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El Flamboyan Restaurant

El Flamboyan Hoboken – for sale

Say it ain’t so! El Flamboyan Restaurant at 10th & Willow is now for sale.

El Flamboyan Hoboken NJ for sale

Visit El Flamboyan before they’re gone!

Not sure how long the sale will take (I believe they’re also selling the building in the back, which is on the same lot) – but you ought to check it out before they’re gone!

As Hoboken411 reader Mike succinctly pointed out:

“If folks in Hoboken never tried this place, it is a hidden treasure. Well prepared Puerto Rican/Dominican meal. Well done. Pork chop is very moist and flavorful. Pork Mofango is amazing. The best of all, it’s very cheap compared to most places in Hoboken. We will miss this place. We came here few days a week for years. This is the only truly authenticate Spanish place left in Hoboken – otherwise you have to walk up the hill to The Heights. Sad day to see it go!”

Seriously! At the rate we’re going, we’ll have the same cookie-cutter assortment of businesses every four blocks.

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Radio Shack – Dead?

Will Radio Shack survive 2015?

Along with a string of many other “national” retail chains, Radio Shack is also teetering – by entering the bankruptcy stage of their existence. Will we have another “for rent” spot on Washington St. soon?

Radio Shack Bankruptcy Hoboken NJ

“Spiraling toward irrelevance”

Here’s what “the media” wrote:

“The 94-year-old chain that started in the 1920s with a store in Boston traced the rise of electronics in the life of Americans—from transistor radios and typewriters to Bluetooth headphones and smartphones. It grew into a nationwide icon but began spiraling toward irrelevance as electronics moved to the Web and technology moved on.”

Bad timing? What was the real reason Radio Shack fizzled?

See I’m wondering what the actual reason(s) for Radio Shack’s troubles are:

  • Poor management? Failure to “respond” to market demand?
  • The advent of certain technologies? (tablets & smartphones)
  • The disappearance of their core customers? (DIY, fixer-uppers, etc.)

In the end, it’s most likely “a combination of” those and more.

But they’re all related to some degree. I used to work for Radio Shack back in the 80′s. And the even though there were emerging technologies like computers with “GUI’s,” and mobile phones – A good chunk of their business came from people who liked building things, fixing their own problems. Wires, transistors, soldering guns (does anyone even have one of those anymore?), fuses, capacitors, antennas, and a whole lot of other stuff (stereo equipment and speakers were also big, along with remote control toys around Christmas).

And sure, there is a new emerging trend of “DIY” hackers out there who fashion circuit boards and make gadgety stuff – but they’re a very tiny minority of the available customer base – and they probably buy their stuff online (since Radio Shack abandoned most of that “hobby” stuff a long time ago.)

Many say that Radio Shack was “a day late and a dollar short” when it came to the market itself. Sure, they could have responded faster to the almost “all-in” mobile phone market – but that would have alienated their previous loyal customers even faster – so it may not have made a difference.

Perhaps Radio Shack was just one of those places that was meant to be a temporary phase in the evolution (devolution) of mankind.

Maybe if they don’t go 100% out of business – the next best idea would be to turn all their existing stores into “Prepper’s HQ” type outlets for the HUGE market of people getting ready for when SHTF? Batteries, solar, water purifiers, food rations, hunting gear, etc.

You never know… that could save the day for them (and some people!)

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Genuine Trace Custom Frame

Genuine Trace Custom Frame – 326 Washington St. – Hoboken, NJ

Remember one-hour photo places? You know, where you’d take a “roll of film” to get “developed?” While the saturation of digital photography and easy prints at places like Rite Aid or Walgreens have eliminated the need for one-hour photo places, Photo Express and Custom Frame at 326 Washington Street kind of “held onto” the name for as long as they could. Hence why they changed over to something a bit more direct a couple months ago: Genuine Trace Custom Frame.

A framing shop is one of those places where skill, customer service and fair pricing really do make a difference – and these guys are highly recommended in Hoboken.

Genuine Trace Custom Frame Hoboken NJ

Description: Custom Frames
Address: 326 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 798-4858

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Liberty Realty

Liberty Realty upgrading in Hoboken

Liberty Realty is already the largest Realtor in Hoboken, with three locations in town (along with one in Jersey City). But they’re not one to rest on their laurels.

With “spiffy” new realty offices in Town (from the likes of Keller Williams, Halstead Property, Coldwell Banker, and a new one coming from RE/Max), the folks at Liberty are “keeping up with the (realty) Joneses” by upgrading their office here at 525 Washington Street. Apparently it will be a “bold, new look” whatever that means (or how that will change the services they offer).

But, boy, being a “broker of record” sure has its perks!

Liberty Realty Upgrade Hoboken NJ

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S Sullivan’s – Doomed

S. Sullivan’s Closes in Hoboken, NJ

Sullivan’s was one of those places – with the exception of hot summer days when you can see patrons enjoying smokes outside – it’s not always easy to tell if they’re open. Apparently they have closed for good. (sold)

Ironically, one Hoboken resident told Hoboken411 that the owner said he sold the establishment because “he can’t appeal to the town’s younger crowd anymore…”

Kind of sad, because while places like Village Pourhouse are “changing with the times,” Stinky’s just throws in the towel. Perhaps they just didn’t have the mega-capital to undergo a six-figure renovation. Too bad, because it was one of the remaining “dive-like” bars in town (grungy) and even had a halfway decent jukebox!

We’ll see what comes next…

Sullivan's Hoboken Closed

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Clarke’s – Doomed

Clarke’s doomed in Hoboken

Well, as fast as they changed the name from Four L’s to Clarke’s – the place seems shuttered now.

One less bar to choose from for New Year’s Eve now, I guess.

Clarke's Hoboken NJ closed

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