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Best of Family 2012

by Edited by Erica Bauwens, Colleen Patrice Clark, Allie Harcharek and Peter Proko

Hundreds of online nominations poured in this year for the best local doctors, restaurants, weekend activities and more in South Jersey, and this is only our second annual list. It was tough to narrow them down, but here we present your picks, plus selections from our panel of editors. The result? One hundred and four of our area's greatest family resources.


Family Insurance
McDyer Insurance
When it comes to protecting your family, Michael McDyer has one goal: to put your mind at ease. That means he not only finds the right coverage for you and your loved ones, he also searches out the most affordable options. Locations in Cherry Hill and Medford, (856) 424-6888, (856) 216-0088, (609) 654-1426

Advocare Township Pediatrics
Advocare’s committed team of physicians are more like extended members of the family, treating children to young adults. While their expertise is desired, the bond you form with the doctors is something parents will always appreciate. 123 Egg Harbor Road, Suite 206, Sewell, (856) 227-5437,

Readers’ Choice:
Advocare Marlton Pediatrics
525 Route 73 S., Suite 102, Marlton, (856) 596-3434,

Pediatric Specialty Care
Nemours Children’s Clinic
This children’s clinic touts “health care just for kids,” so you know it is fully focused on the task at hand. Their approach? To treat your child as if they were one of their own, which includes keeping parents in the loop during the decision-making process and making sure they not only treat the condition, but pay attention to your child’s overall health. 1000 White Horse Road, Suite 204, Voorhees, (856) 309-8508,

Dr. Joann Richichi
When it comes to choosing an OB/GYN, comfort is paramount. That’s why so many turn to Richichi of Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates, a leader in the field who has authored Nine Months to Go: What You Need to Know. Helping and healing women is a passion for Richichi and the great lengths she goes through to do so help make her a trusted name. 239 Hurffville Cross Keys Road, Suite 250, Sewell, (856) 262-8300,

Family Planning
Delaware Valley Institute of Fertility and Genetics
Fertility issues are fairly common, but each case is unique and requires its own examination and attention to detail. You won’t find a better group of physicians to guide you through the maze than Dr. George S. Taliadouros—responsible for pioneering the use of advanced reproductive technologies in the area—and his team. 6000 Sagemore Drive, Suite 6102, Marlton, (856) 988-0072,

Dr. Frank Batastini
You could say Batastini’s profession is in his blood since he comes from a family of orthodontists. Whether braces for the kids or Invisalign for the adults, Batastini is an expert in the latest services available and his kid-friendly approach (video games and tooth fairy certificates) means the little ones will be smiling wide. 300 Chester Ave., Suite 107, Moorestown, (856) 231-0900; 188 Fries Mill Road, Suite F-3, Turnersville, (856) 262-0500,

Family Dentistry
Dr. Mary Farren
A trip to the dentist can generate great fear in some kids (and adults, too), but Dr. Farren is well-versed on how to treat patients of all ages. And guess what? Most patients actually enjoy their visits here thanks to the family atmosphere and friendly approach. 1908 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 751-6606,

General Dentistry
Holdbrook Pediatric Dental
Though they treat their fair share of little ones, Dr. Gerry Corsi Jr. has made general dentistry a new focal point at Holdbrook for nearly two years now, offering everything from fillings and veneers to whitening and implant restoration. 250 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Suite 101, Gibbsboro, (856) 783-0444; 553 Beckett Road, Suite 604, Swedesboro, (856) 556-4020,

Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Susan Armstrong
When it comes to treating kids, Armstrong likes to keep it a bit casual, which is why she insists being called “Dr. Susan” around the office. Not only is she one of the most notable pediatric dentists in the area, but she also passes on her expertise while working to train future leaders in the field at the Episcopal Campus of Temple University Hospital. 9 E. Main St., Moorestown, (856) 235-0415,

Special Needs Dentistry
Washington Township Dental Associates
With 11 professionals and a combined 43 years of multi-specialty experience, the staff here is able to treat cases big and small. And thanks to a partnership with the Virtua Center for Surgery, sleep dentistry is making pediatric visits quite a bit easier—and more relaxed—for special needs patients. 474 Hurffville Cross Keys Road, Sewell, (856) 582-1000,

