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r e at i v i t y i n a l l i t forms is thriving in Hopewell. The town’s increasing focus on the arts, antiques, and culinary expertise has made it a true destination center. In addition to its hometown residents, visitors from Princeton and well beyond are enjoying the many aspects of Hopewell hospitality. Not the least of which is its appealing ambiance and pleasing small town environment. While it offers an increasingly exciting variet y of shops, galleries, and restaurants, it has managed to retain the feel of a small town and the nuance of times past. A day — or night — out in Hopewell may include shopping, antiquing, enjoying art exhibits, or dining at a variety of eateries — all ready to tempt your taste buds. For example, if you are in the mood for Italian, specifically pizza, Nomad Pizza is just the place. Opened in 2007, it originally began with a pizza truck that traveled to different locations for parties and catering. Its popularity grew to such an extent that two years later,

it opened a “brick and mortar” location in Hopewell (eventually adding new Nomad Pizzas in Princeton and Philadelphia, which have also flourished). Do It Right “Nomad is quite different from other pizzerias,” explains owner Tom Grim. “We are artisans. While most pizzerias focus on quantity, we focus on quality. We brought in a wood-fired oven from Naples, Italy, which is the birthplace of great pizza. We have only one size pizza, and it is hand-crafted. It takes us four days to make our dough. “We also have our own garden beside the restaurant, where we grow veggies and herbs. And we source toppings from many local and organic farmers. Right now, we are making our seasonal spicy corn pizza. We keep our menu short and focused. Basically, just pizza and salads. We’d rather stick to one thing and do it right.” Mr. Grim is enthusiastic about Nomad’s Hopewell location. As he points out, “Hopewell is a great small town but close enough to make it a nice night out for

Princeton diners. Customers actually come from all over New Jersey, and it is a great town to visit, to shop, and to eat. And with lots of free parking to boot!” Antimo’s Italian Kitchen is another favorite spot for dining out. Known for its Italian specialties, it has attracted a loyal following since its opening 18 years ago. Owner Antimo Iovine’s focus both on delicious Italian cuisine and a friendly atmosphere are highlights for many customers. Antimo and his brother, general manager B en ny Iovine, and catering and front end manager Jeff Kyle are very pleased with their Hopewell location and its popularity in so many areas, especially restaurants, shopping, the arts, and antiques. Mr. Kyle also contrasts the growth — often sprawl — in surrounding areas with Hopewell’s small town environment. “All of this build-up elsewhere has t ur ned qu iet areas into bustling town centers, and some of those areas have lost the small owner-operator businesses that many people loved.

Today, Hopewell is surrounded by preserved land, and its downtown image is the same as it was when I attended elementary school here. Hopewell is a sanctuary for those who want to escape the busy parking lots, chain stores, and highways, and return to a time when life was simple. Dining Experience “I believe that people enjoy the quaint feeling that Hopewell instills within its visitors. We are not large like Princeton or built up like Route One, but we have top-notch restaurants, vibrant shopping with unique stores, creative outlets, and many other features and opportunities — all located in our small town and within easy walking distance.” Of course, it is the dining experience that brings many regular diners to Antimo’s, adds Mr. Kyle. “We have lots of regulars who eat in or take-out multiple times a week. Since adding delivery recently, we are seeing even more customers. And they are coming from all over the area.” He adds that Antimo and his brother grew up near Naples, and the menu reflects that origin, although it also includes a variety of Italian Continued on Next Page

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dishes from other areas of Italy. “Antimo’s hometown is known for seafood, so our seafood recipes are similar to those from his home area. We are also known for our pizza and homemade pasta. Our pizza features freshmade dough and sauce, and is topped with quality ingredients like Bell & Evans chicken, Shibumi Farm mushrooms, and homemade meatballs and sausage. “Our homemade pasta is something that ever yone needs to tr y. The dough and fillings are made from scratch, using recipes that have been mastered over decades.” Mr. Kyle emphasizes the impact Antimo himself has on the restaurant, the staff,

and the customers. “Antimo is what sets the restaurant apart from other Italian restaurants. He has a passion and a positive attitude that makes customers and staff want to be near him. Over the long period of time, he has become part of childhood memories; he has seen teenagers grow up and become parents, parents become grandparents. He has listened and updated menus to fit the interests of the customers; he has reinvested the money they spent to add outdoor dining, a portable wood-fired oven for catering, and an additional dining room capable of hosting events for the growing needs of his loyal following. “Antimo also takes care of his staff to the extent that most stay on for a long time which creates a familiar

environment for our guests.” Restaurant Week Mr. Kyle points out that August 7th through the 13th is Summer Restaurant Week in Hopewell. “This is the result of an informal group of restaurant owners and managers who began meeting this past winter. We call ourselves The Hopewell Valley Restaurant Association, and we felt we could accomplish more when we came together to share ideas and brainstorm ideas that would help increase awareness in surrounding communities of Hopewell as a destination.” During this Restaurant Week, he explains, participating restaurants will offer special 3-course lunches and din ners at reduced prices. “The purpose is to

