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Downtown Somerville’s Fresh Dining Scene

Downtown Somerville’s dining scene is heating up, and #HipNJ has the scoop on all the delicious new eateries you have to try!

First, let’s shine a spotlight on The Salad House. This fast and casual restaurant specializing in fresh customized and signature salads is set to open with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on February 2nd.

The Salad House of Somerville is the latest of the small New Jersey franchise to open under the ownership of David Delinko. The restaurant creates fast healthy salads and meals that are made-to-order or signature salads that put a twist on popular favorites such as the “Greek Out,” “Eat Cobb,” “Stay Classy Caesar” and more.

“We serve health-conscious, comfort food that is personalized to suit the individual taste, dietary and nutritional needs of each and every customer whether they dine in or choose from our wide selection of catering options for their home or office family,”  said Delinko. In addition to its namesake salads, the 20-seat restaurant serves soup, appetizers, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas.

“Downtown Somerville has certainly earned its reputation as a ‘foodie destination,’ with more than 45 popular restaurants and eateries to please every palate,” said Beth Anne MacDonald, executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. “You can eat your way around the world here from Greek, Asian, Cuban, New American, French-inspired, Italian, Irish and more, but this year is particularly exciting because we’ve got several new concept restaurants and cafes that will add some new flavor to the downtown.”

Check out the list of all the new places you just have to try below!

Downtown Somerville’s New Restaurants and Cafes:

The Salad House, 58 West Main Street

Kuay Tiew Noodles and More, 42 West Main Street

Fresh Tiki Bar, 15C Division Street

Village Brewing Company, 34 West Main Street

Grumpy Bobas, 72 West Main Street

Hudson Yoga Project Announces Teacher Training Scholarship for Wellness Wednesday

The Hudson Yoga Project located in Hoboken is enthusiastic to inform #HipNJ of their first donated scholarship for the upcoming 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training for this weeks #WellnessWednesday. The scholarship is for the March 2018 session and is made possible by a $3500 donation from Jennifer Deare – a recent graduate from the 2017 Yoga Teacher Training Summer Intensive course.

Deare is a Hoboken resident and the Founder and CEO of D3 NYC, a Marketing Communications company. Deare’s motivation for her benevolent deed is her own positive experience within the Hudson Yoga Project community. She was moved by the dedication of her peers who scraped together the necessary tuition for the program. Ultimately, she wanted to help a potential student realize their dreams.

The Hudson Yoga Project was opened by business partners Patrick Franco and Curtis Berger who wanted to create a more genuine yoga community. Their belief is that the Asana practice, along with an intimate group of yogis, makes for a welcoming atmosphere. The mission is an attempt to reject the current climate of anger and protest – the most likely common denominator between people today.

The studio offers over 40 Vinyasa style classes per week ranging from beginner to advanced and including prenatal yoga classes. Novices will find that the studio is a friendly and supportive environment since all classes are light-hearted and inspirational by nature.

For more information about the upcoming 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and the Hudson Yoga Project in general, there will be an information session at the HYP studio lead by Patrick Franco on Sunday, February 11 at 6:15 p.m. You can apply for the HYP Jennifer Deare Teacher Training Scholarship by completing the application on their website.

Hip New Jersey’s Best Spas for Valentine’s Day 2018

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner which means it’s time to make the date with your significant other. If you want to treat that special someone in your life, try one if the spas hand-picked by #HipNJ for a luxurious escape. The list below has a full range of unique spa experiences from weekend getaways to romantic couple’s massages and everything in between.

Crystal Springs Resort

You and your sweetheart can indulge in a wide array of spa treatments offered by Elements Spa and Salon at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon Township. Their second spa, Reflections, is located in the Grand Cascades Lodge and is perfect for guests who love being pampered in extravagance. In addition to their world-class spas, Crystal Springs is a full vacation destination with numerous dining options, a wine cellar, a ski mountain and a biosphere pool!

DePasquale

In Morris Plains, DePasquale, The Spa is the go-to place for skin treatments, body scrubs and specialty massages. They use Clarins products for their facial treatments that help to relax facial features and redefine contours.

SoJo Spa Club

Sojo Spa Club offers an opportunity to escape the hassles of everyday life right in your own backyard. Located in Edgewater, the Korean-style spa is a full-day experience with a flat admission price that includes a variety of saunas, steam rooms, designated male and female bath houses, gourmet food, outdoor pools and a waterslide! As well as massages and skin treatments, guests can enjoy their roof-top infinity pool that overlooks the river and the Manhattan skyline.

Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa

Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa in Montclair is located inside of a historic church, repurposed for use as a luxury spa. The beautiful setting that includes restored stained-glass and original pews has been enhanced with radiant heat, floating bamboo floors, an air purification system, free wifi and top-of-the-line salon equipment. In addition to Valentine’s Day specials, Bangz is a full-scale hair salon. Treating yourself to a blowout can make anyone feel like a million bucks before a special V-Day date!

Kūr Wellness Studio

Kūr Wellness Studio in Asbury Park has you covered for all of your skincare and massage needs as well as yoga classes and personal training. Owner Troy transformed the space into a unique business that focuses on both the client’s relaxation and fitness needs. Most spa packages for massage and facials also include free yoga passes or even a full week of yoga! Also on staff is an Ayurvedic Healing Coach for holistic healing and illness prevention.