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Ellen Eppie’s ‘Scooch A Mi’ Boutique Spreads Mindful Kindness

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo speaks with Founder and Chief Curator of Chatham’s ‘Scooch A Mi’ boutique, Ellen Eppie.

While ‘Scooch A Mi’ may be a playful nickname meaning “to pest or to bother”, Ellen Eppie’s Chahtam boutique of the same name has a very different mission: Achieving mindful kindness. To Ellen, this means striving to make sure she is helping artists, the community and the earth, in all ventures.

The jewelry, accessories and gifts carried within the boutique have a story, and Ellen can speak for all of them. Current inventory features pieces made by women in Nepal, The Ivory Coast, Ghana, and even the United States. Another featured item is a multipurpose, vegan leather bag made by Canadian craftsmen.

An entrepreneur herself, Ellen says it’s easy to want to share the efforts of others when you see the beauty in their creations. It’s clear these artists are trying to bring beauty to the lives of others, and Ellen is honored to provide a platform for them.

It doesn’t end with the beautiful retail items available. ‘Scooch A Mi’ also hosts events that spotlight like-minded female entrepreneurs looking to share their knowledge, talents and gifts with the community.

When Ellen first embarked on her own journey of entrepreneurship, she said “The absolute best part was the networking where I was able to connect with many, many wonderful women who were also embarking on new businesses of their own. It’s not about handing out as many business cards as you can. It’s about partnering and supporting each other.”

Partnering with and supporting others is second nature to Ellen. Her devotion to family can also be seen in her boutique’s playful name (based on her father’s nickname for her) and the boutique’s logo that depicts Ellen and her two daughters.

#HipNJ recommends ‘Scooch A Mi’ to anyone hoping to look good, feel good, and do good. Follow them on Instagram to see what amazing events and products you can find at this unique boutique.

New Jersey’s Top Five Cheese Places

Are you ready to melt and go to cheese heaven? If you want cheese you will get cheese when coming to the Grilled Cheese at the Melt Factory in Morristown. When here, you can add cheese to everything! Whether you’re craving a classic grilled cheese or one of their most popular Jersey specials with Taylor ham and American cheese they will be sure to exceed your grilled cheese expectations. Don’t see anything of your flavor? No need to worry, The Melt Factory gives you the freedom to mix and match your favorite cheeses and toppings. Indulge a little and embrace the cheese!

No matter the age we will always love the comfort of a homemade grilled cheese. No need to leave the good times in the past, come and join in on all the cheesy fun at The Heights Bar and Grill in Hasbrouck Heights. You will be greeted with a menu offering you only the best of the best choices of eight different grilled cheeses, two of which include the infamous avocado. When biting down into one of their Bacon Avocado or Pear and Goat cheese grilled cheeses you will feel right at home, with the lights dimmed low, comfortably seated in front of the TV watching the game. To sweeten this deal a little more, they have nightly events hosting half off mixed drinks, three-dollar beers and bring your own mug night!

Famous for being seen on one of the most popular food TV show, Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives, The Grilled Cheese & Crab Cake Co. is promised to never disappoint when serving one of their nationally acknowledged grilled cheeses. This hidden gem rests in Sommers Point, New Jersey where the sun shines, water shimmers and cheese oozes when biting into Guy Fieri’s favorite pork belly grilled cheeses. The cheese doesn’t stop there! Sit down and enjoy a traditional or buffalo styled cheese steak. Don’t forget to order a side of fries!

Cheese! Cheese! Cheese! And more cheese! Spending this Sunday with the family or maybe even having a girl’s night? Share a beautiful platter of finely selected and aged cheeses from The Cheese Cave. This Red Bank based store brings you artisan and specialty cheeses from countries famous for their scrumptious, creamy bits of art. Pair these world class cheeses with domestic cured meats, brick oven breads, assorted olives and Vermont crafted jams. These cheese platters are the perfect start to a fun filled night!

Want comfort food but not sure what to order? Check out the Cheezen Truck, they deliver! You will not believe the creativity behind these cheesy delights. Your eyes will widen as you read through their overwhelming combinations of grilled cheeses, giving you options of any cheese, bread, meat, spices, toppings and sauces you can imagine. Feeling stuck in your grilled cheese ways? Create your own grilled cheese and pair it with some of their creamy tomato soup that will leave you cheezen for days. Just go to their website, choose what you want and from there you just simply click “order” and this New Brunswick local truck will deliver to any surrounding area!

First Night Morris

First Night Morris 2019

Morristown, are you ready for the biggest night of the year? On December 31st, nearly 10,000 will gather for First Night Morris 2019!

First Night Morris, now in its 27th year, is the biggest and brightest New Year’s Eve celebration in New Jersey, providing a magnificent family-friendly, alcohol-free and substance-free celebration in 22 venues throughout the heart of Morristown. Their stellar program features 70 events: dance, theatre, music (rock, jazz, blues, classical, etc.), visual arts, world cultures, children’s programs and so much more.

Performers this year include David Darwin of America’s Got Talent, the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Comedienne Erin Jackson, and many others. Children entertainment includes Fun with Legos®, Rizzo’s Reptile/Wildlife Discovery, clowns, faceprinting, magicians, and other fun entertainers!

Your First Night Morris County admission button gives you access to innovative, diverse and high quality performances ideal for participants of all ages. The venues are within close walking distance of one another and the historic Morristown Green. (Lucky for #HipNJ, the NYE weather will be quite balmy for this time of year, so walking around will be comfortable!) The venues are also accessible via free shuttles which run all evening. Dazzling fireworks shows happen at 9:15pm and midnight. For one affordable price, you and your friends and family will enjoy unlimited access to all of our spectacular performances (subject to venue capacities).

For more information, visit FirstNightMorris.com.