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Alfa Romeo of Morris County

Meet Alfa Romeo of Morris County’s Women Executive Team

On this Mother’s Day weekend, #HipNJ introduces you to a group of powerhouse women making waves in a world that was once considered “Men Only.”

Alfa Romeo of Morris County, part of the Celebrity Motor Car Company, has formed an all-female executive team. Play the video above to meet Lara Blanar, General Sales Manager; Amanda Silva, Finance Director; Nancy Cirelli, BDC Manager; Melanie Borden, Vice President of Marketing and Alexandra Kurpiel, Service Manager.

For Alfa Romeo of Morris County’s founder and owner, Tom Maoli, taking this groundbreaking approach to his dealership has paid dividends.

“At Alfa Romeo, we have a general manager that is a woman, we have salespeople that are women, we have people that our working our service department that are women,” explains Maoli. “I have to tell you, productivity has gone through the roof.”

The type of culture that Tom and his executive staff have created at Alfa Romeo of Morris County breeds success not only professionally, but personally.

“Work/life balance is definitely challenging every day. Not only am I mother to two girls [ages 4 and 5], I am also a single mom,” reveals Borden. “One piece that drew me to [Alfa Romeo of Morris County] was the fact that they are so family oriented.”

“We have longtime loyalty to our employees which is key in this industry because customers that come in want to see the same faces; they want to go to someone that they trust. Our team here has created an environment that breeds that kind of comfort,” says Maoli.

While working in a male-dominated industry can come with its obstacles, it’s a welcome challenge to these fearless females.

“As women, we have to conquer the [car] industry and conquer any industry that might be prominently male,” says Cirelli. “We can do anything that a male can do so it’s definitely nice to be part of that revolution.”

Alfa Romeo has always had a passion for driving and technology “to the top.” With this new approach, the luxury Italian carmaker’s “hip” quotient just went through the roof!

For more on Alfa Romeo of Morris County, visit AlfaRomeoOfMorrisCounty.com or stop by to see them at 110 Route 10 West, Whippany, NJ 07981.

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!