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September 28, 2012

Washington Street Shuffle – Recent Changes to the Hoboken Retail Street-scape

Here are some recent changes additions and subtractions to Washington Street in Hoboken that TheBoken.com has recently observed. Please note that this is not complete and feel free to send any tips to theboken@gmail.com about any changes in businesses going on in the Mile Square.

Urban Nesters Gets Signage- Urban Nesters, a store located at 706 Washington Street that sells home furnishings and decor, custom furniture and re-purposed antiques recently got their signage and exterior lighting installed. They opened up earlier this year and business was brisk before they got their signage. Now people will know the brand name behind artfully executed custom furniture at reasonable prices and so much more.

Muscle Maker Grill Opens at 217 Washington Street- This chain offers healthy meals for those on the go but it is not fast food and is made to order. They deliver as well and the delivery fee is $1.50.

Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Exterior #1

Chipotle Grill to come to 229 Washington Street soon-  This Mexican fast food eatery chain founded in 1993 emphasizes sustainability and better food practices such as naturally raised chicken, pork and beef and was and early adopter the elimination of  trans fats. Now they will be in Hoboken soon.

Chipotle Grill Hoboken

Red Mango is set to join the Hoboken Fro-Yo craze- Red Mango a well regarded frozen yogurt chain will throw its hat in the ring in Hoboken with a bunch of ice cream and frozen yogurt shops already established. The location is at 213 Washington Street and the construction has been going on for a while.

Red Mango Hoboken

Famous Pizza replaces Pome Frittes at 207 Washington Street- They were initially set to be Famous Artichoke Pizza but it turns out that name was already taken in NYC. Now that that Trademark dispute seems to be settled they will make a go of it at this location. And yes, they serve artichoke pizza as well as the standard pizza fare.

Famous Pizza Hoboken

Ricky’s Popup Halloween Store Opens Again for Fall Season- Located at 222 Washington Street, this is one of two stores that will allow most people to pick up just about anything they need to make a

Ricky's Halloween Popup Store

Maoz Vegetarian at 315 Washington Street Papered Up- This vegetarian shop is either under renovation or closed. Stay tuned to see what happens with this location.

Maoz Hoboken Closed or Not

UPS Store coming to Hoboken at 330 Washington Street- We already have a FedEx store so why not a UPS store? This should be a fairly convenient location for many in Hoboken who send out a lot of packages and would prefer to ship out in a store.

UPS Store Hoboken

Sprint store at 416 Washington Street has been open for a while - The major players are AT&T, Verizon, and T Mobile but Sprint is still sticking around hoping to capture some of the high end cell phone market in this affluent city.

Sprint Store Hoboken

Spirit Halloween Popup Store Opening Soon (or Open)- Spirit is a Halloween Popup store located at the former Blockbuster Store at 420 Washington Street location. They have some pretty cool costumes as well as animation gadgets for the home that are downright ghoulish. You know it is Fall when these stores hit Hoboken.

Spirit Popup Store Hoboken 2012 Hiring

Adios Sol Caibe, Hola Sabores!- Sol Caribe closed its doors at 518 Washington Street and is now open as Sabores and under new management. This location has unfortunately seen a lot of turnover over recent years and for once we hope that a concept pans out and has a good run.

Sabores Hoboken

Lana Santorelli Gallery- This Art Gallery at 628 Washington Street stated packing up last week and has moved. When we get the location we will let you know. The high rent of Washington Street could have been a factor.

Lana Santorelli Gallery for Rent

Ibby’s location at 614 Washington Street still up for rent- As of yet no takers after this falafel place failed to compete with Mamoun’s which has done well since it opened up down the street.

Ibby's Hoboken Closed

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April 24, 2012

Washington Street Shuffle- Another Soft Serve Yogurt Shop – Red Mango

Red Mango is scheduled to replace Homemade Pizza Company at 213 Washington Street coming soon. Apparently Hoboken does not have enough soft serve yogurt shops. So much for the low carb craze that is hitting Hoboken according to one megalomaniac blogger. Yogurt has carbs. Lots of them.

Red Mango has over 150 locations and has been rated #1 by Zagat in two categories:  “Best Smoothie/Frozen Yogurt” and “Top Healthy Options within the Quick Refreshments Chains” for 2011. So this is a successful franchise, its just that there is lot of competition in Hoboken and some unique challenges for a City that is only a mile square. Perhaps they will prove to be a swirl above the rest. Their website is: http://www.redmangousa.com

TheBoken of course always wishes any new business the best of luck, but realizes that there is an upper ceiling for how much yogurt can be sold in a City of 50,000.  The same goes for fries. Just ask Pomme Frites who could not make a go of it in their Hoboken location.

How do you feel about another soft serve yogurt shop? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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