Maria Falzo talks with Mallika Malhotra in the #HipNJ studio about her new book TheBrand Photography Playbook and some of the “Mompreneurs” she covers in its pages. Mallika helps business women distinguish their identity through images and bring their brands to life. The book outlines the process she utilizes to assist those struggling to find brand identity on this installment of #MommyMonday.
Jennifer Brosnickis a therapist, social worker and mom coach who works with mothers struggling with post-partum depression and anxiety. Jennifer uses a holistic approach to treating anxiety-associated symptoms of the women she handles. She finds many of her clients through the mid-wife practice she works with, guiding the mothers from the early stages of pregnancy and being there after the birthing process.
Betty Galvan of “My Friend Betty” is a digital marketing consultant and social media manager who works with small businesses in New Jersey – primarily those owned by women. Betty is skilled in developing digital marketing plans for business owners who either do not have the time or expertise to handle it themselves.
Maggie Zakhery is an independent consultant with “Beauty Counter”, a California based company, focused on educating users on the ingredients in their skincare products. Maggie is passionate about reducing exposure to the harsh chemicals present in most make-up and skin care routines that are a result of lax industry regulation.
Mallika and the “Mompreneurs” admirably manage to balance motherhood and business-ownership by being creative, allowing them the freedom to create their own schedules that accommodate both full-time responsibilities.
You can check out Mallika Maholtra or any of the moms in this segment through their websites or by visiting their social media pages.
#HipNJ resident Mindy Scheier, President and CEO of Runway of Dreams, was selected to share her inspiring story in a featured TED talk! WATCH NOW and spread the word that Clothing CAN Make A Difference!
About Runway of Dreams: Runway of Dreams Foundation (RODF) was founded in 2014 by Mindy Scheier – a fashion designer and mother of a child with a disability. Her journey began when her son Oliver, who has a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, wanted to wear jeans to school like his friends. She soon realized that millions of people around the world were also struggling to access fashionable clothing that meets their needs. She envisioned a world where adaptive clothing for people with disabilities was mainstream. After spending 20 years in the fashion industry and opening a design school for kids, Mindy decided to combine her experience and her passion by creating the Runway of Dreams Foundation.
The Runway of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit that works toward a future of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity in the fashion industry for people with disabilities. Founded on the basis that clothing is a basic human need, the Runway of Dreams Foundation develops, delivers and supports charitable initiatives to broaden the reach of adaptive clothing and promote the differently-abled community in the fashion industry. Through adaptive clothing donations, employment opportunity initiatives, adaptive design workshops, awareness building campaigns and scholarships programs, the Runway of Dreams Foundation is empowering people with disabilities with opportunity, confidence, independence and style.
Downtown Somerville is opening up Somerset County’s very first brewpub! This microbrewery will be serving seasonal craft beers and Progressive American-Style cuisine. Village Brewing Company will soon be located on West Main Street in the original Woolworth’s and former Somerville Center Antiques right in the heart of the downtown district!
Seasonal menus will include locally-sourced ingredients for a farm-to-table atmosphere and a selection of eight to ten in-house brewed craft beers will change monthly – but don’t worry, wines and other spirits will also be served!
The restaurant will provide à la carte, private and semi-private dining. Future plans call for the renovation of the lower floor into the “Village Square,” into a local performing arts center, as well as a banquet and event facility.
“Downtown Somerville is really a hot spot and the place to be,” said Iris Frank, co-owner and director of business development and banquet services. “We considered several towns in New Jersey for our brewpub, but in the end it was an easy decision. There is such a strong sense of community and a cool vibe to the downtown. We’ve watched the amazing transformation of Somerville and the ongoing commitment to enhancing the entire downtown experience.”
Final plans are still in the review process, but the Village Brewing management team expects to open in the summer of 2018. The new brewpub will employ roughly 70 people.
“Village Brewing Company’s decision to open in Downtown Somerville represents a significant private investment on our Main Street and will certainly add to the vibrant community life here,” said Tom Genova, chairman of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. “Somerville is a recognized success story across New Jersey, and we are proud that our downtown district will be home to the first brewpub in the county.”