Gayle Giacomo (right) and her daughter Christy Pereira at their Gatsby Salon in Green Brook
We got the first scoop on “Jerseylicious,”
the new reality TV show that Style Network that just finished shooting in December. The “comedy docu-soap” will premiere in March.
Apart from being The Homeshoppingista, we wear many hats, including writing about New Jersey-related TV shows for NewJerseyNewsroom.com,
where our package of stories on “Jerseylicious” was just posted.
“Jerseylicious” is the latest in a wave of reality programs to come out of the Garden State, with the most notable ones being the controversial piece of garbage “Jersey Shore” on MTV and Bravo’s hit “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”
In early December on a Friday night we traveled to foreign territory for someone like us from North Jersey — Green Brook in Central Jersey — to go to Gatsby Salon. “Jerseylicious” is about Gayle Giacomo, the salon’s owner, who is trying to relaunch the business after moving it to a new space just a few doors down in a strip mall on Route 22.
Afte getting lost on Route 22, we finally found the beatiful new Gatsby and interviewed Giacomo, a pretty redhead with huge grey eyes; her daughter Christy Pereira, the salon’s manager; Olivia Blois Sharpe, the petite brunette with a penchant for lace leggings, leopard skin and low-cut tops, who is a makeup artist; and the only man in the “Jerseylicious” cast, a very lovable Anthony Lombardi, who got into the hairstyling business to meet chicks.
Anthony Lombardi's salon in Verona
We felt right at home with these Jersey-bred group, who were down to earth and affable. Giacomo and her daughter Pereira are very close, and live only a mile apart in Bridgewater. Sharpe lives in Montville, and Lombardi resides in Fairfield. He also owns his own salon, Anthony Robert Salon, in Verona on Bloomfield Avenue, about five minutes from where we live in Montclair.
We don’t if “Jerseylicious,” and its tale of these Gatsby employees who range in age from their 50s to their 20s will be a hit, but it should generate a lot of interest among folks here in the Garden State. If you live in Jersey, who may know someone connected to the show.
We do. Our sister Karen goes to the Fusion salon in Denville, and one of the hairdressers there, Brielle, is roommates with Pereira! Brielle is in some of the scenes in “Jerseylicous.”
We go to Bangz salon on Montclair, and out hair stylist said that earlier this year, the producers of “Jerseylicious” were in Bangz, seeing it as a potential site for “Jerseylicious.” The Bangz staff had to fill out some questionnaires, but it did not pan out.
And Jersey residents may recognize places they have been on “Jerseylicious.” The show filmed at the upscale CoCo Pari boutique in Red Bank, where we couldn’t afford to shop even when we were employed.
“Jerseylicious” also shot at the 46 Lounge in Totowa. We’ve always wondered what the place was like, but if Sharpe goes there, it’s definitely too young a crowd for us.
We can’t wait to see how “Jerseylicious” turns out. We think it will portray New Jersey and its residents in a much warmer light than that crapola “Jersey Shore”: as down-to-earth, no-nonsense, unpretentious, hard-working, funny people — with our accent. And what’s wrong with leopard skin, anyhow? We love it.