Last week, Bob Zuckerman of the South Orange Village Center Alliance published a special Black History Month edition of his weekly email newsletter, the Village Vibe, highlighting “the owners of some of our amazing black-owned businesses!”
“If you don’t know some of these folks yet, you really should get to know them, because all of them contribute so much to the vibrancy of South Orange and our downtown,” wrote Zuckerman. We’ve adapted Zuckerman’s business profiles here for Village Green readers. “So without further adieu, and in celebration of Black History Month, please meet some of our great business owners.”
MANNY ADELEYE OF THE DANCING BLENDER
Local resident Manny Adeleye is a self-taught chef with a remarkable attention to detail, texture, mouthfeel and flavor combination. He’s also one heck of a nice guy and his restaurant, The Dancing Blender, is a go-to lunch spots in South Orange. Located at 121 South Orange Ave, The Dancing Blender has been serving premium FUNCTIONAL smoothies and other healthy offerings in South Orange since 1996.
JOYE FOUST OF INDULGENCE DAY SPA
Joye prides herself on living a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. She enjoys traveling the world with family and friends. Her most recent trip being to Barcelona and the Mediterranean. Located at 61 South Orange Ave, Indulgence Day Spa offers clients high-end therapeutic manicures, pedicures, massages, facials and waxing services in an upscale, relaxing and professional environment.
MICHAEL SCRIBNER OF VERIZON WIRELESS
Michael Scribner is a former high school track coach who was fortunate enough to coach an Olympic Gold Medalist and a World Record Holder. Michael actually uses his coaching techniques of high standards and training in the day to day operation of BH Wireless’s five Verizon Wireless locations, including our local spot here at 77 South Orange Ave. Michael is a super, all-around nice guy, so if you haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know him, you should.
RAYON MCLEAN OF STEELMCLEAN
Rayon Mclean was born in Jamaica (the country – not the New York borough of Queens!) raised in the U.K. and worked in interior design in New York. But he wanted to leave corporate America, follow his passion, and become a hair designer. So he did just that, and he opened SteelMclean right here on Village Plaza.
Their salon doesn’t look or feel like your average barber shop. The space features a warm color palette and ergonomically designed furniture, including lounge chairs with charging stations. They even have their own app, SteelMclean Q, that allows their customers to “get in line without waiting in line.”
SteelMclean also produces their own products, and this month’s featured product for Black History Month is Parallel. Parallel is the perfect anti-bump agent for relief from skin irritation caused by shaving, waxing and clogged pores. This hyperactive cream exfoliates dead skin rapidly and gently, reducing the appearance of bumps, dark marks and fine lines. Medicinal extracts rebalance and rejuvenate new cells, improving skin texture and appearance. Conditioning agents smooth skin, restoring balance for a more youthful look. Click here to purchase it online or buy it in person at 4 Village Plaza.
BONITA ABAKAH OF SILKED THE SALON
Bonita Abakah is an easy going creative, music lover and foodie with an affinity for beauty & business. She is interested in meeting and servicing more members of the community at her salon, Silked the Salon, which is about to celebrate its first anniversary. Located at 75 South Orange Ave, Suite 210, Silked the Salon is a healthy hair salon, specializing in Natural Hair Care, Silk Presses and Weaves.
RON “BOOGIE” BROWN FROM LITTLE SHOP OF HIP HOP
Ron “Boogie” Brown was a recording artist signed to Tuff City Records. Being one third of the hip hop group Priority One he was the lone rapper of the group. Priority One released a single in 1988 titled “I Can’t Go For That”, which was followed by a full length album in 1989 titled “Total Chaos”. With his vast knowledge of Hip Hop culture, he is known as the “Walking Hip Hop Encyclopedia” to most of his friends. Located at 111 South Orange Ave., the Little Shop Of Hip Hop is a true gem in the heart of South Orange.
MARILYN IACOVIELLO OF SLEK SALON
For Marilyn Iacoviello, Black History Month is more than just being a black woman in America. It gives her pride as an African American who grew up thinking only men would own a business. She loves that Slek Salon is respected and supported across the board by everyone in the community. Marilyn loves to make custom wigs from scratch. She creates wigs strand by strand using an intricate knotting technique. Located at 6 Village Plaza, Slek Salon provides a place for women from all ethnicities to gather together with the same goal of looking their best.
SHARON AND SHAUNA ARNETTE OF ELITIST COFFEE
This mother-daughter duo, Shauna (daughter) and Sharon (mom) Arnette have lived in South Orange for the past eight years after moving from Manhattan in 2011. Shauna is currently an undergraduate student at Montclair State University and Sharon is a successful entrepreneur since branching out from her career on Wall Street. Located at 132 South Orange Ave, Elitist Coffee is a paradise for coffee lovers and enthusiasts.
YANICK RANIERI OF PAPILLON 25
Originally from Haiti, Yanick Ranieri was born with a passion and eye for food. She strives to provide her customers with the perfect meal and best experience. Located at 25 Valley Street, Papillon 25 is a sophisticated restaurant & martini bar that will take you around the world without you every having to book a flight.
THURMAN AND CASSANDRA MCKOY OF FARMERS INSURANCE
Thurman McKoy is an avid sports fan. He loves basketball, baseball and football. He also has a mean swing on the golf course. Thurman is a Seton Hall season ticket holder and was chosen at last Saturday’s game with Creighton to answer a trivia question and was featured on the jumbotron. He and his lovely wife Cassandra are local Farmers Insurance agents. Located at 4 Sloan Street Suite 2, Farmers Insurance/ McKoy Agency LLC offers over 35 years of expertise in finding the best insurance solution for you.
Village Green also profiled Dr. Alissa Gardenhire of Best in Class South Orange earlier this month. Read it here.
Do you know of a Black-owned South Orange business that we missed? Email the editor at [email protected].