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Although ERA Justin Realty has been in business in Rutherford since 1950, with most Rutherfordians familiar with the agency’s name adorning “For Sale” and “For Rent” signs from Park Avenue to the Passaic River, very few actually know that Justin Realty has deep Rutherford roots. “A lot of vendors still call and ask for Justin,” says Jennifer Darby Metzger, co-owner and broker of ...

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It’s difficult for anyone driving along Park Avenue, or its cross streets, not to notice all the new and unique businesses that have opened along the stretch of storefronts between the train station and the band shell and green space of Lincoln Park. “More businesses coming to the neighborhood. More people walking the streets,” notes Carlos Reinoso, co-owner of the Risotto House at 88 Park A...

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Without question it’s been an exciting year for GainVille Learning Center, a one-stop hub for educational, cultural, and workforce training, set across all three floors of the tidy brick building at 17 Ames Avenue in downtown Rutherford. Stated in GainVille’s mission is its dedication to educating enlightened global citizens, and visitors walking inside the center are greeted by an internation...

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“People hug me after my classes,” says Jennifer Gonzalez, the founder of Painting on Park, a unique and welcoming art studio nestled into the block at 104 Park Avenue in downtown Rutherford. One of the most memorable of those hugs came courtesy of a 92-year old woman who had just completed a Monet-inspired reproduction at one of the studio’s weekend “Paint + Sip” events. Gatherings where...

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For most of us with a retirement plan, we simply hope its balance, over many years, continues to tick upwards like the ever-rising mileage on our car’s odometer. At the same time, many of us give little or no thought as to whether or not our retirement account—our 401k, our company pension, or IRA—complies with the endless challenges of governmental regulations. We either take for granted th...

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To step inside Substance Salon at 52 Park Avenue in downtown Rutherford, one feels instantly transported a few miles east, across the Hudson, and into a den of downtown style. Here the atmosphere doesn’t just shout the chic and the now, it wears that sophistication like a glamor couple—she of the heart-stopping cocktail dress, he in the tailored Italian suit. Substance strikes you as the g...

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When Ciro and Rosa Sarra, the owners of Sara’s Children’s Boutique at 88 Park Avenue in downtown Rutherford, talk about their customers’ willingness to travel two hours to their store, or even from as far away as Syracuse, they aren’t exaggerating. Sara’s is a one-of-a-kind boutique that sells a delightful array of tiny-sized dresses and suits, most of which are specially designed for th...

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To the casual pedestrian, or driver scouting for a convenient parking spot, Angel Rivera Bridal Atelier may seem like a sleek and sophisticated bridal shop at 82 Park Avenue in downtown Rutherford. What most passersby probably don’t realize is that Angel Rivera Bridal is the flagship salon for a growing designer brand that proudly calls the corner of Park and Franklin home. As a bridal desig...

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It doesn’t take long to realize how deeply Jennifer Layne cares about the health and well-being of the people who have been coming to her for acupuncture treatments for the past four years. To simply walk through the doors of Jennifer Layne Acupuncture and Wellness Center at 54 Ames Avenue in downtown Rutherford, one feels a sense of serenity, of stillness and healing, even of friendship. Li...

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When talking food with Jerome Mango, the owner of Bergen Burger at 16 Glen Road in downtown Rutherford, it doesn’t take long to realize the man is a true culinary artist. With Bergen Burger, Jerome has combined a background in fine dining with his Filipino heritage to create a delicious variety of burgers with an international twist. A veteran of such all-star Manhattan eateries as Brasserie...

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