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Episode 53: Tara from Hot Mess

This week Amy and Joe welcome Tara Pimco of Asbury Park’s Hot Mess Studio while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Tara talks about how a small storefront salon became the premier “destination boutique” anchoring Press Plaza on Cookman Avenue and how some quick thinking not only kept the lights on during the early days of pandemic but allowed the business to hit the ground running when things began to reopen.

Episode 52: Jacki and Dom from Purple Glaze

This week Amy and Joe welcome Jacki & Dom from Purple Glaze while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio.   As you know here at Asbury Pod we only ask the toughest questions, like “What podcast are you listening to?” and “Is there anything good on Netflix?” This week we solve the existential question, “what are you to do when you get bored a week into your retirement?” The answer is–of course–you go to culinary school and open up a world-famous donut shop. Note to those who pronounce it cull-inary, do not @ me. Joining us a week into their second retirement, are Jacki Sharpe and Dominic Latoracca, founders of the Internationally Famous (Hello Toronto!) Purple Glaze Donut shop to talk about the how Purple Glaze came to be, its immediate popularity and how if you reach out to someone whose wallet you find in the street, maybe you can retire a second time.

Episode 51: Dr. Tom from City By The Sea Veterinary

This week Amy and Joe welcome Dr. Tom Caltabilota of City by the Sea Veterinary. while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. You may recall hearing Dr. Tom’s name during our recent conversation with DJ and Jamie from Catsbury Park—so we reached out to the man himself to find out how he became a vet and how he ended up in Asbury Park. Spoiler alert: there’s a long road trip from Rutgers university through Louisiana to Alabama and back to New Jersey—but what we really want to know is, what is it like to be Asbury Park’s favorite veterinarian?

Episode 50: Catsbury Park

This week Amy and Joe welcome DJ Bornschein and Jamie Nichols, the dynamic duo behind Asbury Park’s own cat sanctuary café, Catsbury Park while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. We talk to DJ and Jamie about how Catsbury Park came to be, its plans for the future, and how–even though COVID has closed the cafe–Catsbury’s rescue services are busier than ever and still need your support.

Episode 49: The Owners of Macrobites

This week Amy and Joe welcome David Lewis Jr and Jarrett Atkins, who together with their partner Fritz Georges, form the power trio behind MacroBites, the Healthy Meal Delivery Service and Cafe, while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio.­­ By itself, three childhood friends putting incarceration behind them to become entrepreneurs, is a great story. But what happens when you start a new business on the eve of a global pandemic which immediately eats 40% of your revenue instead of your food? Rather than closing up shop and going home, the trio went big, expanded their delivery service to 35 states and opened up a storefront on Springwood Avenue here in Asbury Park. Theirs is a story about good friends, good food, resiliency and is a little good news in world of bad.