Small Business Saturday: Your Shopping Guide to Bergen County, NJ

Small Business Saturday: Your Shopping Guide to Bergen County, NJ

Avoid the madness of Black Friday this year – there are amazing deals and incredible products available to you right in your backyard!

Saturday, November 30, 2019 is Small Business Saturday – the day when brick-and-mortar local businesses encourage you to get out and shop in your area’s finest small businesses. Lest you think that Small Business Saturday is a “small fry event”, think again! 2019 marks the 10th annual Small Business Saturday, and is observed nationwide by the great small businesses that make America strong!

Design Your Lifestyle is based in northern New Jersey, one of America’s true hotbeds of thriving small business. While many associate our area with malls and large commerce centers, northern New Jersey’s backbone is truly its small businesses.

We love Bergen County, New Jersey’s gorgeous main street and downtown shopping areas, which offer fantastic Small Business Saturday escapes from overcrowded malls and “big business” storefronts. From Wyckoff to Westwood, Ridgewood to hidden gems along Routes 4 and 17, Bergen County offers a plethora of amazing shopping options this Small Business Saturday!

Here are a few of our personal favorite “hidden gems” for you to check out on November 30th, as Small Business Saturday returns to Bergen County!

Small Business Saturday: Bergen County, NJ Shopping

1. Peter Salerno Inc. Home Design Shops (511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, NJ)

Anchored by a showroom that 201 Magazine called “a wonderland under one roof”, this 3-shop design storefront is a must-visit for anyone considering a new home, home remodel, or update to their custom kitchen or bath design. Located just off Routes 208 and 4 in Wyckoff, NJ, the Peter Salerno Inc. Home Design Shops are an all-in-one center for home design enthusiasts.

511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, NJ: A home design paradise!
Peter Salerno Inc. Home Design Shops, in beautiful Wyckoff, NJ!

The journey begins at Peter Salerno Inc., winner of the most national design awards since 2002. Peter and his team specialize in custom kitchen and bath design, ranging from classic to contemporary, traditional to transitional. The gorgeous showroom (winner of KBIS’ Most Innovative Showroom award) features kitchen, bath and bar designs. Peter Salerno Inc. also specializes in lounges, wine cellars, and “man caves” for the most discerning of customers.

Adjacent to Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom are Stratta, the Tile Boutique and Oberg & Lindquist. Stratta is a jaw-dropping center for amazing artisan tile, ranging from fine marble to quirky art pieces to the latest in “green” tile (cork, faux wood, etc.). Oberg & Lindquist is a one-stop small business destination for home appliances, including some of the finest names in the industry – Wolf, Sub-Zero, Miele and more.

2. B. Witching Bath Co. (11 S. Broad St., Ridgewood, NJ)

A fine escape from the big business bath companies, B. Witching Bath Co. is a great find in the heart of downtown Ridgewood. From soaps to lotions, oils to soaks, the product assortment at B. Witching is alluring and high-quality.

Stemming from a 40-year family tradition of fine handmade bath products, B. Witching Bath Co.’s products “are uniquely formulated with the finest therapeutic botanicals, wholesome ingredients, essential oils and minimal preservatives”. Each batch of their products are crafted to high standards on an individual basis.

For the guys out there who often find themselves at a loss in big bath care stores, fear not! We love B. Witching’s efforts to invite men into their store with fine products designed “for him” as well.

3. Serene Spa & Boutique (288 Center Ave., Westwood, NJ)

A walk through the charming downtown center of Westwood brings you to Serene, a quaint spa and boutique with a natural vibe. The name “Serene” is indicative of the feeling you get upon entering the storefront, as customers find its atmosphere relaxing and peaceful.

Serene Spa and Boutique, Westwood, NJ.
Serene Spa and Boutique, Westwood, NJ.

Serene offers a wide array of products, from clothing to skin care. Need a break from the stressful rush of holiday shopping? Serene also offers a litany of fairly priced health options – from massage to waxing, Reiki massage to skin care.

The Serene boutique also offers the added bonus of some very unique jewelry options! If you’re a lover of baubles and bangles, bracelets and necklaces, then make sure you stop by for a fine small business option for your jewelry needs.

