Spaces Design Studio owner Joy Nan Rodia knows that each room in a person's home serves a distinct purpose. A bedroom should offer end-of-day relaxation, a home office should invigorate the senses, and a kitchen should function as both a communal haven and the best place to hide from the ghosts that inhabit in all televisions. Giving life—and a unifying vision—to these spaces is what she does best. A graduate of New York's Parsons The New School for Design and the founder of the Association of Redesign and Staging Professionals, Joy has been providing interior-design services for 20 years. No matter the job, she carefully considers each residential or commercial client's color preferences and budget as she creates an atmosphere using flooring, lighting, and fabrics.
In addition to her own design work, Joy shares her passion for home styling via classes, workshops, and training programs at her School of Interior Redesign and Home Staging. She also gives back, acting as an interior designer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey.
The board-certified physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss develop individualized fitness plans focused on nutrition, physical activity, life style, and medication. Patients begin the quest with a one-on-one consultation with a doctor, discussing their overall health and medication history to devise a weight-loss plan and to make sure their kidneys haven't been stolen. This is followed by a body-composition exam, in which the physician breaks down the percentage of muscle, fat, and water comingling in the human subject and records his or her resting metabolism rate and blood pressure. The preliminary visit concludes with a pair of injections to boost the body's B-12 level and fat-burning ability. The nonsurgical program caters to each patient's metabolism and potential hormonal disorders and sends patients on a path to a slimmer self with minimal rope-climbing burns and a comprehensive weight-loss plan based on the exam's results.
At Tree-Tech, tree fertilization involves much more than a simple scoop of soil scattered around the base of a trunk. Instead, one of the company's technicians––each of whom is managed by a certified arborist––walks the base of the tree and injects an organic fertilizer 8 to 12 inches into the ground, feeding the roots directly with the time-released formula. This helps trees grow healthier and more resilient, which is exactly what Tree-Tech’s founders Rob Finnesey and James Bellis hoped to accomplish when they opened their business more than 27 years ago. Alongside fertilization, they beautify landscapes with plant-pruning and tree-removal services, as well as insect and disease control for yards prone to ticks, weevils, or bouts of pneumonia.
Tree-Tech also encompasses a secondary business, Lawn-Tech, whose employees specialize in lawn care and sprinkler-system installation. Together, Tree-Tech and Lawn-Tech tend to more than 10,000 residential and commercial clients and have manicured the lawns of PGA-grade golf courses. The founders and their more than 100 employees also share a deep interest in bettering their community, donating a portion of their profits to the Special Olympics New Jersey, as well as to historical restoration projects and local schools.
A new mom, Lisa Druxman was determined to continue exercising despite the demands of motherhood. Her solution: make pushing her son's stroller part of the workout. More new moms soon joined her, following Lisa's routine of stroller pushing, cardio, and strength exercises that required only a resistance band. Her idea continued blossoming, and today, more than 300 Stroller Strides franchisees lead classes in 43 states.
The experienced trainers at Next Level Fitness Training devise customized workouts to help clients achieve their goals. Their client list includes triathletes, Special Warfare candidates, and bodybuilders, as well as casual exercisers just looking to tone up.
The meaning behind the name of Niyama Yoga Studio is twofold. Founder Nicole Zornitzer wanted to pay homage to yama studios in Maryland, where she completed her training with renowned yoga guru Diane Finlayson. But the deeper significance of the Sanskrit word, which translates to "observance," involves the way individuals conduct themselves on a personal level, and how their behavior affects others. Nicole not only wishes to introduce people to the many benefits of yoga, which can include decreased blood pressure, improved range of motion, and the ability to nimbly slice a bundt cake without removing it from the back of the refrigerator, but also aims to enhance clients' mind-body connection and self-awareness. Nicole shares her knowledge as a certified children’s yoga instructor (CCYT) and certified prenatal yoga instructor (CPYT), and directs a teacher-training program in which the majority of her current staff completed their yoga education. She has also worked with professional athletes and is the official yoga instructor for Livingston Public Schools. In addition to a schedule of private and group yoga classes, the studio offers yoga-therapy sessions that include a body-type analysis and chakra work. The instructors customize each class to meet the needs of the students in attendance, using music that swells from soothingly calm to lively and energetic. The studio features a mural painted by local artist and class participant Ilene Skara.