Bucket & Bay Gelato Co. is in the business of providing treats for everyone. Its team of Scoopistas explains how the gelato is made and offers samples so each customer is able to have the best and most delicious gelato experience. But this shop is more than just an afternoon trip to treat yourself. “Our open space changes and you can always see what’s going on. Each visit can be different,” says Boris Kavlakov, who owns the company with his wife, Jen.
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Meetings just got a little sweeter with artisan chocolates from Chocodiem. Founded in 2012 in Clinton, the Belgian father-daughter duo Jean-Paul and Eveline Hepp began handcrafting truffles, pralines and more. Pharmacistturned- chocolatier Jean-Paul aims to create authentic creations with personal touches. “For weddings, events and conferences, I sit down with each client and really get to know them,” says Jean-Paul.
When traveling for business, bringing guests into town or simply wanting a change of scenery, a hotel is a great place to hold a meeting. Then comes the daunting task of booking hotel rooms, but here are a few tips to make it easier.
Plan ahead and have flexible dates
Hotels have a fixed inventory, and rooms can sell quickly depending on the time of year and events happening in the area. The sooner you can plan your meeting, the more options you will have.
From the White House to Atlantic City, chef Thaddeus DuBois always delights with his creations.
A collage of greens blends together to form a diverse terrain across the Garden State. There are wild meadows and hemlock forests that span the Kittatinny Valley, tall saltmarsh grasses that frame Cheesequake Creek, sandy Pine Barrens stretching across the south and glistening waves that comb the coastline. There's a lot of beauty across New Jersey, and professionals and venues in the state are advancing in steps to ensure the meetings and events they host preserve and celebrate it.
If you’re considering a career as an independent event planner, the time is right. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook [OOH], event planners are in high demand. In 2012, the OOH predicted the field would grow at a rate of 33 percent over the decade, “much faster than the average for all occupations.” Here, industry experts—four event planners, a professor, and a financial advisor—offer up their tips, experience and wisdom for making your venture a success.
STEP ONE: A BUSINESS PLAN
Looking for a small-town atmosphere where you can experience the best of the big city? With a population of just more than 12,000, Red Bank, located on the southern bank of the Navesink River, is a noted social and commercial destination filled with boutiques, designer clothing and home stores, parks, restaurants and much more. It also boasts the oldest ice boating club in the United States.
New Jersey is a sports lover's dream, hosting home games for the NFL’s Giants and Jets, the NHL’s Devils, thrilling horse racing, motorsports and other sports-related entertainment like the Harlem Globetrotters, WWE Wrestling and the National Cheerleading Competition.
What some may not know is that they can have meetings and corporate events in the same venues—and grounds—where superstar athletes compete.