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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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Jet.com shopping club

Calling Hoboken NJ Home: Jet.com shopping club sets up shop

Leasing 40,000 square feet of office space over at the new Pearson Education building downtown is Jet (or Jet.com).

Jet is a “wholesale” shopping club (with annual fee), which is claiming it will revolutionize how people buy things. And with over $80 million already invested in this “startup,” the buzz is certainly growing. And they’re not even open for business yet. (But you can get a free six month membership here if you’re interested.)

Jet’s founder is Marc Lore – who has done well for himself in the “e-commerce” bubble arena. He owned Diapers.com, Soap.com and Wag.com – which were all sold to Amazon for half a billion dollars back in 2010.

But now Jet.com is looking to take on Amazon directly. But will that work?

Jet Hoboken NJ shopping club HQ

What the heck is Jet – and why would I use it?

Jet is being somewhat vague about how they will make “buying something” that much different than you’re already used to:

“We will make use of the latest advancements in technology to create a new shopping experience that will empower customers like never before. Jet will bring unprecedented transparency and efficiencies to the overall e-commerce market, and as a result, will transform the customer experience in a way that, until now, has not been possible.

If you cut through the buzz-words and big promises – Jet feels they will be the cheapest place to buy anything online.

How will Jet be cheaper than anyone else?

Well, for one – Jet is going to be sort of like the online version of Costco or BJ’s. An annual membership model – but super cheap prices. And they claim that you’ll save a whopping $150 per year if you do most of your shopping on Jet.

Jet said they can pass even more savings on to customers in different ways:

  • Quantity discounts. The more you buy, the less you’ll pay for each item.
  • Opt-in marketing discounts. If you don’t mind spam from time to time, you can save some more by giving your email address to vendors.
  • Final sale. If you know for sure you won’t return something – get a few more pennies off the price.
  • Economy shipping. If you spend over $35 and don’t mind waiting a week, you’ll get free shipping.

Not revolutionary by any means – but if they can find the ideal combination of logistics and efficiency, the idea of saving money – no matter how little – could lure people in.

And the “hype meter” seems to be off the charts as they build anticipation in the business world. We’ll see!

Sign up for the free six month membership and give them a whirl once they go live!

Description: Online Shopping Startup Jet.com
Address: 225 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Online: jet.comTwitterFacebook

Sound City Electronics

Sound City Electronics out of Bayonne has many Hoboken clients

Every other block I see Sound City Electronics installation vans. This Bayonne, NJ based company specializes in residential and commercial installation of all sorts of “technology.” Like sound systems, visual displays (TV’s for the lamen), as well as building automation products, etc. In today’s technology-saturated world – they must be making a killing!

Sound City Electronics Hoboken NJ home automation

Curious design choice for Sound City Electronics

While we are completely okay with the whole “demand vs. supply” model, and support those on the “supply” side of the equation – I was wondering what went into the minds of the owner(s) of Sound City Electronics when they conceptualized the design on their vans in the field.

Most of the vehicle is fairly standard: Logo, contact info, and a list of basic services they offer. But what’s with the chick laying on the floor with her feet on the couch holding a smart phone?

I know Sound City Electronics offers Control4 My Home for iPad and iPhone (an all-in-one interface to let you control every single gadget in your home).

But is this what homeowners in Hoboken strive for as the work their way through the slave labor system up the corporate ladder?

To arrive at home and just lay on the floor to tinker with your mindless entertainment, songs, videos and games? Is that why people work so hard these days?

Well – I think I answered my own question judging by the long wait-list Sound City Electronics has for the “latest and greatest” technology egotistic property owners are begging for to “one up the Joneses.”

Sound City Electronics funny van design Hoboken NJ


Ainsworth coming to Hoboken, NJ in March 2015

Wow, some restaurateurs are really mixing things up here in Hoboken. Hot on the heels of Village Pourhouse closing (to change with the neighborhood) to become “Little Town Social,” you had to wonder what was happening with the Little Town New Jersey along the waterfront at 310 Sinatra Drive. Well, that is becoming Ainsworth this spring!

Ainsworth Hoboken NJ

Little Town NJ to reopen as Ainsworth Hoboken this spring

Popular neighborhood bar, restaurant and brew house, Little Town New Jersey, located at 310 Sinatra Drive, will close its doors for renovation. Little Town will move to another location a few blocks away and the current waterfront space will reopen as the Hoboken outpost of upscale steak, burger and sports gastropub, The Ainsworth.

Restauranteurs and stars of Bravo’s Manzo’d with Children, Albie and Chris Manzo along with Michael Sinensky [Little Town, Hudson Terrace, Sidebar, Village Pourhouse] have partnered with Paige Hospitality Group [Ainsworth, The Chester, 121 Fulton Street] to open Ainsworth Hoboken in early March. The Ainsworth prides itself on being a one-stop shop for brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails and sports viewing. The Ainsworth Hoboken will be its fourth location with others in Manhattan [Chelsea and Gramercy] and Las Vegas.

“We are thrilled to partner with Paige Hospitality Group and bring one of the best and most established upscale steak, burger, and sports gastropub brands in the country to the waterfront space in Hoboken,” says Albie Manzo. “We look forward to announcing the next evolution of the Little Town brand in a vibrant and exciting part of town,” Chris adds.

Description: Upscale steak, burger and sports “gastro-pub.”
Address: 310 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Online: ainsworthnyc.com (until Hoboken specific site is released) – TwitterFacebook

Buddha Press

Buddha Press – Hoboken, NJ – 322 Washington St.

Buddha Press coming to Hoboken NJNoticed this new retail space Buddha Press going in at 322 Washington Street (formerly home of the Eyebrow Place). The bone-chilling cold yesterday was unbearable, so we only took a passing shot, and hoped to get some help from our “external brain” later in the warmth of our cozy apartment.

Well, the interwebs didn’t help us much as we tried to figure out what would fit into this narrow 800 square foot spot. We found businesses with similar names – like a gift shop in South Carolina – and a publishing company in Canada. But nothing specific to here in Hoboken (yet at least).

What do you think it will be (besides what we already mentioned?)

  • Another fancy coffee shop?
  • Thai sandwiches (panini “pressed”)?
  • Some kind of yoga / meditation?
  • Hindu power-lifting?
  • A new-age transcendental realty office (“wish and the condo will be yours”)?
  • An Indian newspaper or magazine?

Either way it’s nice to see a space occupied after being vacant for more than a year!

buddha press Hoboken NJ

Here’s what the space looked like while it was for rent:

322 Washington Street Hoboken NJ Buddha Press

Description: Retail spot with the name Buddha Press
Address: 322 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Online: TBD