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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We chat with nutritionist and health supportive chef Marisa Teiner to learn about her company Feel Better Pops. Originally inspired by her son Chace, a frozen fruit pop connoisseur, Feel Better Pops are made with wholesome ingredients like coconut water, super fruits, herbs, honey and cane sugar.
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.
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.
Chris speaks with Marisa Collazo, owner of My Little Party Place in Berkeley Heights. Marisa worked for years as an event manager at a private club on NYC's Park Avenue and as catering manager at Fordham University. However, the hours were grueling and Marisa wanted to be able to spend more time with her son. She found the perfect spot to open her own business in Berkeley Heights and now plans parties for the most important people, kids. She throws fabulous themed birthday parties for local children and no theme is off limits. If you visit their Instagram page, you will see that the attention to detail is unmatched. Parties have featured Mary Poppins, Harry Potter, Frozen, Spider-man, Wonder Woman, and Jojo Siwa. In addition to parties, they offer half-day summer workshops with fun activities like cooking and STEAM.
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