Periodontal Surgery
Dr. Gail Childers
Childers’ name has become synonymous with periodontal care in South Jersey during the past 20 years. Currently president of the Northeastern Society of Periodontology and a Fellow of the International Team of Implantologists, Childers also serves as a board member of the New Jersey Society of Periodontists. 48 S. Maple Ave., Marlton, (856) 983-5593; 900 Route 168 Suite B-6, Turnersville, (856) 228-4141,

Dental Implants
Dental Arts of South Jersey
Dental implants are not something you want to leave up to chance. That’s why we recommend this group’s New Jersey Center for Implant Dentistry, whether you’re seeking surgical or restorative implant work. With tens of thousands of procedures under their belt, these are doctors you can trust to have you looking your best. 1001 Laurel Oak Road, Suite C1, Voorhees, (856) 783-5777,

Family Eyewear
Sterling Optical
This one-stop shop for eye exams, eyewear and other services features the latest brand name frames from the likes of Ray-Ban and Gucci. And don’t worry if you ditched the glasses for contacts; Sterling has a wide selection of lenses to suit you. 1500 N. Almonesson Road, Unit D-16, Deptford, (856) 227-4555; 3501 Route 42, Unit 360, Turnersville, (856) 875-8989,

Family Eyecare
Village Eyecare
No matter if you are going for a routine eye examination or need a consultation on whether LASIK surgery is in your future, Dr. Sally Halim is the person for you. By putting the focus on your eyes’ well-being and not selling glasses, Halim gives her patients ranging from as young as 6 months old to geriatrics a straightforward, health-oriented approach. 120 Center Square Road, Woolwich, (856) 832-4950,

Neurological Center
Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health
These neurological experts take a team approach in helping patients, which results in carefully calculated responses to guide folks through their life span. And they’re not just treating symptoms, but rather tackling the underlying ailments that are the true target. 250 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Suite 105, Gibbsboro, (856) 346-0005,

Physical Therapy
Specialized Physical Therapy
Folks turn to SPT for everything from lingering neck pain to post-concussion treatment. SPT’s hands-on approach puts the focus where it should be—on you. That means you’ll not only feel better physically, but you’ll leave with peace of mind. 1919 Greentree Road, Suite B, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-0993,

Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement
Reconstructive Orthopedics
This practice aids patients in getting back to a sense of normalcy whether you are an injured high school athlete or a weekend warrior looking to recover. Staff members have extensive experience in various procedures. Using minimally invasive procedures and the latest technology, the team stays on the cutting edge and offers a roster of some of the most accomplished doctors in South Jersey. Six locations throughout South Jersey,

Back Pain Management
Woodbury Spine
How many times have you heard someone complain about their sore back? It would be less if they were patients at Woodbury Spine, where the qualified staff treats a variety of ailments, from the common aches and pains to debilitating disorders. 1225 N. Broad St., Suite 3, Woodbury, (856) 845-0707,

Minimally Invasive Pain Management
Professional Pain Associates
No one likes dealing with pain, let alone for lengthy periods of time. So when quality treatment and a rapid recovery are a must, Professional Pain Associates take a detailed approach so you can get on with your life. 730 N. Broad St., Suite 205, Woodbury, (856) 202-5331,

Sleep Center
Advantage Therapy and Sleep Centers
There’s a variety of services in addition to physical therapy here, such as their well-respected sleep diagnostic labs. Did you know sleep disorders can lead to a variety of serious health concerns, such as hypertension, diabetes and stroke? If you’re always waking up in the morning and not feeling well-rested, it may be more than just a bad night sleep. 1998 Route 70 E., Cherry Hill, (856) 424-2000; 100 Kings Way E., Suite B4, Sewell, (856) 256-0007;

Electrolysis Center
Bodywise Electrolysis
One of the simplest ways to boost your confidence is through tweezing and waxing away unwanted hair, but that added time in your daily routine can get old. If you want to look good and not have your work undone within a few weeks, turn to Bodywise Electrolysis, where permanent hair removal—not hair reduction—is performed in a professional environment that caters to each client’s needs. 44 Cooper St., Suite 200, Woodbury, (856) 848-9991,

