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Best of Family 2022
Our annual editors’ and readers’ selections for the best in South Jersey, from dining out and home services to education and entertainment.

by Katie Francis, Amy Kodrich, Madeleine Maccar and Peter Proko

We love this time of year because it is the culmination of a year’s worth of work traversing across the area in search of the best it has to offer. We are proud to present the people, places, products and more that are more than deserving of the spotlight. And in addition to our editors’ choices, we are once again allowing our readers to have a voice and showcasing their favorites. Consider this your definitive guide to all the things that make South Jersey great to call home.


Day Care for Dogs
Camp Bow Wow

Whether dropping off Fido for day care, boarding or grooming, dog parents can rest assured that their babies are well taken care of by Camp Bow Wow’s highly trained and certified staff. Cherry Hill,

Veterinary Care
Animal Hospital of Somerdale

Any owner wants the best for their pet and that especially goes for medical attention. The compassionate care you’ll find courtesy of veterinarian Dr. Sheila Maier extends to every animal who comes through the door, from sick pups, felines, birds and more. Somerdale,

Dog Training
CTO Dog Training

Chris O’Prandy, the one-time leader of the Mount Laurel Police Department’s K9 unit, knows firsthand about the bond one can form with man’s best friend. So now the retired officer is using his unique background to train dogs in as little as two hours to become happy, obedient pets ready to thrive. Marlton,


Before & After Child Care
Future Scholars
Future Scholars is a place where staff pride themselves on offering the best care for your child to ensure they are welcomed, challenged, comfortable and loved. Hainesport,

Catholic High School
Paul VI

Inspired by the Catholic ideal, Paul VI provides a wide variety of courses that challenge students and focus on relevant and innovative subjects that prepare them for experiences post-graduation. Haddonfield,

Acting Lessons
Renee’s Studio

Renee Weisband bestows actors of all ages and experience levels with the tools needed to succeed. Whether it be a high school play or Broadway, Renee uses her passion and determinaton to pass it down to the leading generation. Moorestown,

After-School Activities
Suffolk Stables

Here students will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of horsemanship. Students get to learn proper use of equipment, grooming, riding and all things horse care. There’s something for everyone as they offer a wide range of classes to match riders’ skill levels. Shamong,

Driving School
Teacher’s Driving School

The instructors at Teacher’s Driving School are devoted to providing their students with all of the tools and education they need to become safe and successful drivers. Medford,

Career & Technology Education
Gloucester County Institute of Technology

With the help of a dedicated staff and administration, students will walk away with the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to make meaningful career choices in a variety of fields. Sewell,

College-Student Life
Neumann University

The four-year private university is dedicated to providing its students with an education to prepare them for their future careers while instilling in them the Franciscan tradition of the Catholic faith. Aston, Pa.,

Music Lessons
Old Towne Music
Whether they’re taking lessons in person or online, budding musicians will learn how to read music and understand music theory at their own pace while exploring different musical stylings as their classes progress. Multiple locations,

Dance 12 & Under
Tiny Tutus Dance Center

Kids age 12 and under are invited to nurture their passion for dance through the multiple different courses, class, camps and programs offered at Tiny Tutus Dance Center. Moorestown,

Dance All Ages
Mulford Dance Studio

From ballet and pointe to hip-hop and gymnastics, dancers have been perfecting their craft and training for pre-professional dance performances at the well-known South Jersey studio for over six decades. Mount Ephraim,

Specialty Camp
AKKA Soccer

Think you may be raising the next young soccer star to come out of South Jersey? Or maybe just looking to help your little one sharper their skills on the pitch? These trainers will help develop your child’s game and refine their abilities in a variety of ways. Hainesport,

Children’s Theater
Mainstage Center for the Arts

By introducing the world of performing arts at a young age, Mainstage is creating the stage stars of tomorrow by teaching them how to captivate audiences through acting, song and dance. Blackwood,

Special Needs
Occupational Training Center of Burlington County (OTC)

Driven to assist individuals with disabilities discover their maximum potential, OTC offers services for employment, day programs and residential services. Burlington Township,

Huntington Learning Center

With K-12 tutoring and various test prep programs available, this center takes a personalized approach to individualized education, pinpointing and addressing needs while helping students excel academically. Cherry Hill, Turnersville,

Robotics Program for Kids
Robotech Educational Services Inc.

