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.

CareOne Celebrates the Grand Opening of Harmony Village at Paramus

CareOne hosted a lavish grand opening celebration welcoming Harmony Village at Paramus to #HipNJ!

Hundreds of guests packed the pristine space, which is the first of its kind in Bergen County 100% dedicated to memory loss.

CareOne chairman and CEO Daniel E. Straus cut the red ribbon alongside CareOne executive vice president, Elizabeth Straus, New Jersey Senator Robert M. Gordon and members of the NFL Alumni, including NFLA president Bart Oates, New York Giants Super Bowl champions Ottis Anderson and Howard Cross, and former New York Jets star Tony Richardson.

Guests enjoyed a lavish cocktail hour party and open bar while touring the space, which boasts modern yet comfortable amenities. On location is also a spa and wellness center to pamper patients and promote positivity. Once the weather is nicer, guests can enjoy time out on the hotel-like outdoor lounge.

“CareOne strives to always push the bar of healthcare in the state of New Jersey, and we take pride in the level of care we deliver to our patients and their families,” explained Daniel E. Straus.

For more information on Harmony Village at Paramus, visit their website.

Comedian Dan Pulzello on Comedy Night

Comedian Dan Pulzello joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss Comedy Night, an event benefiting The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund.

Comedy Night will be held on February 28th at the Glen Rock Inn. The comedy event will feature Pulzello, as well as Joe Devito and Kevin Dombrowski.

Dan Pulzello has performed at Eastville Comedy Club, The Triad Theater, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, The Stand, and Broadway Comedy Club.

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation’s mission is to help families tackle childhood cancer by providing comprehensive financial, emotional and practical support to help reduce the stress associated with treatment and improve their quality of life.

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Choc∙O∙Pain French Bakery & Café Opens Fourth Location

#Hippers living in Hoboken’s Hudson Tea Building Uptown are in for a sweet treat!

Clemente Danko, owner of Choc∙O∙Pain French Bakery & Cafés (Choc∙O∙Pain), is pleased to announce their fourth location is now open on 1500 Hudson Street. This location joins their original downtown Hoboken spot on 1st Street and their two Jersey City properties, including the 3,900 s.f. commissary bakery that opened in July of 2017.

Choc∙O∙Pain is a boulangerie that creates their sourdough-based breads in the traditional European way with 4 basic ingredients using a slow, long fermentation process. The menu offers La Boulangerie: pains (breads), brioches, baguettes, viennoiseries, tartes, desserts and macarons; Le Café: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch including: quiche, sandwiches, croques, salads, soups (vegan) and pastries. Beverages include La Colombe Espresso & Coffees, Kusmi teas, house-made specialty beverages and Alain Milliat juices; and La Boutique, a select retail assortment of hard-to-find French specialty items and cooking ingredients including: macarons, local honey and Alain Milliat jams.

The newest member of the Choc∙O∙Pain family is a 1,600 square foot, 40 seat café and retail space planned by Hoboken based Minervini Vandermark Architecture. This location also offers a private event room that seats up to 20 with options available for special events and catering for personal and business events.

Bakery and café open daily Monday-Friday 6:30am- 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-7pm with delivery available via Made to order salads and sandwiches will launch shortly after opening. Best of all, street parking is available for those coming from out-of-town!

The interior will reflect a Parisian chic design aesthetic with simple rustic touches including reclaimed wood and decorative elements and offer award winning signature house made breads, pastries, and café dishes as well as specialty French retail items. A little slice of France, west of the Hudson!

This January, the group was a selected finalist in French Morning’s Best Croissant NYC juried competition. As the sole #HipNJ bakery entered, it was quite an accomplishment to receive the People’s Choice New York City award for their croissant! They received this same People’s Choice award in 2016 for their baguette.

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