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July 18, 2013

Roosters Men’s Grooming Center Coming Soon to Hoboken

Filed under: Hoboken,Washington Street — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 10:55 AM

Roosters Men's Grooming Coming Soon Hoboken

The Hoboken business model seems to be more and more concierge based these days. Another men’s grooming establishment is coming to Hoboken at 610 Washington Street, the former location of Second Time Around consignment shop. This is the third New Jersey location for the franchise.

According to their website they offer the following services:

Roosters Club Cut, Gentleman’s Choice, Professional Hero Cut, Young Man’s Cut, Head Shave, Neck Trim, Signature 7 Step Facial Shave, Beard Trims, Groom and re-line, Hi-Lighting, and Camouflage
Hair coloring that blends the gray away.

Their website is: http://www.roostersmgc.com

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June 26, 2013

Washington Street Shuffle – Ladies: Pretty Kitty to Open Soon in Hoboken for your Brazillian Wax Needs

Filed under: Hoboken,Washington Street — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 11:00 AM

The Pretty Kitty, a Brazillian Waxing and Brow Bar is set to open up in Hoboken soon. Located at 628 Washington Street this beauty establishment joins a number of nail salons and beauty related businesses in Hoboken right nearby. Their website is http://www.prettykittywax.com.

The Pretty Kitty New Business Hoboken NJ 6-26-2013

Pretty Kitty is a franchise and was started  by entrepreneur Tricia Hetherington who explains the differentiation of their salon for the Brazilian wax versus their competitors……

From their website:

About The Pretty Kitty

“At The Pretty Kitty we do things differently than most waxing establishments. Many people are surprised & sometimes skeptical to learn that we use soft wax instead of hard wax, which is a more common and easier to use wax for the Brazilian these days. We use a high quality soft wax designed for sensitive skin. Using a soft wax for a full Brazilian requires skill if it is to be done well. Many estheticians have never been properly trained in the right technique using soft wax and therefore reject its use for the full Brazilian. With the proper prepping of the skin and my proprietary technique, pain is minimized, is more efficient, and more gentle than using hard wax.

All of Pretty Kittys’ estheticians are personally and extensively trained by me and must pass to my company standard of performance in order to become part of The Pretty Kitty team.

Our Brazilians are done in just 10-15 min, we never reuse our wax sticks and we believe that client education is of the utmost importance to achieve the best and longest lasting results.

Because of our high standards, attention to detail, and excellent customer service, we have been able to rapidly expand to multiple territories. We invite you to “Experience the Difference”.”

- Tricia Hetherington/Owner

Hoboken would be the third such New Jersey location for the franchise and perhaps they can open in time for bikini season. The headline of the post mentioned the ladies but this business also has waxing for men as well.

The Pretty Kitty Logo - Hoboken NJThe Pretty Kitty

Business Type: Brazillian Waxing, Salon

Address: 628 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ 07030

Website: http://www.prettykittywax.com

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June 17, 2013

Wee Babe Opens up Shop on Washington Street in Hoboken

Wee Babe Hoboken NJ 415 Washington Street Retail

Entrepreneurs Beau Kuhn and Selina Aquino are bringing the Brooklyn baby to Hoboken with the Grand Opening of their second location of Wee Babe, that happened Friday, June 14, at 415 Washington St.

The specialty store features a line-up of top notch, parentally-rated baby gear, gadgets and apparel for babies and beyond. The first location opened last year in Williamsburg, another bustling baby town. The success of that store paved the way for the location in Hoboken, where Kuhn lives and Aquino had worked for more than a decade. The store specializes in selling only those products that are parent approved and is competitively priced with other baby specialty stores.

“Our vision for Williamsburg was working and we were making so many deliveries to Hoboken when we came across an ideal location,” says Kuhn, a mother of three. “Besides that fact that this city is my home, Hoboken is a small geographical area with lots of families. And it’s a walking city, which is perfect for our products.”

The Wee Babe success is based on personalized service and an educational approach to products. “Part of the reason our concept is working is because we look at our staff as educators, not sales people,” says Aquino, who is also a mother of three. “Our product selection is based on our personal experiences, customer feedback and lots and lots of research and product testing. We strive to have the newest, best products and provide very personalized customer service.”

The 800-square-foot store features such popular baby brand names as Clek, BumbleRide, Baby Jogger, Beco and Mama’s and Papa’s. The Grand Opening celebration is at 1:00 pm on Friday and will run Friday and Saturday with free gifts with purchase, giveaways and raffle prizes while supplies last. The raffle lineup includes goodies from Aden+Anis; Mum2Mum; Yulli; Suppori; Tivoli Couture, Fred’s Swim Academy, Stokke and strollers by Munchin and Quinny.