For youths intrigued by robotics, electricity, engineering or coding, Robotech houses various programs that reinforce how technology can be used to bridge science and mathematics. Mount Laurel,

Private School
Moorestown Friends School

Leaning on its foundational Quaker values, this school offers its students (ages 3 through grade 12) the chance to grow both in and outside of the classroom with a challenging curriculum and array of activities, clubs and unique experiences. Moorestown,

Private Preschool
Lightbridge Academy

Understanding the importance of helping foster individual growth during a child’s formative years, Lightbridge places a strong emphasis on innovative educational tools that engage and stimulate young learners. Multiple locations,


Food Truck
Hands Down BBQ
This husband-and-wife team take customer service just as seriously as the “low and slow” cooked meats they lovingly serve up with the goal of slinging some of the best ’cue you’ve ever tasted. Serving South Jersey,

Italian Restaurant
For award-winning executive chef Mark Berenato, it’s all about bringing family and friends together with great food. That passion—and his famous pan-seared sea bass filet—has made Allora a mainstay on the region’s best-of lists. Marlton,

Gourmet Pizza
The Fat Tomato

With choices from the classic margherita to bolder options like the honey sriracha chicken with jalapeños and bacon, there’s no shortage of ways to satisfy your pizza cravings here. Berlin,

Blue Rascal Distillery

Take a tour of the distillery or reserve a spot in the tasting room and indulge in brandy and liqueurs infused with fresh and delicious blueberries grown by farmers right here in South Jersey. Hammonton,

Farm Market
Springdale Farm Market

For over 70 years, the family farm has provided South Jersey with fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, year-round events and seasonal activities, including the annual Christmas Tree Yard. Cherry Hill,

Asian Food

Akira is a cornerstone in the community, providing locals with a variety of sushi options continuously recognized for their modern take on traditional dishes and masterful sushi and sashimi. Moorestown,

Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe

Since opening their doors in 2007, Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe continues to offer a variety of tasty treats from cakes to croissants and one-of-a-kind baked goods for any special occasion. Swedesboro,

The POP Shop
This ’50s-themed eatery offers an award-winning menu of mouthwatering burgers with a modern twist like the Mac Daddy, two classic beef patties topped with cheese and sandwiched between two grilled cheeses. Collingswood,

Lower Forge Brewery

Medford's original craft beer brewery, this local favorite introduces new flavors with their classic IPA recipes such as their Masqureade IPA, made with local grains and fermented with mango and passion fruit. Medford, LowerForge.Shop

Paris Catering

Superior customer service, satisfaction and exquisite cuisine is of the utmost importance at Paris Catering. You’ll work with a skilled team of professionals to help customize a package meeting all your needs and expectations. Berlin,


Pediatric Dentistry
Growing Smiles
Going to the dentist can be scary for kids, but the professionals at Growing Smiles know that establishing good oral hygiene practices early means a brilliant, healthy smile for life. Mount Laurel and Voorhees,

Frank Batastini Orthodontics

As one of South Jersey’s leading dentists, Dr. Frank Batastini knows how much an improved smile can help boost one’s self confidence and he’s long been the orthodontist folks turn to when it comes time for teeth correction. Multiple locations,

Inspira Health
Cutting-edge technology meets a network of dedicated providers delivering a full continuum of primary, acute and advanced health care—including a patient portal that helps individuals take control of their medical needs. Serving South Jersey,

Female-Only Gym
Jersey Girl’s Female Fitness Center

For ladies looking to concentrate on their health and exercise in a welcoming environment without creepy guys lurking over them, this is the place. With specialized, state-of-the-art equipment and a knowledgeable training staff, this is where area women come to build muscle and burn fat. Multiple locations,

Personal Training
J.E.T. Training
Sticking to your new year’s fitness goals is a lot easier when you see the results of a workout routine built around your goals in an environment that can be collaborative or individually focused as you prefer. Cherry Hill,

Hair Salon
Suede Salon & Spa
From a standard haircut to elegant updos, from conditioning services to endless color options, your tresses are in good hands with the artists at Suede, who are obsessed with what’s hot now and what’s trending next. Marlton,

Pilates Plus
Programs are designed with you in mind at Pilates Plus, where classes never exceed four people to ensure truly individualized instruction. This comprehensive wellness center also offers fitness, dance, Gyrokinesis, yoga therapy and more. Marlton,

Advanced Cardiology of South Jersey

Dr. Bahal and the team at Advanced Cardiology of South Jersey treat patients with high-quality, personalized care and education to help them better understand their medical conditions. Mullica Hill,

