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Health Haven - an Oasis of Wellbeing in the Heart of Moorestown

Oct 03, 2017    


The first thing people notice when they meet and talk with Health Haven owner Donna Wood is her passion for what she does. As soon as someone enters her bright and welcoming store on Main Street, Donna greets them with a smile and sincere interest in helping them find exactly what they need. As a certified nutritionist, Donna offers customers substantial knowledge about health issues, dietary concerns, and wholesome life strategies, and she sells a wide variety of products to meet specific goals. Her mantra is “People over Profits,” and she isn’t satisfied until her customers have found solutions and feel comfortable with their purchases.

Health Haven’s tidy shelves are brimming with an extensive line of dietary supplements and remedies, natural health and body care products, and holistic items designed for children and even pets. Adding a unique dimension to the store, Donna makes an effort to stock locally sourced food goods such as honey and fresh eggs, as well as lotions, soaps and hand-drawn greeting cards in case you’re purchasing a gift. A soothing array of herbal teas, organic chocolate, and incense are on display, and the store’s walls and often her front window are decorated with artwork by local artists and Moorestown’s students. “Art and creativity are important parts of being healthy,” Donna maintains.

Donna opened her Moorestown store three years ago while still operating her flagship Health Haven business in Hainesport, which she launched in 1982. “From the moment I started the process of the new location, I felt supported by everyone in Moorestown who helped me take this step,” she explains. “A local bank eased the process of a business loan, the landlord was very accommodating, and township groups embraced and supported my endeavor.” She was excited to be a part of a municipality with a vibrant Main Street and grateful for the encouragement and connection she felt from Moorestown’s community groups. In time, she decided to sell her Hainesport location to focus on her new store, which has become a popular and inviting fixture on Main Street.

Donna believes the advantage of having a small store is the immediate feedback she receives from customers. “People will come back and tell you what works and what doesn’t.” When a product isn’t the right fit, Donna maintains a 100 percent return policy and then makes a point of finding another product that meets expectations. She truly enjoys the experience of working with people one-on-one and counseling them. “Ultimately, what’s important is that customers feel good,” she says emphatically.

From encouraging passersby to stop and rest at the table in front of the store, to offering a selection of free informative health pamphlets, to the “Welcome to our Home” sign just inside the door, Donna has created a warm and appealing destination dedicated to wellbeing. Her customer support, positive attitude and determination to create a “haven” on Main Street led the MBA board to recognize Donna Wood and her store for enriching Moorestown’s business community.

Photo l. to r.: Health Haven owner Donna Wood, MBA President Steven Pazienza, and MBA Vice-President Kathy Hiltner. Photo: Tom Sheckels


2017 Autumn in Moorestown Poster

Sep 26, 2017    



MBA Recognizes New Owners of Moorestown Deli & Catering

Aug 16, 2017    

Moorestown Deli Photo

Next time you need to stock up the fridge, check out the new fare available at Moorestown Deli & Catering instead of facing the crowds and lines at the grocery store. Now under new ownership and management, this vintage Moorestown food outlet has transformed into a scratch kitchen that not only offers freshly prepared foods, it features gluten-free options that are hard to find elsewhere. New owners Mark Schweitzer and Stephanie Kenney have considerably broadened the menu while retaining the standards that customers can’t do without. Moorestown Business Association is pleased to recognize Mark, Stephanie and their crew as they serve up the next phase of one of Moorestown’s institutions, providing the township with another great “Moorestown Option.”

After managing the kitchens of two gourmet markets in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties as well as his uncle’s deli, Mark wanted to branch out on his own. Seeking a location in a small town where community and history set the tone, he was excited when he found out Moorestown Deli was for sale. Once he and Stephanie became owners, they set out to revamp the market, which has had the name Moorestown Deli for over 25 years and before that it was a popular eatery called Gus’s. Tucked into the back of the shopping section that faces the new municipal parking lot, the deli is conveniently located and offers many items not available anywhere else in town. Moorestown Deli’s new hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Instead of using a cold cuts supplier, Mark cooks all the deli meats himself, using a homemade seasoning mixes and marinades. Hamburger meat is ground on the premises, several sausage varieties are created daily, and about ten freshly made deli salads tossed with homemade salad dressings are always available. The marinara sauce is made from scratch, as are the soups and daily dessert items like brownies, cookies and cupcakes. Breakfast includes omelets, sandwiches, French toast and pancakes; a range of hot and cold deli sandwiches are featured with side dishes at lunch, and dinner items include chicken parmigiana and meatballs. The meatballs are one of several delicious gluten-free options at the deli that have attracted a new and loyal customer base. The bread is baked on the premises and it is also for sale by the loaf. Seven organic spice mixtures are made on site and are sold separately, including “better than Old Bay” Shore Rub, Citrus Fusion, and Fiery Finishing Spice. The deli case includes a savory selection of imported cheeses, cured meats, and olives, along with Mark’s popular bite-size peppers filled with a combination of cream cheese, garlic, parsley and shaved sharp provolone. Everything is prepared in small batches to maximize freshness. In addition to serving walk-in customers, the deli offers a complete catering service. “Whatever anyone wants, we can make it here,” Mark proudly explains.

To orchestrate this daily output, Mark and Stephanie completely revamped the existing kitchen. They removed a brick wall and added all stainless equipment and counters, a grill, freezer, sandwich station, sausage stuffer, a mixer/grinder and ovens. Mark and Stephanie work there daily with staff members and friends Charles Vanselous and Christina Kraenbring. Along with the considerable effort the team puts into preparing food, they want to also ensure a great customer experience. “We like the sense of community here, and are doing our best to get to know everyone who comes into the deli and finding out what they like,” notes Mark. “This is what we love to do.”

