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Bridgewater Lifestyle's 2021 Readers' Choice Awards

The Votes Are in and We’re Honoring the Best Businesses in and Around Bridgewater

At long last, the results are in! This fall, we gave our readers an important task: to nominate their favorite businesses in the Bridgewater area. From there, we tallied the top three to five businesses in each category and gave our next call to action: to vote for the best! With thousands of votes cast in our 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards, we were astounded by the community support for Bridgewater-area businesses. Our 41 winners have earned the community’s trust through good business practices, great communication and high-quality results in their respective fields. This month, we celebrate them. Read on to learn more and find a few new businesses to support this year. 

Best Realtor

The Michele Klug Team – Keller Williams, 222 Mt. Airy Rd., Basking Ridge

“More Than A Real Estate Team, We Are Committed To Your Financial Future!” The Michele Klug Team is dedicated to helping clients fulfill the American Dream of home ownership and building wealth by doing so.

Best Painter

Halo Painting Company, 50 Division St., Ste. 501, Somerville

Halo Painting Company is a family-owned business for over 30 years. They are dedicated to each customer and pride themselves on the best customer service and 100 percent satisfaction upon completion of each project. 

Best Speech Therapist

The Bayles Family Speech Center, 191 Church Rd., Bridgewater

The Bayles Family Speech Center is a speech and language therapy practice specializing in the communication needs of children of all ages and adults under 65 located in a homey, warm environment.

Best Hair Salon

Color Me Chic, 18 Maiden Ln., Bound Brook

Color Me Chic is a Boho Luxe salon: boho Cali vibes mixed with New York City luxury. Our artists are masters of their craft who keep up with the latest trends and deliver a one-on-one experience.

Best Tutoring Center

Huntington Learning Center of Bridgewater, 676 Rte. 202-206 North, Bridgewater   

Huntington Learning Center accelerates academic results in tutoring students from K-12, for test prep including reading, math, study skills, writing, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, HSEE, homework help, ADHD and state programs.

Best Country Club

Raritan Valley Country Club, 747 Rte. 28, Bridgewater

Raritan Valley Country Club offers a spectacular golf course, plus amenities—including a resort-style pool, tennis, pickleball, squash and exquisite dining options—youth activities and competitive golf, swimming and racquets programs.  

Best Lash Studio

The Lash Lounge Chimney Rock, 336 Chimney Rock Rd., Bound Brook

The Lash Lounge uses extensive consultations to deliver customized services that support the integrity of guests’ natural lashes. They educate guests on how to maximize the benefits of its services and products. 

Best Home Remodeler

Five Star Home Remodeling, 272 Farmer Rd., Bridgewater 

Five Star Home Remodeling is Central New Jersey’s premier kitchen and bathroom remodeling company. It is a nationally recognized remodeling company with more than 30 years of industry experience.

Best Law Firm

Lawrence Law Divorce and Family Lawyers, 776 Mountain Blvd., Ste. 202, Watchung; 55 North Bridge Ave., Ste. 5, Red Bank

The dedicated team of professionals at Lawrence Law provides strategic solutions compassionately and efficiently for their clients with family law issues.

Best Deck Specialist

Deck Barn, 3355 Rte. 22 East, Branchburg

Deck Barn is a full-service decking and railing retailer that services New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Its goal is to bring your dream outdoor living space into reality.

Best Physical Therapist

Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation, 399 Campus Dr., Somerset

Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation is a holistic healthcare facility that integrates physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, weight management, hormone optimization, women’s health and functional medicine for better health and a better life.

Best Swim Club

Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, 775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater

The JCC Bridgewater is a non-sectarian social service agency, offering fitness, sports, aquatics, child care, camp, special needs and cultural arts programs. The JCC Summer Swim Club features an ADA-compliant splash pad.

Best Senior Living Community

Avalon Assisted Living Residence at Bridgewater, 565 Rte. 28, Bridgewater

Avalon at Bridgewater is part of the Bridgeway Senior Healthcare continuum, offering residents the benefits of an independent lifestyle with the safety and security of knowing that nursing services are available when and if they’re needed.  

