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April 15, 2013

McDonald’s in Hoboken Re-opens with a New Modern Look

McDonalds Re-Opens in Hoboken

McDonald’s in Hoboken after completing an extensive renovation and modernizing both inside and out did a soft opening this weekend. Located at the corner of 3rd and Washington, this hub of a fast food and good Wi-Fi connection actually does have a few healthy items on the menu but does anyone honestly go to McDonald’s to eat a salad? Their official Grand Opening will run the week or April 22- April 28. May McDonalds super size its profits without super sizing their patrons.

McDonald's Grand Re-opening in Hoboken

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Hoboken Startup A Brighter Mile to Help Parents with Childcare Decisions

A Brighter Mile (www.abrightermile.com) is an online community that connects local families with educators who babysit, tutor and coach. They are a small business looking to help the Hoboken community by creating jobs and providing local families with the highest-quality childcare available.

Some quick facts about the company are:

  • They currently have 30 educators listed on the website and are growing rapidly.
  • All listed educators live or work in Hoboken.
  • Founded by a special education teacher and a large contingency of our teachers have special education backgrounds.
  • Strong advocate for anti-bullying and children with special needs.
  • Monthly ($30), Half-Year ($120) and Yearly ($200) memberships
  • Listed on Hoboken Mommies and Hoboken Special Needs Parent Group websites.

Below is a business launch press release detailing the company….

A Brighter Mile Hoboken



After a year of behind-the-scenes work, Hoboken resident Allison Bartels unveiled her solution for families seeking reliable childcare services. On Monday, April 1st, A Brighter Mile (www.abrightermile.com) went live as Hoboken’s new one-stop-shop connecting local families with educators who offer babysitting, tutoring and coaching services.

Unlike other babysitting sites and agencies, A Brighter Mile childcare providers must be licensed to work within a state school system. Listed childcare providers are local teachers, school psychologists, social workers, speech therapists, and occupational therapists – all professionals who work with children on a daily basis.

To simplify how parents connect with educators, the site allows users to conduct searches based on qualifications such as education level, special education background, and CPR/Epi-Pen certifications, to name a few. All educators have detailed profiles listing areas of expertise and availability to help families find the best and most suitable care for their children.

In addition to its online community, A Brighter Mile will be active within the Hoboken community. On May 5th, A Brighter Mile will have a booth at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival. On May 15th, President and Founder, Allison Bartels, will be speaking at the Hoboken Mommies – Mommy Lunch. Over the course of the summer, other events will include CPR classes hosted by FDNY paramedics, child outings to Hoboken’s Movies Under the Stars, and parent seminars on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB).

While A Brighter Mile is currently focused on serving the Hoboken community, it is expanding its reach throughout the New York Metro Area by allowing educators to indicate their willingness to travel nearby. Prior to joining, families from surrounding areas are encouraged to preview listed educators to determine if there is one who meets their needs.

A Brighter Mile offers monthly ($30), half-year ($120) and yearly ($200) memberships. However, now through April 18th, the site is offering a 25% discount on all initial rates to promote their launch.

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March 28, 2013

Midtown Authentic New Location Grand Opening Saturday March 30th 11am-7pm

Midtown Authentic, Luxury Goods consignment store recently re-located at 700 Garden Street is having their grand opening this Saturday to celebrate the new location. Here is a Facebook post note for owner Rory Chadwick…..


“Finally! New space with a great new look and a far more superior selection. Come celebrate my grand reopening this Saturday March 30th, 2013. Food, drink, free raffles for Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci items, etc. 11am-7pm. All items in store discounted too!! Accepting all credit cards.”

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March 25, 2013

Washington Street Shuffle–Midtown Authentic moves to 700 Garden Street in Hoboken

Midtown Authentic Moves to 700 Garden Street in Hoboken 3-25-2013

Midtown Authentic formerly at 728 Washington Street has moved to 700 Garden Street in Hoboken. The move puts the 2nd hand luxury consignment store off of Washington Street but in a prime spot in Midtown on the corner of 7th and Garden Street. The website describes the store as follows:

Midtown Authentic is the ultimate online /NY/NJ retail destination for buying and selling

authentic pre-ownedluxury handbags, shoes, jewelry, select clothing and accessories from

the best designers in the world.

The website is still http://www.midtownauthentic.com/ and the phone number is 201-253-0470. The store owner is excited about the space and TheBoken.com wishes him luck in the new and improved location.

Midtown Authentic Hoboken New Location 3-24-2013

The new exterior of Midtown Authentic at 700 Garden Street Hoboken, NJ

Midtown Authentic Christian LouBoutain 3

Christian Louboutin shoes for sale Part 1

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Christian Louboutin shoes for sale Part 2

Midtown Authentic Christian LouBoutain 2

Christian Louboutin shoes for sale Part 3

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March 5, 2013

Washington Street Shuffle – Ralph’s Italian Ices Kaput?