Photo l. to r.: MBA Vice-President Kathy Hiltner, Moorestown Deli & Catering owner Mark Schweitzer, and MBA President Steven Pazienza. Photo: Tom Sheckels

Horizon Connect Receives MBA Spotlight Award

Jul 16, 2017    



Horizon Connect Receives MBA Spotlight Award

The Retail Insurance Center is Cited for its

Spirit of Partnership with the Community

MOORESTOWN— In 2011, Horizon Blue Cross of New Jersey charged a task force to find the best place to launch a retail center in order to directly serve the public. After months of research, the team chose Moorestown’s East Gate Square to open Horizon Connect, designed to be a friendly and comfortable resource for people to learn about insurance in today’s complicated market and navigate their health care options. Another goal for the center was to become a vested partner in the community it calls home by offering a free space for non-profit organizations to hold meetings and social gatherings, and to host a variety of free wellness forums to provide the public with better health information.

Patricia Slocum, who was on the task force and went on to become the center’s retail manager, said they didn’t really know if the concept was going to work, but they believed they were filling a need for the public. She was right. Once they opened their doors, the center drew a steady flow of people looking for personal assistance with their insurance in a friendly atmosphere. The center also regularly presents free health-related events that are open to the public, such as Family Health & Wellness Day, Senior Day, Women’s Health Day and many others. Their next scheduled event is a Health Screenings Fair on Saturday, Sept. 30.

The center’s hospitality toward community non-profits has been of great value to these organizations. Along with health-related groups such as the Alzheimer’s Association and cancer organizations, as well as chambers of commerce and other community based non-profits, Horizon Connect has hosted many local arts-related groups with the philosophy that the arts help create a healthy environment. The center has been the scene of musical events, plays, dinner parties, and family arts projects.

Visitors to the center are treated to a brightly-colored, beautifully designed space that is inviting and comfortable.  Those seeking assistance with health insurance are greeted by members of an expert team who can skillfully explain all areas of insurance plans. “Health care has become a retail environment,” explains Slocum. “People need to be educated about how to plan ahead and to shop for what best suits their needs.” She stresses that the information people get at the center is presented one-on-one in a way that laypeople can understand, instead of having to decipher complicated documents. In addition to tailoring health-care plans for new customers, the center is the perfect place to get answers about benefits and serves as a “resolution arena” if there are problems with a claim. 'It's the only place in New Jersey where you can get face to face, one on one help for all your health insurance questions,' notes Slocum. This warm, personal approach has been the foundation of the center’s success. Ninety percent of those who come to the center are repeat clients.

Moorestown Business Association developed its Spotlight Award program in 2016 to recognize local businesses that go above and beyond to enhance the township through a variety of means, including providing a unique service, and spearheading civic service. The board is delighted to present Horizon Connect with an MBA Spotlight Award for its spirit of partnership with the community, and for choosing Moorestown as its flagship business location.

Photo l. to r.: MBA President Steven Pazienza, Horizon Connect Retail Manager Patricia Slocum, and MBA Vice-President Kathy Hiltner. Photo: Tom Sheckels


Abandoned Luncheonette receives MBA Spotlight Award

Jun 13, 2017    


Abandoned Luncheonette Adds a Fresh and Fun Option
for Shopping and Dining in Moorestown

Since Moorestown’s founding, a broad range of commercial creativity has strengthened the township and helped forge its unique personality. One of the newest ventures in our distinctive community is Abandoned Luncheonette, an authentic and charming café, music outlet, and vintage shop that adds an extra dimension to what Moorestown has to offer. Moorestown Business Association is delighted to recognize owners Dave Khanlian and Jen Hilinski and their unique and genuine enterprise for their contribution to the vitality of the township.

Owning a business wasn’t really on the Moorestown couple’s radar since both are education professionals with meaningful careers—Dave just celebrated his twentieth year as a fourth grade teacher at Kirby’s Mill School in Medford, and Jen is a student assistance counselor for the Maple Shade and Lindenwold school districts. But the “for sale” sign on the empty café at Third and Mill Streets caught their eye, and they began to explore the idea of buying it and turning it into a neighborhood spot where Dave could broaden his avocation for selling and trading interesting and rare music albums and CDs and other vintage items.

Further investigation into the property revealed that, due to its zoning status, it had to remain a food outlet if used commercially. What might have been a drawback instead inspired Jen to add her excellent cooking skills to the project. The price was right and they decided to purchase the building in July, 2016.  “We took it upon ourselves to create the kind of place we wanted to see in our town,” explains Dave, who grew up in Moorestown and also organizes and hosts house concerts with the same goal.

Dave and Jen decided to call their venture Abandoned Luncheonette for what might seem like an obvious reason, but music lovers will remember that is also the name of the second album by Hall and Oates, which happens to be the first group Dave ever saw in concert. Dave set about curating the items for sale at the store while Jen took the necessary commercial food courses to open a public restaurant.  After almost a year, they have honed a niche business that draws a loyal local crowd as well as people from other towns who are looking for vegetarian fare, to add to or sell their music collections, or to browse the eclectic repurposed and vintage items Dave has assembled.

Visitors are treated to a countertop piled with amazing baked goods, such as salted tahini chocolate chip cookies and vegan figgy shortbreads, and a chalkboard menu that features enticing daily specials. Depending on the time of day and season, the kitchen offers a variety of items that include “Prana Bowls” filled with items like raw or roasted veggies, brown rice, greens, and chick peas; avocado or tahini toast; sweet potato stout chili; soups, including carrot ginger and chilled asparagus; salads with homemade lemon-tahini dressing; and warm oats with sumptuous toppings. Jen’s outstanding homemade granola is always available, and customers who love the Philly Fair Trade coffee or East Indies Tea (from Lebanon, PA) served at the café can also buy it by the pound to take home.

Jen bakes with heritage, non-GMO flour from Castle Valley Mill in Doylestown and is committed to sourcing local and organic ingredients whenever possible. There are several tables and counter seating where folks can relax and enjoy their food, but takeout is also popular. On Thursday evenings, Jen puts together a to-go package for two that consists of a soup, salad, and treats for $24. The couple set out to emphasize the green component throughout this venture, and all takeout containers are recyclable materials. Metal straws are used for beverages served in the café and are also for sale.

