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Vesta Chocolate in Upper Montclair

Vesta Chocolate in Upper Montclair

Julia and Roger Rodriguez of Vesta Chocolate sit down with #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino and tell her the best place to get chocolates this Valentine’s Day.

Roger and Julia are newlyweds that have their own chocolate store, Vesta Chocolate, in Upper Montclair. Roger and Julia are truly all hands on deck, they are their only employees and are working to make some amazing confections.

Roger and Julia both started originally as pastry chefs. Roger then took more of a chocolate making path, while Julia decided to go more into food styling. Together they make the perfect duo. When asked about working with your significant other Roger replied “I just say yes, honey!”.

Vesta makes all their own chocolate too! They have a true “bean to bar to confection” motto. All of their chocolate is either 72% or 66% dominican chocolate.

For Valentine’s Day they have created a special treat. They created a box filled with rose champagne, strawberries and cream, and passionfruit caramel flavored and beautifully designed.

Still need your chocolates for Valentine’s Day, make sure to stop in their store located at 598 Valley Rd #2, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. You can also find them online on their website, and also on Instagram.

For all things Garden State, check out HipNewJersey.com!

Hip New Jersey and Lisa Marie Latino would like to thank Brick & Mirror Beauty Bar (hair), Magda Designs Beauty (makeup) and Bloomingdale’s Short Hills (wardrobe) for styling this segment. 

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Lisa Marie Latino

Lisa Marie Falbo (Latino) is CEO and executive producer of Long Shot Productions, a full-service media production company based in Fairfield, New Jersey. Latino’s career has produced numerous commercial, corporate, and entertainment programs that have taken her throughout the United States as well as Europe. In 2014, Latino co-launched Hip New Jersey a lifestyle program featuring the latest trends around the Garden State. She serves as the television show’s executive producer and host. Hip New Jersey can be seen on HometowneTV, NJ on Air and HipNewJersey.com. Latino has appeared on a wide variety of local television, network cable, and radio shows, including TLC’s Cake Boss, SNY’s Oh Yeah and on WFAN Sports Radio. She also works in-season for the New York Giants Radio Network, and has served as an adjunct broadcasting professor at Seton Hall University. In 2016, Latino added published author to her lofty resume with the release of her debut novel, Ten Years Later. In 2017, “TYL” won Best Fiction at the Independent Authors Book Expo. Latino graduated from Montclair State University in 2006 with a degree in broadcasting and speech communication.

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