Wawa Competition, AC Magnate in HBO Doc, Cardinal Bistro – Monday’s Roundup

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Wawa Competition
Wawa is getting some new competition from Maryland-based Royal Farms, who are building new convenience stores in South Jersey this year. The first one is in Magnolia, Camden County, but another will be opening in Marlton and two more locations will be built by the end of the year, NJ.com reports.

AC Magnate in HBO Doc
Atlantic City’s Sara Spencer Washington, a beauty-product manufacturer and hair-salon owner who was one of the first black millionaires in New Jersey, will be the focus of a HBO short documentary premiering this month. “Not only was she an entrepreneur, she was a social activist,” says Royston Scott, the film’s director and Washington’s great-grandnephew. “She refused to be held back by white society.” You can read more here, via NJ.com.

Cardinal Bistro
We took a look behind the scenes at Ventnor’s Cardinal Bistro, home of local chef Michael Brennan. You can watch the video here – expertly filmed by Sherry McCracken from Little Rock Films + Studios, with an interview by Waiter Nation’s Michael Fagan.

ACA Repeal
Last week a vigil was held outside Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s office in Mays Landing, to protest against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act with no replacement. We were interested journalistically and personally in the vigil: We set up Route 40 as a small business that supplements our freelance income. Since we are self-employed, we bought our insurance through the Healthcare Exchange that was established by the Act (aka Obamacare). We don’t know whether we would be able to buy health insurance next year if the ACA is repealed. We interviewed another small-business owner at the event who is also worried about not being able to pay for her insurance anymore. You can watch the video and read about the vigil here.

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The rest of the headlines from the weekend and this morning include news that property prices in the greater Philadelphia area are rising (and Longport has the highest median sales price in the area), local road repairs (West End Ave) to begin in Spring, and the weather (warming up early in the week, possible snow at the end of the week). All that and more below:

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