Roots is a true hidden gem.
Dean and Jodi opened R.A.W. Fitness in Northvale, NJ with the focus to create a family- friendly, cost-effective, no-excuse environment that got people healthy and in great shape. They would see their members working very hard to get healthy in the gym, but forget that intention when it came to food.
They decided to open Roots around the corner, offering smoothies and juices for after workouts. Dean and Jodi would joke that they "finally found a place where they could eat."
Their mission statement with the gym coincided with their thoughts on food:
"We believe in moving the way the body was designed to move.
We lift, carry, push, pull, drag, run and laugh. We are outdoors more often than in.
We focus on the entire body rather than isolating individual muscles."
They believe in eating food that the body was designed to digest.
Eating what grew outdoors from the earth instead of created in a laboratory.
They focus on using the entire plant rather than isolating parts and extracts.
For over ten years, Roots has stayed true to its mission of introducing wholesome, plant-based food to the community and it definitely doesn't stop there. Roots offers a way of life that supports long-term holistic health. This includes fitness, yoga, music, art, animals, nature, life skills and so much more. Take a look at our upcoming events and weekly classes here.
Roots is what it is today thanks to everyone who has ever stepped through the door and contributed to the mission in their own unique way.
Roots is currently serving in Northvale, NJ Tuesday - Sunday with plenty of cozy indoor and outdoor seating.
"The most amazing place I have ever been to! Best staff and best food.
There's never guilt after eating or drinking
anything from here.
Best environment to relax and hangout with friends in the hammock!
Definitely the best cafe around."
— Erika C, Yelp Review
"Yes, Roots is Raw/Vegan/Organic and Gluten-Free, but the one thing missing from that statement is that it is delicious, satisfying, and addictive. I am not vegan, and my every day diet is not Raw or gluten free, however, I visit this cafe often."
— Annette M, Yelp Review
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Meet the Roots Team
Every member of Roots is on their own personal wellness journey,
dedicated to growing into the best versions of themselves.
They are passionate about providing nourishing food to the community
and educating others on a variety of personal development modalities.
You can learn more about them below and hire them for their services whether it be commissioning a work of art, booking a yoga session, music lesson and more.
Hi, I'm Sophia!
I am an artist currently exploring many mediums, though I specialize in painting and pen and ink drawing.
I have my Associates degree in Fine Arts and plan on further pursuing an art education. As an artist, I am constantly striving to find new ways to explore and express emotion in the art that I make.
My passion for all things nature related often works its way into the art that I make and I am eager to work with natural elements whenever I can, whether it’s painting on bark, or adding bits of moss to a painting to give it texture.
Repurposing old or unused things is also a passion of mine. I love to find things or spaces that don’t spark joy and transform them into something that does!
I would be delighted to create a drawing, painting or design a mural for you whether it’s a figure, landscape or just something abstract! Sharing my art with others means the world to me.
Hi, I'm Jim!
Greetings Starshine! My names George Galati, but everyone calls me Jim.
I’m a graphic artist, sculptor and photographer that specializes in abstract, landscape and semi-realism visual artwork. Primary mediums generally used are acrylic, spray paint, watercolors, ceramic, and charcoal. I’ve begun my artistic journey several years ago in high school. Naturally gravitating towards most of the art courses offered, I quickly developed a deep appreciation and passion for creating art and being able to use/practice my artistic skills as an expressive creative outlet.
Art imitates life, whether it be creating my own or appreciating someone else’s artwork I’ve learned how powerful art can impact an individual. It allows us to see ourselves, others, and the world around us in a totally different perspective.
If you have a specific photograph/memory of a scenic landscape, pet or loved one that you’d like to see be turned into a unique one-of-a-kind work of art I do commissions.
Also offering spray paint mural artwork, one of my specialties is creating deep space murals of planets, galaxies and stars; all of which can be catered your your precise specifications :)
Hi, I'm Jules!
You will probably always find me in a kitchen. If I am not working in the Roots kitchen I am prepping food for people out of my home or in the kitchen with a local pasta vendor.
Making food that makes people happy, makes me happy. :-)
I recently got certified as a health and wellness coach as I am passionate about creating and teaching people about nourishing, healthful foods and how your lifestyle and habits can set you up for a healthy, balanced, and fulfilled life.
I am constantly trying to learn and grow through books, podcasts, my experiences, and from others
in my life.
Hi, I'm Klara!
I am a videographer & video editor. I have 5+ years of video editing experience and am just coming up on 1 year of videography experience.
I am skilled in editing both short form and long form videos. I have 1 year of filming & editing experience for small businesses, and I have 2 years of editing experience for YouTube & Instagram creators.
In addition to this, I’ve spent the last 2 years building a relationship with and creating videos for the CEO of an app called VibeOn. This work included short promotional videos & longer form videos as part of a series to promote the app.
I bring a unique creative vision to businesses looking to broaden their audience & reach.
Hi, I'm Morgan!
With Nature as my greatest muse, I love to play & explore a variety of art forms. This includes painting, jewelry design, culinary art and herbal medicine preparation.
As a Certified Yoga Teacher and Herbalist in training, I am passionate about helping people live their lives in vibrant health and in tune with the healing power of plants and fungi.
I devote my time to creating spaces where community can flourish - where people can make deep, lasting connections within themselves, with others, and with the whole of nature.
I am currently available for one-on-one sessions incorporating yoga, energy healing, and herbal therapeutics.
You can also contact me with any custom jewelry or art requests. It would be my pleasure to create a meaningful piece for you or a loved one.