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Marina Deli & Plus

Marina Deli & Plus – Hoboken, NJ – Park & Sixth

We’re going to keep updating this post for the old La Casetta Pizza spot at Park and Sixth (539 Park) open, because we believe it will be a “revolving door” of businesses until someone gets it right. For now, it’s called “Marina Deli & Plus” (plus what exactly?)

Some residents actually enjoyed a cheap pizza place close by, but apparently boxes of cereal, coffee and cigarettes seem to be Marina’s business model. No pizza at the moment, although they owner mumbled something about “maybe in the future.” Sounds “promising.”

Here’s the thing. I’m sure there is a lengthy back story to why this even exists (probably something to do with illegal alien immigrants). But I could care less. The main thing here is (and it’s obvious) that this businesses is going to be doomed. For one, you have a guy with as much “enthusiasm” as a pall-bearer running the place, selling over-priced stuff you can easily get elsewhere from a more exciting place to patronize. And they took away the one good thing from the previous place, too!

When it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Oh well. Two points for trying at least.

Marina Deli Plus Hoboken NJ

Description: Pizza, deli, grill. Bare minimum bodega.
Address: 539 Park Ave., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201-222-6363 201-659-5200
Email: none
Online: no online presence currently available

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The Little Grocery

The Little Grocery expands to uptown Hoboken!

Good news for genuine foodies who dig some “comfort food” for breakfast, lunch and dinner! The much-loved Little Grocery is expanding their goodness! With their original location (of 10 years) down at 214 Jefferson Street (and home of “Hoboken’s Best Egg Sandwich,”) they’re opening a 2nd location at the old Verde Vita spot at 1212 Washington Street later this month.

This really is a huge score for uptown residents – because a good breakfast sandwich is really hard to find.

Congratulations to The Little Grocery on their successful growth!

Little Grocery Hoboken 1212 Washington Street

Description: Little Grocery 2nd location
Address: 1212 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201)610-9220
Email: info@littlegrocery.com
Online: littlegrocery.comTwitterFacebook

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Makeovers

Makeovers is the premier beauty supply store & salon in Hoboken!

You have to give some businesses in Hoboken some serious props. Makeovers at 327 Washington Street is a fine example.

For one, they’ve stayed in business over 15 years in an up and down economy. This is especially noteworthy because beauty products are often considered near the top of the list of discretionary items that might get cut in bad economic situations. They’ve pulled through.

And secondly, rather than leave town when the rent more than doubles (like Ricky’s), they pulled it together and found another place to serve local residents. And with the owner, and 80% of their employees living in Hoboken, it’s nice to see them hold on and maintain presence.

That said – perhaps (and without the need of American Express telling us how to shop local), some of you Hoboken411 readers can swing by and show some support. They even have cut and color specials for new customers (like a $35 wash, cut and blowout – or a free cut and blowout with any highlight service!)

As you can see from the photo gallery below, they have an extensive selection of all the skin, hair and beauty supplies anyone might need – and I’m sure they can get you pretty much anything if they don’t have it in stock (free delivery too!)

Kudos to Makeovers for hanging in there and having faith in the local Hoboken community!

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Ricky’s NYC doomed

Ricky’s bites the dust in Hoboken thanks to rising rents!

Ricky’s salon supply store at 222 Washington Street is finished with Hoboken, closing on December 31, 2014. All sorts of clearance specials including buy one get one free in the entire store.

The reason again? Double rent after their short-term lease expired. Even a successful chain store like Ricky’s couldn’t survive. There is some speculation that they might open up a store in more business-friendly Jersey City. Also – other businesses after learning this are actually hoping for a full-fledged Gap (which would then be directly next to the Baby Gap), as it would supposedly bring in more shoppers to spend money elsewhere as well.

Nice knowing ya’ Ricky!

Ricky's doomed Hoboken NJ double rent

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Crumbs Bake Shop – Revived

Crumbs Bake Shop brought back to life… for now

Shortly after Crumbs Bake Shop closed, millionaire and liberal TV talk show host Marcus Lemonis stepped in with a $6.5 million dollar plan to revive the fledgling diabetes store sweet bakery.

Now at least three NJ locations will be brought back to life. Bridgewater, Hoboken and Westfield. They should be opening up any day now.

Lemonis called the bake shop “iconic” (why? because it was a “brand name?”) and said that it was important to step in because of the “delicious products.” I smell something, and it doesn’t smell like cupcakes.

For one, the entire grain industry is “commoditized” purely for profit and he must know people in “Big AG” in order to peddle what amounts to drugs destructive to the human body, one or two “gluten free” items or not. More and more people are waking up to low-carb each week, so I wonder why they’re betting on it.

I suspect there are enough ignorant, uneducated people out there for this place to maintain a profit. But for how long, is anybody’s guess.

Crumbs Marcus Lemonis Hoboken NJ

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Nancy’s Sweet Shoppe

Pauline’s Chocolate becomes Nancy’s Sweet Shoppe in Hoboken

After several decades – a Hoboken staple “passes the torch,” as Pauline’s Chocolate becomes Nancy’s Sweet Shoppe.

Don’t worry, though – we’re not losing a piece of Hoboken, but more like “changing of the guard.” Read why below…

Nancy's Sweet Shoppe Hoboken NJ Grand Opening

Aunt Pauline passes chocolate biz down to Niece Nancy!

“Pauline started making chocolate in her hometown of Hoboken, NJ over 20 years ago. She quickly grew her following and customer base because of delicious hand made chocolate and exceptional presentation. She opened her store on 207 Jefferson Street in Hoboken and expanded on her business with new chocolate treats for every season and every event. After 20 years in business she is passing the business down to her niece Nancy who grew up in the chocolate store learning from the best. With some hard work and imagination Nancy reopened Pauline’s Chocolates in September of 2014 as Nancy’s Sweet Shoppe.”

Nancy’s Sweet Shoppe Grand Opening!

I’m sure many locals are already planning on attending – but Nancy’s Sweet Shoppe is having their “Grand Opening,” (or should we say “Grand Re-Opening”) tomorrow, Saturday, October 11th from 10am to 6pm. In addition, there will be a special appearance by Elsa (from the movie Frozen) from noon to 2pm. Free cotton candy and rides for the kids, too!

Swing by, meet Nancy, taste some of the best sweets the Mile Square offers – and experience a true feeling of what it’s like to actually be a part of Hoboken – and not some cookie-cutter condo or fake park or bogus bike lane. This is what makes Hoboken a good city. Got it?

Description: Chocolate & Candy. Balloons, Party Favors, Special Gifts.
Website: nancysweetshoppe.com
Address: 207 Jefferson St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 795-1800

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