In addition to their education careers, Jen and Dave are busy raising sons Stanley and Bruce and volunteering in town—all of which limits the hours Abandoned Luncheonette can be open. But the couple’s commercial venture in Moorestown offers them an outlet to be autonomous and creative, and the enticing challenge of an ongoing project. “Having a place in our neighborhood where we want to be and that is welcoming for people to come was important to us. We are committed to great food and music, and to our community.” During the school year, Abandoned Luncheonette is open on Thursday evenings from 5-8 and Saturdays from 9-3. This July, the hours will expand on Thursdays to 11-8 and Fridays will be added from 11-2. Menus for the day are posted on Facebook and Instagram (and the front door), and those interested can also be added to an email list by contacting Don’t miss this township treasure!

Photo l. to r.: MBA President Steven Pazienza, Jen Hilinski, Dave Khanlian, and MBA Vice-President Kathy Hiltner. Photo: Bill Kaisla


Daffodil Day 2017

May 17, 2017    



MBA Recognizes Burl-Moor-Driben Animal Hospital on 50th Anniversary

May 12, 2017    



MBA Recognizes Burl-Moor-Driben Animal Hospital

on 50th Anniversary


It’s not often a small business of any kind makes it to its 50th year—even family businesses face challenges to persist in today’s market. But Burl-Moor-Driben Animal Hospital is an exception. Its owners embrace innovation without sacrificing tradition, and maintain a passion about what they do every day. Their dedication and hard work has paid off. This month the practice, owned and operated continuously by the Driben family, will celebrate 50 years of business in Moorestown.

In 1967 Dr. Charles Driben was looking for a place to relocate his veterinary practice in this area, and jumped at the chance to purchase the Burl-Moor Veterinary Clinic when it went on the market in May of that year. In those days the practice focused on large animals and was located in a single building surrounded by fields on the western edge of Moorestown.  Dr. Driben added his own name to the fledgling business, and Burl-Moor-Driben (BMD) evolved into a practice specializing in household pets, although the occasional horse or even exotic animal required his care through the years. Eventually the business outgrew the single building, and multiple add-ons made it possible to accommodate the practice’s expanding clientele. In addition to broadening its animal health care capabilities, BMD offered boarding kennel services, and professional and technical staff was added to fill these needs. Most of Dr. Driben’s four children assisted in the kennel and his wife helped run the front office, setting the stage for BMD to evolve into a family business.

Dr. Driben’s youngest son Ian went on to become a successful businessman and was working toward his master’s degree in business administration, but hadn’t yet settled on a specific field.  When his father asked if he would consider veterinary school instead, Ian realized that his heart was in the practice his father had built and where he’d essentially grown up. Instead of finishing his MBA, he enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School where his father had trained, and in 2005 became the second Dr. Driben at BMD. His business background was a great asset in helping to manage and improve that side of the enterprise, and he also brought with him the most recent veterinary advances. Together they continued to expand the legacy business, each providing specific insight and skills.     

Today BMD has six veterinarians and a staff of thirty offering services for a wide variety of routine and more advanced animal health care, including: soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, behavior and nutrition counseling, advanced dental care, ultrasounds and echocardiograms, allergy and dermatologic work-ups, internal medicine and endocrinopathy management, and chemotherapy as well. Instead of a predetermined vaccination program, BMD utilizes vaccine antibody titer testing, a cutting edge protocol that measures a pet’s responses to prior vaccines to help determine the necessity of boostering certain vaccines. “Every patient in here is an individual,” the doctors note. “We don’t do cookie-cutter medicine.”  The hospital is able to provide these extra services through a multi-faceted approach involving ongoing continuing education, hands-on wet labs, and their close working relationships with the best board certified specialists in the area, which include daily consults and personalized on-site training.  If your pet’s health requires more specialized care, then BMD can seamlessly coordinate with these various local specialty hospitals to provide your pet with the best help and ongoing continuity of care and communication.

As much as the staff at BMD love working with animals, they also pay particular attention to each pet’s ‘family’. The doctors spend a lot of time with pet owners going over every detail of care and answering all questions. “It’s very important to make that connection,” say the Dribens. “We make an effort to build trust and relationships.” Their emphasis on personal attention and top-notch care is evident in the thriving practice, which provides service for hundreds of animals each week. The Dribens are also seeing the children of many of the practice’s early clients who wouldn’t think of going anywhere else for their pets’ health care—even if it means driving quite a distance.

Widely respected in the field, BMD was recently reaccredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, which only recognizes 15 percent of all animal hospitals in North America.  Ian Driben recently served as president and was a member of the executive board of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (like his father who had served in both positions in the past) and currently serves on the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Alumni Council. The doctors also make an effort to share their skills and knowledge with the community through rabies clinics, career days, tours for scouts, skill-building job experiences, and working with satellite school programs to help student development. Throughout all of these efforts, the Dribens’ emphasis has been to educate people on the value of animals.

Moorestown Business Association is pleased to recognize Burl-Moor-Driben Animal Hospital as it celebrates its 50th anniversary as a leader in veterinary medicine in the region, and as a cornerstone business that helps make the Moorestown community exceptional.

Photo: MBA President Steven Pazienza with Drs. Ian and Charles Driben of Burl-Moor-Driben Animal Hospital. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels


South Jersey Driving School Merits MBA Spotlight Award

Apr 11, 2017    


South Jersey Driving School Merits MBA Spotlight Award


Moorestown Business Association initiated its Spotlight Award Program to applaud member businesses who enhance the township and contribute to the community. In recognizing South Jersey Driving School, the MBA is acknowledging an enterprise for which a vital community service is the nature of the business itself. For 35 years, South Jersey Driving School has provided teens and others with driving skills, and in so doing is making our streets safer for everyone. When you see the school’s signature black and yellow cars on the road, they are being used to teach knowledge to last a lifetime and to protect lives.