Cardiac Care
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
Lourdes’ cardiac services have been recognized across the country and it’s no surprise. Lourdes not only boasts one of the largest offerings of cardiac services in the Delaware Valley, they are also some of the most qualified in the country. 1600 Haddon Ave., Camden, (856) 757-3500,

Cosmetic Skin Care
Cosmetic Surgery Center of Cherry Hill
Whether looking for a chemical peel, facial or even an eyelash enhancement, you can turn to Dr. Lyle Back and his staff to help you maintain your youthful appearance. Or, if you want to take it a step further and turn back the clock, try the microdermabrasion treatment, which peels away the outer layers to remove any sun-damaged, weathered skin. 1942 Route 70 E., Cherry Hill, (856) 751-7550,

Dr. Ingrid P. Warmuth, P.A. Skin Care Center
People looking for the best in dermatological care come to Dr. Warmuth from all across the state. As a member of several medical organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Warmuth offers a variety of dermatological treatments including laser skin resurfacing, anti-acne treatments, psoriasis treatment, Botox and more. Adding to continuum of care, Warmuth has staff privileges at both South Jersey Healthcare’s Regional Medical Center and Elmer Hospital. 420 Front St., Elmer, (856) 358-1500,


Personalized Training
Future Fitness
While the group classes at fitness centers are seemingly endless, we are drawn to their certified personal trainers here. Future Fitness trainers use core, strength and power training, all time-tested methods, to produce results that you’ll see and feel. Multiple locations throughout South Jersey,

Athletic Development Center
Velocity Sports
Athletes developing in their careers need the right training to stay ahead of the game and, more importantly, stay healthy. Velocity Sports uses certified trainers and coaches, combined with a straightforward curriculum and state-of-the-art technology, to keep your competitor playing for many seasons to come. 2005 Route 70 E., Cherry Hill, (856) 874-9700,

Family Fitness Center
Cherry Hill Health & Racquet Club
A membership at this health and fitness club earns you more than just a handful of healthy choices. Here, you’ll find tennis clubs and team sports for all ages and levels of competition, along with fitness programs, personal training and group classes for the whole family. 1820 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 429-1388,

Bikram Yoga of Voorhees
Yoga has expanded well beyond a trend to become a relaxing way to keep your body and mind in peak condition. There are courses for all levels of skill here, all 90 minutes long and available seven days a week, that provide fitness fans with a break from the usual and a breath of fresh air. 250 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Gibbsboro, (856) 309-9642,


Senior Independent Living
Friends Village
Thanks to the numerous models of cottages and apartments, Friends Village is a leading choice for those looking for a retirement community that grants them all the freedom they desire in a beautiful country setting. 1 Friends Drive, Woodstown, (856) 769-1500,

Aging in Place Senior Care
Collingswood Manor
Continuum of care governs the philosophy here, where even if a resident’s health takes a turn and needs change, they are not required to move from the independence of their apartment. Their services include housekeeping, medication assistance, health monitoring and more. 460 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, (856) 854-4331,

Memory Care
Woodbury Mews
Picking an assisted living community for your loved one is tough enough without Alzheimer’s in the equation. But offering services such as sensory workouts and mind exercises (like board games and flash cards), all in a secure environment with specialized medical attention, you’ll know your loved one is safe at Woodbury Mews. 122 Green Ave., Woodbury, (856) 292-6056,

Personalized Assisted Living
A Wellness Clinic, exercise room and serene walking paths are just some of the benefits at this senior living facility. The best perk of all? How much the staff listens to each resident and takes their desires into consideration. They know that no two residents are alike, and as such, the services provided to each one should not be the same. 1 Brendenwood Drive, Voorhees, (856) 424-7773,

TLC HomeCare Services
Providing everything from companion care to certified home health aides, TLC HomeCare Services is there to support you with your daily needs if you’re suffering from a short-term illness, mental/physical health challenges, or if you’re just not ready to make the move to assisted living. 310 Commerce Drive, Moorestown, (856) 234-8700,

Rehabilitation for Seniors
AristaCare at Cherry Hill
Whether short- or long-term care is needed, seniors can turn to AristaCare at Cherry Hill for their skilled rehabilitation programs, which include services such as Cardiac Boot Camp, a Congestive Heart Failure Recurrence Prevention Program, physical, speech and occupational therapy, and more. 1399 Chapel Ave., Cherry Hill, (856) 663-9009,

