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Weekend Recap: Jersey is the Ultimate Concert Destination

This summer heat wave is pretty intense, but that certainly hasn’t stopped concert tours from passing through the #GardenState! Billboard chart-toppers seemed to be running rapid all weekend long. Leave it to #HipNJ to keep you posted in case you missed something in our weekend recap!

Friday, July 15th

Let’s first recap the weekend for those who couldn’t make it to a #NJ concert. This summer, Jersey shore water appears to be clearer than ever and it really came to the attention of many moving into this weekend. The phenomenon is influenced by the amount of rain the state gets and the strength of the wind. But don’t let yourself get hung up on the facts because this may not be ever-lasting. Go out and enjoy the aqua-green tinted water before it’s too late!

Justin Bieber returned to Jersey just two weeks after his Newark show in the current leg of the Purpose World Tour. But this time he visited Atlantic City – he wanted to see the clear shore water, too! Boardwalk Hall was lit up as the superstar performed the set list that we just never seem to get tired of.

Saturday, July 16th

Do you remember when…The Beach Boys wowed audiences decades ago? Oh, wait, they still do! The iconic rock group showed that they still have it in them on Saturday night at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove.

Keith Urban really brought the fire with him at his concert on Saturday night as part of his ripCORD World Tour. No, really, a food truck fire plagued the PNC Bank Arts Center earlier in the day. The concert went on, nevertheless. And the way fans see it, the fire was just a foreshadowing of the awesome show that he would later put on.


Sunday, July 17th

Vans Warped Tour is back this summer and it made its stop in Jersey on Sunday. This tour is the Super Bowl for rock fans. How could it not be? With appearances by top-name bands such as Good Charlotte and American Authors, what rock fan wouldn’t be rushing to get front and center?

Speaking of the Super Bowl, remember Coldplay’s awe-inspiring performance at Super Bowl 50 earlier this year? The British rock group brought that same showmanship and energy on the second of two nights at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. East Rutherford was just the first stop on the American leg of their A Head Full of Dreams Tour in support of their latest studio album of the same name.

She ran away in her sleep, and dreamed of paradise ✨ #coldplay #takemeback

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World Golf Network’s Dan Pincus

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat down with Dan Pincus, founder and CEO of World Golf Network, to discuss the premier golf business networking organization.

“I noticed that if you can get onto the golf course with the right people, business becomes easy,” Pincus states. “There’s no activity like golf, in terms of building a relationship.”

Here’s a breakdown of how it works. A company gives World Golf Network a profile of who they are, what they do, and who they want to meet. If they can help, the company is accepted into the system and is matched up with people who they can get referred to for business, or might need to take their business to the next level.

“You learn more about a person over one round of golf than you could over months of having cocktails and meeting with them,” Pincus said. “You get to learn who they are, what they do, and how they communicate with people.”

There are over 4,000 executives in their database that are used to match up people based on who they could actually do more business with.

People always say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. To use that to your advantage, head over to World Golf Network’s website and fill out an application to get qualified.

Bucket and Bay Craft Gelato

#HipNJ’s Cara Di Falco headed over to Jersey City to pay Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato a visit!

Bucket & Bay is a gelateria located on Bay Street known for its unique gelato.  Gelato, of course, is an Italian style of low-fat ice cream that is characterized by its more dense texture in comparison to other styles of ice cream.

Cara sat down with Jen Kavlakov, the owner and chief of the café, to talk about what goes on behind the scenes. Along with her husband, Boris, she opened up Bucket & Bay because it had long been a dream of theirs and they wanted to make their kids proud of them for following that dream.

Perhaps the most pivotal ingredient that contributes to their healthier (and tastier) gelato is the 100 percent grass fed milk. This type of milk has more nutrients than standard milk whereas cows that produce the milk produce it in small amounts.

What also sets Bucket & Bay apart from other gelaterias in New Jersey is that rather from starting from a premade base and adding flavor from there like others do, Jen and the rest of her crew start completely from scratch.

The café also only uses local ingredients acquired from a purveyor. One drawback is that they only use seasonal ingredients, so you won’t be able to get anything with strawberries in the dead of winter. But they work around this. Family is very important to Jen and Boris and the duo would never put an item on the menu that they wouldn’t serve to their loved ones.

Jen obviously was not going to let Cara leave without a sample! Cara was lucky enough to try one of the cafes classic items, a pressed gelato sandwich. Served on toasted babka, a type of croissant roll, this sandwich includes gelato and a house-made jam. Her sample was a classic combination of Bucket & Bay vanilla gelato and strawberry rhubarb jam.

Jen and Boris also strive to be active community participants beyond desert by selling their top-notch ingredients through a buyers club deal called Bucket Share. Membership is not required in order to purchase the ingredients, but a discount is offered. Rather than a come-and-go atmosphere, the café also features community space and visitors are encouraged to sit back and enjoy the gelato.

To learn more about Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato, go to BucketAndBay.com.