Creating a business that fills such an important niche has been quite a road trip. In 1983 Tony Caracci was working in a sales position, but was looking for a new career direction. The former physical education teacher, whose responsibilities had included driver’s education, missed teaching young people. When he took a second job as an instructor at a driving school, he realized it was his calling and decided to open a school of his own. Tony sold his personal car and used the proceeds to buy his first driver education car: a Ford Escort.

Mary Beth managed public relations for area hospitals, but she was excited about his new venture and assisted him part time as the business developed. They married a few years later, and in 1996 Mary Beth began to work with Tony full time to accommodate the expansion of South Jersey Driving School. It was the perfect blend of talents, with Mary Beth using her PR skills to market the business and manage client relations and Tony directing the educational component. “Together we made it possible to be where we are today,” Mary Beth explains.

In 2002, after operating for 14 years out of an office in Marlton, the Caraccis moved the business to Moorestown to take advantage of a more strategic location and also to be closer to home while raising their three daughters.  Soon afterward Barb Krier was hired to manage the office, and the school now has 12 employees and a fleet of six vehicles. Mary Beth estimates that they have instructed over 100,000 students since 1983. It is particularly satisfying for the Caraccis that they are now seeing the second generation of students—young drivers whose parents learned to drive at South Jersey Driving School.

Perhaps one reason people who developed their road skills at South Jersey Driving are now sending their children to learn with the Caraccis is because part of the school’s process is to get to know the students and their families. “One thing that sets us apart from other driving schools is the importance we place on the initial meeting with the student and family members,” notes Mary Beth. Prospective students are made to feel welcome while she stresses the importance of the Graduated License laws and how these laws affect the people they care about.

After the initial meeting and written and eye tests are completed, students are scheduled for a minimum of six hours (the state requirement) of behind-the-wheel training, although many families opt for more. South Jersey Driving provides “door-to-door” service for most of the area it covers, which includes Burlington County, parts of Camden County, and potentially the Jersey shore. Instructors arrive at students’ homes or schools to pick them up for lessons and then drop them back off when they are done, making it easy for busy families. When they are ready, students are accompanied by South Jersey Driving School agents to the DMV so they can take the road test to get their drivers licenses. The school sends about 20 students a week for road tests, and Mary Beth says most pass on their first try. The Caraccis derive a great deal of satisfaction in knowing they have helped place competent and aware new drivers on the road.

The couple is also active in civic engagement, with a history of supporting local youth sports teams and high school Project Graduation. Mary Beth, formerly an MBA board member and active in Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, will be serving as a Moorestown Rotarian as of this year. Tony is a board member of the Driving School Association of America, a national organization promoting driver safety and education all over North America. He is also an active member of the Basketball Club of South Jersey, where he awards an annual scholarship.  Tony and Mary Beth stress that the most valuable service they can provide is to start kids off right with good driving skills. “It is so important for them to be prepared and to learn how to avoid distractions and develop safe driving habits from the beginning,” they emphasize. “We love and believe in what we do here.”

Photo: MBA President Steven Pazienza, South Jersey Driving School owners Mary Beth and Tony Caracci, and MBA Vice President Kathleen Hiltner. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels


InTown Auto Care recognized with MBA Spotlight Award

Mar 19, 2017    


Newly Branded InTown Auto Care
Recognized by Moorestown Business Association


MOORESTOWN—Tucked in the back of a shared parking lot off of Mill Street, InTown Auto Care is comprised of a bustling set of garages and an office that operates like command central. Formerly known as Ed Ebert’s, the repair facility’s new owners Suzanne and Mike Dunn have been putting their own stamp on the well-established business since they purchased it from its namesake almost four years ago. Now long-time as well as first-time customers are experiencing brand new upgrades and a heightened focus on customer service. The pride the Dunns place on these professional and personal touches, as well as a commitment to community service, caught the attention of the MBA board, which presented InTown Auto Care with an MBA Spotlight Award on March 1.

As veteran auto shop owners and service professionals, it was important to the Dunns to carry on the tradition started by Ed Ebert, but also to modernize and customize the way they did business and to genuinely connect with Moorestown residents. This mindset is reflected in the company’s new name, InTown Auto Care, which is meant to express a commitment to the community. The Dunns make an effort to not only get to know their customers’ vehicles, but to know the people who own them as well. “We know everyone by name, and treat them the way we would treat a member of our own family,” explains Suzanne. “We want our customers to expect expert auto care, but also to know that we care about them.”

The Dunns go above and beyond when it comes to customer service. They go to great lengths to make sure customers understand what needs to be repaired and why. After hours, the shop’s phone is forwarded to the Dunn’s personal number so customers can always reach them, because no one knows or plans when their vehicle will have a problem. InTown Auto Care offers rides to and from home while cars are in the shop, have a loaner car for customers who need it, and keep bicycles on hand for those who want to get around while they’re waiting for their cars to be serviced. They have helped customers find auto care for their cars while they are traveling, provided rides for medical treatment when vehicles are being repaired, secured after-hours emergency automobile assistance, and Suzanne has even transported a pair of Rottweilers home when their owner’s car broke down. It’s all in a day’s work.

Since they took over the business, the Dunns have invested in significant equipment, technology, and tool upgrades, and the business is now completely computerized so they can provide precise and timely information. A state-of-the-art digital inspection system is their newest upgrade, allowing them to evaluate 32 points on each car arriving for an oil change and check-up. They provide digital photos of items needing attention, allowing customers to see and understand what the technicians are recommending. InTown Auto Care specializes in German cars, but provides expert care for all makes and models. The Dunns take pride in a staff that performs outstanding work, and are meticulous about making sure each employee is involved in continuing education as the industry evolves. Their hard work and attention to detail shows, and in 2016 they were one of 16 businesses in the state (one of only two in South Jersey) to be presented with a New Jersey Small Business Development Center Success Award.

