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HomeGrown Discovers the Magic of the Holiday Season at the Maplewood Dickens Village

December 14, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- HomeGrown rings in its first holiday episode by paying a visit to Maplewood’s annual Dickens Village, a community celebration and tradition that takes place throughout the month of December. 

Each December for over 60 years, Ricalton Square in downtown Maplewood transforms into a replica of a London village from the time of Charles Dickens. Complete with miniature ...

HomeGrown Discovers Ridgewood NJ Hot Spot, Steel Wheel Tavern, on the Right Track

RIDGEWOOD, NJ -- In the current episode of HomeGrown, Host Stephanie Willoughby met with Glenn Carlough, Co-Owner of Steel Wheel Tavern, located just steps from the Ridgewood Train Station. The establishment recently celebrated their three year anniversary and regularly hosts community events, live music and a dance party every Saturday. 

Being so close to the train station has inspired ...

Bergen County Theater Company Features Arts Programs for Kids of All Ages

RIDGEWOOD, NJ — In the next installation of HomeGrown: Ridgewood, Host Stephanie Willoughby visits with staff and performers at Porch Light Productions, a theater company in Bergen County offering theater and related arts programs for students from kindergarten through college. 

Founded in 2005, Porch Light Productions features a wide range of programs, such as classes in acting ...

HomeGrown Speaks with Ridgewood Walks Founder About Bringing Community Together

RIDGEWOOD, NJ -- HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Jeanne Johnson, local community activist, about her motivation for volunteerism and what makes Ridgewood such a special place to live and visit. 

“Ridgewood is a Norman Rockwell painting come to life,” said Willoughby, and anyone who observes its tree-lined streets, historic sites and beautiful homes would have to ...

HomeGrown Travels to Ridgewood, NJ to Find a Vibrant Downtown with Thriving Small Businesses

RIDGEWOOD, NJ -- HomeGrown NJ travels to Ridgewood for its latest series of new episodes. Nestled in Bergen County in northern New Jersey, Ridgewood often ranks high on best places to live in the state, and with a top school system, direct train line to Manhattan and well-kept homes, it’s no wonder. Ridgewood, though technically identified as a village, is actually quite a metropolitan town ...

Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Ocean Grove Welcomes Jersey Shore Crowds

OCEAN GROVE, NJ -- After fun in the sun on the Asbury Park boardwalk and beach, The Carriage House bed and breakfast offers full-service accommodations in a unique Victorian setting. HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with owner, Viktoria Boss, about the challenges of operating a successful bed and breakfast on the Jersey Shore.

“It was destiny for me to be here,” ...

HomeGrown NJ Highlights Asbury Park’s Progressive & LGBTQ-Friendly Spirit

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Besides sand, surf and Springsteen, Asbury Park has been known in recent years as a hub for the New Jersey LGBTQ community. HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Comedian & Activist Jess Alaimo about the LGBTQ-friendly atmosphere of Asbury Park. Alaimo grew up in Asbury Park, where she still lives, and has family roots here. She founded the Asbury Park Young ...

Independent Cinema Serves as Community Hub for Arts-Centered Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- This week’s episode of HomeGrown: Asbury Park features a conversation with the owners of The ShowRoom Cinema, an independent movie house in town. When owners Michael Sodano and Nancy Sabino opened ShowRoom in 2009, there were no movie theaters in Asbury Park. 

“We couldn’t understand how a town that was so arts and culture-centric had no cinema,” ...

HomeGrown: Asbury Park Visits Watermark, a Venue Rooted in Community and Connection

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- This week, HomeGrown: Asbury Park visits Watermark, the go-to gathering spot located on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Host Stephanie Willoughby sat down with Watermark’s Owner & Creator, Russell Lewis, to discuss both the history and vibe of Watermark and the larger community of Asbury Park. 

Watermark is located on Ocean Avenue, steps away from local landmarks ...

Popular Asbury Park Donut Shop Gains Both Neighborhood and National Success

ASBURY PARK, NJ – In our newest episode, HomeGrown visits Purple Glaze Donuts, an award-winning bakery on Summerfield Avenue. Open for four years in Asbury Park, the donuts are made by a mother and son team, and have already become a celebrated part of the community.

The shop opened in 2015 and began having success shortly thereafter. “We’ve slowly gotten the word out,” ...

HomeGrown Discovers Wellness & Small Business Success in Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK, NJ – HomeGrown, an original series produced by TAPintoTV, travels to Asbury Park to learn how this small town blends the arts with independent businesses to create a colorful and creative hot spot down the shore.

HomeGrown host Stephanie Willoughby sat down with Troy Teeboom, Owner of Kur Wellness Studios, who founded his business in Asbury Park. Kur offers more than 100 ...

Hoboken Real Estate Market Fueled by Families and New Businesses

HOBOKEN, NJ -- In Part 2 of HomeGrown: Hoboken, Host Stephanie Willoughby talks with two women business owners in the mile-square city about how Hoboken’s revival and growth has also made the city a more welcoming place for families.  

Pamela Kalman, Owner of PKL Properties, spoke about the thriving real estate market in Hoboken.  Kalman said that there is no ...

HomeGrown: Hoboken, Part 1 Reveals the City’s Revival & Renaissance

HOBOKEN, NJ -- In its latest episode, HomeGrown focuses its lens on the city of Hoboken, NJ. This mile-square town, nestled just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, has changed much in the past 50 years, evolving from a gritty industrial center to the upscale urban community it is today. 

HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby talks with Hoboken residents ...

Watch New Episode of TAPintoTV’s Original Series, HomeGrown: Clinton, NJ - Part 2

CLINTON, NJ -- After the debut of Part 1 of the premiere episode last week, TAPintoTV airs Part 2 of HomeGrown: Clinton, NJ on Friday, May 17. HomeGrown visits local towns across New Jersey to discover the stories and people that make each community special.

Host Stephanie Willoughby continues speaking with residents and small business owners in Clinton to learn more about this dynamic small ...

Clinton, NJ Featured in Debut Episode of TAPintoTV’s First Original Series, HomeGrown

TAPintoTV is proud to introduce its first series of original programming: HomeGrown. Hosted by Stephanie Willoughby, HomeGrown visits local towns across New Jersey to discover the stories and people that make each community special.  

The first episode of HomeGrown features Clinton, NJ. Located in Hunterdon County in a picturesque setting on the Raritan River, Clinton boasts a thriving ...

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