Author: Kristin Colella

Raising the Bar

The Bar Method Shrewsbury is a fitness studio that teaches The Bar Method, a workout program that is popular in studios around the country. Owner Chrissy Valerio was a student in such a program who took classes regularly. Inspired by her results, she opened the Shrewsbury franchise in September 2008.

Shop Local Leader: Raising the bar

The Bar Method Mountain Lakes is a fitness studio that teaches The Bar Method, a workout program now popular in studios around the country. Owner Jennifer Curtis was a Bar Method student in Summit, and she opened her own Mountain Lakes franchise in March 2009.

Raising the bar

The Bar Method Englewood is a fitness studio that teaches The Bar Method, a workout program that is offered in studios around the country. Owners and Haworth residents Shirley Morris and Carolyn Norden started out as friends who took Bar Method classes together in Summit. Inspired by their results, the women opened the Englewood franchise in February 2010.

Townhouse Triumph

Construction was just under way when designer Meryl Stern was called upon to work some magic. The homeowners, a retired married couple, were downsizing from an expansive manse in alpine to a luxury townhouse development in Tenafly. Their new 3,500-square-foot home would be about half the size of the old residence, but they wanted it no less chic.

The Best of Morris

The old and the new, the familiar and the up-and-coming— they happily intermingle in this, our second annual Best of Morris awards competition.

Garden glory

“It contains indoor and outdoor pools, a koi pond, a greenhouse and expansive views of an adjacent golf course, but what I enjoy most are the mature plants and trees."

Like father, like son

We all want our kids to have something better than our own lot in life, and the late George H. Laufenberg, a union carpenter who headed the New Jersey State Council of Carpenters from 1982 until his death in 1995, was no exception.

3 glorious gardens

“Nothing is more the child of art than a garden," said Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott.

Garden glory

“It contains indoor and outdoor pools, a koi pond, a greenhouse and expansive views of an adjacent golf course, but what I enjoy most are the mature plants and trees."

On-the-clock workouts

In a time crunch? Star trainer Jessie Pavelka suggests 10-,20-, 30- and 60-minute routines.

An Italian Romance

You won't miss trendy décor or hip twists at Il Mondo Vecchio, a tiny but outstanding Italian BYO on Madison's Main Street.

3 glorious gardens

"Nothing is more the child of art than a garden," said Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott. Indeed, with a hefty assist from Mother Nature, every garden possesses a unique, ethereal beauty-and Bergen boasts a wealth of private plots bursting with inspiration. Read on for an inside look at three, plus helpful tips from the Bergenites who tend them.

Bergen's Cover Girl 2010

We invited, they entered, and here they are: the Bergen beauties who won our Second Annual Cover Girl Contest

Where designers dwell

You let them inside your home-but did you ever want to see what your designers create when they have no fussy clients to please? Bergen Health & Life asked 5 local pros to reveal one room each in their homes-and to provide one take-home tip the rest of us can use when sprucing up our own abodes. Here's what they showed us: