Established: Before 1950
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Custom two-sided mattresses
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Adding one spice to a dish can create a whole new flavor. Adding a carefully selected melange of spices can create a taste revelation?at least that's how Jackie Mittelhammer and Becky Solheim see it. To give all types of chefs that revelatory power, they opened Savory Spice Shop Westfield, where they sell more than 400 spices and herbs and over 160 original spice blends. Grinding each fresh weekly, the flavor champions combine them in bags and bottles to create such harmonious concoctions as Peruvian chile-lime seasoning and Smoky Hills cheese powder with garlic and marjoram. They also give customers the chance to spice up dishes with exotic sea salts, including black lava salt from Hawaii and Italian black truffle sea salt, as well as sauces, extracts, and specialty sugars.
A new baby can bring with it a bundle of new responsibilities, leaving parents anxious and in need of assistance. Thankfully, buybuy BABY’s expansive retail stores help preserve parental sanity with more than 20,000 products designed to ease the process of raising an infant or toddler. Online product guides and in-store registry specialists help parents sift through the wealth of strollers, highchairs, and other baby essentials from an encyclopedic list of brands.
Though buybuy BABY's stores can be as large as 60,000 square feet, parents feel like the center of attention thanks to private feeding rooms where they can freshen up their infants or test out new pacifiers without judgment. At the register, shoppers can present competitor pricing or coupons, which buybuy BABY honors as a commitment to keeping things affordable. Even after items have been wrapped in their signature pastel paper and shipped out, buybuy BABY looks out for families by faithfully reposting government recalls and accepting returns at all stores and online warehouses, even during naptime.
Beth Geller and her staff specialize in Endermologie—an innovative treatment that uses a noninvasive motorized device to smooth the deep tissue of the skin and temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. When they're not administering Endermologie procedures, they extend their aesthetic expertise toward waxing, facial, and organic spray-tan services.
In their New Jersey and Michigan facilities, Wicked Flames’ candle makers hand-pour natural, kosher, nontoxic, dye-free candles. Essential oils mingle with soy wax to create soothing aromas as candles burn, including island-inspired aloha, spicy cinnamon, and fresh lemon verbena. Many candles boast aromatherapy benefits such as improving moods or masking the smell of a roommate’s postbreakup apathy-scented candle. Because soy candles burn cooler than conventional candles, they are less likely to leave sooty black on jars and walls, and Wicked Flame uses braided cotton wicks to reduce smoke. Each candle burns approximately 10–12 hours per ounce, and candles are available in 2- to 30-ounce sizes.
The Day of the Undead: Rahway Zombie Apocalypse features a sight usually only seen in horror movies?zombie hordes shuffling around the city, searching everywhere for food. During this real-life adventure game at 11 a.m. on November 1, hundreds of participants dressed as zombies follow a series of clues hidden in everyday places around the city to try to uncover a zombie feast. The clues are tricky and must be solved before sundown (5:56 p.m.), and the journey must take place entirely on foot (hopping into cars and onto birds' backs are not allowed).
Not everyone will complete the challenge, but those who do have a chance to win one of three $250 gift cards. Plus, the Rahway Library screens the movies of the dead that day, and later in the evening, Rahway's zombie pub crawl kicks off at Meatballs and Brews.