Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

#HipNJ visits 128 West State Café

#HipNJ visited 128 West State Café, a new meeting place in the heart of Historic Trenton, to learn how they are giving new meaning to “Capitol Perk.”

“The idea was to appeal to the business community,” owner Dale Florio states. People along West State Street began asking for a breakfast and lunch café that would serve as a gathering place across from the State Capitol, and 128 West State Café was born.

“The idea was to have healthy, fresh food,” Florio states of the café’s unique menu. “There’s some variety there, which people seem to enjoy,” café manager Ando Dell says.

The staff has been there since the beginning, which adds to the café’s warm and welcoming environment. “We’re bringing people together, and it has become the meeting place we hoped it would be,” Florio says.

To learn more about 128 West State Café, click here.

CareOne Starry Night Masquerade Ball

CareOne’s Starry Night Masquerade Ball Live From the Black Carpet!

#HipNJ attended last night’s star-studded Puerto Rico hurricane relief benefit, the Starry Night Masquerade Ball, hosted by CareOne and InnovaCare’s Daniel Straus and Elizabeth Straus!

The glam night featured performances by Pitbull and JoJo. A-list attendees included Jason Pierre-Paul, Victor Cruz, Danielle Brooks, Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman, Jason Carroll and Johannes Huebl.

All proceeds raised from the evening- FOUR MILLION DOLLARS IN TOTAL!– went to the Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund, Inc., where they will be used to assist in the island’s most critical disaster relief efforts.

CareOne’s Daniel Straus and Elizabeth Straus announce four million dollar donation to Puerto Rico hurricane relief.

Check out #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino‘s Facebook Live coverage from the black carpet:

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#HipNJ at State Theatre NJ’s Debut of “Jersey Boys!”

The gliteratti was out in full-force on Friday night for State Theatre New Jersey‘s Garden State debut of Jersey Boys! The New Brunswick house was packed with excited theatre-goers craving to hear the sweet sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and they did not leave disappointed!

Here are some fan reaction clips:

Afterwards, #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino hosted our Facebook Live after-show party from The Heldrich, and spoke with members of the State Theatre NJ community as well as some of the cast members of the show! Watch here:

Jersey Boys kicks off a season of Broadway shows at State Theatre NJ. For a full list and to purchase tickets, visit STNJ.org.