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.

Yappy Hour

Your four-legged companion can get a taste of the #HipNJ good life, thanks to the Bernards Inn‘s fabulous Yappy Hours!

The legendary Bernardsville haunt plays host to these pet-friendly events each Monday over the summer.  It’s a fantastic way to bond with other dog lovers and their adorable canines!

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia chatted with Dave Riley, Food & Beverage Director of the Bernards Inn, about how this night came together.

“So many places in the summer are dog friendly, so we wanted to give owners around here a place where their dogs are welcome,” explained Dave.

Dave lays out the best for these cute pups; they are treated to food, water, and the freedom to make new puppy friends!

“Yappy Hour is really nice way to gather with friends and their dogs, and have a good time,”  said West Orange resident, Guy Beardslee.

For information on Yappy Hour, please visit the Bernards Inn website.

The Property Brothers Welcome Cost Plus World Market

Cost Plus World Market has opened its first store in the Northeast, and they chose to debut in #HipNJ!

The Livingston flagship recently celebrated a monster grand opening that was headlined by celebrity guests, HGTV’s “Property Brothers”.

#HipNJ’s Sam Selvaggio spoke to the guests of honor, Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott, as well as the excited attendees about this great event.

“Its been a heck of a turnout,” said Larry Amos, District Manager of Cost Plus World Market.  “The community has really supported us, much better than I think we’ve even expected.”

“I think the store is absolutely beautiful.  The amount of product is amazing,” said one World Market customer, Annie Sarel.

Cost Plus World Market has been an American staple since 1958, when the first location opened in San Francisco’s famed Fisherman’s Wharf.  The store has unique finds for the home, from stylish furniture and neat room accents, to gourmet food and kitchen needs.  You can even find clothing and jewelry!

Cost Plus World Market’s homey yet motivating vibe is a perfect compliment to The Property Brothers’ brand, which was why they were so happy to help cut the red ribbon!

“We are happy to be in New Jersey, speak with our fans and help out a good cause,” Jonathan Scott said.  (The brothers were collecting nonperishable food to donate to local food banks).

The duo also couldn’t wait to meet our #HipNJ crew!

“I knew you were coming, so I had to look hip,” Drew Scott quipped.

“Where should we go in New Jersey when we leave here?” Jonathan added.  (We made sure he bookmarked us for the next time he’s in town!)

Cost Plus World Market is located at 530 W Mt Pleasant Ave in LivingstonNJ 07039.  For more information, please visit their website.

#HipNJ Women in Small Business: Cheese… Please!

Modeled after the cheese shops of Europe, Cheese… Please! in Cranford gives foodies an array of high quality cheeses to choose from, right in our own #HipNJ backyard!

#HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon took a tour of Cheese… Please! and chatted with owner Maria Tisdall about operating such a delicious business.

“We only order cheese by the full wheel, and we hand-cut and wrap everything in the case to preserve freshness,” explained Maria.  “We also specialize in sourcing cheeses from local cheese makers in New Jersey and New York.”

Among the 100s of Cheese… Please! products, the best sellers include the Prima Donna,  a cheese that is delightful with any accent or drink!

In addition to being the go-to shop for this dairy delight, Cheese… Please! serves up gourmet sandwiches and soups.  They are also available to cater parties and events, and are featured at farmers markets around the area.

For more on Cheese… Please!, log onto their website.