Senior Safety Provider
All Star Lifts
Preserving independence is the No. 1 goal of many seniors, and with Stairgliders, Stairlifts, Seatlifts, ramps and even elevators, All Star Lifts has been accomplishing that dream for more than 40 years. Serving the Tri-State Area, (609) 442-7508,


Dance Instruction
The Bowman School of Dance
A true dancer needs the right tools to master their craft and shine. The Bowman School understands that and embraces the challenge with specialty classes for children’s and professional dance covering classical ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, musical theater and hip hop. 74 Kings Highway N., Cherry Hill, (856) 667-0447,

Readers’ Choice:

Artists in Motion and Fitness Center, 16 Rock Hill Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 427-0100,

Theater and Improv
Renee’s Studio
Renee Weisband, the face behind Moorestown’s acting, improv and performance studio, uses her years of experience on stage and on film sets to shape her students into stars. With small, focused classes for children and adults, Renee’s students leave ready for the red carpet. 875 Cox Road, Moorestown, (609) 220-7537,

All-in-One Performing Arts and Fitness Center
NJ Performing Arts & Cardio Fitness
You can find it all at this super-studio, where dance and drama combine with aerobics and fitness to provide a fun experience for everyone in the family. The performing arts departments do three musicals a year, while the fitness department offers classes like Zumba, kickboxing and yoga. 137 Egg Harbor Road, Unit C, Sewell, (856) 228-8348,

Family Theater
Moorestown Theater Company
Theater fans come from across South Jersey to watch the year-round performances at the Moorestown Theater Company put out by their multi-age musical theater casts. With dozens of classic performances under their belt—like “Footloose,” “Annie” and “Oklahoma!”—it won’t be hard to find your stage presence. 704 Kings Highway, Moorestown, (856) 778-8357,

Competitive Dance School

Readers’ Choice:
Ritz Threatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township, (856) 858-5230,

Jazz Unlimited
From classic lessons in jazz and tap to more modern techniques like contemporary dance and hip hop, Jazz Unlimited produces talented Dance Ensemble teams that have their rivals running scared. Their instructors consist of their full staff and specialty guest teachers, experienced professionals brought in to provide their students with a professional edge above competitors. 201 S. Route 73, Marlton (856) 983-6608,


Lakeshore Learning Store
Functional fun is the name of the game here, where books and games meet educational models and toys to give kids an exciting learning experience. Watch your little one grow before your eyes with special toys and tools that are mom- and kid-approved. 2020 Marlton Pike W., Cherry Hill (856) 910-0888,

Tilt Studio
Tilt Studio goes above and beyond the typical claw machine and skeeball. Think black light mini golf, motorized taxi rides and a “Ballocity” pit. Their party packages give kids the full experience, and their familiar games we all love means everyone will stay occupied. 1580 Voorhees Town Center, Voorhees, (856) 782-6572,

Indoor Water Park
Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor Water Park
When the winter days seem a little too cold, grab your bathing suit and head to where it’s warm every day. Sahara Sam’s indoor water park brings the fun of the summer inside, featuring tube slides, a lazy river, indoor surfing simulator, children’s play zone, arcades, and even a bar for the grown-ups. 535 Route 73 N., West Berlin, (856) 767-7580,

Weekend Activity
Johnson’s Corner Farm Embrace New Jersey’s agriculture at this community staple, where their apple cider donuts are almost as famous as the name itself. For a full Johnson’s experience, there are the constantly-rotating and seasonal crops available for harvesting and a farm animal petting zoo, where guests can feed goats, horses, pigs and more. Be sure to check out their array of upcoming holiday activities. 133 Church Road, Medford, (609) 654-8643,

Family Community Center
Katz JCC
Family bonding is made simple at the Katz JCC, where a family-focused community center gives members the opportunity to stay active and involved. Katz JCC offers classes for all ages, special programs and workshops, intramural sports, arts and music lessons and more, all constantly updating with fresh new surprises. 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-4444,

Birthday Party Place
Bounce U
Leave the party hats and the piñatas at home. This unique wonderland gives kids the opportunity to bounce in any of their amazing inflatables, and with a variety of full-service packages and add-ons, parents can enjoy a stress-free day of their own. 1271 Little Gloucester Road, Blackwood, (856) 228-2834; 1205 Warren Ave., Cherry Hill, (856) 429-6400;