Family Dentistry
All Smiles Family Dental

Dr. Nermeen Rifai and her team deliver quality dental care and education in a comfortable and convenient location, with services ranging from routine cleanings to full mouth reconstruction. Williamstown,

Brain Injury Rehab
Princeton Brain, Spine and Sports Medicine

After a traumatic brain injury, the recovery process can be quite strenuous. The experienced team at Princeton Brain, Spine and Sports Medicine is here to provide individualized care and support through the entire process. Multiple locations,

In-Home Care
Homewatch CareGivers
The caregiving staff here are all thoroughly vetted professionals who are passionate about tending to your loved ones with the warmth, respect and kindness of family. Haddon Township,

Orthodontics Technology
Kadar Orthodontics
Braces have come a long way in recent years. Staying on top of orthodontic innovations to deliver the best results requires a team that blends high-tech capability with old-fashioned customer service as seamlessly as Kadar has. Sewell,

Cancer Care
Comprehensive Cancer

Comprehensive Cancer offers exceptional physical and mental care to patients battling cancer with a multitude of high quality services and individualized treatments best suited for your needs. Voorhees,

Premier Orthopedics Associates
Since 1998, this team of skilled sub-specialists with diverse backgrounds, experience and education have been helping South Jersey’s high-performing athletes and everyday people reclaim their mobility to enjoy the lives they love. Multiple locations,

Dr. Erin Kazmierski-Furno
Dr. Kazmierski-Furno grew up around orthodontics and brings that lifetime of knowledge to her work. As an Invisalign preferred provider, she thoroughly examines every patient to determine if the clear aligners are their best option. Marlton and Medford,

Immunotherapy Treatment
Lindenberg Cancer & Hematology Center
In Lindenberg’s tireless effort to treat the whole patient, the team delivers an immunotherapy regimen that trigger the body’s defenses to fight cancer without chemo’s adverse effects. Marlton,


Tree Removal
Tree & Land Masters

When it comes time to remove a tree, whether due to weather damage, disease or otherwise, these experienced arborists are the right crew for the job. Berlin,

Archer Exteriors

Whether you’re in need of crucial repairs or its time to rip off the old shingles and replace your roof, Archer Exteriors brings decades of experience and the credentials as a GAF Master Elite Roofer so homeowners can rest assured they made the right decision. Pittsgrove,

Solar Energy
AllSeason Solar

These expert professionals help homeowners go green while saving some green along the way, utilizing customized solutions to create more energy-efficient residences where the monthly electric bill is dramatically reduced. Serving South Jersey,

Air Duct Cleanings
COIT Cleaning & Restoration

Your home’s indoor air quality is important to maintaining a healthy and comfortable living environment for your family. COIT’S air duct services are guaranteed to remove contaminants and ensure healthy breathable air. Somerdale,

Smart Carpet & Flooring

The professional flooring and design experts can help customers pick just the right carpet to fit your home’s needs. From durability to style, there’s something for everyone. Serving South Jersey,

Rettinger Fireplace Systems
Since 1995, this family-owned business has been expertly educating homeowners about the best fireplace options for their homes, as well as providing design and installation services. Voorhees,

Home Organization
California Closets
Maximize your space with whole-home, individually customized storage solutions from California Closets, whose expert consultants can help you reclaim and renovate your library, garage, home office, pantry and more. Mount Laurel,

Outdoor Living Design
Elite Landscaping
Elite Landscaping has more than 30 years’ experience in creating beautiful outdoor spaces that highlight a home’s unique architectural beauty by complementing it with perfectly, professionally balanced landscape designs. Berlin,

Kitchen Design Build
Matteo Family Kitchens
Family owned and operated since 1995, Matteo’s story begins with expertly designed and appointed kitchens, but quickly expanded to bring that same level of attentive, customized craftsmanship to flooring and bathroom projects. Woodstown,

Gill's Landscaping, Inc.
For 34 years, Gill’s has been bringing homeowners’ visions to life across South Jersey. From design to construction to maintenance, its team creates show-stopping landscapes that add to a home’s curb appeal and property value. Mullica Hill,

Jamison Home Services
This family-run business has delivered customer service as exemplary as its craftsmanship for over 30 years. Whether you need masonry, basement, chimney or outside-space experts, Jamison’s team is waiting to wow you. Serving South Jersey,

