Shane is the owner and Master Barber of Swagger & Blade barber shop, a family influenced and operated business in Asbury Park. Having grown up with a pair of sheers in his hand, Shane started working as a barber at the age of 14, later joining the Army and serving in the 82nd Airborne Division. Focused on attention to detail, Swagger & Blades practices and standards are ones that are a direct reflection of Shane and his values.
Rob Santello - Executive Chef
Rob is the executive chef at Reyla, a new eastern Mediterranean experience in Asbury Park. Rob, who spent most of his career cooking in New York City, wanted to bring something new and exciting to the Asbury area. The food and atmosphere of Reyla are shaped by the cuisines of Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, and Greece, while the restaurants design is inspired by Islamic architecture.
Kortez Robinson – Artist
Kortez is a mixed media artist from New Jersey who has been exhibiting around the state, as well as in New York City for over 25 years. Centered around esoteric urbanism, Kortez uses a variety of mediums to explore his ongoing journey with visual art. Graduating from the Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts in 1993, Kortez has gained regional and national attention with his work. Recently Kortez created a mural for Dark City Brewery in Asbury paying tribute to the history of Asbury Park, and help provide context for the towns rapid growth.
Tommy George - Aspiring Surfboard Shaper
Tommy George is a ding repairer and surfboard shaper based in Oakhurst. Currently working under Takanassee Handshapes, Tommy and Dave Grimes fix and create wave ready, one of a kind boards. Having grown up on a skateboard, surfing was a natural transition for him. Tommy loves surfing cold, perfect waves with empty lineups and traveled the coast of Iceland for a month, living in a tent and surfing the Arctic. He has also spent time surfing in Nova Scotia, Canada. When he's not surfing or at the skate park he's out honing his skills as a photographer.
Follow Tommy on Instagram: @tommynjgeorge
Kris Lewis - Artist
Kris is a painter from Ocean County, NJ, and is currently based in Asbury Park. With an admiration for masters of old, he channels this appreciation through his depiction of the human figure, which he uses as a vector for hidden stories, delicate emotion, and finding truth. Kris studied illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and has been featured in galleries, as well as museums in cities around the world; including L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Denver, Miami, London, Rome and Hong Kong.
Ciara Perrone - Photographer