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.
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We venture to beautiful Berkeley Heights to meet Michael Bernardo, graduate of the Gemological Institute of America and owner of J. Michaels Jewelers. This neighborhood jewelry store has been in the family for almost 50 years. Hear what the popular items are and why you should buy from a local jeweler. Also why it is important to shop local and how they give back to the community.
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.
Andy chats with Brian Brandt, co-owner of Backyard Heroes Fireworks, to find out about what fireworks are available and legal in the Garden State, safety, and more.
Ellen Eppie, founder of Scooch a Mi Boutique in Chatham, helps customers to spread mindful kindness by giving back to heartfelt causes and communities. Scooch a Mi features homemade accessories and gifts that are made by social and eco-conscious artists.
Linda's Creative Gifts, originally TMC Boutique, was established in 2009. Being an artist herself, owner Linda Tribuna knew the challenges artists face in getting their work shown. That spurred her to open a store that would be a place that was "Home to the Local Artist." The store has broadened its products which now also features other US and Fair Trade artists with inspirational stories behind their work. Linda is known for her beautiful pencil drawings, charisma, and an eye for accessorizing any outfit or offering ideas for the perfect gift.
Amanda Smith took a unique path from pastry chef to baking the highest quality dog treats to retail shop owner. As a dog lover herself, she and her fiance found the perfect location in Morristown and have quickly built a strong community of loyal dog owners. Amanda has a bleeding heart for rescue animals, being the proud mom to three dogs, and she has built close ties to the local pet rescues hosting adoption events and raising money for them as well.
Stefanie Mathews always loved consignment for finding great stuff for her kids that's recycled and sold for a good price. Seeing a need in her community for a consignment store that focused on sports and dance, she opened Flip Consignment where customers can convert quality used items into cash, use proceeds to fund upgrades, and enjoy a pleasant shopping experience.
Chris Brinkofski, an owner at Tons of Toys, says that the secret to his company's success is its team, customer service, and responsiveness. With locations in Wyckoff, Bernardsville, Madison, and Westwood, Tons of Toys has flourished for nearly 30 years while many other brick and mortar toy stores have struggled.
Meet Paul Miller, one of Just Jersey’s co-owners, curators and shopkeepers. Just Jersey is a retail store with locations in Morristown and Montclair that uniquely celebrates the natural beauty, diversity, culture, grit and attitude of the Garden State through food, art, and craft of its residents.
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