4. Caffe Anello and Sogno Coffee (425-429 Broadway, Westwood, NJ)

Of course, all this Small Business Saturday shopping is bound to make you hungry! Our favorite local haunt for a unique bite to eat and a world-class cup of coffee is Sogno Coffee – conveniently, just a short walk away from Serene Spa & Boutique in the heart of Westwood.

You’ll visit Sogno Coffee for its magnificent coffee and beverage selection, including espresso, macchiato, cappuccino and some fantastic hot chocolates. You’ll stay for their assortment of freshly made crepes, available in both Sweet and Savory options. We highly recommend the simple delight of the Fourth Avenue, a handmade crepe made fresh and served with lemon juice, honey, sugar and butter.

If you need a little more nourishment, the double storefront also features Caffe Anello, a tremendous sit-down restaurant you’ll visit over and over again!

Who is “The Face of The Ultimate Kitchen” in 2019? Exclusive Design Article

Who is “The Face of The Ultimate Kitchen” in 2019? Exclusive Design Article

It’s quite the honor to be named “The Face of the Ultimate Kitchen”. Bergen Magazine set out to bestow that honor on one designer in their 2019 Faces of Bergen edition, and we couldn’t be more confident with their selection.

“We’re about working with clients, big or small, classic or modern, creating the rare and distinctive personalized space for any budget,” explains Peter Salerno, the 2019 “Face of the Ultimate Kitchen” in Bergen Magazine.

Peter Salerno is the owner and founder of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Since 2000, Peter and his design team have won 35 national and international design awards from such prestigious organizations as the NKBA, KBIS, HGTV, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Signature Kitchens & Baths.

Peter Salerno Inc. represents a three generation lineage of passionate, masterful custom designers. Peter Salerno founded his eponymous business in 1997 on the shoulders of his father Rosolino’s work as a master cabinetmaker in Sicily. Alongside his wife, Tracy, and his children, Anthony and Gabrielle, Peter has revolutionized the “family business” into a world-class design firm that has installed custom kitchen and bath designs in multiple countries on multiple continents.

Peter Salerno Inc. has expanded to a gorgeous, award-winning showroom on Goffle Road in Wyckoff, New Jersey, and become a cornerstone business in Bergen County’s marketplace. While Peter’s designs have taken him around the world, he still takes great pride and pleasure in being a New Jersey-based kitchen and bath designer, with dozens of award-winning designs in homes spanning New Jersey, New York and the American Northeast.

“With an eye for the unusual, Peter searches the globe for unique materials, reclaimed objects and old timbers from barns and historic buildings,” the article in Bergen Magazine reads. Peter Salerno Inc. has become synonymous with beautiful and eclectic design materials. From reclaimed tin from a Route 66 gas station to old timbers from an historic New York City orphanage, the next great inspiration for an award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. design can truly come from nearly anywhere.

It’s a wonderful honor to be recognized as the “Face of the Ultimate Kitchen” by a forward-thinking publication like Bergen Magazine, and it’s a moniker that Peter Salerno sees as both a great compliment and a great challenge.

Pick up your copy of Bergen Magazine’s “Faces of Bergen 2019” edition!

A Kitchen Designer Shares His 2017 Home Thanksgiving Photos

A Kitchen Designer Shares His 2017 Home Thanksgiving Photos

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. So it stands to reason that in the Salerno family home, Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal.

“[F]amily dinners are all about food, love and more food,” Peter Salerno quipped on social media during Thanksgiving 2017, posting a series of photos of his immediate and extended family sharing a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner in their stunning Bergen County, New Jersey home.

Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno was joined for Thanksgiving by his wife Tracy, his father Rosolino and his mother-in-law Jo. Peter’s son Anthony was accompanied by his wife Eve and daughter Jesse, and Peter’s daughter Gabrielle came with her husband Brian and their daughter Brielle.

Peter was sure to thank the renowned Goffle Farms for the family’s delicious 18 pound turkey. The main course was accompanied by some outstanding side dishes, from the traditional (mashed and roasted potatoes, string beans) to the unconventional (a delicious lime and pineapple mold).

Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

The meal also featured a beautiful and delicious pasta course – homemade pumpkin fettucine with a creamy sausage sauce. The fettucine was a huge hit with the family!

