Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Garfield, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Garfield, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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GARFIELD — A new passive park replete with walking trails, a bandshell and space for a food truck court is one step closer to becoming a reality for the city.The council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance to bond for $3.5 million to completely revamp the current Columbus Park.City Manager Erin Delaney was quick to point out that the city had received two grants to offset the bonds, one from Bergen County and the other from the New Jersey Green Acres program. Delaney said that in both cases the city ...
GARFIELD — A new passive park replete with walking trails, a bandshell and space for a food truck court is one step closer to becoming a reality for the city.
The council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance to bond for $3.5 million to completely revamp the current Columbus Park.
City Manager Erin Delaney was quick to point out that the city had received two grants to offset the bonds, one from Bergen County and the other from the New Jersey Green Acres program. Delaney said that in both cases the city had to pay for the work and be reimbursed through the grant programs.
The city will receive more than $1.2 million from the Green Acres program and almost $700,000 from the Bergen County Open Space program, bringing the total to more than $1.8 million in grants, Delaney said.
She said that after the plans are finalized and the engineer “receives all of the necessary permits,” construction is to start “next spring.”
The 6-acre park and baseball field is designated as Green Acres land. It is home to a city well and filtration system, the Babe Ruth baseball field and a Christopher Columbus monument.
It was previously considered for commercial or residential development because of its proximity to the Plauderville NJ Transit train station.
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Mayor Richard Rigoglioso said the city hasn’t determined the exact work to be done, but he estimates that the cost will be “between $2 and $3 million.”
“We know that it will be a passive park and that the whole area will be redesigned, but we are working with our engineers,” he said. “There will be space for walking and an amphitheater and a passive area for the food trucks. We want to have a cool-off center similar to what they have at Van Saun Park, too, and benches and space to relax.”
Rigoglioso said the work won’t start until spring of 2023 because this year will be devoted to the second phase of the riverfront park along River Drive. That will include widening the road and extending the park.
Katie Sobko is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
Community invited to National Health Center Week celebrationMetropolitan Family Health Network (MFHN) is inviting Hudson County residents and community leaders to join the 2022 celebration of National Health Center Week on Tuesday, Aug 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 935 Garfield Ave., Jersey City.The event will include distribution of free bags of food and free gently used clothing and shoes for men, women, and children. There will also be music, free health screenings and COVID-19 testing, giveaways including back-to-scho...
Community invited to National Health Center Week celebration
Metropolitan Family Health Network (MFHN) is inviting Hudson County residents and community leaders to join the 2022 celebration of National Health Center Week on Tuesday, Aug 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 935 Garfield Ave., Jersey City.
The event will include distribution of free bags of food and free gently used clothing and shoes for men, women, and children. There will also be music, free health screenings and COVID-19 testing, giveaways including back-to-school backpacks, and health education information from MFHN and area healthcare and community organizations. Food, clothing, and giveaways will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. There will be a limit of one bag of food per family. Social distancing and masks are required.
Food, clothing, shoes, and monetary donations for the the event are still being accepted and may be arranged by phoning Denise Brower at 201-478-5877 or emailing [email protected]. Checks and monetary donations may be made payable to Metropolitan Family Health Network and sent to 935 Garfield Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304. Those interested in participating at the event, are asked to contact Bryant Nguyen at 201-478-5844 or at [email protected].
MFHN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and provides tax-exempt status to contributions.
Lights Out Beach Boys to play Bayonne’s Summer Sounds concert
Lights Out Beach Boys will play in Bayonne’s Summer Sounds by the Bay concert series on Wednesday, Aug 10, at 7 p.m. Lights Out Beach Boys combines the music of the Beach Boys and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
The concert will take place at the amphitheater on the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street Park. The concert site is located below the foot of West 16th Street, between Avenue A and Newark Bay.
In the event of inclement weather, call 201-471-7590, visit www.leaguelineup.com/bayonnerec, or view the City of Bayonne’s Facebook page to check on the status of that night’s performance. For more information about the concerts, contact Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129, or email [email protected].
