Maplewood, NJ 07040

A podcast in Maplewood and South Orange, NJ featuring inspirational people!


SIP in SOMA is a podcast about life, family and community in Maplewood and South Orange, NJ.

Hosted by Danielle Perrotta. 

EPISODE 23 - Dr. Alissa Gardenhire of BEST in Class Tutoring

Alissa and I have amazing conversations about tutoring and learning

Episode 23 with Dr. Alissa Gardenhire of Best in Class Tutoring 

⭐️Why do families seek tutoring? There is no one-size fits all for education. Learn about tutoring and how it’s helping kids catch up and excel. 

⭐️Is our speedy culture killing the idea of studying and hard work? We talk about the process to get to product and entrepreneur skills. 

⭐️Hanging out in SOMA and the city - did you know there is so much to do in NYC?

Talking with Alissa is easy, fun and always enlightening. Our relationship started with a 6-hour conversation - we just couldn’t stop talking about life, teaching, and our love of SOMA. We finally took the chat to the podcast and it’s amazing to talk with another educator that wants to change the world and help kiddos as much as I do! Check out our conversation and then go to all of the cool places that Alissa recommends in SOMA and beyond! 

You can find Dr. Alissa Gardenhire and Best in Class Tutoring:

On instagram - @bcso_tutoring

Thank you for your continued support of SIP in SOMA! 

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Dr. Alissa Gardenhire of Best in Class tutoring in South Orange, NJ with her awesome student!

Dr. Alissa Gardenhire of Best in Class tutoring in South Orange, NJ with her awesome student!

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Sponsorships and Gratitude


SIP in SOMA’s Sponsor - Finlay + Gage

Episode 23 is sponsored by Finlay + Gage Musical Instruments. Stop by or check them out online for your rentals, purchases or repairs of string instruments. 

I highly recommende popping in the store for a wonderful experience with Sam and his staff - they are knowledgeable people who truly love music - plus, you can put your hands on an instrument to play. 

The store is located at 1677 Springfield Avenue in Maplewood, NJ.


SIP in SOMA‘s theme music was  composted  by Russell Olesh. You find him on Instagram @Russell_Olesh. Check out his  channel on  You Tube  to  hear  the  extended version of the song, “I’ll Do Anything” and his other  beautiful  compositions.  

Thank you Alan Friedman!

Alan Friedman did the incredible audio editing in our most recent episode 23.  He is a  big fan of  the  show  and  has given  us  countless  tips  from  the  beginning  -  thanks  ALAN!

Check him out at - his  expertise  and  skills  have  been  invaluable.  


Special shout out to Rachel Zorel and Jacqueline Kirby at 7 Layer Studio for a stellar job on the SIP in SOMA logo and branding. 


Special thanks to Paul Holtzman at Cedar Ridge Café and Bakery for providing an incredible “office space” and feeding my body and soul during the launch. 

About Us

What’s it all about?


SIP in SOMA is all about people who are connecting, collaborating and contributing to our two communities of South Orange and Maplewood, NJ. As a connector, Danielle Perrotta has spent a lot of time introducing people to each other or telling friends and neighbors about the cool events going on in our neck of the woods. She is thrilled to be having these conversations with a broader audience and introducing ALL OF YOU to the incredible people she has met in SOMA. Check out the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to share your glows, grows, and suggestions. Introduce Danielle to the incredible people you know and LOVE in SOMA. She would love for you to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast and REVIEW the show on your favorite podcasting app. 


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Maplewood, NJ 07040