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Hoboken Dhaba

Hoboken Dhaba Dhaba Doomed?

We thought of the doomed headline for the Hoboken Dhaba Indian restaurant before they even opened! And as we mentioned in our 60 second review last summer – we felt the place was over-priced for just average Indian food.

Ever been to restaurant that lacked passion and good “energy?” I’ve noticed the trend where small businesses just don’t put any true effort into their endeavors, as if they were blandly following some kind of instruction manual on how to make money.

Although the place certainly looks closed (with all the garbage on the floor inside), and you can’t order online today – perhaps they’re just re-decorating or on vacation? Delivery.com says you can order again on Monday. Who knows…

Hoboken Dhaba Dhaba Doomed Indian Restaurant

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Smart Start Academy

Smart Start Academy coming to Hoboken, NJ

Opening later this year in the flood-prone area of 9th & Monroe Streets (in the Shoprite building) is Smart Start Academy.

With a location already in Jersey City, Smart Start Academy prides itself in feeding kids “organic snacks,” as well as “creating a nurturing, safe and respectful environment for our students, parents and staff. We strive to create an exceptional learning experience for the whole child, cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively.”

The target age group is between 2-6 years old, and they offer programs ranging from single half day sessions to 5 days per week (and up 11 while hours a day!) And they also boast a 5 to 1 student to teacher ratio. No way your kid will be out of line with that much control!

smart start academy Hoboken NJ pre school 2014 9th Monroe

Description: Pre-school and daycare
Address: 901 Monroe Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Online: smart-startacademy.com

Happy Dental

Happy Dental – Hoboken, NJ – 801 Washington St.

Replacing the former Ralph’s Italian Ices at 8th & Washington is a “toothy” business called Happy Dental.

Having more dentists in town makes sense as the Hoboken population increases, that’s for sure.

Oh – and here’s a great tip. If you take care of your teeth, you probably don’t need dental insurance. Look at how much you’re paying annually. And compare that to two cleanings per year. The semi-annual cleanings (minus x-rays and MD inspection) should cost you less that $200 out of pocket. Keep that up and your teeth will probably never go bad.

Happy Dental Hoboken NJ

Description: Dentist “Happy Dental”
Address: 801 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201)683-5230

Louise & Jerry’s

Louise & Jerry’s set to re-open in Hoboken

Louise & Jerry's Hoboken NJ renovationAlmost two months since closing for renovations, Louise & Jerry’s at 329 Washington Street is almost set to open up again. One day next week, you’ll get to enjoy an ice-cold drink in a comfortable and relatively unpretentious watering hole again.

Some locals were a bit nervous that “L&J’s” would become “tool-infested,” and lose it’s charming Hoboken “dive bar” characteristics. But due to many age-related structural concerns, building codes, and other reasons, it was no-doubt time to spruce the joint up.

With beautiful exposed brick, and a custom-built mahogany bar, L&J’s still has a welcoming feel. A few flat tv’s, an upgraded pool table, energy-efficient LED lighting, improved HVAC are all positive changes to the Hoboken staple which has been part of the community for well over five decades.

Others missed the “old school” CD jukebox, and were concerned with the “web connected” digital player. But apparently you can still request any classic songs to be included in the choices, and bartenders can over-ride the device if some musically-challenged idiot decides to play $20 worth of Katy Perry songs.

Welcome back, L&J’s!

Description: Bar with Juke Box, Pool Table
Address: 329 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 656-9698

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Honeygrow coming to 120 Washington St. in 2015

Coming spring 2015 to 120 Washington St. (and taking up both ground-floor retail spots formerly Piccolo Roma & Hoboken Hot House) is Honeygrow. Here’s what Honeygrow has to say about themselves:

“Born in Philadelphia in 2012, honeygrow aims to bring people together over quality, wholesome, and simple foods. To us, the easy road is boring: you won’t find a freezer in use here. Nor will you question the origins of your stir-fry, salad, smoothie, and honeybar treat. It’s about eating honestly and spending time doing what matters: from visiting the farms where our ingredients are grown and harvested to whipping up sauces and dressings in-house; we’re just passionate people that connect over food authenticity and creativity.”

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Honeygrow all sounds so good, is there a catch?

When the Hoboken Honeygrow location opens, it’ll be their fifth location in just about two years. And they look like they have all the right “buzzwords” in their widespread marketing message. Almost too many in fact! It seems to be more about “euphoric feelings,” rather than just good food. But then again, the father of propaganda (Eddie Bernays) figured that out a long time ago. You don’t sell a product, you sell an emotional trigger.

But the prices seem quite fair for “farm to fork” food. And who can argue with this business if the product truly is of exceptional quality? Why do we even dare to ponder these thoughts?

Well, for one – honeygrow is most certainly expanding at break-neck speed. And regardless of the “wholesome” nature of the business model, they still employ low-wage hourly workers following recipes created by someone else. No real “head chef” or owner connected to each and every meal that they dish out with blistering efficiency. I guess we feel, despite the apparent “freshness” of the products that the “chain” model and assembly line ordering process kind of waters down that “earthy” concept just a wee bit.

In the end, it truly is better than McDonald’s, and perhaps this is how “fast food” should be going forward? Commoditized or not, it beats eating processed garbage any day of the week.

Good luck, Honeygrow! Hope you can stay for a while on the main drag!

Description: Chain fast food that’s healthy and locally grown
Address: 120 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Online: honeygrow.comTwitterFacebook

R. William Maggs Designs

R. William Maggs Designs – Hoboken, NJ – 155 6th Street

R. William Maggs Designs HobokenHow many of you have stopped by R. William Maggs Designs over at 155 6th Street in Hoboken? Bill Maggs is a bonafide florist, event planner and interior designer who can help you fulfill your decorating needs. Whether it’s a monumental day (like a wedding), a party, or just a special moment you’d like to share with your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend – they will have you covered!

Originally set up at the Hoboken Hot House on Washington Street, they moved over to the unique and bright space on Sixth Street several months ago – a split-level space with tons of natural light.

In addition to their services – R. William Maggs also specializes in flower arrangement classes – which is “trending” much higher these days. Where can you learn about this sophisticated “art” better than from an expert? You can’t! Classes are every week (Wednesdays and Thursdays) starting at 7:30pm.

Description: Decorator, Event Planner, Floral Specialist
Address: 155 Sixth Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201)238-2240
Email: bmaggs3@aol.com
Online: bmaggs3.wix.com/rwmaggsdesigns