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Chocolate lovers looking to satisfy their sweet tooth can now visit
2
Chicks with Chocolate
(2
chickswithchocolate.com, 888.896.2449),
a
1,500-
square-foot retail store that opened last spring on Main Street in
South River. CEO Elyissia Ayn Wassung has transformed the confection-
ery business her mother, Barbara, founded in their Queens apartment into
a thriving online and retail success. “We decided to open the store and
expand in South River because it’s one mile from our factory in town, where
we make everything fresh,” said Wassung.
Working with the Wassung “chicks” is master chocolatier Patrick Coston,
who was a judge on
Food Network Challenge
.
Coston combines Swiss
chocolate, eclectic ingredients and artisanal techniques to create culinary
masterpieces, including hand-painted bonbons in exotic flavors, wine-
infused chocolate, “fire-and-ice” cocoa (a spiced hot chocolate mix) and
an extensive sugar-free line. Nibblers can also buy candy by the piece or
create their own box. A recent addition to the store allows the chicks to host
parties, private tastings and classes. In the fall, aspiring chocolatiers can
attend Cocoa 101 workshops to learn the basics.
sweet
sensations
In 1964, residents of Madison Township—now
known as Old Bridge—sought an organized way
to preserve the area’s artifacts and history. From
their efforts, the Madison Township Historical
Society (MTHS) was born. Working out of the
Thomas Warne Museum—a schoolhouse built in
the 1700s by descendants of Thomas Warne, one
of the state’s original settlers—the group hosts
events for residents and schools to “help their
appreciation and understanding of New Jersey’s
history grow,” says MTHS member Jen Gibbons.
The group’s next event is the
Old Bridge Sta-
dium Speedway Weekend
on October 6 and 7.
People can see old films of cars racing on the
track from the 1950s and ’60s, and there will be
memorabilia—even some of the cars that used to
race,” says Gibbons, who recommends chatting
with the speedway experts who will be on hand.
It’s great for families with kids who love cars or
parents who love to reminisce.” Admission is $5.
(
Children under 12 are free.) For more informa-
tion, visit thomas-warne-museum.com.
speedy
history
lesson
one-stop
wellness
When Sam and Bhavini Patel opened
The Wellness Center Pharmacy
&
Surgical
(732.679.3555,
thewellnesscenterrx.com) in Old Bridge, they
weren’t content with being a traditional apothecary. “We consider ourselves
the next generation of pharmacy,” says Sam Patel. “We want to be a full-
service store for people, meeting more than their prescription needs.”
That means they provide complimentary healthcare screenings, on-site
immunization services and pharmaceutical consultations to help customers
better understand their long-term medications or new prescriptions. “We
saw a need for these conveniences in the area and knew we could provide
a real service for people,” says Patel.
In addition to pharmaceuticals, the Patels sell surgical supplies to physi-
cians and other healthcare providers and carry high-end skin-care lines, which
are often available only through dermatologists or at medi-spas. There is also
a licensed aesthetician on staff for complimentary skin-care consultations.
local
buzz
inset decorative chocolates: courtesy of 2 Chicks with Chocolate. All others: shutterstock
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Get a complimentary
skin-care consultation
at The Wellness
Center Pharmacy &
Surgical in Old Bridge.