If you have the urge to climb rocks in Hoboken, you don’t have to leap across the light rail tracks and attack the Palisades cliffs anymore. A massive rock climbing gym opened near the Hoboken/Weehawken border last year – one of many new businesses filling the mile-square city.
The city’s borders have recently welcomed, or are about to welcome, two juice bars, a new ramen joint, several niche eateries, spas, and at least five new places to grab coffee and pastries (see separate story “Cool beans” for the java locations).
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Food and drink
Jungle Juice: The smoothie bar opened just a month ago at 1016 Washington St., their fourth location in New Jersey. The menu includes smoothie options made from nonfat yogurt and also offers milkshakes made with skim milk and vegetable juices.
Juice Press: This juice bar inside Soul Cycle on 14th Street offers vegetable and fruit juices as well as smoothies made to order and acai bowls.
Dolce & Salato: The eatery will serve sandwiches, salads, and pastries, and is scheduled to open in July at 1101 Grand St. Owners Michael Nirichio and Maurizio Dolce said the name is a play on the Italian words for sweet and salty, and food will be “all made with authentic Italian ingredients.”
Tosti: Fort Lee resident Jimmy Bae opened Tosti at 1024 Washington St. last month, a few steps away from the new Jungle Juice. Tosti originally opened for breakfast and lunch, but just started serving dinner as well. Bae said the most popular items are their made-to-order omelets and their baked goods, made fresh each morning on the premises. His inspiration came from researching Hoboken’s history and its founding by the Dutch. Tosti is a popular Dutch dish of ham and melted cheese between two toasted slices of bread, like a croque monsieur.
Madd Hatter Inc. opened a restaurant and bar in the former 1-Republik space at 221 Washington St. in May. 1-Republik was forced to sell its license after the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board issued it several violations. The new sports bar features over 30 TVs and the menu includes wings, burgers, nachos and tacos. It also has heartier entries including pasta dishes and skirt steak.
Quality Greens Kitchen opened last October at 227 Washington St. and offers fast, casual healthy dining with craft salads, homemade dressings, creative vegetable dishes and quality meats. Last month they received an award from the Historical Preservation Commission for working to maintain historical aspects of their establishment.
South Street Fish & Ramen Co. opened at the end of January at 219 Washington St., where Planet Mac used to be. It offers ramen-based dishes as well as poke bowls, salads, and sushi burritos. They can include seafood, chicken, and pork. According to manager Dan Chung, the nautical themed restaurant which repurposes “old school” lobster traps as benches and was named after New York City’s South Street Seaport.
Shaka Bowl is scheduled to open their second location on June 23 at 110 Washington St., according to Krista Gormeley. Shaka Bowl offers a nutritional taste of Hawaii, from smoothies and acai bowls to poké bowls. She said while they plan on keeping their current 720 Monroe location, they quickly realized they needed bigger space. Her sister Kiersten Gormeley, owner and executive chef, wanted to be able to expand the cuisine.
The fast casual restaurant will offer an expanded menu including vegan tacos made with jackfruit, chicken teriyaki dumplings, avocado eggrolls, zucchini fries, avocado toast, and they will reintroduce their frozen yogurt which was discontinued at their west side location last July.
Spas and beauty
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa will soon open at 1400 Hudson St. The chain has over 300 locations worldwide and offers Swedish, Hot Stone, and Deep Tissue massages as well as a variety of facials.
Sephora Studio officially opened in April at 319 Washington St. The 3,580 square foot store, which used to be home to burger joint Five Guys, is the second of its kind.
Unlike Sephora, Sephora Studio is a smaller store that emphasizes customer experience and focuses on consultations and beauty services, and offers facials, makeovers, and of course makeup products for purchase.
Dry Bar is scheduled to open this month at 218 Washington St. in the former Radio Shack. It focuses exclusively on blowouts and has 70 locations nationwide. Customers can choose from different styles named after popular drinks, get shampooed, and then their bartender (stylist) begins the blowout as they relax.
A blowdry bar will open in the former Radio Shack.
SoulCycle opened in the Hudson Reporter’s old building on the corner of Fourteenth and Washington Street in January. The full-body indoor cycling and lifestyle brand has a 54-bike studio in the 8,955-square foot building. It also has a boutique selling SoulCycle’s original performance and athleisure clothing collections.
Club Pilates opened in 1400 Hudson St. and offers Pilates classes to men and women of all ages. Hoboken resident Emese Horvath opened the franchise last week.
She said she wanted to do so after working for a pharmaceutical company for several years and wanting to still help people in the health field. It offers classes with 12 Balance Body reformers in the studio as well as a private training room.
Gravity Vault at 1423 Clinton St. opened in November last year. It offers 25,000 square feet of indoor rock climbing for people of all ages. It also has a cardio and strength training area, work lounges with Wi-Fi showers, and a full service retail shop.
Owner Lucas Kovalcic said the gym was a long time coming as they were originally going to open on Willow Avenue, but the location was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
For the kids
Little City Play will open an interactive indoor play space of about 2,000 square feet at 1400 Hudson St. this summer.
It will provide a space where children ages 9 months to five years old can learn, explore, discover, imagine, and play. It features several playhouses including grocery stores, hospitals, fire stations and more, with costumes, furnishings and toys to stimulate the imagination.
LightBridge Academy: Mihir Daiya will open a new early childhood education daycare and development center in Hoboken this summer called Lightbridge Academy that will be located at 100 Marshall St. A former CPA, Daiya decided to enter the field of education when his daughter was born three years ago. Lightbridge Academy will have a unique curriculum focused on every developmental area. There are
infant, toddler, preschool, and pre-K programs.
Home décor and real estate
Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, opened in April at 80 Hudson St. Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC has offices through out northern New Jersey including Mahwah, Franklin Lakes, Ridgewood, and Ho-Ho-Kus. Their agents and brokers provided customers with real estate services backed by the luxury brand of Christie’s International Real Estate.
West Elm opened in Hoboken’s north end at 1420 Willow Ave in October. It features modern furniture and home accessories like wall art and linens. It also offers free in-store style consultations.
CubeSmart Self Storage opened its second location in town earlier this year near the Northwest Popup Park. The140,000-square foot property at 1312 Adams Street offers easily accessible storage units in various sizes.
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