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June 4, 2013

For Hoboken All’s Well That Maxwell’s by Chris Halleron

This article has been re-posted with permission of the author Chris Halleron who has been writing about Hoboken for many years. His blog is http://chrishalleron.com/. His take on the closing of Maxwell’s coming up on July 31st is below:

For Hoboken All’s Well That Maxwell’s

Maxwell's Hoboken HDR - Live Music

Snotty Brooklynite Hipster: “Y’know, Hoboken is nothing but a homogenized, flavorless suburban enclave full of yuppies and strollers.”

Self-Loathing Yuppie Hobokenite: “Oh yeah? Well we still have Maxwell’s.”

Checkmate. That argument has now been taken off the table.

With the breaking news of its impending demise, I’ll sit here and eulogize Maxwell’s—along with a number of post-post-post collegiate current and former Hoboken residents—because it’s a pretty big blow to the community. In my 15-year Hoboken tenure I’ve seen a lot places come and go—a fair amount of sh!tholes, but a few gems. Maxwell’s is more than a gem, it’s a cornerstone… and now it’s being removed.

It’s not the first major change to hit Hoboken. I imagine the Lenape Indians were equally, if not more pissed off when the Dutch moved in and tore down the first Wigwam. “Ah man—that was Ockanickon’s old joint. We used to have some pretty sweet drum circles down there.” Fact is times change, and places change along with them—sometimes for the better, and sometimes they turn into a Buffalo Wild Wings with a bouncy castle nursery back where the stage used to be.

Over the next few weeks you’ll hear a lot about Maxwell’s being “an institution,” and none of it is hyperbole. With an amazing bar and restaurant, coupled with one of the more intimate venues in the New York Metro Area, Maxwell’s is Hoboken’s mullet—business in front, party in the back. The guestbook includes Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Springsteen, The Pogues, The Feelies, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M, and so on. But while these names are all impressive, they arguably play second fiddle to the dining room’s legendary chicken potpie.

Yet like many in Hoboken, Maxwell’s has simply grown weary. The town has become noisy, competitive, pushy or even downright obnoxious—and that’s just the parking situation. As noted by manager and co-owner Todd Abramson in his interview with The Star-Ledger’s Tris McCall, “The culture in Hoboken is driven by TV now. A lot of the bars downtown are fighting with each other for who has the most giant TVs. That’s what Hoboken nightlife has become.”

If you don’t have chicken wings, Bud Light Platinum and wall-to-wall plasma, then you’re simply not going to cut it. Business decisions are made based on market conditions. If the market dictates that cookie-cutter sells, then that’s what you end up with.

And that’s the shame of it all. I can sit here and gripe about it, but it is what it is. Beyond some absurd Schindler’s List notion that, “I could have [drank] more,” there’s not much anyone can do about it. I’m looking down the barrel at 40 and spent last weekend drinking beer in my backyard while my kid chased my dog around. If I’m the Maxwell’s demographic—too old to actually get out and enjoy it, so I sit home and wax nostalgic on the internet, then go to bed—I guess a change may do them good.

Whether Hoboken has outgrown Maxwell’s or Maxwell’s has outgrown Hoboken will be the subject of some debate around here.

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, as they say. Or perhaps more befitting a New Jersey institution, “It’s a town full of losers and I’m pulling out of here to win…”

Link to original post: http://chrishalleron.com/2013/06/03/for-hoboken-alls-well-that-maxwells/

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May 22, 2013

Hoboken Memorial Day Parade Today – 5/22 Starts at 6:30pm

Memorial Day Flag 5-25-2011 Hoboken

Hoboken’s Annual Memorial Day Parade – the oldest continuous parade in New Jersey – will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013. This year marks the 115th year of marching up Washington Street to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

The parade will assemble at 6:00pm and step off at 6:30pm from City Hall (1st Street and Washington Street) and proceed north on Washington Street to the reviewing stand on 10th Street & Washington Street in front of the Hoboken Elks Lodge.

This year the Grand Marshal is Vietnam veteran Tom Brereton. In addition, 7 marching bands, several JROTC Cadet groups from Hudson County, and many Boy Scouts & Girl Scout troops from Hoboken will join the parade.

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May 7, 2013

Wine Dinner at Amandas Featuring Bouchaine Vineyards 5/9/2013 at 7pm

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Join Amanda’s in Hoboken for their latest five-course wine dinner, featuring Bouchaine Vineyards Thursday, May 9 with Winemaker Michael Richmond!Amanda's Wine Dinner 5-9-2013

The event is Thursday May 9, 2013 at 7:30pm.  The price is $85 per person + tax & gratuity. Amandas is located at 908 Washington Street in Hoboken NJ. Call 201-798-0101 to make reservations.