Readers’ Choice:
Jellybean Jungle, 230 N. Maple Ave., Marlton, (856) 596-8889,

Day on the Farm
Jersey Breeders
Have you ever seen an alpaca up close? You may be surprised to find that these furry friends live right in our own backyard. The caring crew at Jersey Breeders holds events all year long, where guests can meet and mingle with their alpacas and learn a thing or two about this interesting animal and what life on the farm is all about. 364 Tuckerton Road, Tabernacle, (609) 268-8656,

Rainy Day Activity
Garden State Discovery Museum
A rainy day is no longer a cause for concern. Garden State Discovery Museum’s interactive displays keep kids entertained while learning important lessons about the world around them. From the Flyers Mini-Rink and Storybook Castle to the Vet and Pet station and Cooper Health Check Up room, your kids will build their own world of make-believe over and over again. 2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-1233,

Ice Skating
Hollydell Ice Arena
Hollydell offers public skating all week long, and their affordable prices per session will keep you coming back. More serious skaters can try out any of their walk-on or group figure skating and hockey lessons offered by their experienced instructors, and hockey camps give competitors a chance to perfect their game. 601 Hollydell Drive, Sewell, (856) 589-5599,

CoCo Key Water Resort
Thanks to CoCo Key, your tropical getaway isn’t far off. There’s a long list of indoor water rides and packages offered at CoCo Key and its adjoining Hotel ML, so you’ll never have to brave long rides and traffic or pay for parking at the far-off amusement parks. In fact, you’ll never have to leave the resort. 915 Route 73, Mount Laurel, (877) 494-2626,


Mexican Food
La Esperanza
This family-run Mexican eatery is hard to miss; visit the friendly pink restaurant for authentic Mexican cuisine like tacos, burritos and especialidad de la casa, plus hand-selected tequilas. 40 E. Gibbsboro Road, Lindenwold, (856) 782-7114,

Italian Food
Illiano Cucina Mediterranea
Open for lunch and dinner, this family-friendly Italian restaurant serves up classic pasta dishes, baked chicken and veal, or take-home gourmet pizzas topped with an array of fresh vegetables, meats and cheeses. 200 Tuckerton Road, Medford, (856) 985-2721,

Family Restaurant
The Pop Shop
Your friendly neighborhood soda fountain just keeps on getting better. We can’t get enough of their fluffy stacks of Betty’s (their name for pancakes) and gooey grilled cheeses, but did you know about the monthly family events? Think karaoke nights, pajama party breakfasts, and fun incentives for kids to do homework. 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, (856) 869-0111,

Readers’ Choice:
The New Berlin Diner, 117 S. White Horse Pike, Berlin, (856) 767-7066,

Springdale Farms
This fresh farm stand is known for many things—a winding corn maze, fresh produce, seasonal hayrides—but they’re also a fantastic bakery. Customers are treated to a cornucopia of freshly baked pies, breads, muffins, cakes and cookies, and our personal favorite this time of year: the cider donut. 1638 South Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-8674,

Crab Cakes
Bobby Chez
Started as a mother-and-son operation in 1997 in Voorhees, Bobby Chez Seafood has grown through the years to sell more than 30,000 crab cakes a week. With several locations and sales at grocery stores, we think these famous, hand-rolled cakes make the perfect quick dinner any day of the week. Locations in Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel, Collingswood, Margate, Washington Township, Egg Harbor Township and Philadelphia,

Cap’n Cat Clam Bar of Voorhees
This hidden gem, located in Eagle Plaza, has been pleasing customers in-the-know for years with affordable prices and friendly service. Menu items include broiled platters of fresh seafood, grilled fish and luscious New England clam chowder. 700 Haddonfield Berlin Road, Voorhees, (856) 435-2287

Creative Sushi
Terra Nova
This Sewell crudo and wine bar serves small plates with a fusion feel, but there’s also an impressive list of sushi, sashimi and raw bar items. A spread of creative sushi rolls includes picks like the Godfather Roll, with ahi tuna, cucumber and avocado, wrapped with fresh mango and prosciutto di parma. 590 Delsea Drive, Sewell, (856) 589-8883,