Ralph's Italian Ices Closing - Hoboken 3-4-2013

Ralph’s Italian Ices locate at the Northeast corner of 8th Street and Washington Street in Hoboken appears to have left that location. A real estate agency sign (Empire) is shown below indicates that the location is for rent. That is a shame since the owner invested a lot of money putting in refrigerators and equipment but perhaps the foot traffic wasn’t there consistently enough. The product and price were good and the staff and ownership were friendly but operational costs have to be covered by a certain amount of  steady business. Perhaps global warming didn’t happen fast enough. It is possible that another mini-chain store like Baby Gap or something else will have the financial wherewithal to give it a shot.

Ralph's Italian Ices - For Rent Hoboken 3-4-2013

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February 25, 2013

Washington Street Shuffle – Coming Soon Paris Spa Skin Care Center in Hoboken

Coming soon to Hoboken is the latest spa offering located at 69 10th Street Hoboken (corner of 10th and Washington Street). The site of the former Rup Day Spa will get another chance to crack the high income demographic of Hoboken with their skin care remedies. Here is wishing them success and the “concierge segment” of Hoboken has yet another business trying to make a go of it.

Paris Spa Hoboken


Rup there it was. Rup Day Spa moving out makes way for the Paris Spa.

Rup Day Spa- Closed

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February 4, 2013

Jo’s Diner is Open for Business at 219 Washington Street in Hoboken–Try the Roast Beef Sandwich

Jo's Diner Hoboken Exterior

Jo's Diner Hoboken Exterior

Joe’s Diner is now open for business in Hoboken. Located at 219 Washington Street at the site of the former Japanese Restaurant Maru, Jo’s Diner is priming to be a bustling breakfast/luncheonette in a prime location. They have been open about a week and are planning on a schedule of 7am-7pm. They are still in the “soft opening” phase but TheBoken.com was able to pop in and try a few of their lunch/dinner items last week….

Jo's Diner Hoboken Chicken Soup with Leg

The first item was the chicken soup which has a unique feature of having a chicken leg in the bowl. The stock was very thick with a lot similarity in flavor to French onion soup without the cheese and a bit more like chicken broth (of course) . This item will likely be a favorite given its unique home-style flavor and perhaps the novelty of getting to eat part of it with your hands.

Jo's Diner Hoboken Roast Beef Sandwich

The next item was the Roast Beef Sandwich. This sandwich comes with delicious dipping gravy and a pasta salad. The Roast Beef and gravy were excellent but perhaps this could be offered with additional options like French fries, mashed potatoes or even coleslaw. The sandwich itself is definitely worth coming back for.

Below are a few more interior shots of the interior of this family run restaurant. Note that this restaurant is adorned with decorative roosters as a tribute to the mother of the owner Joseph who collected them but recently passed away after a long illness. It is a nice touch to a restaurant that is family owned by a third generation Hobokenite.

Jo's Diner Interior Hoboken

Jo's Diner Interior Hoboken


Here is wishing this new restaurant the best of luck. Formal hours and menu to come with the next update.

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January 9, 2013

Style Square Coming to 730 Washington Street in Hoboken Soon

Style Kuan - Style Square Hoboken 2

There appears to be a new fashion related store named Style Square coming to 730 Washington Street in Hoboken, NJ. The LLC that is behind it is Style Khan LLC and they have a permit for new exterior lighting. It is a matter of time until we have another fashion related retail store on Washington Street.

Style Kuan 730 Washington Street Hoboken

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December 26, 2012

Medicine Man Pharmacy Now Open at 511 Washington Street Hoboken

Medicine Man Pharmacy Open in Hoboken NJ 12-26-2012

Medicine Man Pharmacy is now open in Hoboken, NJ at 511 Washington Street the former site of Hoboken Antiques. Here is a statement form the business website…

“Medicine Man Pharmacy & Compounding is a full line pharmacy. We offer our patients personalized health care, which includes; medication therapy management, complimentary and alternative medicine, homeopathy, compounding, monitoring of chronic disease states, and many more tailored health care services. Visit our store and learn how we help our patients live their lives to the fullest.”

Here is wishing them the best of luck. They will have competition form CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreen’s as well as a number of independents.

Medicine Man Pharmacy & Compounding

Address: 511 Washington Street  Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201) 942-9777
Fax: (201) 942-9779
Website: www.medicinemanrx.com

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October 26, 2012

Washington Street Shuffle – Ash Cigars coming soon to 203 Washington Street Hoboken

There is a promising new store up that sells cigars and accessories and it is coming to Hoboken soon….

Ash Cigars is coming soon to do business soon at 203 Washington Street in Hoboken. They appear to be going through the final setup stages and sell fine cigars and accessories.

This is the former Prudential Realty office site that has now moved up between 6th and 7th and Washington Street.

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