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Aug 25, 2020

Local DJ Finds Entrepreneurial Passion as Entertainment Biz Slows Due to COVID

By Melissa Acquaviva, Contributor Julia Mortimer

When COVID-19 swept through the state in March, not only were stores and restaurants closed, hit hardest were celebratory events from Sweet 16s to bar and bat mitzvahs that could no longer take place on their original dates.

Former Marlboro resident Micheal Langsner, partner at Xplosive Entertainment, a highly sought-after DJ business, was under tremendous pressure when his business came to a standstill. Feeling as though his industry may have to take a hiatus in the absence of larger celebrations, he channeled his inner entrepreneurial spirit and created an opportunity for himself.

Langsner decided to open an ice cream shop in Point Pleasant called Haven’s Sweet Shop, named after his 5-year-old daughter.

Langsner explained, “I needed something that was positive in my life.”

He said he was excited to try something different than what he was currently doing, as well create a business that was transferable into the future.

“I’m very confident that our industry will sustain. It just may look a little different, and we are all looking forward to the day where can entertain on a larger scale again,” Langsner said.

Xplosive Entertainment has not been sitting idle during the pandemic however. As times change, services change. Langsner and his crew have been orchestrating virtual events with their advanced technology, live-streaming wedding celebrations, and mitzvah ceremonies from temples across the area so the family and friends can take part in loved ones’ special days. They have also kept the music going, performing at downsized, outdoor celebrations at home and venues.

Haven’s Sweet Shop, located at 512 Bay Ave. in Point Pleasant, offers a plethora of options for everyone’s sweet tooth, including vegan, low sugar, non-fat and regular ice cream flavors. Aside from ice cream, the shop also serves candies, chocolate covered pretzels and fudge.

The most unique item at Haven’s is the ice cream flight – a four-scoop tasting box with separate compartments for each flavor and topping. Freshly made milk shakes, gourmet popcorn, and coffee were recently added to the menu.

Haven’s Sweet Shop is open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, 1:00 to 9:30 pm Friday and Saturday, 1:00 pm to 10:00pm