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Shopping Best Bets

This month our retailers have awesome offerings in art, antiques, gifts & home. 

The Farmhouse Store
It's college acceptance time and graduation will be upon before you know it. The Farmhouse Store carries a beautiful line of collegiate branded embroidered pillows, frosted glasses, and bar/guest towels. They make a great gift for a college graduate or a graduating high school senior. Order now so Farmhouse can have it to you in time for commencement. 221 E. Broad St., 908.654.0444. www.facebook.com/thefarmhousestore 

Evalyn Dunn Gallery
New jewelry is still arriving in Evalyn Dunn Gallery. Just arrived: Silver wrap bracelets with colored beads and crystals. Wrap bracelets are the latest thing this season. Stop in to the gallery to see these handcrafted unusual wrap bracelets in their ever growing jewelry department. Other exciting news is that Jacie has been asked to participate in a panel discussion on April 24 led by WCBS Newsradio 880 business reporter Joe Connolly. The panel discussion is sponsored by Union Catholic High School. The theme is "How Successful Businesses Thrive in Today's Competitive Marketplace." Over lunch, three small business owners will participate in this panel discussion. 549 South Ave. W., 908.232.0412. www.evalyndunngallery.com 

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Not all Olive Oil is Created Equal

Not all Olive Oil is Created Equal

By Patricia A. Hanigan, Owner of Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils & Balsamics, 20 Elm Street, Westfield NJ

In 2011 Tom Mueller, one of the leading authorities on Extra Virgin Olive Oil, released his book “Extra Virginity: The sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.” In it he revealed a world of deception where low quality oils and artificial coloring were being passed off as extra-virgin olive oils to the American public. In Europe, you would be breaking the law if you were mixing refined oils with Extra Virgin and labeling it 100% Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Unfortunately, here in the states we do not have strict regulations and thus there are a lot of fraudulent bottled Extra-Virgin Olive Oils on the market. When companies taint the oil, the consumer loses the health benefits of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants.

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