Family Hair Salon
Visions Hair Salon
The fact that their slogan is “in and out in two hours … guaranteed” says a lot—primarily that Visions Hair Salon does it all. From hair extensions and straightening to up do’s, weaves, colors and cuts for little ones and adults—families and loyal clients have been turning to this Mount Laurel establishment since 2000. 127 Ark Road, Mount Laurel, (856) 642-7211

Readers’ Choice:
Nadine Janet, 510A Stokes Road, Medford, (609) 953-7881,

Dance Attire
Every tiny dancer needs the perfect attire to complement her elegant moves, and at Attitudes, you’ll find everything you need from ballet shoes and leotards to hair accessories. But it’s not just for kids. Moms, be sure to check out their selection of Zumba shoes. 444 W. Route 70, Marlton, (856) 985-7270,

Athletic Footwear
New Balance
We know high school athletes and adults alike flock to New Balance for both their great selection of running shoes and their knowledgeable staff that knows how to maximize your running potential with the right fit on your feet. 1990 E. Route 70, Cherry Hill, (856) 874-0666,

Special Occasion Kids’ Clothing
They moved since this time last year to Cherry Hill, but their reputation remains unchanged. If you want your little one to be the best dressed at this year’s holiday party, you’ll want to look no further than the designer collections available at Ragamuffins. 2110 Route 70 E., Cherry Hill, (856) 751-9333

Engagement Ring Selection
Family Jewelers
There’s a great selection of specialty and trendy jewelry, but it’s the glimmering from the bridal display cases that we can’t help but be distracted by. With lines like ArtCarved, Claude Thibaudeau, Verragio and more, there’s something to match any couple’s style. 65 Route 70, Marlton, (856) 983-6337,

Car Dealership
Burns Hyundai
Burns Hyundai knows precisely what families want: convenience, safety, and plenty of room for soccer gear. Check out their showroom for the latest 2013 models and meet the friendly staff who are more than willing to cater to each client long after the paper signing. 500 W. Route 70, Marlton, (856) 322-1101,

Religious Art and Gifts
Many Blessings
Looking for something special for your grandchild’s baptism or First Communion, or maybe a housewarming or “just because” gift? Many Blessings specializes in Italian religious art, jewelry, gifts and more, promising high-quality products at the most reasonable prices around. 1105 Voorhees Town Center, Voorhees, (856) 770-1177,

Infant and Toddler Clothing
Janie and Jack
If you’re looking for the type of outfits that will make your little one look straight out of a catalog—yet you won’t be afraid to let them get dirty on the playground—then check out the collections available at this Marlton outpost for newborns and up. 300 Route 73 S., Marlton, (856) 797-6547,

Readers’ Choice:
The Children’s Place, locations in Cherry Hill, Deptford, Moorestown, Turnersville and Voorhees,

Kids’/Preteens’ Clothing
P.S. By Aeropostale
If you’re the parent of a preteen, you know it’s getting harder to find clothing that’s still age-appropriate. That’s not the case at P.S. By Aeropostale, which is why, though they have clothing for younger kids as well, we are drawn to their trendy graphic T’s, cropped sweaters and more. Locations in Cherry Hill, Deptford and Marlton,

Special Occasion Gifts
Edible Arrangements
We’re pretty sure there isn’t an event that an Edible Arrangements piece wouldn’t be appropriate for. There are seemingly endless options of “floral” designs—who can resist chocolate-covered fruit?—along with holiday and sports-themed items like the Merry Gingerbread Men Festival or Touchdown Delight Dipped Apples. 421 Hurffville Cross Keys Road, Sewell, (856) 589-8301,

Gifts for the Whole Family
Need some ideas for holiday shopping? Take a look at the eclectic mix of gifts available at Mixellaneous, from hostess and baby gifts to clothing and art. But beware: We always tend to leave with more than we bargained for, not that there’s anything wrong with that. 947 Route 73 S., Marlton, (856) 574-4310,


Interior Decorating
Rooms in Bloom
Sometimes homeowners looking to renovate their surroundings don’t realize how much potential is already there. That’s where Jennifer Baxter and Kathy Geller come in. With their expertise, they’re known to maximize any living space while remaining in tune with each client’s personality to make their home the comforting escape they always dreamed of. Moorestown, (856) 722-1505,

