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Food & Hospitality

New ShopRite opens in Wall

The supermarket, which employs approximately 320 employees, features products from several local vendors including Jones Bars, made in Manasquan; No Whey Vegan Chocolates crafted in Lakewood; Glenda’s Kitchen gluten-free, gourmet cookies, which are baked nearby in the Atlantic Highlands; and Grown in Monmouth plants from local farms like Louis Davino Greenhouses.

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Zach Johnson of Zach & Zoë Honey in Hunterdon County.

Hunterdon County apiary expands Chelsea Market outpost

The original location of Zach & Zoe Sweet Bee Farm - who's honey landed on Oprah's Favorite Things list in 2020 - closed last March along with the rest of the vendors due to the pandemic, and its landlords recently approached the family business to move to a larger space within the historic building, once a Nabisco factory.

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Deluxe cabins at Sea Pirate Campground in West Creek.

Interest is intense

Camping participation grew 28% in 2020 as 7.9 million first-timers nationwide slept in the woods, according to the Outdoor Industry Association report The New Outdoor Participant: COVID and Beyond, released March 31. Americans flocked to fresh air activities to get exercise and stay healthy (62%) but also to simply get out of the house (62%), the report found.

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