NOVELTEAS BEGINS A NEW CHAPTER

rotondas-1The future of NovelTeas will be written by the Rotonda family, including siblings Vic Jr. and Nicole. (Click to enlarge)

By TOM CHESEK

novelteas1The news traveled fast — Facebook fast. As NovelTeas founder Kim Widener posted last Friday: “NovelTeas has a new owner and will be re-opening tomorrow.”

Sure enough, come Saturday afternoon, the book salon/ tea room/ gift boutique — established by Rumson resident Widener in 2009 on the “Left Bank” of Red Bank, and closed in recent weeks — was abuzz with activity, with new proprietors welcoming customers in search of a last-minute MomsDay notion or sundry.

Taking over the shop at 78 Bridge Avenue are two generations of the Rotonda family of Toms River; dad Vic, mom Teri, son Vic Junior, and daughter Nicole — a lecture agent by trade, and a media pro that Widener praised as “extremely energetic and creative” and “very connected.”

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