillery | A Plastic and Package-Free Pantry in Maplewood

We visit Rachel Garcia to learn about this "bring your own container" refill shop and pantry selling bulk grocery items and plastic-free products.

ESO Artisanal Pasta | Bringing the authentic flavors of Italy to your home

This week, we travel to Morristown to talk with Isaiah Findley-Pinnock of ESO Artisanal Pasta. In the middle of the pandemic, friends Isaiah, Ayinde (AJ) Sankofa, and Joel Camarillo-Diaz decided to make the entrepreneurial jump selling handmade sauces and pastas. All three grew up in Morristown and worked at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen. Chef AJ trained under two different Michelin starred chefs, Kevin Sippel at Jockey Hollow (who received his Michelin while working at Alto in NYC) and Andrea Larossa at Ristorante Larossa in Italy. Check out their menu and pick up your favorite pastas at their location inside the Artist Baker in Morristown.

Livestream with Jessica and Herman Chu, Chumami Chili Oil

Check out our latest live segment with Jessica and Herman Chu, creators of Chumami Chili Oil. Hear about how their chili oil has evolved from a recipe passed down from their grandfather. Their small batch chili oil is sourced and produced in New Jersey - a true local story. Chumami is a curated blend of ripe bird eye chili peppers, savory dried shrimps and spices. There are no preservatives, no artificial flavorings or coloring, and no MSG. Their 3rd batch of Chumami is available now at!

Sprout | Healthy Eats in the Heart of Maplewood

We visit Todd Marvel of Sprout in Maplewood to learn about the healthy food options he and his wife are bringing to their neighborhood.

i2i Fusion | The Only Indian-Italian Fusion Restaurant in the World

We talk with the mad scientist/chef Mickey Chopra that has created i2i, the first Indian-Italian fusion restaurant in the world. After buying Vinnie's Pizzeria and seeing the many others in the area, Mickey saw the need to create something new and interesting. With the help of his family, he drew from his Indian roots and combined it with the Italian favorites in the kitchen. Some of his creations include the award winning Naanchos and Barstool's Dave Portnoy reviewed chicken mahkani penne alla vodka (a 9.6 rating!). Definitely make the trip out to Boonton to try out this truly unique fusion restaurant and say hello to chef Mickey!


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