Give advice to Hoboken businesses!

1/10/2009 Bump:

For those that missed this story – please provide your (helpful) tips and suggestions to local Hoboken businesses! We do not want any empty storefronts to be replaced by giant commercial chains! I got many compliments from readers about this story – and that it was “such a great idea!”

1/8/2009:

Hoboken411 tries to paint a realistic picture of what’s transpiring in town. Business, politics, quality of life and so on. However, that doesn’t always mean doom, gloom and general negativity!

Since most of us believe we’re in some kind of economic “funk,” perhaps now would be a good time to open up the “suggestion box” and provide a source of helpful tips that we, the almighty residents (and H411 readers of course) might want to give the local businesses, whether it’s a bar, restaurant, retail shop, service company or otherwise.

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What can Hoboken businesses do to survive?

Now I’m serious here, please don’t use this particular entry to express your crude frustration or insulting zingers about a business that you are not happy with. If it’s mean-spirited or nasty, I’ll remove the comment.

This post is designed to (hopefully) provide constructive feedback and/or advice to any business or sector in Hoboken. You can name a business as long as whatever advice is genuinely meant to help them.

I’ll throw a couple snippets out there that would be considered helpful:

  • “It’d be nice if (name store here) carried lower cost items. That might help draw in some customers.”
  • “Most stores in town close too soon. Maybe if they opened at 2pm, and stayed open later – that could benefit them.”
  • “Encourage friends to shop together. Offer some kind of substantial bulk discount?”
  • “Same thing with restaurants. Encourage large groups where a chunky deal can be reached.”
  • “More places need 1/2 portions on their menu. That’ll help lower costs (and keep the weight down!)”

Additionally, if you feel there’s a niche in Hoboken that hasn’t been filled yet – mention that as well. Such as:

  • “Hoboken has many similar restaurants, and not enough ethnic food. Perhaps some places can add some spice to their menus?”
  • “We need more 24 hour places uptown. Nothing past 8th street is open late!”

With so many Hoboken411 readers living, breathing, and socializing in Hoboken – it would make sense for the local business owners to see what you have to say.

So what advice do you have?

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153 Comments on "Give advice to Hoboken businesses!"

The Professor
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The Professor

@ Litteredboken: I think these service may start up, but then fizzle. I think the trouble is building a client base and overcoming the fear of having a relative stranger in your home. It would just have to be marketed VERY well and the sitters would have to be background-checked, but I think it could be lucrative and would be a life-saver in some situations to be able to call and “voila” someone is there to help!

The Professor
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The Professor

I have a business idea: what about a house-sitting service? I have the need for someone to sit at my place several times a year for a few hours, so I don’t have to be out of the office (while AC is getting repaired, while repairmen are working, etc). There have to be thousands of people in town who change their plans to sit around while a plumber tinkers with a leaky faucet, etc. Am I the only person who would pay someone $15/hour to “hold the fort down”?

Litteredboken
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Litteredboken

I was just thinking about this service the other day. People tried it before, back about 10 years ago. I worked in Manhattan and remember it being advertised as some concierge or valet thing. I wonder why this never took off?

[quote comment=”194653″]I have a business idea: what about a house-sitting service? I have the need for someone to sit at my place several times a year for a few hours, so I don’t have to be out of the office (while AC is getting repaired, while repairmen are working, etc). There have to be thousands of people in town who change their plans to sit around while a plumber tinkers with a leaky faucet, etc. Am I the only person who would pay someone $15/hour to “hold the fort down”?[/quote]

plywood
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plywood

BTW – Benny – please come home, no questions asked, I’ll pay whatever you ask within reason, all is forgiven. I don’t expect the old coupons on the box (10 coupons for a free pizza), but could the delivery pizza at least resemble what I grew accustomed to over the course of 20 years?

plywood
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plywood

Papa John’s pizza delivery in Hoboken? Does anyone have the skinny on this? The nearest branch is on Central Ave in JC (sounds like a recipe for a cold pizza) but they continue to spread flyers in Hoboken. Tried to order online once but got prompts saying they don’t service 07030. Is the pizza any good? Is ordering a pizza on the phone and trying to get a fair shake a house of mirrors like Dominos (don’t get me started on ordering from Dominos)? Maybe 411 could put up a piece on this? Desperately seeking unbiased reviews: it’s time to look “outside the box” on local pizza, they all just don’t give a good G-d damn anymore: expensive as a rule, often cold / late, always indifferent about customer satisfaction.

bsrm
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bsrm

Can anyone recommend movers?? I’m moving Sat the 26th and was going to use White Glove who I’ve used before, but despite saying they only charge the hours worked at $110 (I’m moving to the bldg next door and only have bedroom furniture so this is going to take 2 hours tops), said it would be $440 minimum. Would appreciate recs, need to book asap! Or let me know if you have strong (normal) friends that might like to make a couple hundred bucks!

eam144
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I’ve used Tommy’s as have many of my friends. Come in at or under quoted price, show up and get the job done. I would highly recommend them.

In response to bsrm who said:
Can anyone recommend movers?? I’m moving Sat the 26th and was going to use White Glove who I’ve used before, but despite saying they only charge the hours worked at $110 (I’m moving to the bldg next door and only have bedroom furniture so this is going to take 2 hours tops), said it would be $440 minimum. Would appreciate recs, need to book asap! Or let me know if you have strong (normal) friends that might like to make a couple hundred bucks!

interested
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interested

Try L&L Van Lines. They seem to be able to move anything in or out of any space!

In response to bsrm who said:
Can anyone recommend movers?? I’m moving Sat the 26th and was going to use White Glove who I’ve used before, but despite saying they only charge the hours worked at $110 (I’m moving to the bldg next door and only have bedroom furniture so this is going to take 2 hours tops), said it would be $440 minimum. Would appreciate recs, need to book asap! Or let me know if you have strong (normal) friends that might like to make a couple hundred bucks!

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