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Another Starbucks

Starbucks – 900 Monroe Street – Hoboken, NJ

Construction workers at the new Bijou property going up at 900 Monroe Street say that a massive new 3,000 square foot Starbucks Coffee is coming!

While completion isn’t expected until 2016 – a Starbucks of that size would be an immediate hub of constant activity for the relatively quite west side of Hoboken.

And it makes one wonder how a smaller independent cafe nearby like Black Rail Coffee would fare in the face of such corporate competition. Time will tell.

Starbucks Hoboken 900 Monroe Street

Description: Coffee Giant.
Address: 900 Monroe St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Online: starbucks.com

SexyPop

SexyPop Popcorn will soon be available in Hoboken!

I’m sure you know what “Pirate’s Booty” is, right? It’s an addictive cheddar corn pop snack that has been around for a long time. And when I say addictive – it’s not easy for ANYONE to just “eat a few.” It’s also marketed as “healthy” since there are less chemicals (but the same amount of insulin-spiking carbs).

They’re on supermarket shelves across the globe.

But the owner of the Pirate’s Booty (Robert’s American Gourmet) sold the product for like $200 million bucks recently and started a new company: SexyPop popcorn.

I ran into a couple of the SexyPop “representatives” the other day.

SexyPop Popcorn NJ Hoboken

On Long Island – SexyPop wants to expand to Hoboken (and beyond)

So I met Lazaro and his co-worker, and they just started peddling the new SexyPop popcorn to local businesses like King’s.

What is Sexy Pop (according to them):

“SexyPop is a global snack food company. Our company is based on fun and passion. Be smart, be thoughtful, be generous. Enjoy SexyPop. Order some for a friend or yourself today. It’s really really good.”

After meeting my two new friends and giving them “solid leads” where they could sell their products – they graciously offered me many samples to take home: Bangin’ Cheddar (2) – Black Pepper and Brazilian Coconut.

I gave one bag of cheddar to a trusted confidant – who let me down with their feedback. “Meh.”

{Disclaimer – Popcorn is essentially the “seed of a grain.” Corn, oats, wheat, rice, barley and more are just not smart for people to eat (according to Wheat Belly Total Health author William Davis). So “enjoy” at your own risk}

I accepted the generous gifts (ARV ~ $6.00) and took them home.

The cheddar was not as bland as my acquaintance suggested. Considering I stay as far as my willpower allows from “processed” anything, these popcorn nuggets were not so bad. Addictive? Yes. But definitely could have been “greasier.” Air-popped popcorn just sucks. Butter is better. But they nailed the flavor in my opinion.

The other two flavors I (shouldn’t have) tasted were also very interesting. The Pepper flavor was quite subtle. A perfect amount of salt, too. But popcorn just cannot satiate anyone. You become obsessed like a malfunctioning robot. Arm-mouth. Arm-mouth. Arm-mouth. Fuck that shit! Put it back in the pantry! But regardless, the flavor and texture was perfect. If you can control yourself. Nice to try a popcorn that doesn’t have diamond-strength nuggets that send you to the dentist like other brands.

Next was the Brazilian Coconut flavor. It’s like a tease. You get the “sense” that it’s sweet, but it’s really not. It’s also slightly salty, but has the somewhat sweet essence of coconut. Again, curiously addictive. If you put any of their flavors in a bowl at an apartment party – 100% guarantee that they’d all be empty. Empty bowl. Unsatisfied party patrons. Sounds like a “winner” to me!

Expect to see SexPop Popcorn at various local Hoboken merchants this year. And be on the lookout for other flavors like French Butter, Nantucket Salted, Pineapple Habanero and Bodacious Banana as well.

It was quite interesting to see the genesis of a product relationship in Hoboken. Judging by the demographic – this will do fairly well until the rest of the populous realizes the problem with grains like corn (GMO or not). But my faith in humanity remains grim.

ARE YOU A STORE OWNER?
Call Lazaro Jimenez (Sales & Retail Merchandising Representative) at (347)400-8137 or (516)671-4411 if you want this in your store! They have promotional discounts right now and an excellent price-point for this snack.

SexyPop is it worth it in Hoboken NJ

RIP: The Find

The Find ruined by Facebook (another one bites the dust)

The Find was one great shopping search engine. It really found great deals out there – especially outside the “big E-tailer” ecosystem. I can’t tell you how many interesting shops I discovered using that search engine. Was truly a valuable resource for many items from everyday products at lower prices, or even better – hard to find items that were in stock. It allowed me to scour the results until I was happy with my choice.

