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.
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Check out our latest live segment with Kiana Davis, owner of Tutor Kids n' More. Hear about how she got started teaching and why she chose to start her own business. Tutor Kids n' More offers one-on-one tutoring as well as virtual group lessons. They also offer babysitting and childcare services.
Watch our chat with Zack and Dan of StrixMedia in Morristown. During stay at home orders, they encourage creators and business owners to try new things, learn, and stay in front of your customers. Get some valuable tips of how you can expand your business from home.
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!
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.
We visit Zach Ryan of Strix Media, a digital media agency in Morristown that offers video production, photography, social media, and web design.
Andy chats with Jay Oliva, founder of NJ Coed Sports, to find out why NJ Coed Sports is voted among the best Social Adult Coed Sports Leagues on the East Coast. Sports leagues bring people together to play, but it is the overall human experience and everlasting friendships created here that are the true reward.
Andy visits Evelina Berc, Chef/Owner of Pierogies House, in Morristown, NJ. Inspired by the food of her hometown of Leżajsk, a small city in the Subcarpathian region of Poland, Evelina creates quality Polish cuisine and innovative ideas for a menu that includes pierogi, bigos, stuffed cabbage, and potato pancakes. In fact, the potato pancakes and handmade pierogi with sauerkraut and kielbasa are made according to her grandmother's own recipes.
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