Dumont, NJ: In a world facing so much bad news it’s nice to find, every so often, a pocket of pure joy. Somewhere that strives to make life brighter on a tiny point on a quiet street. Where there’s laughter, light, art and music. Introducing Erin Calev, lifelong resident of Dumont and lifelong singer, pianist and church musician. Forming EMC Studio of Fine Arts at 75 Armour Place has been a labor of love and giving back within the community she’s grateful to have been raised in is her mission. The school is celebrating its first-year anniversary and this unassuming oasis of culture and education is thriving. “I grew up here playing in the brook down the street and playing softball on that field,” she says, pointing out the window.
Wyckoff, NJ: Forget old-fashioned snobby-type clothing boutiques and enter a place that feels as much like a trip to your favorite beach as it does perfect indulgence for the fashionista. Fashion entrepreneur and former interior designer Celia Cantelmo is opening the second location of her original boutique Bfree right here in Bergen County, New Jersey. The store is officially open for business.