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#HipNJWeddings: Live Event Painting, A Wedding Must-Have

For live event painter, Anthony Galati, event painting is more than just a hobby. Our very own Lisa Marie Latino sat down with Anthony as he shared with #HipNJ why live painting at a wedding is a must!

Anthony says the uniqueness of event painting is what draws in his customers. It’s something different that you don’t see everyday. Anthony will paint the scene in the room and the people as the event is occurring. These paintings can also pose as a family heirloom for the bride and groom to cherish forever!

The cool thing about these paintings is the faces are completely recognizable! Anthony tells Lisa that these live events are some of the hardest things to paint.

Anthony has a long history of art but event painting is something he has started in the past year and a half. He made art his full time career 5 years ago and has 20 years of oil painting experience! Anthony gets his inspiration from combining the constantly changing outdoor landscapes with everyday still painting.

With #HipNJ’s plentiful wedding venues, these beautiful and elaborate settings are great for event painting! For more information on Anthony and his work check out his website at www.EventPaintingsByAnthony.com.


Bluemercury Montclair

With only eleven New Jersey locations, Montclair has become lucky number twelve on the list for Bluemercury!

#HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon was at their grand opening party, and spoke with the store’s manager, Ann D’Alessandro, about what the new Bluemercury store has to offer the community.

Bluemercury carries some of the best beauty products on the market. These include popular lines such as La Mer and RéVive, a full line of Kiehl’s, hair products such as Oribe and Bumble and bumble, and top makeup brands like (Montclair resident) Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier.

Bluemercury Montclair also offers spa treatments that range from signature facials and waxing, to a variety of skincare treatments, like glycolic peels and microdermabrasion. Bluemercury is able to “cater to what the client needs”.

Ann believes Montclair really needed a store like Bluemercury, and we agree! Come check out the new Bluemercury in Montclair, NJ located at the corner of Church and South Park Street.

For more information, visit Bluemercury.com.

See you there!

Dough Artisan Pizzeria

If you’re on the hunt for a #HipNJ place to eat, Dough Artisan Pizzeria in Caldwell may be the hidden gem you’ve been searching for!

This homey spot puts the “garden” in “Garden State“.  Owner and chef Ed Simmons has adopted a  “farm to table philosophy”, which means sourcing the finest & freshest local ingredients for their unique dishes.  Dough partners with local farmers, and strives to promote sustainability within the community.

“I feel I separate myself with my passion [for hand-crafted cuisine] and creativity,” Ed explained.

#HipNJ’s Peter Falzo got an exclusive tour of Dough and experienced their authentic dining experience firsthand.  Peter sampled Dough’s exquisite ricotta gnocchi in their fresh house sauce (“Excellent, not too sweet!”) and mouth-watering, brick oven pizza.

The two chatted about why Ed chose Caldwell as his business’ home.

“Caldwell is a great town, lots of families.  [It] has great plans for downtown, and I have a good feeling it’s going to be the next Montclair,” Simmons predicted.

To learn more about Dough, visit their website.