Author: Sophia F. Gottfried

Sophia F. Gottfried is a North Jersey native. She's happiest when discovering hole-in-the-wall food gems, traveling and trying to visit every coffee shop and farmers market in Jersey City, where she lives.
Lauren Turk combs through eccentric closets to stock her playful shop, the Hangout, with designer pieces of all styles and prices.

Seen in: Home & Style

Jersey City is home to one of the most exciting restaurant scenes in the state. Here are our top picks for where to eat.

Seen in: Eat & Drink, Top Restaurants by City

For aspiring food entrepreneurs, these increasingly popular spaces provide a reasonably priced, community-centered launchpad.

Seen in: Eat & Drink, Jersey Living

New Eyes for the Needy supplies eyewear to adults and kids across the nation who would be unable to afford it otherwise.

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Amid the pandemic, an updated automat brings touchless ordering to Jersey City.

Seen in: Eat & Drink

Juliana Phillip of Josephines Miniature Pies felt called to honor the legacy of her ancestors—and generations-old family recipes.

Seen in: Eat & Drink

Since 2013, founder Essie Bartels, a native of Ghana, has showcased West African spices in her line of dry rubs and sauces.

Seen in: Table Hopping

Helmed by slow-fashion sage Maggie Emma, the thoughtfully curated Margo Market helps customers procure lasting clothes and goods.

Seen in: Style & Shopping

The renowned chef, a Verona resident, died from complications due to Covid-19 in March. Afterwards, his wife, Barkha, worked to bring his spice project to life.

Seen in: Table Hopping

Rebecca Heykes and Keiko Hirosue, founders of Loyal Footwear, produce supportive-yet-stylish shoes with cutting-edge materials and ethical practices.

Seen in: Style & Shopping