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provide a meal at a reduced price to entice diners to try a new restaurant. To make our event unique and also include the local farms, we are hosting a pop-up farmers market on August 9th to emphasize that local produce is available and used by residents and restaurants in Hopewell.” Mr. Kyle adds that he was recently appointed to the Hopewell Borough Economic Development Commission (EDC) because of his association with Antimo’s. “With around 14 food establishments in the Borough and more coming in the near future, the appointment helps to ensure that the industry is represented at the town level.” No visitor to or resident of Hopewell ever wants to miss stopping in at Boro Bean! This popular establishment is owned by Ellen and Johnny Abernathy, with partner Tom Grim, and has been attracting happy diners since 2008. It offers breakfast and lunch, and is known for its variety of specialties, often made from scratch. As Ms. Abernathy explains, “Breakfast might mean one of our famous muffins, egg and cheese panini, breakfast wraps, bagels, fresh squeezed orange juice, or waffles. We feature a dish called The Sunflower, which has scrambled eggs and cheese on top of buttered panini toast. Also, we make our muffins from scratch daily, and popular choices are blueberry, apple, vanilla Heath bar, and peach — all made with great ingredients, including butter. Lu nch includes panini sandwiches of all kinds made with house-baked bread, as well as wraps and traditional sandwiches, which are all favorites. In addition, a grilled bur r ito w ith black bean spread, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa, and sour cream is a specialty. Popular Choice In t he cooler mont hs, soup is emphasized, adds Ms. Abernathy. “Especially popular are the potato leek, made with our own chicken stock; R ED soup, which features red lentil, red curry, roasted red pepper and coconut milk; and a veggie split pea. Also, our chili is made with grass-fed beef from Hopewell’s Beechtree Farm, and is always a popular choice.” Boro Bean offers Small World coffee, and a very popular fall specialty is the restaurant’s own pumpkin spice latte, including lots of spices, real pumpkin, and the restaurant’s homemade syrup. Ensuring that Boro Bean remains an inviting place is very important to Ms. Abernathy. “We aim to be a welcoming spot to visit. We have regulars, some who even come every day, and we get people from all over, as well as from town. There are train tables on our back porch for playing and tons of kids’ books for reading. We are definitely family friendly. “We have one family that comes ever y S u nday to get together, including the grandparents and grandchildren. When the patriarch John had surgery last year, his son came in and gave an update, so we wouldn’t be worried. In another family, there is a boy, Bennett, who

was born a week after we opened, with his mom going into labor in the store! We dubbed him the ‘original Beanie-Baby’, and each birthday, we celebrate with him. “We also have little ones coming in to tell us about loose teeth. It is really an extended family here at Boro Bean. We are very pleased to be part of the Hopewell community, and we are involved in many communitybased donations and events. The restaurant scene in Hopewell is special. All the places are independent, not part of a chain. That alone is quite special. It is a lovely drive to the town, and parking is generous and free. There are lots of shops and antiquing so you can make a day out of a visit. We feel fortunate to be here.” Eclectic Look For anyone interested in antiques and collectibles, Hopewell is an intriguing creative scene to survey. A variety of choices for many different tastes and from many different periods are on hand to satisfy the discerning shopper. Foxbrook Home & Garden offers an inviting selection and informative and knowledgeable assistance for those seeking a special item. Opened five years ago, the store is owned by J. Stewart vonOehsen, who has watched the antiques scene evolve over the years. He observes that an eclectic look, combining pieces from different periods, is often seen now. “There is less demand today for the dark heavy furniture from the 19th century,” he points out. “I’m finding now that most people looking to decorate their homes like to use a combination of old and new. Here at Foxbrook Home & Garden, I have concentrated on 20th century vintage items. We specialize in ever y t hing from industrial cast-iron, classic advertising, Asian, mid-century modern, and original folk art. “For instance, we have office tables made of an old Volkswagen dealership sign, and an industrial cart. We also have vintage neon lights and advertising signs that are very popular. I think most people are looking for that one-of-a-kind piece to convey their taste and persona.” M r. v o n O e h s e n f i n d s Hopewell a congenial location for his business, and notes its growing popularity for customers interested in a range of experiences. “Because Hopewell has a community of young professionals and a booming restaurant scene, it’s a great town to provide these fresh finds.” One of the most fascinating places in Hopewell is the Tomato Factory. Its unique history offers a look into the past which truly sets it apart. The building dates to 1892, explains owner Mary Ann Browning. Originally a tomato canning factory, it evolved over the years to include various business operations. A decorator, Ms. Browning purchased it in 1962, and a year later opened to sell shower curtain fabrics and custom window treatments. As time went on, she added other shops, and the business eventually became an