Moonfall and The Bad Guys at the Bayonne Library
The Bayonne Free Public Library will present two films on Wednesday, Aug 10, in its summer movie series.
The first is the science fiction disaster film “Moonfall” at 1 p.m. The story concerns what happens when the Earth’s moon suddenly leaves its orbit. The film stars Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, Kelly Yu, John Bradley, Charlie Plummer, and Donald Sutherland. The film is rated PG-13.
Then, at 6:30 p.m., the library will show “The Bad Guys,” a computer-animated heist comedy about a group of anthropromorphic animals. When they are caught in the film, the crooks pretend to attempt to reform themselves. Their leader is drawn to changing his ways when a new villain has his own plans. The film features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos, Richard Ayoade, Zazie Beetz, Alex Borstein, and Lilly Singh. This film is rated PG.
Both films will be shown in the O’Connor Gallery on the library’s second floor. The Bayonne Public Library is located at 31st St. and Ave. C, Bayonne.
Happenings at the Hoboken Museum
Each Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Hoboken Museum’s Maritime Artist-in-Residence Frank Hanavan continues to build a model of the “America,” an 1851 racing yacht that was sponsored by the Stevens family and the first winner of the “America’s Cup” international sailing trophy. Visitors can continue to witness this development, which has been going on for seven months now, on Aug. 6.
Then, on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 11:30 a.m. is the next edition of Jack Silbert’s First Sunday Storytime at the Fire Department Museum, with Bill Curran. The event is $5 per family and this month’s selection is “The Book With No Pictures” by actor and comedian B. J. Novak of The Office. The Hoboken Fire Department Museum is located at 213 Bloomfield St., Hoboken.
Then, on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. is the Hoboken Museum’s monthly Historical Bike Tour, which takes place on the second Saturday of the month. The tour will last around 90 to 120 minutes. An air pump will be available on site. Tickets are $20 and you can pre-register at https://bit.ly/3vEQZSH.
The Hoboken Historical Museum is located at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken.
History and nature programs at Liberty State Park
Nature programs continue at Liberty State Park with a walk to Caven Point Beach to look for visiting shorebirds on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. The group will meet in Lot #1 located at 300 Morris Pesin Drive and then walk over to the beach area. There will be over a mile of walking involved and visitors should dress to be outdoors, wear old shoes that can get wet or muddy, and bring binoculars if you have them. Sunscreen and water are also recommended for hot weather and all ages are welcome.
History programs continue at Liberty State Park on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with a discussion and tour about the Explosion at Black Tom. The tour and talk will discuss the land known as Black Tom then and now and how the events leading up to the explosion served as a catalyst for America’s entry into World War I. The program includes a 45-minute Power Point presentation and discussion, a look at artifacts recovered from the site, and then a drive to the Black Tom site. You will need your own transportation to get there. The program is recommended for ages 10 and up.
Pre-registration is required for all programs as space is limited. For more information or to register for a program, contact the Nature Center at 201-915-3400 x503 or email [email protected]. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and you may register a maximum of six participants per reservation. Pets are not permitted on programs unless they are service animals.
If you have ever driven on Route 206 between Somerset and Morris counties you most definitely have passed the gray truck with the sign “WEE NEE WAGON.” The truck may look abandoned to passersby.To locals in the Peapack-Gladstone area, however, this is the best place to grab a hot dog in New Jersey.This is not the first time that I have written about the very sacred and very mysterious Wee Nee WagonThe Wee Nee Wagon has been se...
If you have ever driven on Route 206 between Somerset and Morris counties you most definitely have passed the gray truck with the sign “WEE NEE WAGON.” The truck may look abandoned to passersby.
To locals in the Peapack-Gladstone area, however, this is the best place to grab a hot dog in New Jersey.
This is not the first time that I have written about the very sacred and very mysterious Wee Nee Wagon
The Wee Nee Wagon has been serving up delicious hotdogs for over 25 years and is not going away anytime soon.
The truck runs on a unique schedule, as in all of my years of driving past it, I’ve only seen it open a handful of times. Because of this, a hotdog from the Wee Nee Wagon is almost a special occasion.
