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Tutti Nails & Spa

Tutti Nails & Spa – Maxwell Place – Hoboken, NJ

Tutti Nails coming to Maxwell Place in Hoboken NJComing this winter to Maxwell Place uptown is Tutti Nails & Spa.

Tutti Nails & Spa seems to be a chain of some sort – with various locations around New Jersey, New York and Boston. And quite simply, I cannot imagine this being anything beyond what we already have dozens of in Hoboken – a place to get your nails done and other cosmetic touch-ups.

This got me thinking – as I have observed in the past – that most residents in cities like Hoboken suffered from something called a “Four Block Radius Syndrome.” Where 99% of your commerce took place within four blocks of where you lived. Dry cleaner. Nail salon. Watering hole. Chinese place. Parking spot. Almost everything (except your “S.O.” because that could spell disaster.)

But with all these repetitive businesses peppering the landscape here in town, I think we can soon call it the “One or Two Block Radius Syndrome.” All we need up at Maxwell Place is a dry cleaner and Sushi place, and you’ll be spending the least amount of time outside as possible!

Tutti Nails Hoboken NJ Maxwell Place

Description: Nail Salon
Address: 1115 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Online: TBD

Okinawa Sushi & Grill

Okinawa Sushi & Grill – Hoboken, NJ – 400 Newark Street

From one “Asian themed” place (Zeni Spa) to another comes Okinawa Sushi & Grill at 400 Newark Street in downtown Hoboken.

Okinawa Sushi Grill Hoboken NJ 400 Newark Street

Pretty standard sushi place that is BYOB, which bodes well for area residents.

Initial impressions are that it’s quite good (blows Sushi House out of the water apparently). However, some people are naturally worried – as many restaurants start out great when they first open, then cut corners dramatically when they realize how large their rent checks are. We’ll see what happens here.

But if you’ve ever been to Sushi of Gari in the city – well, then all other sushi places in Hoboken pretty much taste like shit. So be forewarned!

Description: Sushi Restaurant. BYOB.
Address: 400 Newark Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201)312-6787
Food: See MENU here

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Jewelry By Peter – Doomed

Jewelry By Peter no more

Jewelry By Peter over at 1102 Washington St. is now “No Jewelry by Anyone” (euphemism for “For Rent.”) They didn’t even last nine months. What a shame.

Their online presence is nil as well.

Note to future retailers: When you’re doing Groupons and boutique “crawls,” that usually lands you on some kind of “death watch” list.

Jewelry by Peter Hoboken NJ doomed for rent

Description: Jewelry Store Future home of another doomed business.
Address: 1102 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201)683-6883
Online: jewelrybypeterinc.com (offline) – Facebook (not updated since 9/2014)

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El Flamboyan Restaurant

El Flamboyan Hoboken – for sale

Say it ain’t so! El Flamboyan Restaurant at 10th & Willow is now for sale.

El Flamboyan Hoboken NJ for sale

Visit El Flamboyan before they’re gone!

Not sure how long the sale will take (I believe they’re also selling the building in the back, which is on the same lot) – but you ought to check it out before they’re gone!

As Hoboken411 reader Mike succinctly pointed out:

“If folks in Hoboken never tried this place, it is a hidden treasure. Well prepared Puerto Rican/Dominican meal. Well done. Pork chop is very moist and flavorful. Pork Mofango is amazing. The best of all, it’s very cheap compared to most places in Hoboken. We will miss this place. We came here few days a week for years. This is the only truly authenticate Spanish place left in Hoboken – otherwise you have to walk up the hill to The Heights. Sad day to see it go!”

Seriously! At the rate we’re going, we’ll have the same cookie-cutter assortment of businesses every four blocks.

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Radio Shack – Dead?

Will Radio Shack survive 2015?

Along with a string of many other “national” retail chains, Radio Shack is also teetering – by entering the bankruptcy stage of their existence. Will we have another “for rent” spot on Washington St. soon?

Radio Shack Bankruptcy Hoboken NJ

“Spiraling toward irrelevance”

Here’s what “the media” wrote:

“The 94-year-old chain that started in the 1920s with a store in Boston traced the rise of electronics in the life of Americans—from transistor radios and typewriters to Bluetooth headphones and smartphones. It grew into a nationwide icon but began spiraling toward irrelevance as electronics moved to the Web and technology moved on.”

Bad timing? What was the real reason Radio Shack fizzled?

See I’m wondering what the actual reason(s) for Radio Shack’s troubles are:

  • Poor management? Failure to “respond” to market demand?
  • The advent of certain technologies? (tablets & smartphones)
  • The disappearance of their core customers? (DIY, fixer-uppers, etc.)

In the end, it’s most likely “a combination of” those and more.

But they’re all related to some degree. I used to work for Radio Shack back in the 80′s. And the even though there were emerging technologies like computers with “GUI’s,” and mobile phones – A good chunk of their business came from people who liked building things, fixing their own problems. Wires, transistors, soldering guns (does anyone even have one of those anymore?), fuses, capacitors, antennas, and a whole lot of other stuff (stereo equipment and speakers were also big, along with remote control toys around Christmas).

And sure, there is a new emerging trend of “DIY” hackers out there who fashion circuit boards and make gadgety stuff – but they’re a very tiny minority of the available customer base – and they probably buy their stuff online (since Radio Shack abandoned most of that “hobby” stuff a long time ago.)

Many say that Radio Shack was “a day late and a dollar short” when it came to the market itself. Sure, they could have responded faster to the almost “all-in” mobile phone market – but that would have alienated their previous loyal customers even faster – so it may not have made a difference.

Perhaps Radio Shack was just one of those places that was meant to be a temporary phase in the evolution (devolution) of mankind.

Maybe if they don’t go 100% out of business – the next best idea would be to turn all their existing stores into “Prepper’s HQ” type outlets for the HUGE market of people getting ready for when SHTF? Batteries, solar, water purifiers, food rations, hunting gear, etc.

You never know… that could save the day for them (and some people!)

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Genuine Trace Custom Frame

Genuine Trace Custom Frame – 326 Washington St. – Hoboken, NJ

Remember one-hour photo places? You know, where you’d take a “roll of film” to get “developed?” While the saturation of digital photography and easy prints at places like Rite Aid or Walgreens have eliminated the need for one-hour photo places, Photo Express and Custom Frame at 326 Washington Street kind of “held onto” the name for as long as they could. Hence why they changed over to something a bit more direct a couple months ago: Genuine Trace Custom Frame.

A framing shop is one of those places where skill, customer service and fair pricing really do make a difference – and these guys are highly recommended in Hoboken.

Genuine Trace Custom Frame Hoboken NJ

Description: Custom Frames
Address: 326 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 798-4858

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