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Food & Hospitality

wedding, events, love, marriage

In sickness and in health

Few sectors have been as hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as the wedding industry. Here in New Jersey, the story of how the wedding industry has adapted and survived is one of grit, flexibility and overcoming enormous challenges.

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Millburn business expands despite storm damage

Kika Stretch Studios Short Hills will open with a ribbon-cutting and special offers for guests. The timing has worked out well, owner Kamari DeBarbieri said, because "a lot of the other businesses who have suffered damages are starting to reopen. We also just got past the summer season, folks are back in town."

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NJ August casino wins grew 31% from last year amid COVID reopenings

New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement figures show gaming halls and racetracks took in a combined $427.6 million last month, compared to $326.3 million for the same month last year, which was the first full month that all the state's establishments reopened following a three-and-a-half-month total shutdown. They had won a combined $352.8 million in August 2019.

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Sagar and Jalpa Shaw opened Uncorked, a wine-themed BYOB event space and art school in Asbury Park. - BRETT KIMMINS

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After getting married in 2015, Sagar and Jalpa Shaw were looking to do something different with their lives and careers. They weren't sure exactly what they wanted, but they knew that owning and operating a fun and interesting business was definitely in the cards. The result was Uncorked, a wine-themed BYOB event space and art school in Asbury Park.

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