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.
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.

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

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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.

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

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With extra time on their hands at the beginning of the pandemic, the ceramics designer and It's Alive With Brad host got to work.

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Continuing in his grandfather's footsteps, Zach Winzelberg and his wife Sophie opened a gourmet market in Long Branch's Pier Village last summer.

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When Rachel Garcia opened her Maplewood shop in February, she had no idea a global pandemic would soon strike. But that hasn't stopped her from helping customers reduce food packaging waste.

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While more traditional means of helping out aren't on the table right now, you can still support restaurants, food workers, grocery stores and farmers in meaningful ways.

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After winning the popular cooking competition last year, former Porta chef Claude Lewis has stepped out with a place of his own in Jersey City.

Seen in: Table Hopping