Category Archives: Garden State Living

Hip New Jersey spotlights the businesses and communities that are making the Garden State fabulous!

ShopRite of Greater Morristown’s Village Food Garden Wellness Center

Typically when you get your groceries, you run in, and run right out.  But at ShopRite of Greater Morristown, it’s not a chore; it’s a healthy community to shop, eat and play.

Village Super Market’s Wellness Center puts a premium on the well-being of its shoppers.  On-site amenities include a fitness center, dietitian services, culinary center, pharmacy and learning center.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino toured this one-of-a-kind food haven, and spoke with some of the key players who help enrich the shopper’s experience.

Susan Rellah is a super-energized, licensed Zumba instructor who brings her passion for fitness to Village Food Garden’s fitness center, where  all ages and all fitness levels are welcome to participate.  Susan, along with some of her loyal students, talk about why a VFG membership is ultra fulfilling.

Jessica Guarnieri is VFG’s resident dietitianwhose services are complimentary to all guests.  Jessica runs down the different features her office provides, including consultations, healthy products, “meal of the week”, cut vegetable program, and other delicious prepared food stations.   You can find lots of recipes from Village Super Market’s dietitians on the Village Super Market YouTube channel.

Finally, we spoke to certified chef Danny Arturo in VFG’s impeccable indoor/outdoor dining patio,  which includes lounge-like seating, televisions, and fire pit.  Chef Danny filled us in on his fun private parties and culinary classes, for foodies of any generation.  

What are you waiting for?  Watch our segment, then indulge yourself in the new “hip” way to stock up your fridge and pantry!

Sea Level Aquarium

“Take it from us because darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter.” -The Little Mermaid

Sea Level Aquarium is more than just a fish and aquarium supply store located in Pine Brook, NJ; it is a haven for the dedicated hobbyist.  Sea Level’s dedication to the education, support, and ultimate success of their customers is evident in this #HipNJ segment with Sea Level’s Joe Taliercio.

In Joe’s interview with Chris LaForgia, we learned that Joe’s long-time interest in underwater sea life makes him one of the most knowledgeable in the Garden State, if not the entire aquatic industry.

The hobby itself is prided in creating a home-based underwater ecosystem for all types of sea creatures. It is a venture that is part science, part technology, and lots of creativity.  Sea Level’s goal is to make sure that every customer receives the right advice in order to successfully maintain a home or office aquarium.

With a superior selection of saltwater and freshwater fish, corals, and invertebrates from around the world, Sea Level Aquarium can help you construct a stunning display that will add wow! factor to any room.

If you are interested in learning more about life under the sea and possibly installing your very own in-home aquarium, visit their website today!

Future Fashionistas

When you were 5 years old, do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Well, these determined youngsters know exactly what they want and Future Fashionistas is where their dreams are self-crafted towards becoming a reality!

Future Fashionistas of Livingston, NJ inspires and empowers their students every day to think creatively and express themselves through fashion. Hallie Dennis, fashion designer by trade and owner of Future Fashionistas, is utilizing over 20 years of experience and changing the world of fashion as we know it. HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino visited the studio, where she spoke with Hallie to gain more insight into what Future Fashionistas is and what they do.

Aside from giving youngsters ages 5 to 18 a place to let their creativity run free, Future Fashionistas provides its students with real experience in the fashion world. They provide three different class sessions from fall to spring, which all lead into their huge annual event in June, The Future Fashionistas Fashion Show. From the lights to the music, runways and more, original pieces from each student are strutted down the runway by the young designers themselves.  This is the most talked about and anticipated fashion event in the area!

“We put together the real fashion show production because it teaches them the real art of fashion design,” explains Hallie. “There is no other program like this that provides the same experience for those who want a head start in achieving their dream towards becoming a fashion designer.”

This year’s fashion show will be held on June 4th at the Wilshire Grand Hotel of West Orange, NJ, and class registration is now open! For more information about Future Fashionistas and all that they offer, visit their website today.