Christina Baker Kline

We speak with writer Christina Baker Kline. She will be one of the featured authors in this week’s Montclair Literary Festival discussing her new novel,  a piece of the world. Christina has also written five non-fiction books and seven novels including the NY Times best-selling Orphan Train

A former citizen of Montclair, Christina has often written on the feminist perspective and on women’s issues. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, and The Yale Review, among other places.

AIR DATE: 3/20/19


Richard Thompson

We speak with with legendary folk-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Richard Thompson. He’s a brilliant guitarist, a witty and articulate lyricist and storyteller, and a frequent innovator. His career started with the folk-rock band Fairport Convention in 1967 and he has toured, recorded and headlined with Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Don Henly, David Byrne, and Elvis Costello. We talk with him about his career and about his upcoming book Beeswing: Britain, Folk Rock and the End of the 60's.

AIR DATE: 3/17/19


Zara Phillips

We speak with Zara Phillips who will be a featured guest at this years Montclair Literary Festival. She talks with Margo about her career as a young woman as a backing singer with many musical acts, including Bob Geldof, Matt Bianco, Nick Kamen, David Essex and John Illsley. 

She talks about her work speaking about adoption and her new book “Somebody’s Daughter--- A moving journey of discovery, recovery and adoption.” in which she shares her journey of being an adopted child in search of her birth mother and a young performer fighting addiction.

AIR DATE: 3/13/19


Montclair Literary Festival

We speak with Jacqueline Mroz and Catherine Platt of the Montclair Literary Festival.  We have an amazingly vibrant arts and culture scene in our town and three years ago, Jacqueline and Catherine created the Montclair Literary Festival to celebrate the love of reading and raise funds for Succeed2gether's academic programs. They tell the story of how they came to create the festival, share with us which famous authors they have on deck for this year's event and what it took to bring this world-class cultural event to our town.

AIR DATED: 3/10/19


Watchung Booksellers

We speak with Margot Sage-El of Watchung Booksellers, famously, the independent bookstore for Montclair that supports and contributes to a thriving literary community, including over 60 published local authors, and uncountable publishing and media professionals. They are fierce supporters of the community, contributing to and working with local schools serving our children, the Montclair Public Library, the Montclair Fund for Eductional Excellence and the Adult School of Montclair.

AIR DATE: 3/3/19


Jacklyn kling distinctive framework

We speak with Jacklyn Kling of Jacklyn Kling Distinctive Framework & Gallery  located in Montclair for over 30 years. She and her husband, Roger, are both devoted to fine art and trained in the best conservation techniques and methods.  When visiting their shop, you are surrounded by high quality art and framing craftsmanship.  We get some insights on her family’s craft and learn some tips and secrets for perfect framing!

AIR DATE: 2/24/19


Well Made Nutrition

We speak with Montclair State Universtiy alum Chelsea Caravella, owner of Well Made Nutrition. She shares what inspired her to create a plant-based nutrition practice designed to teach individuals to "love the food that loves them back," and how even vegans can find places to eat with their carnivore boyfriends in the restaurants around Montclair.

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AIR DATE: 2/17/19



We sit down with Vanillamore’s chef and owner, Risa Magid Boyer. Risa grew up in Northern New Jersey thinking she would be a graphic artist one day.  But while a student at Northeastern University in Boston, something made Risa completely change her path.  Now Risa shares the story of why she created Vanillamore and what’s behind the design. 

Show Notes:

  • Risa Magid Boyer is a New Jersey native who originally went to Northeastern University for graphic design.

  • A part time job led Risa to the Culinary Institute of America.

  • Vanillamore is a family affair.  Her parents and husband can often be found lending a helping hand.

  • On Thursday, January 17th they’ll hold a 5 course chef’s tasting menu.  Reservations required.

  • Every Tuesday 5% of Vanillamore’s sales are donated to the MFEE (Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence)!

    AIR DATE: 2/10/19



We speak with Oscar Shorts Film Festival founders producers, Corinna Sager and Jeanne Reilly about what inspired them to bring awareness to short films.This year's festival, called Celebrate the Underdog, starts at 10 am on Saturday, February 16th at The Buzz Aldrin School.

AIR DATE: 2/3/19



We speak with Tracey Diamond of Tracey Diamond Designs.  Tracey has run her own business in graphic design, branding and social media here in Montclair for the last ten years, helping others in this town and beyond. To us she is our co-worker and friend who has contributed so much to the success of Podclair by shaping our brand that we thought we'd have her share her knowledge with you, our viewers, as we discuss the fast changing business environment of today's retail and marketing world. 

She also let's us in on what the future holds as she pursues her artistic aspirations!

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We speak with Kika Wise of Kika’s Stretch Studios.  Kika talks about how her dancing career and a little over $300 led her to become the franchise queen of stretch.  All it took was a dream, determination and a lot of moxie.  Now the mother of one - with another one on the way - runs two of her own studios and has franchised a handful of others around New Jersey as well as other states around the country.

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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

    AIR DATE: 1/13/19



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

    AIR DATE: 1/6/19



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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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

    AIR DATE: 12/23/18



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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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

    AIR DATE: 12/9/18



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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Toni’s kitchen

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

    AIR DATE: 11/24/18


bark & truffle

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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ray’s luncheonette

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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fleet feet sports

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!

AIR DATE: 11/4/18


designing buzz panel - Montclair Design Week

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.

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joyist - montclair design week

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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qwell & wellness for makers - montclair design week

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.

AIR DATE: 10/23/18


fellsbridge guided tour (Pt 2)- montclair design week

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.

AIR DATE: 10/21/18


Fellsbridge studio llc (pt 1) - montclair design week

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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the village & everyday order - montclair design week

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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java love, riverbend coaching & content matters -Montclair design week

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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AIR DATE: 10/17/18


yoga mechanics & mr and mrs kitts

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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local coffee & pico design

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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AIR DATE: 10/11/18


montclair design week team

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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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.

Show Notes:

  • Below are some of MADLAB’s local projects:

  • Click here to learn more about the inaugural Design Week

    AIR DATE: 10/7/18



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.

    AIR DATE: 9/30/18


college application camp

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.

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


fractal science & math academy

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

AIR DATE: 9/16/18


sew montclair

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.  

Show Notes

AIR DATE: 9/9/18


chelsea square & freespace dance

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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piccola cucina 98

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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AIR DATE: 8/26/18


angelbeck’s & watchung deli

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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AIR DATE: 8/19/18


blooms in hand

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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AIR DATE: 8/12/18


Dem two hands

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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AIR DATE: 8/5/18


bivio pizza napolentana

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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AIR DATE: 7/29/18


held massage therapy

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

AIR DATE: 7/22/18


stellabird creative & montclair riding co.

In our first episode, we speak with 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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podclair trailer

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: