Despite discovering running at different times in their lives and under different circumstances, Runner’s High's cofounders—Rob DeFilippis, Craig Segal, and Jim Segal—share a passion for the sport that they pour into their booming business. Now with three New Jersey locations, the newest in Freehold, Runner’s High stocks its shelves with performance-enhancing equipment and specialty running shoes by brands such as Brooks, ASICS, and Saucony, as well as accessories and apparel. Each fitting begins with a complimentary foot analysis, wherein staffers ascertain the foot's needs, be it additional arch support or a hearty tickle. Such fittings ensure optimal performance and minimize the risk of injury. In addition to providing athletic accouterments, the neighborhood store fosters a community of runners who share a goal of reaching new heights of fitness and leaving local biking clubs in their dust. Those hoping to improve their performance can look into weekly group runs and training programs for 5Ks, half marathons, or full marathons. The store also sponsors a postcollegiate racing team with individuals of all ages and ability levels who wish to compete at a high level.
The friendly staff of AAA Organic Dry Cleaners whisks bags of dirty duds away for quick cleaning before returning them to their rightful owners. Revivify two-piece suits for both ladies and gents ($10) or prepare for a pantless affair by cleaning a suit jacket or blazer alone ($6.50). Just-unpacked winter-wear benefits from a thorough sweater cleaning ($4.95+), readying them to be worn atop freshly finessed ladies' blouses ($4.95+). Dresses sing a twirly tune after stain-busting ($10), allowing the wearer to display stems in style. Dress shirts can be laundered and pressed ($1.75) or dry-cleaned ($4.50), creating office wear as crisp as a Granny Smith apple costume. Customers can also hem errant edges ($12+) to further upgrade ensembles and allow the captains of clean to scale laundry mountains with wash-and-fold services ($1/lb.; 10-lb. minimum).
Avi Shaer, president of Alpha Moving & Storage, knows that relocating is a hassle but wants to make the process as painless as possible by dispatching strong, agile professionals to every job. These experienced, licensed, and insured movers have been trained in how to pack and move everything from a grand piano to fine china to a piano made of china. Homeless boxes and items find refuge in Alpha's secure storage facilities, where 24-hour surveillance protects possessions from theft and a top-notch sprinkler system puts out blazes and waters cherished chia pets.
The diverse team of instructors at Key Element Learning are serious about catering to each of their students' unique interests, strengths, and needs, whether they're still in diapers or entering middle school. That's why their educational programs are so eclectic?the classes range from academic subjects such as reading and science to the more creative topics of art and cooking to ensure kids will find a class to spark their curiosity. In order to give students the best lessons possible, they also pull from popular, time-honored educational franchises such as The Language Workshop for Children, where native speakers immerse children in foreign languages through games, songs, and colorful visual aids.
Exotik Fashion Lounge’s staff members robe mannequins in flowing maxi dresses, button-down shirts, and casual tees from both well-known and emerging designers. Their selection of men's and women's clothing showcases dapper items from BlackTea Apparel and Romeo and Juliet Couture. The garments themselves range in style from office-appropriate dresses and collared shirts to distressed jean jackets appropriate for the funeral of a pair of Levi’s.
Babies are grownups in training, meaning they need help eating without slobbering, speaking without babbling, and moving around without getting hurt. Romparoo helps out with the latter, with an indoor play space for kids aged 6 months to 3 years. The entire room, from floor to about child height, is padded, so kids can practice crawling, creeping, and toddling without bruising themselves or getting a ticket for jaywalking. Mommy-and-Me classes use music to transition between activities that help develop motor skills as well as socialization, and parents of toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years drop their brood off for two-hour classes that give them the independence to transition to preschool.