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March 7, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 96: Dream Martial Arts

In this episode, Joanna speaks with Emilio DeLia, owner of Dream Martial Arts. Emilio details what brought him into martial arts, the inspiration behind opening his studio, and how he sustained his mental health and resiliency during the pandemic lockdown to re-envision how to continue serving the children of Montclair and neighboring communities with classes and community.

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February 21, 2021 @ 1:03 am

Episode 95: Jeree Wade

In today's episode, we speak with life counselor and therapist Jeree Wade.  Born in Atlantic City, she lived between there and Harlem for a good deal of her life.  Montclair became her home many years ago after marrying actor, singer and producer Adam Wade.

Jeree has had a distinguished career herself in showbiz as a singer and actress, but her training as a life coach started calling to her in mid-life.  So she got her Masters Degree and switched gears to inspire others to manage their lives in the best way possible to achieve their goals and dreams. 

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February 7, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 94: Vesta Chocolate

In today's episode, Joanna speaks with Roger and Julia Wood about the inspiration behind their bean to bar chocolate boutique, Vesta Chocolate, on Valley Road in Upper Montclair. Roger, an accomplished chocolatier and chef at top restaurants like Jean George and Gramercy Tavern, and Julia, a food stylist at the Food Network and many Major Brands, have joined forces in both marriage and entrepreneurship to open a stylish cafe that required redesigning a former bank entrance, complete with original vault, and adding a chocolate kitchen. They explain the story of how Covid shut them down only a few months after they opened, but inspired a whole new level of creativity that helped make it to their one year anniversary, on January 22, 2021
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January 24, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 93:Ahava Felicidad Hair and Body

In today's episode, Joanna speaks with Ahava Felicidad, the Holistic Hair Healer. A true native of Montclair, born right at Mountainside Hospital, Ahava first started working with hair in 1986. In 2013, she started her first solopreneur location uptown on Bellevue Ave. Her current studio is located on Midland Ave near our previous podcast guest, Fleet Feet. ⁠ Ahava tells Joanna what started her journey in hair as a young girl, the benefits of a natural, chemical-free approach for curly hair, and how making her own soaps and scrubs led her to develop her own locally-made hair care product line. 


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January 8, 2021 @ 9:14 pm

Episode 88 BONUS: Paper Plane Coffee Co. additional interview in Spanish

We couldn't get enough of Jonathan Escheverry, much as we can't get enough of his coffee. Joanna,our interviewer, is married to Uber---a native Spanish speaker, who had a few more questions to ask so we kept recording as they talked and tapped his talents to get an additional interview in Spanish. Have a listen...

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December 20, 2020 @ 1:00 am

Episode 92: Montclair Meal Kits

In today’s show we’re talking with Jason Milleisen, the creator of Montclair Meal Kits, a full food delivery service devoted to local restaurants in the Montclair area serving the people who live there. An entrepreneur at heart, Jason continues to run a pizza truck and has a true appreciation for the men and women in the food service industry. With the pandemic expected to ramp up, this winter restaurants need our help more than ever. Jason’s vision is for our great Montclair eateries to be easily accessible to the residents via delivery without all the punishing surcharges from third party delivery providers. So what will it take to make this all work? Listen and find out! 

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December 6, 2020 @ 1:00 am

Episode 91: Artisans Gallery Pop-Up Store

In today's show we're talking with Lucienne Coppedge and Renau Daniels, owners of the Artisans Gallery Pop-up Store.  They started this business as a side project to their day jobs but it is a labor of love for them both and it shows in the careful selection of items they offer to their customers. They've made it their mission to bring quality Fair Trade and sustainable jewelry, clothing, home goods and artwork, made by local and international artisans. Many of their items are handcrafted and the majority of them are made by women artisans and designers. They also encourage products and businesses that participate in zero waste and sustainability. Lucienne and Renau have been creating this pop-up since 2015 and recently relocated and reopened Montclair's South End after recovering from the business closures during COVID.

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November 22, 2020 @ 1:00 am

Episode 90: Montclair Pet Girl

In this week's episode, our 90th!, we're talking to a business that focuses on taking care of our pets for us when we're too busy to walk, feed or pamper them ourselves. We're talking to Janine Ruela of Montclair Pet Girl about her love of animals and how she made a quick pivot from being a teacher to pet walking and cat tending. She speaks about how her business, opened in 2011, expanded as her reputation grew and also leaves us with some advice from what she's learned over the years.

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November 8, 2020 @ 11:15 am

Episode 89: Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts

In this week's episode we speak with someone who has been, almost, an institution in Montclair for more than 25 years.  Sharron Miller is the Founder/Director of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) located on Park Street.  Sharron was always passionate about dance from a young age and attended The Juilliard School and soon after, found a position with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a soloist. She is also the veteran of seven Broadway shows and has appeared on television, film, and hundreds of radio and television commercials.

As she settled into family life here in Montclair, she found commuting to be a burden and looked to practice her art closer to home. Sharron became committed to enriching the lives of young people, through teaching dance and performance arts right here in Montclair.  SMAPA’s holistic philosophy inspires students to believe they can achieve, nurturing the potential within each student by encouraging creativity, building skills, fostering self-discipline, and bolstering self-esteem

She previously served on the faculty of Renaissance Middle School for 13 years where SMAPA provided the dance and drama program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students during the school day. Ms. Miller has also served on the faculty of Montclair Kimberley Academy, Far Brook School, and has been affiliated with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center as an arts-in-education consultant/partner. At SMAPA, she not only continues to train hundreds of students yearly, but also continues to develop her arts enrichment programs and community outreach. Ms. Miller resides in Montclair, New Jersey with her daughter, Jaimie.

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October 25, 2020 @ 1:00 am

Episode 88: Paper Plane Coffee Co.

In this week's episode we speak with Jonathan Escheverry of Paper Plane Coffee Co. Jonathan spent his summers as a boy in his grandfather's coffee fields in Colombia where he learned how coffee's grown and processed but he was raised in the US the rest of the year. He had an early interest in food and cuisine and went for culinary training, but found himself looking for another outlet for his passion for taste. He decided to learn more formally about producing and roasting excellent gourmet coffee and opened a coffee outlet in Brooklyn. After meeting and marrying a native Montclarion, he tired of the daily commute to his shop in Brooklyn and shifted his store to Montclair. We learn of his journey from Brooklyn, back to Colombia for training and eventually here to Montclair where he offers the very best in South American blended coffee.

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