Leek Tartare with Country Grilled Cheese – 2001 Rosé of Syrah

Crispy Cod with Cucumber Mint Slaw – 2009 Estate Chardonnay

Smoked Venison Sausage with Grits and Kernels, Yellow Tomato Consommé- 2009 Copeland Estate Pinot Noir

Five-Spice Duck with ‘Potato Fried Rice’ and Carrot, Orange-Ginger Sauce – 2010 Syrah ‘Rockin H Vineyard’

Apple, Pear and Blueberry Tart with Rosemary Caramel Sauce - 2010 Bouche d’Or Chardonnay

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May 5, 2013

Cantigas Women’s Choir Concert With Diverse Repertoire Including Indian Dancer May 18 7:30pm

Here is the latest concert from the talented Cantigas Women’s Choir in Hoboken. Their performances are always interesting in terms of repertoire and well executed. This is another example of a high quality cultural event that is reasonably prices that makes living in The Mile Square worthwhile.



 Indian dancer joins Cantigas for Women Who Sing, Women Who Dance on May 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Cantigas Choir Spring 2013 Hoboken

Hoboken’s Cantigas Women’s Choir presents its eleventh annual spring concert titled WOMEN WHO SING, WOMEN WHO DANCE on Saturday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church (707 Washington Street at 7th Street) in Hoboken, N.J. The suggested donation for the concert is $15 ($5 for seniors and students).

Cantigas Choir Indian Dancer Aditi SundaramThe concert will feature the groundbreaking piece “All I Was Doing Was Breathing” from Ecstatic Songs by David L. Brunner, with original dancing performed by sixteen-year-old Aditi Sundaram, whose dance was choreographed by her teacher, Rhada, in India.

“One of the hallmarks of Cantigas is its bold and varied multicultural programming,” says Cantigas member and “All I Was Doing Was Breathing” soloist Jessica Smith. “With its driving rhythms and emotional Indian modal melodies, ‘All I Was Doing Was Breathing’ is a great fit for this passionate group of singers.”

Cantigas will also perform the melodic “Pslam 23” by Austrian Franz Schubert, the spirited Choral Hymns from the Rig-Vega by Englishman Gustav Holst, and the new-age “Adiemus” by Welsh Karl Jenkins, as well as pieces from Iran, Scotland, Cyprus, and Greece.

“Audiences should come to this concert to experience as wide an array of repertoire as could be fit into a single concert, from Schubert to Sweet Honey in the Rock,” Cantigas member Ann Evans says. “We dare you to leave unmoved.”

Cantigas Women’s Choir, named after a medieval Spanish song form called a “cantiga,” is composed of 40 women of varying ages and backgrounds and brings women of the community together to explore the rich tradition of women’s singing. The group performs a broad spectrum of global music and advocates through song for those whose hearts need to be uplifted and whose voices need to be heard, performing regularly with the inmates of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, N.J., as well as at other community events like the Cancer Survivors Support Network in Bayonne, New Jersey, and the Empty Bowls hunger relief benefit in Hoboken.

Joan Isaacs Litman is the founding Artistic Director of Cantigas Women’s Choir. She is a native of Los Angeles and has taught students and teachers in the New York City area for 33 years. Ms. Litman is a member of the music faculty of the United Nations International School in Manhattan where she directs the UNIS Mothers’ Chorus and a children’s choir. She is a founder and former music teacher at Mustard Seed School and also taught at The Hudson School in Hoboken. With a longing to stimulate curiosity, trust and enjoyment of often-misunderstood cultures, Ms. Litman has focused her musical research on the Middle East, which she shares with teachers in cultural context. Ms. Litman is the author of Song Caravan: Songs of the Middle East. Ms. Litman has enjoyed teaching (and learning from!) both students and teachers throughout the United States and abroad, most recently in Spain, Syria, Lebanon, Japan and Hong Kong.

Assistant director Erasmia Voukelatos is a Canadian of Greek descent and has been active as a chamber musician and solo pianist, teacher, music director, and concert series presenter. Concerto appearances include Mozart Concerto in A Major and Haydn Concerto in D Major with the Canadian ensemble Mercredi Musique and Bach’s keyboard Concerto in D Minor, which was released on The Best of Brooklyn CD. She currently teaches piano and elementary and is on the music faculty at the Far Brook School in Short Hills, NJ. She enjoys collaborating with her husband, violinist Ashley Horne, and together they founded My Music Garden, a music enrichment program for schools. Voukelatos has been with Cantigas since its formation.

Cantigas Official Web Site: www.cantigas.net

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May 4, 2013

Washington Street Shuffle–Out with the Humus and in with the Curry–Hoboken Dhaba to Open Soon

Filed under: Hoboken,Washington Street — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 7:05 PM

Hoboken Dhaba

The former location for The Humus Bar is now slated to be Hoboken’s newest Indian Restaurant when opened. Going by the name Hoboken Dhaba this Indian restaurant is saying out with the humus and in with the Tandoori and curry. The location for this new eatery is at 630 Washington Street. Hoboken Dhaba will be joining Karma, India on The Hudson, Matt and Meera, and Bombay West for the palettes of Hobokenites who love Indian food. Here is wishing the new owners the best of luck with that location. May the Washington Street Shuffle slow a bit with a place that establishes itself for years. Time will tell.

