At the Randolph Country Fair on Saturday, September 22 at 1:00 pm, the Economic Development Committee (EDC) will present its annual Business Achievement Award to three local entities. The 2018 award recipients are JT’s Confections, Sportsmen’s Hair Stylist, and the County College of Morris.
Spurred on by his love for creating the perfect caramel, John Tompkins opened JT’s Confections in 2013 on Sussex Turnpike. After two years of success and growth, the business moved into the larger, current location at 1206 Sussex Turnpike. Many upgrades and improvements were made, including the rebuilding of the caramel kitchen. JT’s Confections is known for catering to Randolph and the local community with hand-made treats, using only the best quality ingredients while fulfilling its mission to “help those who help others”. JT’s Confections supports and contributes to many local and national organizations including the Battered Women’s Shelter, Homeless Solutions, the Goryeb Children’s Hospital, various military groups, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and the Summit Speech School. They also provide employment opportunities for Randolph High School students in the special education program.
Sportsmen’s Hair Stylists has been in the Randolph area for the past 55 years, and has been at their current location at 148 Center Grove Road for 18 years. Owners Anthony Mauro and Greg Kemp continue to maintain the business philosophy of providing quality haircuts at great prices. This philosophy has generated a loyal customer base, with generations of families traveling from as far as south Jersey for their haircuts. Sportsmen’s Hair Stylists continues to be a fixture in the Randolph community and contributes in numerous ways such as teaching classes at, and volunteering on, the Board of Directors at the Randolph YMCA, participating in St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving events, and supporting all levels of the local sports teams.
County College of Morris has been educating students from Morris County and surrounding areas for the past 50 years, since it opened at 214 Center Grove Road in 1968. County College of Morris is known as a top transfer school for engineering, health care, cybersecurity, hospitality, and the performing and visual arts; it was recently ranked as one of the top two colleges in New Jersey. College President Anthony Iacono attributes its success to the adherence to its mission statement, “County College of Morris is committed to excellence in teaching and lifelong learning through the delivery of exceptional programs and services to our students and to the larger community that reflect a dedication to inclusiveness and diversity, educational advancement, cultural enrichment and workforce development”. County College of Morris continues to grow; it has upgraded and expanded the facilities in order to enrich its curriculum, and better serve its students. In addition to being an outstanding educational institution, the college contributes significantly to the economic success of Randolph Township and Morris County as a whole, generating an estimated half billion dollars in regional economic impact.
Congratulations to JT’s Confections, Sportsmen’s Hair Stylist, and the County College of Morris for their well-deserved recognition as the EDC’s 2018 Business Achievement Award winners.