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!


Thoro | Dropping the Beats in Berkeley Heights

This week we visit Thoro Entertainment in Berkeley Heights and speak with Brett Bustamante. Thoro's roots are in audio production and DJing events. At their location on Springfield Ave, they have a recording studio with professional audio courses and workshops. In the front of the store, they have a boutique streetwear retail section of the shop that sells sneakers and hats. They also provide videography services. For your audio and video needs, definitely check out Thoro!

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!

Goodman's Deli | Jewish Deli Serving NJ Since 1943

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.

Pastrami House | Jewish Style Deli with a Modern, Bakery Twist

We sit down with Jon Gjoni, the dynamic young owner of Pastrami House in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Jon talks about the incredibly delicious pastrami and their freshly baked breads. They offer many creative side dishes and homemade soups. Despite being a new business, they are already giving back to the local community whenever they can.

Livestream with Jon Gjoni of Pastrami House in Berkeley Heights

Because of COVID-19, we are checking in with businesses to see how they are adapting to the challenging environment. Today we checked in with Jon Gjoni, the owner of Pastrami House in Berkeley Heights. With the dining room closed, they are offering curb side pickup as well as delivery through multiple platforms. They are also giving free junior sandwiches during lunch hours to the hero first responders.

The Liberty Group | Professional Moving, Maintenance, and Shredding

Family owned and operated since 1920, The Liberty Group Company operations include Liberty United Van Lines, Lincoln Mayflower Transit, Liberty Facilities Services, and Liberty Document Security. We sit down with John Lusardi to learn about the company's history, businesses, and role in its community.

Peace of Mind Yoga | Overcome Daily Stresses with Yoga

We visit Owner Kris Silvestry at Peace of Mind Yoga in Berkeley Heights. It is the town's first and only stand alone yoga studio. At Peace of Mind Yoga, the instructors help its students learn how to cope and heal from their stress, anxiety, depression and trauma so that they can emerge as better parents, friends, community members, children, bosses and co-workers. In yoga classes, Peace of Mind Yoga provides a safe, peaceful and nonjudgmental space allowing for people to move and meditate to facilitate their own healing.

Anything Floral | More Than Just a Florist in Berkeley Heights

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.

J. Michaels Jewelers | Family Run Business With Deep Community Roots

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.

White Tiger Dojo | Okinawan Karate in Berkeley Heights

We visit Sensei Darren DeMarco at White Tiger Dojo's state-of-the-art martial arts facility in Berkeley Heights. Students of all ages, whether 4 or 104, come to practice a traditional style of Okinawan Karate called Isshin Kempo.

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