Situated in the heart of town, the Dunns also find it meaningful to participate in organizations aiming to improve Moorestown. They are active Rotarians and MBA volunteers, assist local charities like Kennedy’s Cause, and even buy cases of Girl Scout cookies and hand out boxes of the treats to their delighted customers. InTown Auto Care is the main sponsor for the Moorestown Robotics Club, and Mike is scheduled to talk about automotive technology to its young members. The business also adopts families at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and is a big supporter of Relay for Life and Carz N Toyz events.

The MBA is pleased to recognize InTown Auto Care for its commitment to providing excellent service, improving and expanding its business, and for making community involvement a priority.  Moorestown Business Association launched its Spotlight program in 2015 as a means to highlight local businesses that have had a positive impact on the community.

Photo: MBA President Steven Pazienza presents a certificate of recognition to Intown Auto Care owners Suzanne and Mike Dunn and their staff, Stephanie, Joe, Kevin, Scott, Matt and John.

Photo credit: Tom Sheckels


MBA Spotlight Award goes to Math Accelerator

Feb 07, 2017    

MBA presents Spotlight Award to Math Accelerator 

The First in a Series of Awards to New Moorestown Businesses



Moorestown Business Association launched its Spotlight program in 2015 as a means to highlight established local businesses that have had a positive impact on the community. The MBA is broadening the program in 2017 to also applaud new businesses that enhance Moorestown, beginning with Math Accelerator, an innovative math enrichment center that makes learning fun for its students.

Kit Wong’s enrichment program is designed to help children master mathematics, so parents new to Math Accelerator may be surprised to find their children full of excitement and reluctant to leave when it’s time to go home. After all, building critical thinking skills and honing math ability is serious business—or is it? According to Wong, learning should be fun because that’s what makes students retain information. Proving her point, a steady stream of eager learners has flowed through her doors since she opened her business on Chester Street in March, 2016.

Absent from Math Accelerator’s cheery rooms are student desks and text books. Instead, Wong urges her pupils to wear sneakers and engages them in games that sharpen math skills and develop problem-solving techniques. “Our classrooms are designed to help students get out of their comfort zone and excel with confidence,” explains Wong. “No child can resist learning in a fun and challenging, yet stress-free, environment.” She incorporates teamwork throughout her process, which increases children’s ability to effectively communicate and helps Wong identify areas in which each child needs extra attention.

Wong focusses on interactive teaching methods using dry erase board activities and engaging games that encourage students to absorb information and ultimately gain the self-assurance to present solutions to the group. Instead of traditional tests at the end of each term, Wong developed a “mathscape” room, patterned after the popular escape room trend. Children brainstorm as a team, using math logic and concepts they’ve learned in order to solve the code and ‘escape’ the room.

Wong developed the Math Accelerator program in response to her own daughter’s struggles in the subject, and the learning system she created overwhelmingly improved her child’s performance. When her teacher asked what her mom did that made such a difference, her daughter answered, “she played games!” Wong went on to assist other students in her daughter’s school, and saw consistently successful results. Realizing she was on to something that could benefit all young learners, she decided to make a career change. The engineer and technical project manager quit her job at Lockheed Martin, wrote a book about her unique teaching process (The Math Accelerator, available on, and started to build her business.

From the outset, Wong’s first goal has been to help students build confidence in their abilities and realize their potential. Working under the philosophy that “everyone can shine,” she carefully evaluates each child and then arranges customized placement in different levels of her program. Wong teaches children from pre-school (“It’s never too early to learn math!”) through high school, is adding programs geared to robotics, directs special family math fun nights, and is contemplating developing a “stay sharp” program for senior adults. This summer, she will be offering a special MEMSA camp (mathematics, entrepreneurship, money management, science & art) to provide another fun and creative learning experience.

The MBA is pleased to welcome and recognize Math Accelerator as one of the township’s dynamic new businesses helping to make Moorestown an outstanding community.

Photo (L to R) MBA Vice President Kathleen Hiltner, Math Accelerator owner Kit Wong, MBA President Steven Pazienza.
Photo credit: Tom Sheckels.



Shop Local!

Jan 19, 2017    

Please... always ask yourself...


'Is there a Moorestown Option?'


When making a purchase of any size... Pizza, Birthday Gift, Caterer,  Barbeque Grill, Auto Repair, a New Roof, the list can go one forever...

Please support our local merchants... not only does the merchant benefit, but the Township and its residents benefit as well...


Thank you!

Moorestown Business Association

MBA Presents Gift to Perkins Center for the Arts

Jan 05, 2017    



Perkins Center for the Arts receives gift from MBA

Funds will help rennovate the Center’s multi-purpose Carriage House


Moorestown (December, 20 2016)—For many years, Moorestown Business Association (MBA) has committed to help preserve and enhance the community through designated gifts to specific projects and organizations that make Moorestown exceptional. Most recently, the MBA board voted to support the renovation of Perkins Center of the Arts’ historic Carriage House. MBA President Don Powell and Vice President Steven Pazienza presented the $5,000 gift to Perkins Executive Director Karen Chigounis and Associate Director Diane Felcyn at a recent presentation event.

Perkins Center for the Arts is a unique resource in the midst of Moorestown that strengthens and enriches the community through arts education and opportunities, serving as a fine arts and music school, art gallery, concert venue, pottery and dance studios, arts camp and more.

The mission-driven work of this vibrant arts center would not be possible without the adaptive use of its base of operations, the historic Perkins Estate, which includes the main house (“Evergreen Lawn”), the Carriage House, and an Arboretum. An estimated 800 people walk through the center’s doors each week during 50 weeks of classes and music lessons annually.

