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SWAGGER AND BLADE OPEN IN ASBURY

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“You should open a shop in Asbury Park, ” was what I told Shane Bruno the first time I got my hair cut by him at his former spot up in Red Bank. “I want to but I don’t think Asbury is quite ready, ” was along the lines of what I remember Bruno saying. […]


THE CREOLE GIRL, RAGIN’ CAJUN’S TRACIE ORSI GODIER, GETS HER WINGS

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How do you say goodbye to a friend that’s dying? I wasn’t able to bid adieu in person to the great Tracie Orsi Godier, so from one writer to another, I’ll let my written words do the talking. The world lost one of the greats during the early morning hours of February 1st, 2015. The […]


INTERWOVEN OPENS ON COOKMAN IN ASBURY

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Downtown Asbury Park, New Jersey welcomed another quality addition to its retail mix a few weeks ago. Interwoven is a store offering a curated selection of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. It’s owned by Bianca Freda (above), an Asbury Park resident who moved down here from Somerset (her husband is originally from Neptune) because, […]


BIKE REVOLUTION IN BELMAR

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Casual passers-by probably just see a well-established shop that’s been providing the town with bikes for the last 40 years. But while the address remains the same at 1318 Main Street, the name has changed from DJais Cycles to Belmar Bike Shop. Ownership changed hands last year after building owner Dirk Rietsma called up former […]


CAFE MUMFORD’S SERVES UP THE LAKEHOUSE

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It takes three seconds to make a great first impression. Kelsey Forsyth, who manages Cafe Mumford’s, located inside Lakehouse Music Academy in Asbury Park, has to make many. “We have to direct people where to go sometimes, we didn’t know we were going to have to do that when we opened. It actually works out […]


ASBURY FRESH LOOKS AHEAD IN 2014

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The morning after Black Friday felt like a “take back” of sorts in Asbury. Though Small Business Saturday has existed for a couple years, this year was the first time you sensed that the City by the Sea was the place to support everything local. Tucked away like a hidden gem, Asbury Fresh was holding […]


STORYTELLING TONIGHT (12/16) AT THE SAINT

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Humans are all about stories. It’s kind of our thing. Stories in book, movie, and tv form are pretty obviously important to us. And history (especially the way we learn it) is laid out like one big long story, with more brutal deaths and confusing character realtionships than Game of Thrones. But stories are also […]


SMITH RE-BRANDING ASBURY PARK ONE RESTAURANT AT A TIME

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The panorama of Cookman Ave. on a dark, cool, fall night is satisfying for anyone who hoped Asbury Park’s recent shore-front revival would come to fruition. The windows of Brickwall and the newly-opened, world-class vegan restaurant Goldie’s are decorated with the silhouettes of people drinking and laughing. Right up the road on Kingsley Street there […]


RACE OF GENTLEMEN THIS WEEKEND IN WILDWOOD, OCTOBER 4, 5 & 6

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On October 20th of last year, one of the craziest things I’ve ever witnessed at the Jersey Shore happened. It was the 1st Annual Race of Gentlemen vintage motorcycle and hotrod beach race which took place on the sands of Loch Arbour and Allenhurst, just south of Asbury Park. The day was perfect. About 75 […]


SKATE AND SURF INSPIRED INTERIOR AT BELMAR’S DON’S PIZZA KING

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There aren’t too many places left like Don’s Pizza King in Belmar. Opened back in 1967 by Don and Barbara Iglay, the place still runs like an old diesel engine. The same vintage sign hangs off the corner of the building. The inside is much like I remember it when I was stomping here as […]


DINNER ON THE FARM: THE HOMESTEAD AT SEVEN ARROWS ON THE NAVESINK RIVER

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The Homestead at Seven Arrows in the Locust section of Middletown along the Navesink River reminds me of why I love coastal Monmouth, NJ so much. I mean, how many places can you be 5 minutes from the beach on a farm with chickens and goats and a 1700s farmhouse in the background, a whole […]


DONATE TO MAKE ASBURY PARK BREWING COMPANY A REALITY

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Coffee in hand, Kevin Sharpe, the owner of the hopefully, soon-to-be Asbury Park Brewing Company was looking for somewhere to sit. Puzzled that there weren’t any public benches in front of the many shops and restaurants on Cookman, we found seating along Wesley Lake. With the city producing and consuming more of its own culture […]


HARDCORE ZEN: BUDDHIST PRIEST BRAD WARNER VISITS ASBURY PARK ON FRIDAY, JUNE 28

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Author and Zen Buddhist priest Brad Warner got his start questioning “reality” and seeking the truth as a teenager playing bass in Akron, Ohio punk rock outfit Zero Defex in the early 1980’s. After writing his first book in 2003 entitled “Hardcore Zen”, Warner quickly gained an underground following with his no holds barred approach […]


LIVING LIFE THROUGH YOGA AND SURFING

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I love surfers who smash stereotypes. The two that immediately come to mind are the brain dead, good for nothing stoner and the pseudo, super athlete with some energy drink sticker on his board. In most cases he’s frothing at the mouth from too many of those disgusting beverages. The more years I spent in […]


A TRAIN TRIP TO PORTLAND, OREGON FOR THE SAKE OF BIKING

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America is a strange place these days. And in one particular area, we are surely suffering. There was a time in this country when things were built to last, with a real sense of quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail. But we’ve slowly migrated away from that concept – to the point where most of our goods […]


THE FEAR PROJECT WITH JAIMAL YOGIS AT DAUPHIN GRILLE

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Jaimal Yogis is a surfer, journalist, and author from San Francisco, California. His first book, “Saltwater Buddha”, was a huge inspiration to me and my approach to life and surfing. A memoir style coming of age story of a young surfer, searching for peace of mind through the ocean and surfing. Yogis comes to The […]


THE RACE OF GENTLEMEN

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ALLENHURST & LOCH ARBOUR – At first glance, you may not think of Mel Stultz as a gentleman. Big scruffy beard, covered in tattoos, a bit rough around the edges to say the least. But that doesn’t mean the man can’t clean up. Especially when it comes to appeasing the local creative masses with his […]


JOHNNY CASH IS A FRIEND OF MINE

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“Johnny Cash is a Friend of Mine”. That’s the title of the new book written by Henry Vaccaro, a long-time fixture in Asbury Park and the former oceanfront redeveloper in the 1980s. Some of you may know that Cash was a former AP resident when he owned a condo in The Berkeley Carteret during that […]



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