So how do people know when the Wee Nee Wagon is open when the only indication of it being open is a raised flag?
In previous years, lovers of the Wee Nee Wagon have taken it to their Facebook feeds to alert fellow customers of when the truck is open or not. They have almost created a chain of comments on images of the Wee Nee Wagon letting each other know when it is open or not.
If you are given the opportunity to eat from The Wee Nee Wagon, there are a few things you must order. The menu is small and hasn’t changed since its creation years ago, making The Wee Nee Wagon as authentic as a neighborhood food truck can get.
Long-time customers enjoy the Mr. B, which is a grilled hot dog on a potato bun topped with cheddar cheese, hot red pepper relish and full strips of fresh bacon. But there are many other options to choose from. All toppings are made fresh daily and can be accompanied by fresh hot french fries, or a classic bag of chips.
You can imagine how popular this place is if it only needs to open when the owners feel like opening! So next time you’re on 206 in the area, cross your fingers. You’re going to want to stop at the Wee Nee Wagon. But take a quick glance at Facebook first. You might just get lucky.
EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story should have said the wagon is located in Peapack-Gladstone.
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During the pandemic Philip Sanzari was forced to permanently shut down his 23-year cleaning business. But as one chapter closed for the 66-year-old, another began.On Friday, Sanzari will graduate from Berkeley College with an associate's degree in applied science, a milestone he didn't imagine reaching at his age."When I started, I was nervous because I hadn't been in school since 1974," said Sanzari, a Garfield resident of 37 years. "I didn't feel as though I was intelligent enough to go back to s...
During the pandemic Philip Sanzari was forced to permanently shut down his 23-year cleaning business. But as one chapter closed for the 66-year-old, another began.
On Friday, Sanzari will graduate from Berkeley College with an associate's degree in applied science, a milestone he didn't imagine reaching at his age.
"When I started, I was nervous because I hadn't been in school since 1974," said Sanzari, a Garfield resident of 37 years. "I didn't feel as though I was intelligent enough to go back to school, honestly. But in all truthfulness, I kind of misjudged myself."
With encouragement from his friends and family, Sanzari enrolled at Berkeley College to receive his degree in applied science in health services administration – medical Insurance, billing, and coding. Two years later, he will cross the graduation stage at Prudential Center in Newark along with 1,416 Berkeley graduates.
"You're never too old to learn, and I did it," Sanzari said.
The former entrepreneur said he wasn't the best at school and feared he would have a hard time completing the work.
But that turned out not to be the case. Sanzari completed his associate's degree online, while dealing with heart issues and surgeries. After graduation, he plans to move to Biloxi, Mississippi, to pursue a career in the health care industry, along with his partner of 43 years, Sam Chaney.
Chaney, 69, also returned to school to get his nursing degree once they closed down the business that had given the two a comfortable life. They both went back to school because they "feel young" and didn't want to financially depend on anyone, Sanzari said.
"We have a certain lifestyle that we've grown accustomed to. We like to do things, we like to go visit friends, buy what we want to buy, go out to dinner," Sanzari said. "You can't just sit by and live on Social Security."
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Not only did he finish his degree with honors, but Sanzari also found inspiration from his classmates who were pursuing an education while working and raising families. He, too, faced challenges, particularly in his writing class, because he never imagined he would write stories.
Despite the obstacles, Sanzari was regularly named to the Berkeley College President’s List. He was also inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, which recognizes the academic achievements of students pursuing two-year degrees.
Kelly Berge, a professor in the Allied Health Department, School of Health Studies, met Sanzari in his second semester at Berkeley College.
“He was an amazing, hardworking student from Day One and took advantage of all of the resources that were offered by the college,” she said.
As Sanzari and Chaney pack up their belongings and move to the South, they are excited to start a new journey closer to friends, although they will leave family behind in New Jersey.
Looking back at his educational journey, Sanzari wishes he would have had the confidence to do it sooner. His advice to others looking to go back to school is straightforward: Just do it.