antiques cooperative center with designated space for many dealers. Delightful Establishment “We now have 33 dealers (including those upstairs and downstairs), offering a variety of items,” reports Ms. Browning. “We offer a great selection of choices, including antiques, collectibles, home furnishings, lighting, furniture, glassware, books, children’s items, etc. “Hopewell is a wonderful place to be,” she continues. “And now with the new restaurants, business is really increasing for everyone.” One of the special dealers at the Tomato Factory is Umbrella. This delightful establishment, owned by sisters-in-law Fay and Linda Sciarra, opened in 2009, and has grown in popularity over the years. “We have expanded to fill the entire second floor of the Tomato Factory,” explains Fay Sciarra. “This is 3,500 square feet of constantlychanging home furnishings in a loft-like atmosphere. Our business continues to grow a loyal following, and the word has spread. New customers from New York Cit y, Ph i lad elp h ia, a n d northern and southern New Jersey seek us out as well, and our strong presence on the Internet has increased our customer base.” And what customers find is a wonderfully eclectic selection of everything for the home. As Ms. Sciarra explains, “Umbrella’s focus is secondary market home furnishings — furniture that has been owned before. It also has to be stylish and collectible. Some of this includes 19th century antiques, mid-century modern pieces from 1960-1980, and top brand-name furniture that is ‘gently used,’ such as Henredon, Ralph Lauren, Baker, Barbara Barry, etc. “We also carry exciting accessories, lighting, art, rugs, and so on,” continues Ms. Sciarra. “We steer away from mass-produced furniture. Our specialty is representing the best antiques dealers we can find and selling their inventory at great value. Among our most popular items are midcentury modern club chairs, Olde Good Things’ custom farm tables from reclaimed materials, antique partner’s desks, and one-of-kind vintage leather Chesterfield sofas.” It should also be noted that Fay Sciarra is a highly respected artist in the area, and her paintings and mixed media pieces are available at Umbrella. Affordable Rents She adds that Hopewell has recently seen an increase in art and antiques availability. “There is definitely a growing art and antiques community as well as great restaurants. Part of the reason is that there are great spaces at more affordable rents than in Princeton and Lambertville.” As interest in the arts continues to grow in Hopewell, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a major factor in furthering enlightenment about and accessibility to the many and varied artistic endeavors available for appreciative aficionados. As its mission statement explains, “The Hopewell Continued on Page 20