MaryJane’s Flowers and Gifts
This family-run florist caters to any occasion, but what got our attention was the wedding branch of the biz, MaryJane’s Weddings, where hand-tied or cascading bouquets will provide the most eyecatching centerpiece of any wedding—next to the bride herself of course. 111 W. White Horse Pike, Berlin, (856) 336-2912,

Garage Concepts of New Jersey
The garage doesn’t have to be that dark room where, without even turning the light on, you toss belongings you can’t find any other place to put (It’s OK. We’ve been there.) With Garage Concepts, the space can be as bright and airy as any other space in your home; and with their patented Monkey Bar Storage System, not only will there be a place for everything, but you’ll finally be able to fit two cars in your two-car garage. Serving South Jersey, 1 (888) 581-8170,

Farm Market
Mr. Green Jeans Farm Market & Nursery
If you’re wondering how local the array of seasonal produce and plants are at Mr. Green Jeans Farm Market, all you have to do is look around. Ninety percent of their products—from Christmas trees to fresh fruits and vegetables—are grown right on the premises, ensuring only the most authentic Jersey Fresh experience. 210 S. Route 73, Hammonton, (609) 567-5786,

Pool Maintenance
The Pool Store
It may be too cold to think about right now, but before you know it, it’ll be time to open your pools again and welcome back the season of barbecues. If you’re tired of all the work that goes into the opening and making sure chemicals are properly balanced, or if you’d like to spend more time enjoying your pool and less time cleaning it, turn to the pros at The Pool Store. 288 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell, (856) 286-3300,

Pool Installation
Swim-Mor Pools and Spas
If one of your 2013 resolutions is to ditch the inflatable pool, we recommend opening your eyes to pool designs such as the Gothic, Rio Grande or Serpentine. A family-operated business since 1967, Swim-Mor offers unique tiles and mosaics and water features—such as rocky waterfalls—that’ll make your yard the envy of the neighborhood. Lake Drive at Black Horse Pike, Mount Ephraim, (856) 456-3332,

Patio Furniture
Green Lea
We know they have a popular garden center, but it’s the patio furniture here that’s bringing in those looking for a backyard nook of comfort. With conversation sets for entertaining, fire pits for cool nights, and hammocks for a moment’s peace, the staff will help you find the perfect addition for your yard. 204 Route 73, Voorhees, (856) 767-4413,

Garden Center
Magnolia Garden Village
You’ll find perennials, flowering and shade trees, decorative shrubs and more here. Add on an assortment of mulch and topsoil to choose from, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a DIY enthusiast looking to plant a garden or a seasoned pro envisioning a backyard makeover; they have the tools for you to get it done. 405 S. White Horse Pike, Magnolia, (856) 783-4717,

Outdoor Structures
The Barn Door
Household clutter: There’s no avoiding it. But luckily for us, with sheds, barns and mini-garages (and gazebos, too), The Barn Door is there to help you take control and organize your home, and your life. 204 White Horse Pike, Atco, (856) 768-3535

Kitchen and Bath Remodeling
Matteo Family Kitchens
Traveling to a 3.5 percent tax zone for shopping may be worth the trip alone, but with Matteo’s selection of KraftMaid, Schrock and Candlelight Cabinetry, Swanstone and Basco bath products, and flooring products like South Jersey-based Mannington, the choice is irresistible if you ask us. 20 Old Salem Road, Woodstown, (856) 769-2490,

Marble and Granite Selection
Ilkem Marble and Granite
A new countertop can go a long way in giving your home a fresh, updated look. If you’ve been struggling with ideas, we suggest checking out the showroom at Ilkem Marble and Granite. Think brands like Cambria and Caesarstone, and color palates like blue pearl and butterfly gold, sure to give you the inspiration you need. 2010 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 433-8714,

Brindisi Builders
It still isn’t the greatest time to trade up on your home, but why move? As a past president, chairman and member of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Remodelers Association (now the Builders League of South Jersey), homeowners know they’re in good hands with Mike Brindisi and his staff for all of their renovation and new addition needs. 59 S. Maple Ave., Marlton, (856) 985-6219,