Though owned by the township, the maintenance and preservation of Perkins’ buildings and grounds are the responsibility of the non-profit arts center headquartered there. Public support is critical to helping ensure the estate is used to the best of its capacity to continue its valuable contribution to the community. “The MBA board is happy to support this invigorating cultural asset that draws people from all over the region, which in turn boosts commerce and Moorestown’s reputation as a vibrant town that has much to offer its visitors and residents,” noted Don Powell. 

“In New Jersey, every dollar spent by an arts organization generates $8 in the economy,” explains Diane Felcyn. “Arts and cultural organizations are important regional or neighborhood anchors that hire locally and support surrounding businesses. Spending by cultural organizations and their audiences ripples through the economy, generating revenue for businesses, families and local governments.”

The MBA gift is earmarked to assist Perkins Center for the Arts continue its adaptive reuse of the historic Carriage House. Originally constructed in 1930, the Carriage House first floor was reconfigured as a dance and painting studio after Perkins Center was established in 1977, and went on to house other arts programming and to become the hub for Perkins Center’s summer camp. After 39 years of constant use, significant renovations are due, but the annual operating budget does not generate enough revenue to cover the expense. Through improved facility conditions paid for by the MBA gift and others like it, the Center can continue to provide the community access to a piece of Moorestown’s past while also attracting new audiences to Moorestown, who in turn will contribute to the local economy and businesses.                                           

Photo: (L. to R.) Steven Pazienza, MBA President-Elect, Karen Chigounas, Executive Director, Perkins Center for the Arts; Diane Felcyn, Associate Director, Perkins Center for the Arts; Don Powell, MBA President.

Photo Credit: Tom Sheckels


MBA Presents Spotlight Award to Camden Avenue McDonald's

Nov 22, 2016    


MBA presents Spotlight Award to Moorestown’s Mcdonald’s

serving great food and the community for 21 years


Mark Grenon just finished serving breakfast to over 1,000 hungry people—but the Moorestown McDonald’s franchise owner wasn’t working at his bustling restaurant at the corner of Lenola Rd. and Camden Ave. Every year he donates all the pancakes and supervises the food preparation for the Rotary Club’s Pancake Breakfast. In the spring he does the same for Moorestown Baseball Federation’s Breakfast, and he’s been providing this service for these organizations for 21 years. It’s his way of connecting with and giving back to the community that has supported his business for decades, and as the proprietor of a restaurant that has food preparation and service down to a science, he’s up to the task.

Grenon started working in a McDonald’s while he was in high school in Edgewater Park, continued to work shifts while he was going to Rutgers, and at the age of 30 he purchased his first franchise on Torresdale Avenue in Philadelphia—an outlet he still owns. In 1994, he bought the McDonald’s in the Moorestown Mall, and a year later he took ownership of the franchise on Lenola Road. As shopping patterns shifted, he decided to close the mall location in 2010 and invest in a complete renewal of his restaurant in the historic Lenola section of Moorestown.  In 2011 the original 1967 structure was razed, and taking its place was a bright modern building that continues to draw about 1,000 diners a day. Grenon just opened another McDonald’s on Rt. 38 and Coles Avenue, but he maintains that the Moorestown location will remain his favorite because of the sense of community that he enjoys there.

The restaurant is a family favorite serving a much wider variety of food than in 1955 when Ray Kroc opened the first in what would become a chain of more than 36,000 locations. From the start, the McDonald’s organization set out to serve quickly prepared meals made from quality products. Through the years, it embraced marketplace trends and nutrition guidelines to provide fresh and tasty food with lots of menu choices, and has joined the global effort to support sustainable agriculture. “McDonald’s is always evolving,” notes Grenon. “Its goal is to be the restaurant of the 21st century.”

Grenon says the signature hamburgers and fries are still a mainstay, but many people stop in for the variety of salads and healthy breakfast items, or a trip to the McCafe machine for specialty coffee drinks and smoothies. The location is convenient for residents and commuters, whether they’re ordering from the drive-through window or using the free WiFi as they enjoy their food.

Grenon is proud to be a part of an organization that values quality and innovation, and looks forward to continuing to provide Moorestown residents of all ages with great food and service—and to flipping thousands of pancakes for the good of the community.

Moorestown Business Association initiated its Spotlight program in 2015 as a means to highlight local businesses that are making a positive impact on the community. The MBA is recognizing the restaurant and its owner for 21 years of business leadership and community support.

 Photo (L to R) MBA President Don Powell and Moorestown McDonald’s owner Mark Grenon. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels.



Jan 29, 2016    


MBA Vice President Stephen Pazienza (l.) and President Don Powell (r.) present Tom Sheckels with a plaque commemorating his seven years of service on the Association’s Board of Directors.


There are some big shoes to fill on the Moorestown Business Association Board. After seven years, Tom Sheckels is stepping down to pursue other goals, but not without leaving a positive mark on the organization to which he devoted so much time. The MBA is grateful for the countless hours of hard work that Sheckels put in as a board member, treasurer, and web master, and will continue to benefit from the many improvements he made throughout his tenure.

Sheckels’ work for the MBA came after serving as an environmental engineer for Naval Facilities Engineering for 30 years. His job took him to US Naval bases and facilities throughout the Northeast, determining environmental deficiencies and working with Navy personnel toward solutions for the problems he identified.

When the government initiated the Base Realignment and Closure process, Sheckels’ department was consolidated and he had to make the hard decision in 2005 to relocate his family to Virginia, or remain in the area where his wife Lydia’s career was flourishing. He chose to retire from his engineering position and pursue his passion for photography, but his commitment to improve the world around him stayed intact. With the same brand of dedication he brought to his former job, he turned his eye on Moorestown where he and his wife chose to move in 1981 because of its charm—particularly historic Main Street.

