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#HipNJWeddings: Bridal Shower Trends at Cielo


Your grandmother’s Sunday brunch bridal showers are a thing of the past.  #HipNJ brides are now incorporating tradition with a fun night out with the women they love!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino recently celebrated her bridal shower at Fairfield hotspot Cielo.  While the modern Italian fare (rock shrimp arrabiatta, orecchetta w/sausage & cauliflour, and chicken scarpiello) satisfied all generations, the Friday night soiree’s standouts were the custom cocktails (“The Lisatini!”), music and dancing.

Lisa Marie enjoyed her night so much, she had to sit down with Cielo owner Chef Anthony Pucciarello for #HipNJWeddings.  Lisa Marie discovered that #HipNJ brides are flocking to Chef Anthony’s old school-meets-new world experience; bridal showers make up 80% of their private parties!

Cielo’s other standouts include the beautiful bar area, which boasts ornate ceilings and granite countertops.  Chef Anthony’s signature “Inside-Out Meatball” is a must-have (yes, it’s a meatball filled with spaghetti, tomato and basil!)  And no #HipNJ‘er can resist the “Dirty Jersey” martini!

To book a bridal shower, or to make a reservation for dinner, call 973.808.1414 or visit their website.

Smythe Volvo Summit Grand Opening

Recently, we welcomed Smythe Volvo Summit to the #HipNJ neighborhood!

Smythe Volvo Summit’s grand opening celebration was fitting for their 46,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art dealership and showroom (which is one of the largest Volvo retailers in the country!)

The event featured a selection of Volvo models, from the Jakob to the latest 2015 V60.  Guests sipped on cocktails provided by Hanger 1 Vodka Bar– courtesy of PURE Restaurant and Lounge– and snacked on light hors d’oeuvres provided by The Brownstone.  Madison High School‘s jazz and funk group, “Rhythm for Real,” provided groovin’ music to set the mood.

In addition to the classic cars, a number of Volvo executives from all over the globe were present, including Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO Volvo Car Group and Tony Nicolosi, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America.

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia spoke to members of the Smythe Volvo Summit family, including the President of Smythe Volvo Summit, Kevin Flanagan, and his father, Sean Flanagan Sr., who had been waiting for this day for 46 years!

Said Sean:  “We are happiest of all because this is a dream come true for us.  We have worked on this now for a number of years. We have been in Summit since 1966, and this is just our newest endeavor.”

Smythe Volvo Summit’s facility features lavish amenities such as a larger waiting room, indoor service drive and a full indoor pre-owned showroom. The addition of a larger showroom will allow for a larger display of Volvo cars, so customers will get to sample a wide range of options.

Not only does Smythe Volvo Summit have a passion for customer service, but they also strive to better the environment.  With the new installation of a solar roof over their parking garage, Smythe Volvo Summit is reducing their carbon footprint as well as decreasing their electricity intake.

For more information on Smythe Volvo Summit, visit their website or call (908) 273-4200.


North Jersey “Hippers”, strap yourselves in and enjoy the night of a lifetime!

Atlantic City is the premiere party destination in the Garden State, and the DO AC NIGHTLIFE experience makes the ride down the Parkway a lot more enjoyable.  Passengers enjoy a 45-foot “Nightlife on Wheels” bus fully equipped with a DJ, strobe lights and a stocked bar.  Once in AC, this joyride takes partygoers to a variety of top nightclubs.

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia and her friends enjoyed this first-class adventure, and she chatted with some pretty excited partyers along the way, including Skeery Jones of the nationally-syndicated “Elvis Duran in the Morning”.  Skeery and his team wanted to see how their Jersey listeners celebrated the weekend, and they exceeded their expectations!

Once #HipNJ & crew hopped off the bus, their first stop was Scores.  Scores- located in the Trump Taj Mahal– is a sports bar with seven distinct spaces, each offering their own vibe to customers.  Our favorite spot was the spacious deck that gave us a stunning view of the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk!

Our final spot was Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly, located in the Revel Casino.  The Royal Jelly is known for its signature circular catwalk that glides down over the bar, and is the original burlesque club in Atlantic City.

The Atlantic City Alliance launched Do AC in 2012 to raise awareness that AC is more than just gaming; it’s a multi-night, world-class, year-round destination.

For more information on DO AC NIGHTLIFE, visit their website.