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15 years of progress

Do you feel more complete after “15 years of progress?”

Since it’s Friday – I figured I’d share this cartoon that I saw the other day entitled “This is Progress” (i.e., 15 Years of Progress.)

Like it or not – it’s true for the most part. And makes you wonder where all of this technological “progress” is taking us, has made our lives better (and I mean by better – not “more entertained” or “connected” – but rather more whole as humans), or hurting the population in general.

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“Progress” happening too fast for “generations” to grasp

It’s been written before, that the “benefits” that all this technology progress affords humans, is actually a dual-edged sword.

Sure, kids these days are “iPhone experts” and have become accustomed to “ease and convenience” of the digital all-access “instant” world we now live in.

Not too long ago, technological “change” happened at a much slower pace. Take music for instance. We went from live performances, to the grooved “album” records, to reel-to-reel, 8-track, cassette, compact disc, mp3, and finally now “streaming cloud” music. But the earlier “technologies” took at least a whole generation or more to change. And quite often, co-existed with one another. People had time to truly understand what it was, and what it did. It wasn’t always “the latest and greatest,” at least not on the breakneck pace these days. Where the new obsoletes the old sometimes within the same calendar year.

Nowadays, the “old” technology gets discarded as a whole, and essentially ends up in the trash heap. Remember days where you actually had to purchase and listen to the whole record, rather than 30 second samples and the “choice” to buy only the ones you wanted? People actually gave every track on a record a chance, at least.

I believe that not allowing something to “settle in,” so to say – that the change almost becomes more important than “what it is.” Take a look at this video – where kids were shown a portable cassette player (i.e., a “Walkman.”) They were stupified by the “old” technology. Cute and funny as it may be, it also scares me a bit. What downsides do our future generations have in store?

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Gypsy Warrior

Gypsy Warrior – Hoboken, NJ – 501 Washington St.

Yikes. Coming soon at 501 Washington Street is Gypsy Warrior, which is said to be “A fashion destination for trendsetting girls around the world that showcases a hand-curated collection of clothing, shoes and accessories that embodies the edgy, downtown girl.”

Gypsy Warrior Hoboken NJ 501 Washington St

How powerful are “social” markets in “real life?”

For one, this place was originally slated to be a Bareburger, but that is not the case. They’re still supposedly coming to Hoboken, but are keeping their final destination under wraps. (h/t to Furey for sharing that tidbit…)

But this “Gypsy Warrior” place, I’m a bit nervous about. With Iconic Fashion Lounge closing abruptly (and a “pillow case store” coming next), this may be a bad time to enter the Hoboken (or any) market!

Frankly, this “business” has somewhat of a decent online presence. They’re high on their limited success so far, including a store in Ridgewood, NJ. But looking at their “marketing” they’re primarily targeting “online” chicks, that have zero personality of their own. This is one of those places that thinks they can “think” for the average dim-witted lady. And to be honest, it works in many markets. Because chicks don’t want to think, they want to do what OTHER people think is “IN.”

However, here in Hoboken – I have a strong feeling that this place will not last long. With “tops” and “bottoms” averaging over $50 and “dresses” well over $100 – I think this place will have a short life on the main drag (less than two years).

Now, I’m not necessarily “against” any new business. In fact, I’d prefer local shops over “strip mall” type stores. But this boutique, while they have what seems to be a powerful marketing plan and business model – may still be a bit far from Hoboken’s reach (especially in today’s economic climate – and the pending storm cloud gathering).

I’ll say it again, they seem to have a “well polished” online presence and marketing package – but in the end – it’s “disposable” income. If they can manage to “grab” more of it than other places (like food, rent, fuel), then God bless them. But it is my opinion that more people are “waking up” (slowly albeit), and that extra expenditures like fancy dresses and so on will eventually dwindle down. The models are cute, and the clothes appear “sexy,” but for most semi-chunky Hoboken girls, these outfits will be more like circus-uniforms.

My advice to Hoboken ladies? Enhance your brain-power over your wardrobe. I think that has more long-term staying power that yesterday’s hot trend.

Have a nice day!

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Description: Unnecessary “fashion” trinkets to make ladies feel more “complete.” Never works.
Address: 501 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Email: TBD
Online: gypsywarrior.com -TwitterFacebook

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Giant Wash Laundromat

Giant Wash Laundromat Closed in Hoboken, NJ

Here’s a zinger! Giant Wash Laundromat at 8th & Washington closed a few days ago. WTF?

I know businesses that deal with “quarters” (i.e., video arcades, parking meters, cheap hookers) have “dwindled” over the years – but laundromats? Why? They also offered wash & fold, free Yankee games on TV and a convenient bagel store next door. Guess utility bills made it too difficult?

