We visit Scott T. de Villers, founder and President of Pulse Stage Lighting. Armed with a pick-up truck and a dream, Scott started the company out of his basement in 1990. At its inception the goal was to service the needs of the NJ community for lighting and staging production. Today, 25 years later, it is so much more.
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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.
We chat with nutritionist and health supportive chef Marisa Teiner to learn about her company Feel Better Pops. Originally inspired by her son Chace, a frozen fruit pop connoisseur, Feel Better Pops are made with wholesome ingredients like coconut water, super fruits, herbs, honey and cane sugar.
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.
We visit Sensei Darren DeMarco at White Tiger Dojo's state-of-the-art martial arts facility in Berkeley Heights. Students of all ages, whether 4 or 104, come to practice a traditional style of Okinawan Karate called Isshin Kempo.
We visit the go-to boutique for gourmet and custom shaped chocolates, gift baskets, corporate gifts, wedding and party favors, homemade in Morristown, NJ. Owner Wendy Taffet shares her unique path from pharmacist to chocolatier. And we learn that Enjou Chocolat also makes delicious seasonal homemade ice creams!
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.
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.
Andy chats with Cecilia Oliva-Gilbreath, co-owner of Rosie Cleans, to find out how the company is using technology to modernize the business of cleaning homes. From using technology to book appointments to 50 point checklists, Rosie Cleans aims to make the process convenient and consistent.
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