T.J. Eckardt Associates, Inc.
With more than four decades of installing, repairing and maintaining HVAC systems and providing sheet metal and insulation services, T.J. Eckardt is the first call South Jersey and Shore residents make when they need a reliable expert fast. Berlin,

Progressive Fence & Railing

With over 20 years of experience, Progressive Fence and Rail designs and installs sustainable outdoor structures, including staircase railings to playsets, for your family to depend on and enjoy. Egg Harbor Township,


Realtor (Gloucester County)
Nancy Kowalik, Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty-Nancy Kowalik Group

With a highly proven track record and expert knowledge of the marketplace, Kowalik has stayed ahead of the curve in the always-changing world of real estate and is recognized for her effective marketing campaigns as well as an unwavering commitment to her clients. Mullica Hill,

Realtor (Camden County)
Liz Rocco, AM Realty Advisors

Rocco and her team at this family-owned, small-brokerage firm go the extra mile for their clients, whether they are helping alleviate the stress of selling your property or dedicating themselves to finding you the next home of your dreams. Haddonfield,

Financial Planner
Brian Walsh Oppenheimer

The father-daughter duo of Brian Walsh and Kristin Walsh Marinis is steadfast in its commitment to providing value-oriented wealthy advisory services to small business owners, families and high-net-worth clients. Haddon Twp.,

Family Law
Archer & Greiner, P.C.

Archer & Greiner prides itself in being different from its competition, dedicated to providing aggressive representation of its clients’ interests with over 30 experienced lawyers and four New Jersey locations. Haddonfield,

Elder Law
Begley Law Group

Begley Law Group ensures that elderly and disabled clients and their families make informed choices, guiding them through the planning and important decisions involved in protecting their legacies. Moorestown,


Dance Apparel
Attitudes Dancewear

The one-stop shop for dancers of all ages and sizes, Attitudes Dancewear has an extensive inventory of name-brand dance shoes and apparel for jazz, tap, ballet and more. Marlton,

Electric Bikes
Pedego Electric Bikes of Haddonfield

From specialty to city, the well-known and trusted company has the perfect bike for each customer, with options for all sizes and abilities, with a plethora of color and style options to choose from. Haddonfield,

Pet Supplies
Concord Pet Food & Supplies
For two generations, these pet-loving professionals have been providing all the supplies that the region’s dogs, cats, small animals, birds, reptiles and even horses need—and all the info and services their humans are looking for. Multiple locations,



Animal Hospital
Mount Laurel Animal Hospital
Mount Laurel,

Assisted Living
Brightview Senior Living
Multiple locations,

L&M Bakery

Body Contouring
The Garden Medical Spa
Multiple locations,

Tonewood Brewing

Burgers & Pizza
Crust N Fire
Multiple locations,

Carpet Cleaning
Rocco’s Carpet Cleaning

BeFit Chiro
Multiple locations,

College / University
Rowan University

Community College
Rowan College of South Jersey
Deptford, Vineland,

Family Dentist
Staffordshire Dental Group

Family Eye Care
Friedberg Eye Associates
Mullica Hill, Woodbury,

Dance Education
Bowman School of Dance
Cherry Hill,

Financial Advisor
Kelli Brack/Edward Jones

Echelon Health & Fitness

Hair Salon
Wair Studio Salon

Childrens’ Hair Cuts
Kid Kuts of Voorhees

Multiple locations,

Mediation Services
Advanced Mediation Solutions

Dr. Cara Piskai

Permanent Makeup
Beau Institute
Cherry Hill,

Personal Trainer
THRIVE @ Echelon Health & Fitness

Pet Grooming
Millie’s Jiggles and Wiggles

Private School (Pre-K-12)
Doane Academy

Joe Giletto, Coldwell Banker: The Dolson Team

Restaurant: Asian
Shanghai Express Chinese Food

Restaurant: Casual
The Bistro at Haddonfield

Restaurant: Italian
Joe Italiano’s Maplewood

Sports Bar
The Village Pub
Washington Township,

Skin Care
Connolly Dermatology
Multiple locations,

Special Needs
Speech Language Associates
Mount Laurel,

Summer Camp
Liberty Lake Day Camp

Physical Therapy
Specialized Physical Therapy
Cherry Hill,

Urgent Care
Patient First
Multiple locations,

Weekend Activity: Adults
Sharrott Winery

Weekend Activity: Kids
Lil Sous Chefs Cooking School

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 7.
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