In today’s “everyone wants everything easy” society – I suppose a “happy ending” massage parlor / laundry service would have to open in it’s place. Oh well, it seems like another “Hoboken icon” has fallen by the wayside. Not all is lost, though – this could easily be occupied by another political candidate in a few years. You know, for that “government” that does such a good job for the residents…

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Description: Former Laundromat
Address: 804 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030-7039
Telephone: (201) 656-9837

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World of Beer?

World of Beer – Hoboken, NJ – 100 Sinatra Drive

World of Beer Hoboken NJ coming soon to 100 Sinatra Drive old Melting PotOkay, with The Melting Pot franchise closing this past weekend in Hoboken – most people want to know “what next?” Well, word on the street is that the renters of this space at 100 Sinatra Drive, after breaking their franchise contract with The Melting Pot, may enter into yet another franchise opportunity by opening up a World of Beer location.

In a city with dozens of locally-grown bars already – many whom serve unique micro-brews from NJ and beyond (as well as the typical Bud, Coors and Heineken), it makes you wonder if these owners are just franchise suckers?

I suppose the advantage with opening up a known franchise – is that you get a “head start” by being a well-established “brand.” Much in the same way the new owners of Maxwell’s are keeping the name.

However, in the case of a franchise – you’re hit the ground running – UPHILL. With franchise fees and/or commissions, etc. – there is little room for error, especially in a crowded playing field with high rents. But we do recall at some point that this location may have had some kind of favorable rent agreement.

While they do say that running a franchise (if you can afford getting started) is one of the most satisfying ways to make a living as a small business owner these days. But has that ship sailed? We hear groans of “shop local” and perhaps the tide turning against big businesses (franchise power or not). Maybe the return of “mom & pop” might be a good thing here in Hoboken.

Do you think a World of Beer would make a mark here in town? Perhaps for tourists? And do locals really support local businesses? Or just places that are easier on the wallet?

World of Beer Hoboken NJ 100 Sinatra Drive old Melting Pot

Description: Beer bar (franchise)
Address: 100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Email: TBD
Online: wobusa.com

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The Melting Pot Doomed

Melting Pot closes in Hoboken, NJ

After six and a half years – The Melting Pot at 1st & Sinatra in Hoboken closed this past weekend. No surprise, as the location was most typically sparsely occupied, and with prices that aren’t quite “in tune” with the current economic climate. “Fancy high end” in a “strip mall” like corporate retail setting – along with a wine selection with many bottles well over $100 may have contributed. Plus they didn’t quite do a good job of marketing to parents and kids.

But most Melting Pot locations are “franchisee” owned and operated. There are five other locations in New Jersey if you really feel like dipping your stick of meat or fish in a communal pot of fluid.

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Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches

Jimmy John’s coming to 96 Hudson St. in Hoboken, NJ

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches coming to 96 Hudson Street in Hoboken NJThis could be tremendous news for sandwich lovers in Hoboken – Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is coming to 96 Hudson Street in June. This is the former location of the doomed Energy Kitchen, who couldn’t survive dishing out 500 calorie war rations as meals.

One business in town which should be shivering in their pants – is Subway. Because Subway just sucks. Sad looking “pre-sliced” meats sitting out all day is just not a good business model anymore. They’ll have to go down to $2 foot-longs to keep customers, and even then they’d go out of business soon as well. So I’m leaning towards “Subway is doomed” (at least one of their two locations).

Anyway, Jimmy John’s is apparently one of the fastest growing franchises in the country, and fans rave about their sandwiches (and bread). This will be the first Jimmy John’s within 20 miles of Hoboken, and the seventh in New Jersey. Here’s a snippit about them:

“What makes Jimmy John’s different from the rest is that it’s honest, it’s damn good, it’s damn fast, at a decent price! Jimmy John’s definition of fresh is worlds apart from everyone else’s. Bread is baked in-house everyday and served fresh. Meat and veggies are sliced fresh in-house everyday. The turkey is real turkey, the roast beef is real roast beef – no additives, no vegetable-based fillers, no fake stuff. Nothing is delivered pre-sliced. Real Hellmann’s mayo, real Grey Poupon, real olive oil and red wine vinegar – it’s the best of the best.”

Now do you believe me that Subway will be “on the ropes?”

We’ll check back later this summer to see if they hold true on their promises…

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Description: Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches (chain – promising to “raise the level” when it comes to “commercial” fast food.)
Address: 96 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Email: TBD
Online: jimmyjohns.comTwitterFacebook

Oh, and they have online ordering and “apps” to keep you thinking about food 24/7.

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