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Podlcair Episode 34 Kika Stretch Studios

EPISODE 34 - JANUARY 20, 2019


episode 33 - January 13, 2019

We speak with Montclair native Jonathan Lindener, aka Jonathan the Balloon Man and owner of The Light Closet in Upper Montclair.  It’s called the Light Closet because Jonathan can repair almost any light fixture, but he's probably most famous for his balloons for children’s birthday parties, backyard bashes, and school events.  When we were in his shop talking with him, Jonathan was getting ready to provide the Wellmont with more than 700 balloons for their New Year’s Eve balloon drop!

Show Notes:

  • Grew up in Montclair

  • Rides his bike to work, rain, sleet, sun or snow

  • Fixes all kinds of lamps and light fixtures

  • Supplied the Wellmont with their New Year’s Eve Balloon drop

  • Can help with onsite set-ups

  • View Jonathan’s creations on his website plus follow on Facebook and Instagram


episode 32 - january 6, 2019

We speak with Ariana Hoffman and Linda Kessler of The Unique Canvas, a local collective formed between interior design and abstract modern art. They speak about their previous careers and how they found fulfillment with their current creative business endeavor

Show Notes:

  • Coming Soon

Podclair Episode 31 Izabelle the Amazing

episode 31 - December 30, 2018

We speak with Izabelle the Amazing, the self-described "sonic surfer and human light show." As Montclair's own professional hoola hooper, you may have seen her throughout the year performing in local festivals and parades around town. She shares what led her into both hoola and fire hooping and the invaluable lessons she's learned about the risky business of being a small business owner.

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Episode 30 - December 30, 2018

We speak with Ramel Ramnarine and Anthony Corona of Modclair, now in its second location on Valley Road. The duo discusses how they decided to open their showroom in Montclair, how they work to take their client's creativity to the max, and share some of their own favorite spots in town.

Show Notes:

  • Coming Soon

Podclair Episode 29 Johari

episode 29 - December 16, 2018

We speak with Deborah Furr of Johari on Church St. In three different locations and almost twenty years in Montclair, she shares her experience of working in swimwear, lingerie, and intimates, and why men should be informed about breast cancer as well as women.

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Podclair Episode 28 LeSouk

Episode 28 - December 9, 2018

We speak with Jumana Jaber, who in 2013, packed up her family, locked up her house, handed a neighbor the key ... and became one of the millions of families to escape Syria. Thanks to the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, Jumana found work in art and design to Montclair State University. She opened the doors to Watchung Plaza's Le Souk which in the middle east is an outdoor marketplace. She invites guests to gather, sip tea, and enjoy authentic middle eastern treats. She also fills the shop with beautiful imported gifts from Syria, Turkey and Morocco.

Show Notes:

  • Click here to help Bloom Childcare and Coworking expand to more locations

Podclair Episode 27 CoCo Sophistafunk

episode 27 - December 2, 2018

We speak with Arlinda McIntosh owner and designer of Sofistafunk, a local, zero-waste skirt and clothing company currently at the Hampton House pop-up shop through the holidays and Roz Connolly, owner of CoCo: An Experience, a clothing store on Bellevue Ave now in its twentieth year who was the first store to purchase Arlinda's designs 17 years ago. 

Check out this episode's show notes (coming soon) for more on these creative women.

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EPISODE 26 - NOVEMBER 24, 2018

We speak with Ann Mernin of Toni's Kitchen, which operates out of St. Luke's Episcopal Church 364 days a year. Ann shares how she got involved with the kitchen, what it takes to meet the needs of our local food insecure residents - and who Toni was in the first place.

Show Notes:

  • Consider a donation to Toni's before 12/31/18 as all donations will be doubled!

  • Donate backpack food here

  • Use this flyer to hold a food drive 

  • To volunteer click here

Episode 25 Podclair Bark And Truffle

episode 25 - November 18, 2018

We speak with Judith Antelman founder of Bark and Truffle, a local, small-batch, organic specialty truffle and chocolate bark company inspired by her travels to France. This Montclair resident told us all about her adventures in chocolates, traveling, and how she came to Montclair "for a year" and, twenty years later, hasn't left.

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Podclair Episode 24 Rays

episode 24 - november 11, 2018

We speak with Angelica Flores, owner of Ray's Luncheonette on the corner of North Willow and Walnut St. Serving Montclair for over 40 years, Angelica shares how she bought the cafe from her uncle, finished her college degree, and passionately contributes to humanitarian hurricane relief. 

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Podclair Episode 23 Fleet Feet Montclair

episode 23 - november 4, 2018

We speak with Dawn and John Fabbro, owners of Fleet Feet Sports on Bloomfield and Midland Avenues. They share how they met and turned their love of fitness and movement into a thirty year-old business along our main drag. Best of luck to our Montclair marathoners today!

