February—it’s the shortest month of the year, but there’s definitely no shortage of exciting things happening here in Northwest Bergen. When thinking of ideas for our Arts + Makers issue, we were inspired by the talented local artists who beautify our community with their work. Whether it’s local theater performances, the Northwest Bergen arts scene or handmade goods from local artisans, we were amazed by the creative culture our “local” community is bursting with.

One of our favorite arts-related experiences around the area includes performances as well as exhibits at the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts in Mahwah.

Continuing our theme of Arts + Makers, we are thrilled to be able to feature four of our area’s most talented artisans. You are in for a real treat as we begin our journey at Junk Chick Designs in Wyckoff and then make our next stop at The Circle Bake Shop by Elizabeth based in Ridgewood. Take a moment to breathe, and we’re off to Leather Head Sports in Glen Rock, and finally, we finish up our tour at Inspired Between the Pines in Franklin Lakes.

When thinking of your loved ones for Valentine’s Day, consider the beautiful collection of engagement rings, fine jewelry and luxury timepieces at Danson Jewelers in Allendale. If you’re on the hunt for some of the most gorgeous flowers within minutes of your home, we recommend checking out the area’s most highly rated florists: Flowers by Joan in Waldwick or Allendale Flowers, Inc. in Allendale.

We hope you find inspiration in these pages and come to appreciate all that Northwest Bergen has to offer.

As always, please keep our community first and foremost in your mind when spending your hard-earned money. Support our local businesses and professionals. Keep it local.

Thanks for reading, and I wish you and yours a fantastic February!

Marc Schwartz, publisher