As the 2017 holiday season swings into full force, it’s important to take these moments to cherish those around you – both in your professional and personal lives. Peter Salerno takes great care to maintain a good work-life balance, and takes the time to nurture his work family alongside his own.

Thanksgiving 2017 was a pretty beautiful day for Peter Salerno and his family, but nothing compares to the warmth he felt in his own home. Peter sincerely hopes you had a blessed, safe and satisfying Thanksgiving full of love this year.

Enjoy these exclusive photos from Peter Salerno (of Peter Salerno Inc.)’s 2017 home Thanksgiving!

Peter Salerno's pumpkin fettucine with creamy sausage sauce.
Peter Salerno’s pumpkin fettucine with creamy sausage sauce.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

NorthJersey.com | Top 5 Kitchen Designs for Chefs

NorthJersey.com | Top 5 Kitchen Designs for Chefs

Laura Adams Stiansen of NorthJersey.com recently ranked the “Top 5 New Jersey Kitchens Designed for a Chef (or chef at heart)” – and we love her list!

Laura’s list of featured designers is a high-class “Who’s Who” of kitchen designers and kitchen design firms. From Peter Salerno Inc. to Ulrich, Kitchen Kaboodle to Anthony Albert Studios and Kuche+Cucina, these design firms (and their kitchen designs) have left both professional chefs and enthusiastic, serious home cooks in awe.

The contractors featured on these designs, in no order, are Kuche+Cucina, Anthony Vero, Ulrich, Jim Van Orden, and Ulrich.

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design featured by NorthJersey.com. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design featured by NorthJersey.com. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

Laura Adams Stiansen’s list of kitchen designs piqued our interest due to its attention to detail and appeal to multiple types of consumers, chefs and families. Her featured kitchen designs include “For a growing family”, “for a rising culinary creator”, and “for the master chef”.

From Laura’s introduction to this article:

Whether your family is growing from four to five or if your new hobby is creating innovative dishes with the ingredients you have on hand — having the right tools in your kitchen is important. Space, shelving and high-end appliances are all pieces that need to fit together to create the perfect kitchen.

The designers of these world-class chef’s kitchen designs were happy to speak regarding their creations.

“The best part of this project was the collaboration with the owners,” Peter Salerno stated to the author. “They are artistic, and were not afraid to go with something edgy. They listened to my ideas and asked how we could bring it up a notch.”

“I feel it’s always best that we get involved before construction begins to be certain all the client’s wants and needs can be met,” Anthony Passanante of Anthony Albert Studios added.

For more on these amazing kitchen designs created with chefs and avid cooks in mind, please check out the full article on NorthJersey.com!

Peter Salerno Inc.: “The Face of The Ultimate Kitchen”

Peter Salerno Inc.: “The Face of The Ultimate Kitchen”

Bergen Magazine recently named Peter Salerno Inc. the “face of the ultimate kitchen”.

The article, part of the “Faces of Bergen 2017” series, focuses on the foremost names, faces and places in one of the most notable areas of America. Bergen County is located in northeast New Jersey, a short trip over the George Washington Bridge from New York City and Manhattan.

Peter Salerno and his family featured in Bergen Magazine: "The Ultimate Kitchen".
Peter Salerno and his family featured in Bergen Magazine: “The Ultimate Kitchen”.

An excerpt from the article, “The Face of The Ultimate Kitchen”:

Following in the footsteps of his father, Peter [Salerno] developed a profound interest in the craft, becoming an elite Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD). Together with his wife, Tracy, and their children, Anthony and Gabrielle, this third generation family venture is recognized as one of the top design firms in the country and is the recipient of 35 national accolades.

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms of a home. Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc. are the leaders in kitchen design because all of its designers are required to learn to cook or bake on a serious level. Peter and his son Anthony both take numerous classes at the Culinary Institute of America each year.

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

It’s not just focusing on the big picture, the little details matter just as much. To fill in these gaps that most other companies have, the company carries a premium selection of hardware and faucets with which to accessorize your kitchen. Peter’s daughter, Gabrielle, can help you pick out all your hardware needs.

