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January 20, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 34: Kika Stretch Studios - Montclair

In today’s episode Jo sat down with Kika Wise of Kika’s Stretch Studios.  Kika talks about how her dancing career and a little over $300 led her to become the franchise queen of stretch.  All it took was a dream, determination and a lot of moxie.  Now the mother of one - with another one on the way - runs two of her own studios and has franchised a handful of others around New Jersey as well as other states around the country.

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January 13, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 33: Jonathan’s Balloons at The Light Closet

We speak with Montclair native Jonathan Lindener, aka Jonathan the Balloon Man and owner of The Light Closet in Upper Montclair.  It’s called the Light Closet because Jonathan can repair almost any light fixture, but he's probably most famous for his balloons for children’s birthday parties, backyard bashes, and school events.  When we were in his shop talking with him, Jonathan was getting ready to provide the Wellmont with more than 700 balloons for their New Year’s Eve balloon drop!

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January 6, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 32: The Unique Canvas

We speak with Ariana Hoffman and Linda Kessler of The Unique Canvas, a local collective formed between interior design and abstract modern art. They speak about their previous careers and how they found fulfillment with their current creative business endeavor.



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December 30, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 31: Izabelle the Amazing

We speak with Izabelle the Amazing, the self-described "sonic surfer and human light show." As Montclair's own professional hoola hooper, you may have seen her throughout the year performing in local festivals and parades around town. She shares what led her into both hoola and fire hooping and the invaluable lessons she's learned about the risky business of being a small business owner.

Check out the episode show notes for more on her flow arts and performances.



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December 23, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 30: Modclair

We speak with Ramel Ramnarine and Anthony Corona of Modclair, now in its second location on Valley Road. The duo discusses how they decided to open their showroom in Montclair, how they work to take their client's creativity to the max, and share some of their own favorite spots in town.


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December 16, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 29: Johari

We speak with Deborah Furr of Johari on Church St. In three different locations and almost twenty years in Montclair, she shares her experience of working in swimwear, lingerie, and intimates, and why men should be informed about breast cancer as well as women.

Check out the show notes for links about bra fittings and other resources.

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December 9, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 28: Le Souk

We speak with Jumana Jaber, who in 2013, packed up her family, locked up her house, handed a neighbor the key ... and became one of the millions of families to escape Syria.  In Damascus, the Syrian capital, Jumana taught art and theater design but thanks to the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, Jumana found work taking her talent to Montclair State University. 

Just over a year ago, she opened the doors to Watchung Plaza's Le Souk which in the middle east is an outdoor marketplace.  There Jumana invites guests to gather, sip some tea and enjoy bites of authentic middle eastern treats, just like they would in her home city.  She also fills the shop with beautiful imported gifts from Syria, Turkey and Morocco. She hopes after listening, you just drop by to say "Good morning, Jumana."

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December 2, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 27: Sofistafunk & CoCo

We speak with Arlinda McIntosh owner and designer of Sofistafunk, a local, zero-waste skirt and clothing company currently at the Hampton House pop-up shop through the holidays and Roz Connolly, owner of CoCo: An Experience, a clothing store on Bellevue Ave now in its twentieth year who was the first store to purchase Arlinda's designs 17 years ago. 

Check out this episode's show notes for more on these creative women.


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November 23, 2018 @ 11:46 pm

Episode 26: Toni’s Kitchen

We speak with Ann Mernin of Toni's Kitchen, which operates out of St. Luke's Episcopal Church 364 days a year. Ann shares how she got involved with the kitchen, what it takes to meet the needs of our local food insecure residents - and who Toni was in the first place.

Check out the show notes for links to volunteer or donate. Between now and 12/31/18, all donations will be doubled thanks to a dollar for dollar match.

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November 18, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 25: Bark & Truffle

We speak with Judith Antelman founder of Bark and Truffle, a local, small-batch, organic specialty truffle and chocolate bark company inspired by her travels to France. This Montclair resident told us all about her adventures in chocolates, traveling, and how she came to Montclair "for a year" and, twenty years later, hasn't left.

Check out the show notes for links to some of Judith's cookbook recommendations and for the  kid's chocolate podcast episode mentioned in the show.

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