Podclair MDW Ep22 Designing Buzz

episode 22 - october 28, 2018

In our final episode of our design week series, we offer a live recording of the Designing Buzz panel. Moderated by Montclair resident and CBS News anchor Jim Axelrod on October 21st, 2018, the panelists include all of the founders of our local festivals to share behind-the-scenes of how their festivals got off the ground and what inspires them to keep going.


episode 21 - October 25, 2018

In our eighth episode of our Montclair Design Week series, we speak with Kacy Erdelyi owner of Joyist an organic functional foods cafe on Valley Road. She discusses her experience from her career in marketing to owning a small business. During design week she is co-sponsoring the Living You Workshop with Chelsea Square and hosted by Blanche Garcia of B. Garcia Designs and author of Empowered Design. 

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Podclair MDW Ep20 Qwell and Wellness For Makers

episode 20 - October 23, 2018

In our seventh episode of our design week series, we speak with two co-founders of Qwell Meditation and Wellness Center and Missy Graff Ballone owner of Wellness for Makers about their upcoming workshop on Creating Consistent Wellness.

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EPISODE 19 PART 2 - OCTOBER 21, 2018

Welcome to Podclair’s first podcast -guided tour of buildings and homes around Montclair Center hosted by Frank Gerard Godlewski of Fellsbridge Studios. In today’s show we start at Van Vleck, pass The George, the art museum, Crane House, Gates Mansion, down Llewelyn, along Elm, and conclude up at Lackawanna Plaza. For those attending our live event on October 21, 2018, be sure to meet Frank in person for a Q & A at the Glenridge Parklet starting at 9 am. For more about our town’s hidden history, check out our Part 1 episode that is a companion to this tour.


EPISODE 19 PART 1 - OCTOBER 21, 2018

In our sixth episode of our Montclair Design Week series, we speak with Frank Gerard Godlweski, Montclair native and owner of Fellsbridge Studio, whose services include design, architecture, fine art production, event and cultural planning, and restoration. This episode serves as Part 1 to our subsequent podcast-guided walking tour around Montclair Center and includes incredible, and sometimes little known, history about what has become Montclair as we know it today. 

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Episode 18 - October 18, 2018

In our fifth episode of our design week series, we speak with Alex Pavel, owner of The Village, and Laura Bostrom, owner of Everyday Order who are collaborating on a A Playroom Theory, a free workshop on 10/23 to show ways of designing a creative yet organized play space for kids. Alex discusses being raised in Montclair, finding an interest in family-based design, closing Apple Village and re-opening as The Village in a new location. Laura talks about her route from dental hygienist to professional organizer and how her clients fare on their own after she’s helped them organize.

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Episode 17 - October 17, 2018

In our fourth episode of our design week series, we delve into the AC2 Awards. After an open call for nominations last month, we reveal the complete list of nominees and discuss with the co-chairs, Julie Harris* and Jennifer Rittner, how they came up with a new twist on an awards ceremony. We also speak with Kristine Ellis-Pitrik co-owner of Java Love who will be moderating the 'Designing Spark' panel where select recognized nominees will be revealed at the event on 10/21 during design week.

(*Note: Julie's segment was pre-recorded a few months ago as one of our very first recordings and focuses on the evolution of her consulting company. Excuse interruptions from a certain nearby toddler!)

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episode 16 - October 14, 2018

In this third episode of our Montclair Design Week series, we speak with Daryl Ferrara and Omni Kitts Ferrara, owners of Yoga Mechanics, Montclair's longest-standing yoga studio. Cameo by Omni's parents, Rick Kitts and Whitney Rau Kitts, recently retired from nearly 30 years teaching dance and performing arts in Glenfield Middle School and MKA, and who were an early influence for Omni's eventual career.

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episode 15 - October 11, 2018

In this second episode of our Montclair Design Week series, we uncover what Design Dens are, where they take place, and who is behind them. We speak with Andrea Panico, the design den coordinator and owner of Pico Designs, a modern architectural jewelry company based in Montclair. We also speak with Robert Genovese, one of the den facilitators, about his ten-year journey to open Local Coffee Shop in Watchung Plaza.

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episode 14 - October 9, 2018

In our first episode of our Montclair Design Week series, we speak with some of the designers, makers, and shakers behind the inaugural team. We find out who are they, what makes them so passionate about the role of design in our town, and which events they look forward to attending.

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Podclair Episode 13 MadLAB

EPISODE 13 - OCTOBER 7, 2018

We speak with Petia Morozov of MADLAB architecture and design. After co-owning her business for the last 15 years, this Montclair native began dreaming of a Montclair Design Week and we speak with her about how she's gotten the idea off the ground.

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Episode 12 Succeed2gether

Episode 12 - September 30, 2018

We speak with Marcia Marley, executive director and president of Succeed2gether. Succeed2gether addresses the educational achievement gap by providing free enrichment and academic programs from their offices on 11 Pine St and the main branch library. A non-profit that's been in Montclair for a decade, Succeed2gether also founded the annual Montclair Literary Festival, now in its third year.

Show Notes:

  • On October 23rd, 2018 Succeed2gether is hosting a fundraiser (tickets are $40) with New York Times columnist, bestselling author and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman

  • Book Buddies help middle schoolers find ways to enjoy reading

  • Succeed2gether serves over 240 local students. To volunteer as a tutor, click here

  • Writers, editors, publishers, anyone with a passion for books: submit your event proposal for Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festival, March 21-24, 2019! The event can be a panel discussion, solo book talk, reading, masterclass etc. aimed at adults, children, or YA audiences.