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beginning of 2016 and had “What started last year as There is also hanging space and had not been updated in to consult them at their time our official grand opening many years. It was recom- of need, or just to discuss minimally attended shows in the hallway.� Continued from Page 18 exhibition in late April of last mended that the new owner future plans. We also now have, in most cases, beGallery 14 also shows the Valley Ar ts Council is a year,� explains Dan Kassel, come packed-house, highwork of guest exhibitors tear the building down and provide financing for famigrowing organization dediowner with his wife Kaitlin energy concerts. We’ve rewhen scheduling permits, replace it with a single fam- lies in times of need if they cated to celebrating art in the everyday. Defining art of HCAS. “Kaitlin and I fea- ceived many compliments adds Mr. Schwartz. “We fea- ily home, but then Hopewell are unprepared for a sudin the most expansive terms, tured our photography from from folks saying how great ture guests exhibiting both Borough would lose the local den and unexpected loss of the HV Arts Council seeks our world travels, and there it is to have a place to see solo or with a member. Al- funeral home that had been a loved one. From a simple, direct creto nurture and engage the was an enormous turn-out live music after a fine meal though the focus is on pho- a pillar of the community for at one of Hopewell’s many tography, other visual arts more than half a century. mation to a traditional fullbroader community through from the community. “Our focus is pretty even- great restaurants, and at the may be exhibited from time After eight months and service funeral, Hopewell the arts. By cultivating all affordable ticket prices for ly split between visual art m o r e t h a n $ 10 0 , 0 0 0 , Memorial Home will advise to time. The gallery is owned creative exploration, the HV and operated by its members Hopewell Memorial Home you of the various options Arts Council aims to increase and music,� continues Mr. such topnotch talent. “ awareness and appreciation Kassel. “Between our First Photography Center who support its ongoing op- is now as a fully renovated from which to choose. Honand updated facility with oring any faith, we will fulfill of the arts in Hopewell Val- Friday gallery exhibits, KaitAs the saying goes, “A erations in every way.� ley, including the visual, cu- lin’s monthly painting work- picture is worth a thousand Mr. Schwartz points out seating for more than 50 any special requests for the linary, horticultural, literary, shops, and other visual art words,� and photography, in that Hopewell’s focus on the guests, providing a mean- service, be understanding of workshops led by local prac- whatever format, has never arts continues to grow, with ingful ceremony space to their needs, and respectful and performing arts.� In addition to such long- titioners, we have a lot of been more important. It is interest from residents and honor the life and memory of their wishes. The funeral home offers a established art galleries, art going on. We also aver- certainly the focus of Gal- visitors increasing all the of a loved one. In addition to an upgraded wide variety of services insuch as the highly respected age two musical concerts a lery 14, which was estab- time. Gallery 14 has benMorpeth Gallery, new galler- month, and I teach cello les- lished in 2001 by a group of efitted from this expanding facility with an entirely new cluding cremation ceremoies are opening in Hopewell, sons in the studio, as well as New Jersey photographers responsiveness, and the Gal- showroom for pre-arrange- nies and themed and celeoffering more and varied host/teach occasional music as a center for photography lery members look forward ments, the property boasts bratory funerals, as well as artwork for those who en- workshops. In addition to in the area. Members show to seeing it continue and a warm and welcoming envi- burials at sea. Family memthe art and music, we have their work in individual ex- flourish. ronment for families to learn bers can view a selection of joy art. two yoga classes a week, hibits, and in addition, the about the many options caskets, urns, and vaults in It is encouraging to all An important addition to and host several wellness/ gallery sponsors a juried those who appreciate art, available to them, as well as the new showroom at the the community arts scene is meditation workshops.� show each year. antiques, varied cuisine, the costs associated without property. the Hopewell Creative Arts Mr. Kassel believes that Hopewell Memorial Home The gallery also has a fine and diverse shopping op- the pressure of someone tryStudio ( HCAS ), which is is also a partner of Choices: the collective vision of Dan cultural activities are defi- art photography discussion portunities that Hopewell ing to “sell� them. “There are other funeral The NJ Funeral Trust Fund Kassel and Kaitlin Deering nitely alive and well in group which meets monthly offers such an abundance of Kassel. With their respective Hopewell. As he points out, throughout the year, ex- choices. and within a conge- homes to choose from out- for prepaid monies, ensurcareers in music and paint- “Interest in art and music plains long time member nial and welcoming setting. side of the Borough,� said ing that it is safe and secure ing, the Kassels have shared and cultural activities is in- and photographer Mar t y Welcome to Hopewell Hos- Christopher Merlino, the fu- when services are paid in neral home’s manager. “Our advance. Families should be their talents throughout the deed growing. With great Schwartz. “Photographers pitality! galleries, theaters, and con- food, which Hopewell has in can bring their photos and —Jean Stratton goal is to provide the most aware that their trust fund is professional funeral services transferable to their funeral cert halls of Philadelphia and abundance, naturally comes discuss them with those atat a very reasonable cost, home of choice, at their recentral New Jersey. Their culture. It seems that more tending the meeting. On a Hopewell Memorial Homeclose to home. We hope quest. desire to expand into more and more people are tying in personal note, the gallery Cromwell Funeral Home collaborative efforts even- an evening of eating out with has provided me an opporCall today to arrange for a Hopewell Memorial Home, families will take the time to tually led them to a space visiting a gallery or attend- tunity for people to see my formerly known as Cromwell research the many options no-cost, no-obligation conwhere they could combine ing a concert afterward. work and has really helped Funeral Home, continues the available to them while mak- sultation in your home. “Our concerts have re- me improve as a photogra- tradition that was started ing such a challenging and their skills and invite the Available 24 hours a day local community to share ally taken off this year. 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activities for families and children of all ages. Prepare for an obstacle course and dunk tank, hay rides, nature walks, and the popular Butterfly and Bug Parade. Also see tour exhibits, the famed insect zoo, and the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House. The festival features a beer garden with refreshments by Riverhorse Brewing Co. and Jersey Cider Works, as well as food for purchase from Antimo’s Italian Kitchen, Four Daughters Fran ks, Mama Dude’s, Blossom’s Sassa Bienne, Maddalena’s Cheesecake, Nina’s Waffles & Sweets, and more. Cool off in the misting tent or grab some Kona Ice while you watch a blacksmith demonstration. Drop in for a quick book reading and get a glimpse of some critters. The Watershed Reserve will be jam-packed with alpacas, kittens, a skunk, hissing cockroaches, turtles, and all types of critters. Kids can visit stations with games, crafts, and artwork from local vendors throughout the festival. Local crafts and products feature exhibitors and contributors with many types of recycled art, green crafts, photography, and sculpture. Dance to live music all day with the Ballycastle Band, the Dadz, Giana Lynn, and Frances Catherine. The day will feature new and exciting ways in which the Watershed is fulfilling its mission to protect the environment and clean water. Festival goers are encouraged to join in modeling ways to participate in the process of keeping our earth green and provide examples of planet-friendly choices to help support greener living. For more infor mation, tickets, and frequently asked questions, visit thewatershed.org/butterfly-festival or call (609) 737-3735. ———