“I have achieved something I never had the confidence to do,” Sanzari said. “If you have the opportunity to see something through until the end, do it, you won’t regret it. I don’t.”
Jessie Gomez is a local reporter for The Record and NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
Part of an area affectionately known as “Poland on the Passaic,” Garfield, NJ, is home to Piast Meats & Provisions, an authentic Polish deli with two locations, both in Garfield, and both not far from the Passaic River.Visitors and residents alike enjoy a host of genuinely Polish options in the area. “There are ...
Part of an area affectionately known as “Poland on the Passaic,” Garfield, NJ, is home to Piast Meats & Provisions, an authentic Polish deli with two locations, both in Garfield, and both not far from the Passaic River.
Visitors and residents alike enjoy a host of genuinely Polish options in the area. “There are lots of Polish stores, bakeries, florists—it is more than just Piast,” said Martin Rybak, son of founders who came from Poland and eventually opened their first deli location in 1991. “There are a lot of first-generation migrants, speaking native Polish. People who come will notice this authentic cultural experience.”
Today, the Piast deli is made up of a team of professional butchers, bakers, and cooks who labor in their craft with care and passion. Their goal is to produce a fresh, homemade product so that when customers taste it, there is no doubt about the origin or quality.
Just hearing Martin Rybak describe Piast’s menu options and how they are prepared is enough to make one’s mouth water. Headed to Piast? You may have a hard time deciding between smoked meats, cold cuts, pierogi, sweets, and many other Polish specialties.
“We’re unique because we make our own product which has increasingly become a lost art,” Rybak said. “To be a butcher is not familiar and sadly it’s a dying craft in America. It’s hard to find true artisan butchers. We’re very fortunate to have a group of talented butchers who work for us and make all these products.”
Looking over the menu, you will see at least 18 different kielbasas—all of which are made by hand and with basic machinery on Piast premises. Rybak explained the two ways that they typically smoke kielbasa.
“One way is to use a commercial smoking oven. It’s a computer-controlled environment with heat, humidity, and smoke generated from wood pellets. This is great for cold cuts and moisture retention—half of our kielbasas are made in commercial smokers.” Customers typically order kielbasa from the commercial smoking oven for a backyard barbecue or for another dish where they plan on cooking their kielbasa.
“The other way is through wood fire smokers—those are really our secret sauce,” said Rybak excitedly. “We have these chambers burning real hardwood logs—they’re handmade with masonry and metal and really something to see. We roll racks of kielbasa over an open flame, so they are roasted and smoked. It’s just like cooking over an open campfire. We call that double smoked. They do lose a little moisture in that process, so they are usually eaten cold.”
However, Rybak described that the pinnacle, double-smoked, kielbasa-eating moment can also be achieved by stopping by one of their locations on a Friday or Saturday. The team often schedules their batches of kielbasa to finish while stores are packed with customers. On these special days, guests witness the butchers as they carry in hot, fresh, and glistening rods of smoked kielbasa.
“It’s an otherworldly experience,” smiled Rybak. “The best compliment we’ve gotten was from a Polish [customer] saying this is better than what they have at home.”
Buddhists have nirvana—and that is all fine and good. But Piast customers can reach “meat-lightenment” by simply timing their visits right. Rybak juxtaposed this magical moment of artisanal meat cooking with the large-scale, mass production that has taken over the food industry. The team behind Piast makes a special product to separate its service from the competition.
“People are becoming more selective about what they eat,” said Rybak. “On that note, we have two kinds of kielbasa that have no added nitrates, which are naturally occurring compounds used to cure meats. The Hungry Man’s kielbasa, for example, is made without curing salts. It’s not going to last as long. But it is something that people have asked for and that we’ve been making for many years.”
In addition to the kielbasa, Piast customers often seek out their signature pierogi, cold cuts, stuffed cabbage, beef jerky, and hot entrees that are served on site. For first timers, Rybak has one simple rule.
“Just ask for a sample,” he said. “I can tell who has or has not been here before. I’ll give a sample of kielbasa, beef jerky, or black forest ham. Without fail they end up loving it. It’s a hands-on business and it’s like that in Poland, too. You strike up a conversation with people here and it becomes an event.”