Best Roofer

Alte Exteriors LLC,  3355 Rte. 22, Somerville       

Alte Exteriors are top-rated roofing experts, providing roof replacements ranging from copper, slate, flat, cedar, metal and asphalt shingles. They give customers an experience they can recommend to friends and family.

Best Photographer

At Home Studios Photography, 11 Purcell Rd. East, Bridgewater 

In business since 1986, At Home Studios Photography specializes in headshots, family portraits, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings and corporate photography. 

Best Summer Camp

Oak Crest Day Camp, 92 Cortelyous Ln., Somerset

Oak Crest Day Camp’s 35-acre facility has acres of field space, an indoor air-conditioned creative studio, full challenge course and four heated pools, including a new 7,000-square-foot aquatic complex. 

Best Veterinary Practice

Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital, 830 Rte. 202-206 North, Bridgewater

For over 28 years, Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital has been providing state-of-the-art, client-focused and patient-centered care for companion animals in Somerset County and the surrounding areas. 

Best Pet Service

Camp Bow Wow, 10 West Chimney Rock Rd., Bound Brook

Camp Bow Wow offers premier dog day care, dog boarding, dog training and in-home pet care.

Best Preschool

The Preschool Place & Kindergarten at Temple Sholom, 594 North Bridge St., Bridgewater 

At the Preschool Place & Kindergarten, learning takes place in a  child-centered environment. The staff is dedicated to providing a happy and  nurturing atmosphere in which children can develop a positive self-image  and love of learning.

Best Boutique

Evolve Clothing Gallery, 80 West Main St., Somerville 

Evolve Clothing Gallery, an innovative luxury menswear boutique showcasing emerging designers and grounded in a select roster of established brands, brings “Soho to Somerville.”

Best Florist

Gray's Florist, 797 Rte. 202-206 North, Bridgewater

Established in 1908, Gray’s Florist has locations in Bridgewater and Watchung. 

Best Dental Practice

Bridgewater Dental Associates, 720 Rte. 202-206 North, Ste. 10/Bldg. 2, Bridgewater  

Bridgewater Dental Associates was established in 1994 and has treated families with quality, honesty and caring for over 25 years. Dr. Ryan Scally is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist.  Dr. David Weedon is a General Dentist.

Best Landscaper

High Tech Landscapes, 10 Culnen Dr., Branchburg

High Tech Landscapes is a New Jersey landscape architect and construction company providing residential and commercial services, lawn care and maintenance.

Best Eye Center

Abessi Eye Care & Surgery, 3322 Rte. 22 West, Ste. 503, Branchburg

Dr. Bryan Abessi of Abessi Eye Care & Surgery is a board-certified ophthalmologist and cornea specialist, who also provides top-quality comprehensive eye care to the region. 

Best Financial Planner

R.I.C.H. Planning Group, LLC, 50 Division St., Ste. 501, Somerville

Jarrett Dewelde is a Certified Financial Planner who helps individuals and small business owners in the areas of life insurance, retirement, college savings and financial planning.  

Best Private School

Immaculate Conception School, 41 Mountain Ave., Somerville

Rooted in Catholic values, Immaculate Conception School integrates academic excellence with the spiritual and moral formation of each of its students, with the support of dedicated teachers and committed parents.  

Best Mental Health Facility

Blueprint Mental Health, 73 West End Ave., Somerville

Blueprint Mental Health is New Jersey’s premier provider of outpatient mental health counseling for children, teens and young adults, and their families. They offer “Extraordinary Counseling for an Extra-Ordinary Generation.”

Best Spa

Reflections Center for Skin & Body, 1924 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville

Reflections Center for Cosmetic Medicine is much more than a medical spa or plastic surgery group. It provides noticeable, but natural-looking, cosmetic results by combining the best in surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments.

Best Place to Grab a Drink

22 West Tap and Grill, 1601 Rte. 22 West, Bound Brook

22 West Tap and Grill serves fresh favorites for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Best Plumber

King George Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric, 269-B Rte. 22 East, Green Brook

King George has been serving Central New Jersey for more than 25 years. 