Anne Koons
If anyone can sell a home, and fast, in this rocky housing climate, we’re told it’s Anne Koons from Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors. It must have something to do with her philosophy she dubs “stick-to-it-iveness:” synonymous with determination, consistency, loyalty and honesty. 1401 Route 70 E., Cherry Hill, (856) 795-4709,


Early Childhood Enrichment
Sari Isdaner Early Childhood Center
There’s daycare, preschool and kindergarten offerings here—where all children ages 3 and older receive swim lessons—but the enrichment classes make the center stand out. For kids 3 to 6, programs such as Pre-School of Rock, Kinderlanguage, Mad Science and more ensure your child gets the best head start possible. 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-4444,

Early Childhood Education
Malvern School
The curriculum here is designed to meet or exceed standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Plus, each head teacher is required to have a degree in education or child development; in preschool and kindergarten, they must have both bachelor’s degrees and early childhood certifications. Locations in Medford, Voorhees and Washington Township,

Tutoring Center
Huntington Learning Center
As the longest-standing tutoring service of its kind, Huntington Learning Center helps students excel through the school years and beyond. Cherry Hill, (856) 795-1933; Turnersville, (856) 227-0033;

Readers’ Choice:
The Tutoring Club of Cherry Hill/Voorhees, 484 E. Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 616-8808

Standardized Test Prep Center
Sylvan Learning Center
Bringing the quality background of a 30-year-old national chain to the South Jersey community, this prep center provides personal service to kids from elementary-aged to high school. 11014 Lincoln Drive W., Marlton, (856) 596-8455,

Rancocas Friends
This historic one-room schoolhouse is a place where pre-K and kindergarten children can learn and play while developing important relationships and skills. 201 Main St., Rancocas, (609) 267-1265,

Private Kindergarten
Beechwood School
This family-owned Haddonfield school has been serving local families since 1951 with an independent, state-licensed kindergarten (along with a preschool and day care facility). 441 Beechwood Ave., Haddonfield, (856) 429-0303,

Pre-K-8 Private
Haddonfield Friends
This private Quaker school emphasizes the importance of relationships and community, with a focus on teaching students to become independent thinkers and learners. 47 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield, (856) 429-6786,

Pre-K-12 Private
Moorestown Friends
Located on 48 acres in the heart of Moorestown, this co-ed Quaker school has an academically rigorous program with plenty of opportunities for students to branch out into the arts, athletics and more. 110 E. Main St., Moorestown, (856) 235-2900,

Private 9-12
Camden Catholic
As the oldest Catholic high school in South Jersey, Camden Catholic has seen more than 20,000 students graduate through a program that focuses on spiritual, academic, social and physical growth. 300 Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 663-2247,

Public School District
Haddonfield Public Schools
The education here has been consistently leading Haddonfield students to the top of the SAT charts year after year—1714 was the most recent reported average score, along with a graduation rate of more than 97 percent. 1 Lincoln Ave., Haddonfield, (856) 429-7510,

Community College
Camden County College
Camden County College, which also operates the Technical Institute of Camden County College, is ranked among the nation’s top 100 community colleges for overall associate’s degree completion and among the top 10 for associate’s degree completion in education. College Drive, Blackwood, (856) 227-7200,

Special Needs School
Y.A.L.E. School
This state-approved private school provides evidence-based special education for students with disabilities, with eight locations throughout Central and South Jersey. 2127 Church Road, Cherry Hill (856) 482-5252,

Four Seasons Children’s Center
For children as young as 8 weeks, Four Seasons offers plenty to do with a broad range of developmental programs including athletics, a weekly language arts specialist, cooking, sign language and foreign languages. 1190 S. Church St., Mount Laurel, (856) 866-0444

School-Age Childcare
Colors of the Rainbow
For parents who need before- and after-school care that’s enriching and not just babysitting, Colors of the Rainbow offers it along with summer programs on its wooded, faith-based campus for kids up to 13 years old. 401 N. Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, (856) 667-0962,

Family-Based Consulting and Coaching
Kids Ahead Consulting and Center for Development
This Medford agency is a resource for parents of children with autism, Asperger’s, PDD/NOS, and related disorders, working to achieve a better life balance through clubs, programs and consulting services that help children and teens reach important developmental milestones. 6 N. Main St., Medford, (609) 654-5437,

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 9 (November, 2012).
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