sticks and stones

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Spyglass Design

Spyglass Design is an idea - bas ed desig n f ir m. Regardless of the size and budget we bring the best mix of imagination, high-grade products, and team-leading project execution to every job. We are the leading kitchen design firm in the region. Since 1995, we’ve brought our unique vision and diverse team of stylists, craftsmen, and contractors to repeatedly apply the finest skills and best value for our clients everywhere across the entire U.S., the Caribbean, and even Moscow. From downtown Hopewell to Oquossoc, Maine, we can execute both design and construction. How do we benefit you? We are known to be excellent listeners, exploring your needs in great detail, ultimately creating a result that exceeds your expectations. We like to hold real-time workshop design sessions with you, on the spot. This is on-the-spot, real-time, and together. Our process is unique to your needs, at that exact point in time. Over the years more than a few of our customers have used Spyglass for new projects. They see their homes evolve with fresh ideas to meet their ever-changing needs with the style and technology of the time. Starting as a kitchen and bath specialty firm, our client base has turned to Spyglass for the same vision and craftsmanship for all their other needs, from space reconfiguration to interior and exterior design. We have an over-arching view of the largest, and even the most modest of projects; offering a unique take on how this new work will dovetail

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certified orthopedic manual therapist. Dr. Andrus has a strong passion towards helping others to achieve their goals, restore pain-free mobility, and attain optimal movement performance. He insists that each individual is well educated and fully understands their specific condition, health status, and rehabilitation potential. Compassion, dedication, and commitment are characteristics that would describe their professional approach. We can help with a new or chronic problem and treat injuries from head to toe. If you would like to speak to us about your pain, call (609) 436-0336. ———

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Mathnasium of Pennington

As summer vacation comes to an end, you are probably making plans for the next school year. If math class is a concern, please make time to speak with Jennifer Zhang, the center director of Mathnasium of Pennington, today. If you are a current Mathnasium member, you may wonder, “Was the math my child did over the summer enough? ” During the conference Jennifer will share your child’s progress from the summer and help create a path for the school year. If you are not currently enrolled, she will talk with you about your child’s experience and feelings about math. In the meantime, we have compiled a list of common questions and concerns that help you think about what we should talk about. Again, please make time to speak with us about your child. Questions: What math level or course should my child be in school? How can I prepare my child for going back to math class in school? How do I know if my child is struggling in math? How are school behavior and math linked? What do I do for my child who is advanced in math? How is Mathnasium different than other tutoring options? Ever y child and ever y situation is unique. These question will help you think about your children’s math education. Make an appointment with Jennifer to discuss your specific details. Give us a call at (609) 483-6284 ———

Hopewell Valley Youth Chorale

Have a child who loves to sing? Hopewell Valley Youth Chorale (HVYC) is full of amazing kids just like yours. HVYC challenges its young people with exceptional music from around the world – beautiful music with a powerful message. The HVYC experience helps our young people realize that together we can do great things.The 2017-18 season begins September 19. Register now and give the gift of music all year long. Serious music, serious fun! Visit hvychorale.org or call (609) 651-5474 for more information. Find your voice!

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