Best Interior Designer

Bellissima Designs / Maria Pulice, 1869 Ensign Ct., Toms River;  18 S. Cadillac Dr., Somerville 

Bellissima Designs has been designing clients’ interiors since 2005. Designing interiors and window coverings are not one-size-fits-all projects. The experts at Bellissima Designs will find what works best to enhance your family’s lifestyle.    

Best Restaurant

Chimney Rock Inn, 800 Thompson Ave., Bound Brook

Chimney Rock Inn is a neighborhood American eatery with locations in Bridgewater, Gillette and Flemington. It is Central Jersey’s favorite family restaurant group, having served millions of loyal guests since 1863. 

Best Gym

Gold’s Gym, 462 Rte. 28, Bridgewater

At Gold’s Gym Bridgewater, you will find the latest cardio and strength training equipment, plus exercise programs that include Les Mills, yoga, group cycling and muscle-endurance training.

Best Chiropractor

McAdam Chiropractic, 794 Rte. 202-206 North, Bridgewater

McAdam Chiropractic is a state-of-the-art treatment center with a personalized and caring atmosphere.

Best Car Dealership

BMW of Bridgewater, 655 Rte. 202-206, Bridgewater

BMW of Bridgewater is a local and family-owned dealership. The team has years of experience providing its customers with the highest level of service and they’re happy to be a part of the Bridgewater community.

Best Bakery

Blue Sheep Bake Shop, 9 Division St., Somerville

Blue Sheep Bake Shop is a custom cake studio, gourmet cupcake bakery and ice cream shop featuring cupcakes, macarons, small to-go cakes and a full ice cream menu.

Best Electrician

Rhodes & Sons Electrical Contracting Inc., 121 Rock Ln., Middlesex

Rhodes & Sons Electrical Contracting has expertise ranging from installing and servicing Kohler generators to all types of electrical service installations. The company provides swift solutions and cost-effective results. 

Best Weight Loss Center

Profile by Sanford, 330 Chimney Rock Rd., Ste. A-100, Bound Brook

Designed by physicians and researchers at Sanford Health, Profile By Sanford uses one-on-one coaching to create an easy-to-follow plan, focusing on nutrition, activity and lifestyle. 

Best Flooring Specialist

Sparkle Floors and Carpet, P.O. Box 529, Bernardsville

For 26 years, Sparkle Floors and Carpet has specialized in “quality that you can stand on”: hardwood refinishing, installation, carpet and vinyl for residential and commercial clients. 

Best Jeweler

Tropiano & Son Jewelers, 28 West Somerset St., Raritan

Tropiano & Son offers decades of expertise in engagement rings, jewelry selection and custom designs.

Best Architect

Porcello Engineering Inc., 252 Somerville Rd., Bedminster

Porcello Engineering Inc. is a full-service organization with specialty services in architecture, engineering design, construction management, cost estimating, forensic analysis, expert witness and material testing and inspection.

  • Ken Alswang of At Home Studios
  • Jake and Tiffany Slowinski with Michele Klug (center), Best Realtor
  • Best Preschool: The Preschool Place
  • Scott Duncan and Adam Fisher of Deck Barn
  • The Alte Exteriors Team
  • Board Members from Raritan Valley Country Club
  • Jake and Tiffany Slowinski, Publishers
  • Best Veterinary Practice:  Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital
  • Best Speech Therapist: Denise Bayles of Bayles Family Speech Center
  • Jarrett Dewelde,  R.I.C.H. Planning Group
  • Best Florist: Gray's Florist
  • Dina Sultan, Account Manager City Lifestyle Bridgewater + Somerset Hills
  • Best Boutique: RanD Pitts, Evolve Clothing Gallery
  • Best Realtor: The Michele Klug Team
  • Best Hair Salon: Cristina Antonelli, Color Me Chic
  • John Mopper and Michele Renee of Blue Print Mental Health
  • Jake Slowinski, Publisher
  • Best Swim Club: Bridgewater JCC
  • Readers Choice Winners from Local Patriots BNI Group