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Chinese Massage – Doomed

Unhappy Ending – Chinese Massage gone in Hoboken

The relatively dumpy-looking Chinese Massage place at 636 Washington is doomed and now for rent. The empty spaces seem to be racking up here in Hoboken as of late.

Perhaps Asian Massage Parlors should be added to the list of economic indicators they yap about on the “news.” Because when guys start lopping things like this off their list of discretionary spending, we got a serious problem!

But in all seriousness – this is another one of those situations where the street-level appeal plays a significant role in a businesses success. Just the way Copper Kettles wasn’t allowed to modify their storefront for “historical preservation” purposes, this place is similar – with those horrible window displays and homeless-attracting alcoves.

Unhappy Ending Chinese Massage Doomed Hoboken NJ

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Mile Square Theatre

Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken moves to Artisan

After a very long “run” over at the Monroe Center for the Arts on the west side of town, Hoboken’s favorite theatrical company Mile Square Theatre is in the process of moving to their new location uptown in The Artisan building at 14th and Clinton Streets.

Mile Square Theatre Hoboken NJ moving to Artisan Building 14th and Grand

Hoboken Theater District!

This new location will serve a double-purpose – as it will also encompass the Hoboken Children’s Theatre as well.

I guess when you combine that with the fact that Bow Tie Cinemas is a stone’s throw away, this could be considered the start of the “Theater District” in Hoboken!

They’re still building out the new space in the Artisan, which is expected to open in early 2015, but they have a temporary spot in The Edge Lofts directly across the street – which was graciously donated at no charge from Bijou Properties. Good folks, those people!

Description: Regional theater producing both contemporary and classical shows, as well as theatre-arts education for children and adults.
Address: 1408 Clinton Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
Phone: (201)683-7014
Email: info@milesquaretheatre.org
Online: milesquaretheatre.orgTwitterFacebook

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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…

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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

Honeygrow

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.”

Honeygrow Hoboken NJ 120 Washington Street

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