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!
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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.
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.
We visit Zach Ryan of Strix Media, a digital media agency in Morristown that offers video production, photography, social media, and web design.
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.
Chris speaks with Tora Uttarapong, owner of Proud Thai Cookery in Berkeley Heights, NJ. While many people are familiar with Thai food, Tora wanted to bring authentic Thai street food to NJ. Their drunken noodle has been a huge success and their Bangkok boat noodle soup is another unique dish that will surely satisfy your hunger. Not only is the food great, but Tora and his staff are wonderful people and it is well known in local the community. During the terrible snow storm earlier this year when many people were stuck on the roads for many hours, Tora delivered food personally when no other business in town even had a driver. This family run restaurant is a standout in the community.
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