Erica Burns loves to motivate and inspire people to get healthy and fit. With the motto "keep your eye on the prize," Erica likes to inspire clients to not only think about looking good, but feeling strong and healthy. Erica has never stuck to just one fitness regimen, so she launched Fit Barre at Fit Ryde Indoor Cycling & Fitness Studio to provide clients the opportunity to tone their bodies through small isometric movements in addition to the studio's spinning classes. Erica has taught cycling, bootcamp, body sculpting, kettlebells and her signature "Pedal and Pump" classes, with more than seven years experience as a nationally certified AFAA group fitness instructor. Always embracing the latest fitness trends, Erica brings a breadth of knowledge, enthusiasm, and energy to her classes while striving to challenge and motivate clients.
Robert Parsly, a lighting designer with more than 25 years of experience, leads a knowledgeable staff at Lightwaves NJ, whose inventory is packed with lighting and home products for every room of the house. To help clients get an accurate picture of how each sconce and chandelier will look, Lightwaves fills its show room with creative displays of both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Above and Beyond Creative Sewing ensures that sewing enthusiasts of all experience levels have the tools to practice their craft. That means not only equipping them with quality machines from Pfaff and Singer, but also giving them access to classes that advance their technique. The venue welcomes sewers with a large, open work area, where the shop's resident experts draw upon more than two decades of experience to conduct group classes or lend advice to crafters stuck on complicated projects. For those who prefer to work at home or have sewn their front door shut, the experts also offer free support over the phone from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.
At Westwood Gallery, owners Mike and Lore Fitzsimmons celebrate their love for beautiful artwork with museum-quality preservation and framing of paintings and pictures. Everyone on staff boasts a background in art, allowing them to match a painting's style and period with the perfect frame and also consider the decor back at the customer's house. They can create original oil paintings from photographs, restore weathered paintings and photos, and brighten up bathroom vanities and bedroom walls with custom-framed mirrors. As longtime residents of Westwood, the owners promote the local creative community by hosting gallery parties, setting up photography exhibits, and challenging passersby to define "art" in one sentence or less.
Nestled inside a Victorian home, Blooming Hearts Treasure Shop, a winner of Bergen Health & Life magazine's 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best Gift Shop, tempts the quaint and the whimsical with shelves and cases full of heart- and flower-themed gifts for women, children, and the home. A kaleidoscope of color and cornucopia of scents, it offers handmade and wearable art and accessories, as well as indulgent bath and body products and garden tools. To put a finishing touch on each gift, the staff offers free giftwrapping, and the shop's tables and vividly colored play space for kids welcome guests to linger, relax, and enjoy the scenery.