After launching Sheckels Creations Photography in 2006, he joined the Moorestown Business Association and right away began to volunteer for the group by lending his technology skills to help improve and develop content for the organization’s new website. He wanted to become more involved, and in 2007 he ran for and was elected to the board of the organization, embarking on a seven-year term of community leadershi

For the last three years, Sheckels served as Board Treasurer, and contributed his expertise in upgrading and streamlining the organization’s accounting systems. He also became the MBA webmaster, keeping it up-to-date, training other board members, involving social media, and sending out other forms of communication. And there was one other service he performed for the group—whenever there was a need for a high-quality photograph, Sheckels was indisputably the best man for the job. His images have been used on the organization’s website and directories, and served to illustrate articles about the MBA in magazines and newspapers.

Sheckels decided to step down from the MBA board at the end of 2015 so he could spend more time perfecting his photography, a hobby he has cultivated since childhood when he snapped pictures with his Brownie Instamatic and developed the film himself in his father’s darkroom. After college and a stint in the Navy, the advent of digital photography rekindled his interest in the medium and he began to seriously pursue this avocation, specializing in panoramic shots. Dynamic photos of Moorestown, as well as journeys to Antarctica, Africa, Alaska and other stunning locales around the world, are featured on his website

Although no longer on the board, Sheckels remains a dedicated member of the MBA—and has spent time helping new board members transition into their positions. At the year-end MBA luncheon in December, 2015, Association President Don Powell presented Sheckels with a plaque commemorating his years of service, and said “The MBA and I personally will sincerely miss Tom's guidance and steady hand. As the MBA has grown, Tom has been Instrumental in making necessary upgrades and changes but more importantly providing a structure around which that growth could evolve. His quiet, steady council has been wonderful and will be sorely missed. I wish him only the best and am grateful for his friendship and service to the MBA.'


Hollyhock Gardeners Green Thumb on Main Street Earns MBA Award

Nov 10, 2015    


The increasing visual appeal of Moorestown’s Main Street business district is due in part to dedicated volunteers who have responded to Moorestown Business Association’s initiative to beautify the walkways that rim the town’s central corridor. Earlier this year The Hollyhock Gardener service joined the effort and targeted two planting beds in the first block of Main Street doing what they do best—careful planning and cultivating of garden areas. Choosing plants that would remain attractive as the seasons change, the team from Hollyhock donated their time, materials and expertise to create garden areas that are still appealing as winter approaches. The MBA awarded The Hollyhock Gardener a Spotlight Award in recognition of their efforts.

Hollyhock Gardener owner Kay Stuckey Mufalli has been an active member of the MBA and Moorestown Rotary for years and, although her business is headquartered in Cinnaminson, most of her customers are Moorestown residents. Through her many connections in town, she and her company are committed to maintaining the township’s charm and beauty and she was eager to take on the Main Street project.

Stuckey is especially proud of her dedicated team of professional gardeners who treat customer’s gardens like they were their own. Over half of her crew are women, who add a unique perspective to each endeavor. The company prides itself on grooming gardens that are environmentally friendly, not “over-planned,” and with careful attention to light and color. Stuckey’s eye for design and color was honed in her first career as a fashion buyer and director in New York. But she grew up in a farming family in South Jersey where she learned horticulture from an early age, and jumped at the opportunity to start The Hollyhock Gardener over 20 years ago.

The MBA initiated its Spotlight program as a means to highlight local businesses that are making a positive impact on the community. From brightening up street-front properties, to supporting charitable causes, to providing unique services and goods for the town, the MBA wants to publicly applaud businesses that are helping to make Moorestown an outstanding place to shop, visit and live. Business owners and residents are invited to contact the MBA to share information about initiatives they have taken or businesses they know that have taken measures to improve Moorestown.

Photo (L to R): MBA Vice President Steven Pazienza, Hollyhock owner Kay Stuckey Mufalli, and MBA President Don Powell in front of one of the landscape beds on Main Street designed and planted by The Hollyhock Gardener. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels

Moorestown Halloween Parade Photos of the Day

Oct 19, 2015    

We had great weather yesterday for the Moorestown Business Association Halloween Parade. The event was well attended and everyone had a great time. The Parade of costumed kids and parents traveled up Main Street to Stokes Hill, led by Moorestown Mayor Victoria Napolitano, Deputy Mayor Phil Garwood and MBA President Don Powell. At Stokes Hill, costumes were judged in five different categories and the winners are shown in these photos.









Jersey Mikes Receives MBA Spotlight Award for Fundraising Program Benefitting Moorestown Schools

Oct 05, 2015    

MOORESTOWN—The Moorestown franchise of Jersey Mike’s has been supporting Moorestown schools ever since it opened three years ago in East Gate Square.  The restaurant’s spirit of giving back to the community earned a certificate of recognition from the Moorestown Business Association, whose Spotlight program was initiated highlight MBA member businesses that are making a positive impact in town.

Through their monthly fundraising initiative, coordinated in the public school system through Moorestown Home & School Association, Jersey Mike’s gives customers with a “Free Sub” card a regular size sub of their choice in return for a minimum $2 donation. Each month the restaurant focuses on a specific school and provides them with 1500 cards for use on a specific date.  Moorestown’s Jersey Mike’s owner Matt Catania has a bucket for donations right on the counter, where he collects cash and checks, and he also accepts credit card donations. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Moorestown Home & School Association.

Depending on the level of participation, schools have earned between $250 and $600 per fundraiser.  These funds have enabled Home & School to contribute to numerous special projects such as purchasing A/V systems, iPads, library books, college scholarships and cultural enrichment assemblies just to name a few, said the Association’s 2nd VP, Stephanie Willard.  South Valley Elementary was featured in September, and Roberts Elementary will be the school of the month in October. The Jersey Mike’s Home & School fundraiser raised over $2,200 in the 2014-2015 school year.

In addition to the above, Jersey Mike’s hosts fundraisers for schools and community organizations in which they donate 20% of sales from a specific night back to the school or organization.  And every March, Jersey Mike’s runs its Month of Giving, throughout which they raise funds for a selected local charity.  The Moorestown restaurant is part of the Jersey Mike’s franchise chain that started in Point Pleasant Beach in 1956, which fostered a culture of local giving and community support since its inception.  Jersey Mike’s specializes in cold and hot sub sandwiches made with top-quality ingredients, freshly baked bread, and the authentic flavors that drew fans to the original store decades ago.

