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The Melting Pot Doomed

Melting Pot closes in Hoboken, NJ

After six and a half years – The Melting Pot at 1st & Sinatra in Hoboken closed this past weekend. No surprise, as the location was most typically sparsely occupied, and with prices that aren’t quite “in tune” with the current economic climate. “Fancy high end” in a “strip mall” like corporate retail setting – along with a wine selection with many bottles well over $100 may have contributed. Plus they didn’t quite do a good job of marketing to parents and kids.

But most Melting Pot locations are “franchisee” owned and operated. There are five other locations in New Jersey if you really feel like dipping your stick of meat or fish in a communal pot of fluid.

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Liberty Bar & Restaurant

Liberty Bar changes ownership in Hoboken, NJ

Here’s some “hospitality industry” news in Hoboken today. After many many years, Liberty Bar on 14th Street uptown has changed ownership. We’ll eventually close out this entry and create a new one once the new owners have had time to settle in, and make the desired changes to the establishment.

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Issyra Gallery

Issyra Gallery moves to Neumann Leather Building

The Issyra Gallery, a “true Hoboken African Art Gallery” used to be located in the “historically renovated” Jefferson Trust building over at 313 First Street. We never really saw much “foot traffic” at this place, and now they’ve moved to a location even more off the beaten path – a block south to the Neumann Leather building (300 Newark St.)

They’re apparently only open to the public only one day a month (3rd Sunday), and have hours “by appointment only” the rest of the time. Feel free to give them a shout if you want more info (201)459-0700.

In the meantime – what do you think should go into this palatial looking ground floor retail space? More importantly – who will be able to afford the rent? Let’s just hope it’s not another Realtor!

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Planet Sun expands in Hoboken

Planet Sun to open 3rd location in Hoboken, NJ

Wow, it seems as if some businesses are immune to the fledgling economy! Planet Sun is set to open their 3rd location in Hoboken. This time at 416 Washington Street (former home of the twice-doomed Sprint Wireless).

Planet Sun Hoboken NJ 3rd Location 416 Washington Street

Having a 3rd location a mere two blocks from one of their other locations seems a bit strange, however. Makes us wonder if the “underground” spot beneath Tunes record store is going to go away soon after they open up here. Or maybe not – perhaps enough Hoboken residents suffer from the “Four Block Radius Syndrome” that both locations can thrive?

Either way – it begs a more important societal question. How much money to you spend each year on “vanity?” Can you take vanity “forward” with you? What if people took their vanity budget and invested it in something tangible?

Or do some people consider “vanity” investments too? (Short term: getting laid; Long term: marrying rich?)

You can always move to South Beach if you want to be tan all year… Anyway – good luck Planet Sun!

Planet Sun Hoboken NJ 416 Washington Street 3rd Location

Description: Tanning Salons & Boutique
Address 1: 55 14th St., Hoboken, NJ 07030 (201)222-8520
Address 2: 225 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030 (201)798-7788
Address 3: 416 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030 (Phone TBD)
Online: planetsuntanningsalons.comTwitterFacebook

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The Office – bids farewell to Hoboken

The Office – next Hoboken victim; moving to Jersey City

Well. the business “climate” in Hoboken has claimed yet another victim. This time it’s The Office over at 306 Washington Street.

The Office moves from Hoboken to Jersey City

Jersey City boasts business-friendly environment compared to Hoboken

Next month, The Office is moving to a similar-sized space smack-dab in the middle of Jersey City (Journal Square) for less than half the rent they’re paying now. Wow!

That, along with a not-so-ideal vibe here in Hoboken (Office Depot down the street, nagging customers whining about $20 invitation prints, and $0.25 copies), they made the choice to move to a locale that better suits their core business.

Gone will be the “internet cafe” which hogged precious floor space, and their focus will be primarily the business-to-business print and collateral side. They’ll still have a store-front, but without the high-overhead – low-profit offerings. It’s too bad, but as a business owner, you need to make tough decisions to maintain viability.

Doesn’t this make you sad? At this rate – Hoboken may and will become a strip-mall with some bars and restaurants, Realtors and parking enforcement officers.

The office moving to jersey city NJ from Hoboken 306 Washington Street

Description: Office services. Copies, computer facilities, Internet access, Copying & Finishing, Stationery, Computer time, Graphics work – Offset Printing, Graphic Design, Prepress, Forms, Stationery, Color, B&W, Fedex services
Address: 306 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030 (Moving to “business-friendly” Jersey City – Journal Square)
Telephone: (201)222-5555, Fax: (201) 217-6637

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1FiftyFive

Ladies apparel store 1Fifty Five closed

This trendy ladies clothing store at 55 First St. closed earlier this year. Back when they came on scene in 2012, 1FiftyFive promised to “evolve” based on customer feedback. That sums it up.

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