Pier Village in Long Branch adding these three new stores
LONG BRANCH - A gourmet food market is among the new tenants coming soon to Pier Village in Long Branch.
Winz Market will open its store on Laird Street around May 1, said owner Zach Winzelberg. He'll continue to have a shack at Pier Village's Festival Plaza after Memorial Day too. Charleston Shoe Co., a national shoe brand, will open on Centennial Drive this spring. It will be the company's 22nd location.
Meanwhile, Hot Mess Studio, a salon with a location in Asbury Park for more than a decade, will operate a salon in the Wave Resort, which is set to open this summer.
“We’re very proud to see two locally-owned businesses, Winz Market and Hot Mess Studio, alongside Charleston Shoes’ 22nd location nationwide, come to thrive at Pier Village," said Max Swerdloff, head of retail leasing for Rae Leasing, the retail leasing arm of Kushner Cos. "These tenants represent the local/national mix we aspire towards.”What's Going There talked with Zach Winzelberg, owner of Winz Market, about his new store.
The 2,500-square-foot specialty gourmet food market will focus on products made in small batches by artisans from around the United States, Winzelberg said. It will include everything from frozen foods, ice creams, jellies and pastas, to cheese, meats, smoked fish and baked goods.
People will be able to have a "one-stop shop," he said."These are very unique products that are sourced from around the United States," Winzelberg said. There is a local person or artisan who is making it, whether it's in their kitchen in Brooklyn, or their kitchen in Idaho or Hawaii. … They put a lot of integrity and care into making this product in small batches."Winz Market is Winzelberg's first store. It's been a passion since he was a child. As a high school student, he worked at food concessions in Asbury Park and Deal Casino Beach, among others.
After obtaining a degree in hospitality management from Syracuse University, Winzelberg worked as a consultant at large retail markets in New York City.
"I love this industry and it's time that I take it to the next level and do it for myself, which has always been a dream of mine since I was 8 years old," Winzelberg said.