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!


Chris Wang

Chris Wang is an Owner and Portfolio Manager at Runnymede Capital Management, a family-owned investment firm that has served institutions and high-net-worth individuals with integrity for over 20 years. The firm has a unique record of protecting clients’ assets from major “financial hurricanes” and offers a one-of-a-kind service sector strategy. Runnymede was named Best Customer Service in Investment Management at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Captive Service Awards and nominated 2008 Manager of the Year by Financial Investment News.

Chris was recently named one of the Top 100 Most Social Financial Advisors by Brightscope. He is a contributor to Huffington Post and Seeking Alpha; and he has been quoted in major investment publications including Barron's and Forbes. Mr. Wang graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond. He is married, has a beautiful daughter, and is a diehard New York Mets fan.

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Recent Posts

Mark's Auto Service | Family Run Auto Repair Service in Gillette

This week, we venture to Gillette to chat with father and son Mark and Nick Ierubino of Mark's Auto Service. This family run business has been servicing cars since 1989. In addition to regular maintenance, they also offer inspection services to keep your car on the road safely. Their goal is to offer the best services available at affordable prices to get you back on the road in no time. Mark and Nick give back to the community and both served as fire chief of the Basking Ridge fire department.


This episode is in partnership with the Bernards Township Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Illuminate Food | Curated Local Fresh Farm Food Box

This week we speak with Danielle Schwab, owner of Illuminate Food. Founded amidst the pandemic, Danielle saw the challenges that farmers faced with restaurants shutting down. She decided to start a food box delivery service to connect farms directly to residential customers. Danielle curates the box from local farms and purveyors. Each box contains roughly 16 to 18 items and customers can add on dairy, cheese and proteins. The box also includes customized recipes each week and there is a Facebook group to share recipes and tips with each other.

Harvest Bistro | Fresh to Table Food in Madison

This week we speak with Tushar Patel, owner of Harvest Bistro in Madison. Tushar has been running the business for over 20 years and has transformed his business from the neighborhood deli to a sleek bistro. Harvest Bistro specializes in fresh to table food. Hear about his most popular dishes like chicken tenders that have been a staple of his restaurant for many years. Harvest Bistro has earned a stellar 4.5 star rating on Yelp. Find out what the hype is all about!

Pure Barre Denville | Small Movements Make a Big Impact on Your Health

This week, we travel to Denville to talk to Beth Billmeier, owner of Pure Barre Denville. Beth went from client to franchise owner because she loved the workout and the thought of helping others on their fitness journey. With the turn of the calendar to 2021, many people want to make a change to their health. Hear how Pure Barre can be a huge difference maker in changing your body with small isometric movements. Clients are so dedicated to the craft that many celebrate milestones from 100, 250, 500 and even 1000+ classes.

This episode was in collaboration with Downtown Denville.

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.

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!

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 chumamichilioil.com!

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!

Livestream with Alan Coman, Tapfood

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. 

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Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results.  Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by Runnymede Capital Management, Inc.-"Runnymede"), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this blog will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful.  Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions.  Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this blog serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from Runnymede.  Please remember that if you are a Runnymede client, it remains your responsibility to advise Runnymede, in writing, if there are any changes in your personal/financial situation or investment objectives for the purpose of reviewing/evaluating/revising our previous recommendations and/or services, or if you would like to impose, add, or to modify any reasonable restrictions to our investment advisory services. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. Runnymede is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the blog content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of the Runnymede's current written disclosure Brochure discussing our advisory services and fees is available for review upon request. Please Note: Runnymede does not make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy, timeliness, suitability, completeness, or relevance of any information prepared by any unaffiliated third party, whether linked to Runnymede's web site or blog or incorporated herein, and takes no responsibility for any such content. All such information is provided solely for convenience purposes only and all users thereof should be guided accordingly.

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