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Entrepreneur Stuart Smith Creates Custom Suits

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Stuart Smith of Riverdale has worked in many different capacities in the past, but he found his passion in men’s fashion through suit design. Several years ago, his career path took him to working at a custom suit company where, over four years, he designed more than 5,000 suits for men. When he realized he peaked at his...

NJ Antique Buyers Collect for Pleasure and Profit

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Buying and selling antiques is in Jack Kleczkowski’s blood. His father was in the business back in their hometown of Tykocin, Poland. At age 15, Jack got his first metal detector and went “hunting” with his father; he was hooked. “My peers went out and had fun; I went out in the field, next to an old castle or place of historical import, and hunted,” Jack recalled warmly. He grew to love the thrill of hearing a beep and digging to discover treasures like old coins.

When the family came to the U.S. about 25 years ago, Jack pursued a college degree in environmental sciences and geography while his dad continued to sell antiques in his new country. Although working in his...

Fair Trade Is the Focus at The Aesthetic Sense

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The Aesthetic Sense, located in Mount Kisco, is not your average Judaica store. With an emphasis on improving lives around the world, The Aesthetic Sense caters to the Jewish community featuring merchandise with a mission that is deeply rooted in socioeconomic improvement.

Jay and Karen Schechter began selling Judaica products in 1997. For 17 years, an original store, called Aesthetic Sense Fine Art and Judaica, was a standard outlet with beautiful curated collection of art and Judaica products.

The Schechters took a hiatus in 2013 to focus on their mutual love of nonprofit and social justice work. Two years later, they revived the concept of selling Judaica with a renewed focus...

Incredible 4th Annual Jewish Business Development Networking Event in Queens

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The Queens Jewish Link, along with Jewish Business Development, hosted a one-of-a-kind gala networking event in Kew Gardens Hills on Wednesday, January 13. The room at Yeshiva of Central Queens auditorium was filled with community members, local rabbanim and local politicians. The atmosphere was upbeat and festive, as people exchanged business cards and became acquainted. Both profit and nonprofit businesses were represented. There was wine-tasting provided by Hakerem Wines and Liquors, and Chinese food from Soy Sauce. Participants received free T-shirts from Allied T-Shirt with the QJL logo, as well as a bag filled with information about many local businesses. Each person was...

Rivals Become Partners: Main Event and Mauzone Caterers Merge

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Main Event Caterers, a premier kosher catering firm owned by Eddie Izso of Englewood, Joey Bodner of Teaneck, and Marty Bodner of West Hempstead, has merged with Mauzone Kosher Products LLC to become Main Event-Mauzone Caterers. The merger took effect November 1.

Izso, a vice president of Main Event Caterers, said the merger will allow both companies to become stronger and more competitive. “The combined company has the best of us and the best of them. They’re [Mauzone] strong in Queens and Long Island; we’re [Main Event] strong in New Jersey, Westchester and New York City. Combining resources will make us a top-tier culinary team so we can provide excellent service for all our...
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