In addition to lunch and dinner items like kielbasa and pierogi, Piast also has a bakery on site. The crew makes their own breads, cakes, cookies, and pastries like their jelly doughnut, poppyseed cake, and, of course, the cherry-and-cheese babka.
“It’s a tradition to eat a jelly doughnut on Fat Thursday, February 24, before Lent begins,” said Rybak. “We sell thousands that day.”
The Piast website showcases the specialties and is set up for online orders wrapped in packaging to give proper duration for safe transit all over the country.
“We’ve shipped thousands of packages to Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, and [throughout] New Jersey. They’re so grateful. We take for granted what we have here, but you can’t find this everywhere,” said Rybak. “It reminds us why we do what we do. For many people it’s so much more than just food—it touches the heart to remember grandparents or parents who made this food.”
The Piast crew has also expanded its capabilities for catering and events. On-premise catering takes place at the self-proclaimed “Castle” location at 1 Passaic Street, in Garfield. Here, the Piast staff conducts retail business on the first floor, while on the second and third floors, they hold birthday parties, communions, and holiday events in two 80-person rooms in this turn-of-the-century building.
“It’s historic,” said Rybak. “Babe Ruth used to live around here and he spent time on the third floor. We have old pictures from the 1920s. This used to be a bar and speakeasy with lodging. Babe had a corner room here and used to watch the racehorses by the Passaic River. We’re happy to show fans his room. And we even found a hole in the basement wall that we bet was a secret tunnel to sneak in alcohol from the river.”
Most recently, Rybak disclosed a new addition to its website, which allows customers to order off-premise catering packages and food trays online for family gatherings, game days, office meals, and more.
“We’ve catered events at the Polish Consulate in NYC for 15 years,” said Rybak. “We’ve catered for Polish Presidents Aleksander Kwa?niewski, Bronis?aw Komorowski, and Andrzej Duda at the Consulate as well as the United Nations. We do it all—even things like a whole-roasted suckling pig stuffed and decorated.”
In 2020, Henry Rybak passed on, leaving his wife Maria and son Martin.
“He was the head guy running the show and it was a huge shock and huge loss,”said Rybak. “At that time, I decided to come back full-time to help my mom Maria to keep it going. I have many years of experience working here and came back doing the best I can to standardize the products and recipes to keep things fresh and consistent.”
In 1991, Henry and Maria opened the first Piast deli in Maplewood, NJ, after receiving their agricultural engineering degrees in their home country of Poland. After initial success in that location, they expanded to an additional store at 800 River Drive in Garfield.
“That was a big hit. People fell in love with the signature Piast kielbasa that we still sell today. When we added a hot foods department—we were the first store, definitely the first Polish store to do that,” recalled Rybak. “Stuffed cabbage, chicken cutlets, pork chops, and we’d sell them with mashed potatoes, a soup, and a side salad—back then it was $5.”
Not long after, the pair of entrepreneurs moved on from the Maplewood location and eventually expanded into four suites on River Drive as well as the “Castle,” on Passaic Street. Today, these locations are hubs for Polish culture and events like the Christmas Fish Market and outdoor Easter Market.
So, what is the secret to their success, one might ask? Customers continue to froth over everything at Piast—from cold cuts, hams, Canadian bacons, and smoked bacons, to smoked fish, pork roll, frankfurters, and even black pudding, breads, and cookies.
“There’s no real secret. We just make a good product and sell it fresh,” said Rybak. “Food was not meant to be stored indefinitely, it was meant to be made and eaten within a matter of days. It’s how it should be. We are blessed to have enough product to go around—we can afford to make it and sell it fresh. So, why would we not?”
“The real secret is our people and the passion,” he said. “We know our customers have a choice and we want to be the best Polish store possible. I thank everyone for their help and my mom Maria Rybak for keeping it going.”
Piast Meats & Provisions 800 River Dr. Garfield, NJ 973-340-4722
1 Passaic St. Garfield, NJ 973-614-1315