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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This week, we venture to Basking Ridge to meet Joe Canderozzi, the owner of The Ridge Restaurant & Pizza which has been serving Italian comfort food for over 30 years. Hear about the family recipes that have been passed down over generations. With winter right around the corner, learn about their homemade soups to warm you up. Also hear about their best selling dishes, catering and delivery.
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.
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.
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.
Chris speaks with Paolo Vieira, chef and owner of Paolo's Kitchen in New Providence, NJ. A chef for over 30 years, Paolo went from working in restaurants to starting his own business. His humble beginnings started by selling two Italian specialties at the New Providence farmers market. Today he sells at farmers markets all over the state bringing pre-prepared, frozen Italian food to the masses. His eggplant rollantini is his signature dish and "The Crack" dressing has people addicted from the first taste.
Chris speaks with Michelene Lambros, owner of Soul Bowls in Scotch Plains, NJ. In 2017, Soul Bowls got its start as a food truck selling at the Scotch Plains farmers market. It build a loyal following and in 2019, Soul Bowls opened its first retail location on Mountain Avenue. Soul Bowl offers homemade food that is fresh, vegan and organic. From acai bowls to juices to raw soulnola, customers love the food! This is a true local story as Michelene grew up and is still a resident of Scotch Plains.
Chris speaks with Mary Massey, life and business coach. After her father passed away, Mary found herself struggling with depression. Instead of taking a pill, Mary discovered Zumba and it changed her life and career path as well. She fell in love with Zumba and transforming people's minds and bodies through fitness. Today, Mary is a one woman force. She is a life coach, business coach and Instagram influencer.
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