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.
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!
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 chumamichilioil.com!
We visit Todd Marvel of Sprout in Maplewood to learn about the healthy food options he and his wife are bringing to their neighborhood.
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!
Check out our latest live segment with Alan Coman, founder and creator of the Tapfood app. Hear how their food delivery app is helping consumers and restaurants save tons of money. The competitors like DoorDash and Grubhub charge huge service fees and commissions on both sides of the transaction. Customers can save 20% or more on deliver orders. Tapfood charges restaurants 7% for takeout and 14% for delivery orders - a big savings vs the competition.
Check out our latest live segment with Kiana Davis, owner of Tutor Kids n' More. Hear about how she got started teaching and why she chose to start her own business. Tutor Kids n' More offers one-on-one tutoring as well as virtual group lessons. They also offer babysitting and childcare services.
We meet Mara Kimowitz, owner and creator of StretchSource which is the original provider of assisted partnered stretching in Morris County, NJ. They are the only one's who provide both private stretch sessions and group stretch classes. The Method of StretchSource™ is based on the 4 core principles T.E.A.M. Tranquility, Evenness, Alignment and Mobility™. They offer corporate wellness programs as well. During the pandemic, they are offering virtual group classes to keep their clients stretched.
We talk all things Jewish deli with Don Parkin, owner of Goodman's Deli in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Goodman's has been serving pastrami, corned beef and brisket since 1943. Don has owned the deli for over 10 years and it has been in Berkeley Heights for 20 years. Don brought more authentic dishes to the menu and also his passion for Chicago style hot dogs. While the dining room is currently closed because of the pandemic, Goodman's is still serving customers via pickup and delivery.
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.
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?
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