Peter Salerno Inc.’s flagship showroom and offices are located at 511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, New Jersey – in the heart of Bergen County, new Jersey. Its new satellite showroom is located at 5 West Main Street, Mendham, New Jersey.

VOTE in the 2017 Best of Bergen Readers’ Poll Here!

Best of Bergen 2017 Official Voting Link Is Open!

One of the most prestigious reader awards in the Northeast has returned for another year, as (201) Magazine opens the polls for its Best of Bergen 2017 voting process!

As always, the finest businesses in Bergen County, New Jersey – statistically one of the most culturally significant counties in America – are eligible for voting in the 2017 Best of Bergen readers’ poll.

The polls are open in the (201) Magazine Best of Bergen 2017 Awards - click here and vote!
The polls are open in the (201) Magazine Best of Bergen 2017 Awards – click here and vote!

An overview of the contest, from the official voting site:

Let your voice be heard! Complete this online survey by voting for your personal favorites in Bergen County. Tell us who you love and what’s the best. You tell us — we’ll tell the county.

Vote on as many topics as you like, and watch for the results in the February 2017 issue of (201) Magazine. (Voting is limited to one ballot per respondent and closes at midnight on Oct. 15.)

Several New Jersey design businesses that inform our “Design Your Lifestyle” blog are up for awards – including the business that powers this blog, Peter Salerno Inc. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design company in North America, receiving honors from notable names like the NKBA, KBIS, Sub-Zero, Wolf, HGTV, and Signature Kitchens & Baths.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
An award-winning transitional bath design from Peter Salerno Inc.
With all respect to those stellar industry names, the awards that mean the most to Peter Salerno, his design team and family are the ones that come from you – readers, design aficionados, clients and community members. Being a part of the prestigious Best of Bergen 2017 awards through (201) Magazine is an honor, and Peter Salerno Inc. would be so grateful if you took a moment to vote.

Visit the official Best of Bergen 2017 Readers’ Poll voting site and pick your favorite Bergen County businesses for these prestigious awards. Thanks to (201) Magazine for once again giving Peter Salerno Inc. (and Bergen County in general) the chance to really shine.

Peter Salerno Inc. Featured in Bergen Health & Life Magazine

Peter Salerno Inc. Featured in Bergen Health & Life Magazine

Check Out Bergen Health & Life Magazine’s February 2016 Issue

Last fall, Peter Salerno Inc. unveiled a brand new showroom vignette featuring a gorgeous transitional kitchen design accented with state-of-the-art Miele appliances. The event was attended by Miele USA representatives, industry professionals, members of the Wainscot media team, family and friends – and two very important individuals from Bergen Health & Life Magazine.

Peter Salerno Inc. is featured in the Feb. 2016 issue of Bergen Health & Life Magazine!
Peter Salerno Inc. is featured in the Feb. 2016 issue of Bergen Health & Life Magazine!

Thanks to Rita Guarna, editor-in-chief of Bergen Health & Life Magazine, and Mary Masciale, the magazine’s associate publisher, this one-of-a-kind Peter Salerno Inc. showroom showcase event is featured in the latest issue of Bergen Health & Life Magazine!

The February 2016 issue, which is available for purchase now, features an in-depth photographic overview of the Peter Salerno Inc. and Miele USA showroom vignette launch party, entitled “Kitchen Showcase: Peter Salerno Inc.”.

Peter Salerno and his team thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic write-up and coverage of the event, as well as the opportunity to see some exclusive photos from the evening’s festivities. The event, officially labeled the Peter Salerno Inc. “New Collections Party”, also featured the Edges Custom Cutlery collection and Miele USA culinary events manager Mary Moulds.

The Salerno family celebrates the new transitional kitchen showroom vignette.
The Salerno family celebrates the new transitional kitchen showroom vignette.

Special thanks go to Rita Guarna, Editor in Chief of Bergen Health & Life along with Mary Masciale, Associate Publisher of Bergen Health & Life. Thank you to Rita and Mary for sharing in (and reporting on) a very special evening in the history of Peter Salerno Inc.!

You can find coverage of the Peter Salerno Inc. and Miele showroom vignette launch in the February 2016 issue of Bergen Health & Life Magazine.