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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

R. William Maggs Designs

R. William Maggs Designs – Hoboken, NJ – 155 6th Street

R. William Maggs Designs HobokenHow many of you have stopped by R. William Maggs Designs over at 155 6th Street in Hoboken? Bill Maggs is a bonafide florist, event planner and interior designer who can help you fulfill your decorating needs. Whether it’s a monumental day (like a wedding), a party, or just a special moment you’d like to share with your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend – they will have you covered!

Originally set up at the Hoboken Hot House on Washington Street, they moved over to the unique and bright space on Sixth Street several months ago – a split-level space with tons of natural light.

In addition to their services – R. William Maggs also specializes in flower arrangement classes – which is “trending” much higher these days. Where can you learn about this sophisticated “art” better than from an expert? You can’t! Classes are every week (Wednesdays and Thursdays) starting at 7:30pm.

Description: Decorator, Event Planner, Floral Specialist
Address: 155 Sixth Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201)238-2240
Email: bmaggs3@aol.com
Online: bmaggs3.wix.com/rwmaggsdesigns

Two Heathers

Two Heathers coming to Hoboken, NJ

A lot “numeric” businesses in Hoboken, right? 1 Republik, Three-A’s, Four L’s, West 5, Five Guys, 7 Eleven – and adding to the count soon at 331 Washington Street is Two Heathers.

While the message on the front of the store is a bit of a tease: “Hello Gorgeous, Wondering what I am? Come back this fall,” word on the street is that it’ll be yet another ladies boutique.

Hopefully the rent is low enough and the demand for whatever they sell is high enough for them to stick around a bit longer than the average “here today, gone tomorrow” establishment. Stay tuned!

Two Heathers Hoboken NJ Ladies Boutique

Description: Ladies Stuff
Address: 331 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 0730
Phone: TBD
Online: TBD

Prime Cycle

Prime Cycle Grand Opening in Hoboken, NJ

Hoboken’s only dedicated fitness studio dedicated to cycling is opening up this Saturday, September 13th! Prime Cycle (1025 Maxwell Lane) is holding a grand opening event on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Prime Cycle Hoboken NJ Maxwell Place Grand Opening September 13 2014

Ribbon-cutting at Prime Cycle includes free classes

This ribbon-cutting event to welcome Prime Cycle to Hoboken will include a live DJ spinning energetic music, and free complimentary cycling classes (first come first served).

The classes will be at 9:15am, 11:00am and 12:30pm.

You can also meet the trainers and have a complimentary breakfast snack while you learn what Prime Cycle has to offer.

As you can see – the facility is quite nice – something that would be in a high-end spa or hotel. Very good job (including full locker rooms with showers).

Welcome to the neighborhood, Prime Cycle!

Prime Cycle Bicycles Hoboken NJ

Description: Cycling fitness studio.
Address: 1025 Maxwell Lane, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Online: primecycle.comFacebook

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Reign Hoboken

BOA becomes Reign in Hoboken, NJ

Just about a year and a half since opening, the night club once called BOA (BOAAAAH) has now turned into Reign Hoboken.

Years ago, Hoboken had several more “bonafide” night clubs. Planet Hoboken, River Street, heck even Bahama Mama’s could have been considered a club as well. But back then, other than “dressing up” a bit, clubs didn’t have the same kind of pretentiousness as they do today. Sure they had bouncers and velvet ropes, but once you got inside – it was pretty much just a good time. Nowadays, with all the slick marketing, “bling,” and otherwise bullshit “importance” factors – perhaps they might truly be on their last legs, and back in the places they belong, solely in major cities like NYC.

The tagline for Reign Hoboken is “Status does matter.” But the unanswered question is: “To whom?”

Reign Hoboken NJ night club river street

Description: Night Club
Address: 92 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: N/A
Online: www.reignhoboken.com

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Queen Margherita

Di Palma family (Queen Margherita) to open at Sinatra Park

The Sinatra Park Cafe structure has been an odd conundrum for a long time. In what could be the nicest spot along the waterfront in Hoboken, somehow the city managed to keep it unoccupied for much of the last decade. Crepe Grill tried to make it work, but after the pier collapse, the city basically turned their back on them. But we have a new entity who wants to step up to the plate to breathe some life into this area.

Queen Margherita (Pasquale & Nicola Di Palma), have a restaurant and bakery in Nutley, NJ along with a Pizza parlor in Lyndhurst. They are wishing to bring a version of their well-received restaurant businesses to this spot. We’re unsure of what the name will be – but if it’s anything like their other spots – Hoboken will be in for a treat.

Let’s just hope the city doesn’t screw up like like their track-record demonstrates. While we’d prefer a Hoboken Italian business to try their luck here, someone is better than no one, right?

Queen Margherita Hoboken NJ Sinatra Park Cafe

Description: Italian Restaurant
Address: 5th & Sinatra Drive
Phone: TBD
Email: TBD
Online: queenmargherita.com