From brightening up street-front properties, to supporting charitable causes, to providing unique services and goods for the town, the MBA wants to publicly applaud businesses that are helping to make Moorestown an outstanding place to shop, visit and live. Business owners and residents are invited to contact the MBA to share information about initiatives they have taken or businesses they know that have taken measures to improve Moorestown.


Photo Caption (L to R): Jersey Mikes’ Asst. Manager Dan Holstein, MBA President Don Powell, MBA Vice President Steven Pazienza, Jersey Mike’s owner Matt Catania, and Moorestown Home & School 2nd Vice President Stephanie Willard with the fundraiser donation bucket. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels


Beechwood Landscape Receives MBA Spotlight Award

Sep 17, 2015    

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MOORESTOWN—If you've noticed that Moorestown's Main Street is looking better than ever, it is partly because several area businesses have made a commitment to enhance and maintain the appearance of the busy corridor. Beechwood Landscape Architecture and Construction played a significant role in the project when they donated their expertise and materials to design and plant four large beds on the north side of the street near the Pie Lady Café.

As part of the Moorestown Business Association's ongoing effort to recognize local businesses that make an extra effort to improve the community, Beechwood was selected by the MBA to receive a 'Spotlight Award' for their hard work and dedication to help beautify the town core.

Beechwood got involved when the company's president Steve Chepurny responded to the 'Adopt a Planter' appeal from the MBA, an initiative inviting local businesses to participate in a Main Street improvement project. Chepurny, whose company specializes in full-service landscape design and construction, was delighted to get involved. A long-time Moorestown resident, Chepurny not only had the expertise to make a meaningful contribution, he's committed to helping Moorestown maintain its charm and appeal. Beechwood designed the areas to have different seasonal interest and color, and made a point to use low maintenance, hardy plants such as spirea, hydrangeas, liriope, coral bells, dwarf grasses, and spiderwort.

Chepurny launched Beechwood Landscape Architecture and Construction in 2006 after working many years for a large regional landscaping company. Headquartered in Southampton, Beechwood became an MBA member right away and services properties all over the township and throughout Burlington County. Amid a very busy schedule, the beds on Main Street still get Chepurny's attention. Along with the nearby shops and other town organizations, Beechwood employees regularly come by to water and tend the plantings.

The MBA initiated its Spotlight program as a means to highlight local businesses that are making a positive impact on the community. From brightening up street-front properties, to supporting charitable causes, to providing unique services and goods for the town, the MBA wants to publicly applaud businesses that are helping to make Moorestown an outstanding place to shop, visit and live. Business owners and residents are invited to contact the MBA to share information about initiatives they have taken or businesses they know that have taken measures to improve Moorestown.

Photo Caption (L to R): MBA Vice President Steven Pazienza, Steve Chepurny (holding MBA 'Spotlight' recognition certificate), and MBA President Don Powell in front of one of the landscape beds designed and planted by Beechwood. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels

MBA Recognizes Maurizios Bistro with First Spotlight Award

Jul 22, 2015    

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Maurizio's Bistro received Moorestown Business Association's first Spotlight Award on Tuesday, July 14 from MBA President and Vice-president Don Powell and Steven Pazienza. Moorestown Mayor Victoria Napolitano was invited to participate as a certificate of appreciation was presented to owners Maurizio and Rosie Randazzo for their outstanding efforts to brighten up the sidewalk areas in front and along the side of their restaurant.

Cheerful red umbrellas and sparkling lights canopy Maurizio's al fresco dining area, where patrons enjoy their meals amid lush planters filled with greenery and flowers. Beautifully tended planting beds frame the front of the restaurant, which is accented with benches that provide a perfect spot to enjoy a gelato. The Randazzos were intent upon making their outdoor area an inviting place for customers, and their efforts add to the charm of Moorestown's Main Street shopping corridor.

Maurizio's Bistro opened its doors in August of 2014 and was immediately welcomed by the community. 'We love the town, and enjoy giving back,' explain the Randazzos, who own a restaurant in Cinnaminson and were excited to open their second establishment in Moorestown where they live and their three children attended school. The Bistro specializes in cooked-to-order meals and artesian pizzas at lunch and dinner, and also serves breakfast on weekends—making it an ideal spot to enjoy spending time in town with family and friends.

The MBA is launching its Spotlight program as a means to highlight local businesses that are making a positive impact on the community. From brightening up street-front properties, to supporting charitable causes, to providing unique services and goods for the town, the MBA wants to publicly applaud businesses that are helping to make Moorestown an outstanding place to shop, visit and live.

Business owners and residents are invited to contact the MBA to share information about initiatives they have taken or businesses they know that have taken measures to improve Moorestown. Notes MBA President Powell, 'We want to make a point of thanking local businesses who goes the extra mile.'

Photo Caption: MBA President Don Powell with Maurizio's Bistro owners Maurizio and Rosie Randazzo, Moorestown Mayor Victoria Napolitano, and MBA Vice-president Steven Pazienza.

Photo credit: Tom Sheckels

Group Photo from MBA Networking Happy Hour at Thomas' Ristorante

Apr 05, 2012    

The April Networking Happy Hour was held at Thomas’ Ristorante in Moorestown. Pictured L to R are: Gary Shickira, Northwestern Mutual and Raffle winner of a Thomas’ Gift Certificate, Jeanette Habina Moorestown Lions Club President and Event Organizer, Chef Michael Picciau, owner of Thomas’ Ristorante, Amy Barton, PNC Bank Merchant Services and “Bring a Guest raffle winner of an MBA Bronze Sponsorship”, and Mark Morgan, Moorestown Theater Company and Moorestown Business Association President.


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