Well – Fakebook acquired them. It’s over. Here’s my translation to their farewell message posted on the webpage.

The Find bites the dust after Fakebook Acquisition

The Find sells out to Fakebook – now useless to everyone (except FB)

For the last nine years, we’ve worked hard to bring you a shopping experience that’s easy, efficient and fun – searching all the stores on the web to find just the right products you’re looking to buy.
That’s right – you worked hard to make a great product!

We are now starting our next chapter by combining forces with Facebook to do even more for consumers. Facebook’s resources and platform give us the opportunity to scale our expertise in product sourcing to the over 1 billion people that use the platform.
Next chapter? Joining forces? Tell us how!

Key members of our team are joining the company and will be working hard to integrate our technology to make the ads you see on Facebook every day better and more relevant to you.
What? Mingling on Fakebook doesn’t mean I’m CONSTANTLY shopping. I guess you’ll snoop through my timeline to “predict” what myself and my friends will waste our money on next, rather than letting us shop when we want to!

Unfortunately, this means we are taking our search engine offline.
Really? No. What it means is that your “search engine” was either considered a threat to Fakebook – or a way for them to add more (faux) value to their hollow company. You guys didn’t really care about making a great “search engine.” When you saw the dollar signs – your “customers” no longer mattered.

Thank you for your loyalty and for making this a fun journey for all of us! TheFind Team.
Thank you for making us rich by using the site and allowing us to become part of Fakebook.

Another reason to delete Facebook.

The Find ruined after facebook fakebook acquisition

The Golden Carrot

The Golden Carrot – Hoboken, NJ – 1102 Washington Street

Opening in May at 1102 Washington Street is The Golden Carrot.

The Golden Carrot Hoboken NJ Jewelry Store 1102 Washington Street

What is The Golden Carrot?

The Golden Carrot is a jewelry type store. The former business in this spot was also a jewelry store named Jewelry by Peter, which “petered out” relatively quickly.

High hopes for the newest jewelry proprietor to take a chance at winning over regular customers. Maybe they’ll have the right mix of trendy and value which I think is the name of the game these days.

Swing by May 1st for more.

Description: Jewelry Store. Open 7 days a week (M-F 12pm-8pm – Sa-Su 11am-6pm)
Address: 1102 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
Phone: (201)714-9393
Online: thegoldencarrot.comInstagram

The Golden Carrot Hoboken New Jersey

Ricardo Roig Gallery

Grand opening this weekend

In case you missed Ricardo Roig’s opening at The Gallery at Garden Street Lofts this past Wednesday – you can attend his own art gallery opening (252 1st St.) this Saturday, April 18th from 7pm to 10pm!

Ricardo Roig Gallery – 252 First Street

Good news, art lovers! Local phenom Ricardo Roig is planning to open up his own studio at 252 First Street next month!

This is great, because area artists often have to rely on other people to present their works (and either take too much of a cut, or they even go out of business.)

Ricardo says: “My images come from life, dreams, visions, hallucinations, nightmares, but are always experienced through a specific atmospheric space. I attempt to evoke these experiences in my artwork, a representation of my world- through my eyes, mind and heart. My art is my elevated form of communication and allows me to express and understand my emotions in hopes of finding peace. I hope my art uplifts, challenges people to think, and always remind us of our shared humanity in this natural world for which we are all born into.”

Ricardo Roig Gallery Hoboken NJ 252 First Street

Description: Roig Gallery. Art by Ricardo Roig.
Address: 252 First Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (908)447-3928
Email: RoigArt@gmail.com
Online: ricardoroig.com

Blue Eyes Cafe

Blue Eyes Cafe in Hoboken, NJ

An Italian restaurant with unobstructed views of the Hudson River and NYC skyline opens this Sunday, April 19, 2015.

Welcome Blue Eyes Cafe to the Hoboken waterfront!

“Blue Eyes Restaurant is an Italian Eatery & Cafe boasting a wood burning oven that sits on the Hoboken waterfront with gorgeous views. We offer wood-fired pizzas, pasta, appetizers, paninis, desserts, gelato & assorted coffees – along with wine and beer. In the Spring and Summer months we will have outdoor seating with beautiful views of the water, Freedom Tower and the soccer fields.”

Check their menu of offerings here (too bad it’s not BYOB!)

We’ll be sure to check them out after they’ve been able to work out their opening day jitters!

Blue Eyes Cafe Hoboken New Jersey

Description: Italian Restaurant, etc.
Address: 525 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030 (5th & Sinatra)
Phone: 201-683-6861
Online: blueeyeshoboken.com

Click to see previous “Blue Eyes” updates…