Episode 11 College Application Camp

episode 11 - september 23, 2018

We speak with Pat Berry, a college essay coach and founder of College Application Camp, on how she counsels students on applying to college. Her own interest in writing took root in Montclair, where she partly grew up, and after a career in publishing, she settled back here to raise her family and begin a new career as a writing coach.

Show Notes

Pat’s personal recommendations for college application / essay resources:

Episode 10_FractalAcademy


We speak with Kevin Anderson, founder of Fractal Science and Math Academy. Kevin shares with us the career journey he took from sports to science to teaching, the real hours needed to be a small business owner, and the most rewarding part about being able to help bring students closer to where they want to go.

Show Notes:

The following are personal recommendations from Kevin:

  • MIT News page to keeps Kevin current with innovations in science

Episode 9 SewMontclair

Episode 9 - September 9, 2018

We speak with Chelsea Harriman, owner of Sew Montclair on 41 Glenridge Ave, by Bay Street Station.  Chelsea discusses how she started out to become a doctor, but ended up with a long career in fashion and costume design after graduating with a MFA from Rutgers. She raised both her children and her business in Montclair, where she and her husband have decided to stay as empty-nesters.  

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Episode 8 ChelseaSquare FreespaceDance Podclair

episode 8 - September 2, 2018

We speak with two local entrepreneurs with different kinds of businesses, but are both in the midst of re-branding and shifting direction. Both women are graduates of Montclair State University and they found themselves returning to Montclair to raise their daughters.

KaraLynne Wolf, who grew up here, now owns Chelsea Square and speaks about entering local retail after a career in finance in Miami.  Donna Scro Samori, artistic director of Freespace Dance and head trainer and yoga teacher at Yoga Mechanics, discusses how she started her 14-year old dance company and what she is planning next.

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Episode 7 - August 26, 2018

We speak with Lisa Marie Suriano, owner of Piccola Cucina 98. She shares how her mother-in-law's ravioli inspired her to start the shop in extra kitchen space off of her husband, Elio's, restuarant Corso 98. She reveals how she uses her merchandising background to optimize her cozy space, how she sources and re-creates her authentic Italian recipes, and how she's seen Walnut Street transform over the twenty years she and her husband have been on the block.

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Episode 6 - August 19, 2018

We speak with Peter Von Hoffman, third generation Montclarion, and owner of Angelbeck's (est 1933) and Watchung Deli (est 1926). He discusses how 9/11 brought him from a career in banking back to his first love of teaching math, which Montclair park he proposed to his high school sweetheart in, and how his son inspired his move into local retail.  

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Episode 5 - August 12, 2018

We speak with Anna Coy, owner of Blooms in Hand, a bouquet subscription delivery serving local restaurants, retail, and residents. Anna discusses how her business began, what drew her to working with flowers, and what keeps her going when life, business, and parenting feel overwhelming.

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EPISODE 4 - AUGUST 5, 2018

We speak with Marion Lake, owner of Dem Two Hands, self described as a boutique "for your eyes to smile." Marion discusses moving here from Brooklyn over twenty-five years ago, how her business almost burned down (literally) before it opened, and how she stays true to her vision of what she wants her store to be.

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EPISODE 3 - JULY 29, 2018

We speak with the owner of Bivio Pizza Napoletana about how his musicianship and neapolitan roots inform his craft of making legendary and authentic wood oven pizza napoletana.

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Episode 2 - July 22, 2018

We speak with the owner of Held Massage Therapy about her inspiration to create a space that supports those experiencing grief, loss, or life transitions. Learn more about grief massage or V-Day, the organization Jess discusses on the show.   

Show Notes:

  • Sign up here for Death Cafe Aug 9, 2018 7 - 8:30 pm hosted by Jess, location TBD.

  • Print designed by Stella, our first episode guest, that was inspired by Jess' interview. All proceeds go toward the Terry Demming Memorial Fund

  • Guide curated by Jess that includes free, local resources, article links, books, podcasts, phone numbers to know, and more.

  • How to help a grieving friend

  • Early grief: simple acts for an unbearable time


Episode 1 - July 15, 2018

In our first episode, we interview a creative solopreneur and Montclair State alum whose work is widely known around town, but you may not yet know her, or the story behind how her artwork appears unexpectedly in familiar places. As a bonus, we also speak with the owner of Motorcyle Riding Co before he closes shop and heads to the West Coast. Sponsored by: Amy Owens Realtor

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podcast trailer - July 3, 2018

We bravely enter the recording studio to reveal the why behind Podclair!  Conversations happen every day, all over town, that create moments of feeling closer and more connected to our community.  Our podcast is a way to share these collective stories, through the tales of individuals bringing talent and life to Montclair, NJ.  


Every podcast starts somewhere, so in leading up to our first episode, we created a mini-guide to notable first episodes of shows by both national and local podcasters (local shows denoted with *).

First Episode Podcast Mini-Guide: