ASBURY PARK – Bianca Freda, the owner of Interwoven, has hustled to make sure people are taken-care-of amid the coronavirus pandemic.
She has been donating to local charities as long as she’s been open. Her latest project is dedicated toward helping her fellow small businesses, said customer Stacey Paverman.
She set up a bingo board to spend money at other businesses in Asbury Park. And when the board is completed, you will be entered to win a gift certificate to her shop, she said.
“During the beginning of the pandemic, she didn’t hesitate to hustle her business,” Paverman said.
Paverman was one of several people who nominated Interwoven for Patch’s “Business of the Year” in Asbury Park as many businesses continue battle through the coronavirus pandemic.
But it was these businesses, the customers say, that also came through for others in need – even as they were struggling themselves.
Bianca, Paverman said, never once complained about how she couldn’t open when the pandemic hit.
“Instead she was offering curbside pick-up before it was a ‘thing,'” she said.
Bianca always hires interns who live locally and gives them college credits for working in her shop, he said.
“She is a true humanitarian,” he said.
Tony Freda said Bianca’s story has been a place where people meet, hang out, shop and buy gifts for loved ones. She brings a certain style to Asbury Park, he said, and she is deep-rooted in the community, having lived there since 2013.
“She has worked super-hard to make it through this pandemic, constantly trying to keep her store open and items available to her customers, all with a smile and a great sense of humor,” he said.
Once COVID hit, Bianca worked relentlessly to get her online store up for customers, Freda said.
She even drove around personally and made doorstep deliveries so people did not have to leave the house, he said.
Bianca provides personal shopping on-site and will specifically bring in certain products just for her top customers, he said.
She named the store Interwoven for a reason, Freda said.
“Bianca has woven her love and passion into the community and is constantly trying to have fun and make people’s day just a bit better during a tough time,” he said.
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This article originally appeared on the Asbury Park Patch