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Washington Street Shuffle – Bwè Cafe Coffee Shop is opening in Hoboken Monday, May 6th!

 Bwè Cafe is a new Hoboken coffee shop with a social twist and it  is opening in Hoboken Monday, May 6th! Here is an opening announcement from their marketing director…
Bwe Cafe Grand Opening in Hoboken 5-6-2013“Coffee— grounded.”
The exciting story about Hoboken’s new coffee shop!
Welcome to bwè kafe, Hoboken’s new coffee shop and living room! Dedicated to serving top quality and earth conscious coffee through exciting brewing methods – as well as specialty teas, drinks and healthy foods - bwè kafe is an open and warm setting for stories to be told, creativity to flow and cultures to meet. Started by a group of Hoboken residents (and supported by their friends near and far) in 2013, the story of bwè kafe began in 2010. When the earthquake in Haiti hit, Hoboken resident Maryanne Fike, and a few friends, knew that they had to do something. Using their social media network they were able to gather a team of doctors and like-minded individuals who also saw the value in aiding in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy. The fact that no civilian planes were allowed in the country didn’t hold them back. Instead, they flew to the Dominican Republic and rented a bus to take them over the border, and in less than 10 days after the earthquake, they were in Port au Prince, providing emergency medical care, and temporary housing to anyone they could.
Through this experience, Maryanne co-founded Love for Haiti / the Ark Project, a 501c3 organization whose purpose is to assist the children and youth of Haiti to have a promising future. Maryanne has been back to Haiti more than 15 times since her initial visit, and through Love for Haiti, has sponsored youth by funding their higher education aspirations and assisting with teacher training and an art program at several elementary and high schools in Port au Prince. In an effort to sustain these efforts she recognized the opportunity to open a cafe, offering Haitian coffee, and have a portion of the proceeds go towards these projects!
Maryanne shared this idea with her daughter, Dale Ryan, and her son, Evan Ryan, her soon to be son-in-law, Tatsuaki Mori, and family friends; Kafele Boothe, Akiko Masuda, Judy Rector (co-founder of Love for Haiti), – who all immediately signed on. Together this team set-out to provide Hoboken with the best coffee whilst helping to provide Haitian youth with the opportunity of higher education!
Through Love for Haiti’s frequented trips to the island, it was apparent that, in addition to a limited access to education, the people of Haiti were also facing a deficiency of safe drinking water. For this reason bwè kafe decided to have a portion of their proceeds also go to Coffee for Water, founded by Jahan Tavangar of Philadelphia.  This social enterprise company provides water filtration services in Haiti, supplying the people there with access to safe drinking water.
Keeping true to their commitment to Haiti and their commitment to providing Hoboken with quality coffee, bwè kafe teamed up with La Colombe. La Colombe is a top quality, world renowned, roaster based out of Philadelphia who sources its coffee from all ends of the Earth – including Haiti – using direct trade practices. For this reason, La Colombe is the exclusive roaster for all coffee sold at bwè kafe. By funding college education through Love for Haiti, supporting Coffee for Water, and serving delicious La Colombe roasted coffee, each cup sold at bwè kafe goes to helping Haitian youth get the education they deserve, supplying the Haitian population with clean drinking water, and benefiting Haitian farmers! This project is one that was born out of love, developed out of love, and will continue with love as its driving force. Love for Haiti, Love for Hoboken, and Love for Coffee is what gave birth to bwè kafe and are what will keep bwè kafe going for the days, months, and years ahead!

Bwé Cafe Hoboken

Address: 1002 Washington Street Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
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April 16, 2013

Hoboken Rotary’s 2nd Annual Casino Night at Elks Club May 4th 6-11pm

Each year the Hoboken Rotary awards scholarships to 4 worthy candidates and its almost time to award them to help in the educating of or Community’s’ High School Citizenry.  To help with the fundraising on Saturday May 4th they will be hosting their 2nd Annual Casino Night.

Rotary Casino Night Hoboken 5-4-2013

This year’s event will be held at the Hoboken Elks Lodge from 6pm to 11pm. They will have a Texas Hold’Em Tournament in addition to Black Jack, Roulette and Craps table games.  There will be an open bar and buffet.

Dress Code: Black & White Attire.  Dress to Impress.  Be Creative!

Tickets can be purchased HERE for $50 General Admission or $75 for Texas Hold’Em Registration (which includes all General Admission benefits plus entry into the Texas Hold’Em Tournament).

Go to www.HobokenRotray.org or email CasinoNight@hobokenrotary.org   for any additional information on the event.


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