Owner Dennis McNamara's love of nature and sustainable gardening bloomed into a full-time endeavor when he founded Ceres Victory Gardens to help people of all gardening experience levels create their own gardens at home. He and his staff of green thumbs install simple or multitiered gardens in backyards, introducing homeowners to produce that is fresher than anything that comes from the local farmers' market or fruit hat.
After they spread peat, composted manure, and loamy topsoil, the gardeners sow a bounty of veggies, fruit, herbs, or flowers suitable for New Jersey's moderate climate and 10-month growing season. They concoct all of their own organic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers to protect plants, reducing contamination and the need to seal edibles in an airtight bubble. The employees embellish the fruitful landscapes with trellises, fences, or other decorative structures, and return for maintenance visits, during which they can deer-proof gardens or vanquish weeds.
Bath Junkie offers a full range of bath products that are custom-blended, with more than 200 scents to mix and match, and fifteen tints. Most products are made from all natural ingredients, while some contain FDA approved, anti-microbial and other skin-soothing, synthetically derived elements. "Aloe-lu-yah" lotion ($11.75 for 4 ounces, $22 for 8 ounces) is designed to sooth sunburns, and "silky allover" hair and body shampoo ($11.75 for 4 oz., $22 for 8 oz.) contains moisturizing glycerin and doses of vitamins A and E to nourish follicles, and "that darn dog" shampoo ($19) and conditioner cleans critters. Scent-conscious men can customize their own shave gel ($11.75 for 4 oz., $22 for 8 oz.), and clean freaks can customize the scent of "clean freak," an antibacterial, biodegradable all-purpose cleaner ($15).
For more than 10 years, Kyle Bowen has sharpened his aerobatic maneuvers by springing from trampolines and learning at the feet of world trampoline champion, Tatiana Kovaleva. He ultimately finished seventh in the 2008 team trials for the Summer Games, and decided it was time to challenge himself in a whole new way. He teamed up with Tatiana to open Elite Trampoline Academy, and today they help others become elite-level trampoliners through intensive classes for ages 3 and older, including Steven Gluckstein, a member of the 2012 Summer Games. During 45- to 60-minute classes, they teach their students aerial skills such as tumbling and how to high-five seagulls. Additionally, the coaches incorporate strength, conditioning, and flexibility exercises to build the fitness required to pull off trampoline feats. They also open their space in a noncompetitive capacity for birthdays filled with supervised jump time and pizza.
Along one wall of A Time To Kiln's studio, row upon row of blank ceramic bisques await aspiring artists. Forms range in size, shape, and functionality—from dinner plates to figurines—but all are open to the interpretation of the painter. After selecting a piece, visitors head to the lineup of colorful glazes and paints to pick a color scheme or overenthusiastically smell each one before taking a seat at one of the tables and setting out to create a masterpiece. In addition to paint-your-own pottery, the studio also offers glass fusing, as well as mosaic projects to create two-dimensional art.
Mr. Green Eco Cleaners, Inc. lives up to its namesake. The dry cleaning outfit refuses to employ practices that are hazardous to the environment, opting for the earth-friendliness of non-toxic, non-hazardous, and biodegradable chemicals. Clients simply yield their slacks, blouses, and shirts to the care of Mr. Green, and return at the appointed time to pick up their freshly cleaned wardrobes.