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Hip New Jersey’s Best Spas for Valentine’s Day 2018

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner which means it’s time to make the date with your significant other. If you want to treat that special someone in your life, try one if the spas hand-picked by #HipNJ for a luxurious escape. The list below has a full range of unique spa experiences from weekend getaways to romantic couple’s massages and everything in between.

Crystal Springs Resort

You and your sweetheart can indulge in a wide array of spa treatments offered by Elements Spa and Salon at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon Township. Their second spa, Reflections, is located in the Grand Cascades Lodge and is perfect for guests who love being pampered in extravagance. In addition to their world-class spas, Crystal Springs is a full vacation destination with numerous dining options, a wine cellar, a ski mountain and a biosphere pool!


In Morris Plains, DePasquale, The Spa is the go-to place for skin treatments, body scrubs and specialty massages. They use Clarins products for their facial treatments that help to relax facial features and redefine contours.

SoJo Spa Club

Sojo Spa Club offers an opportunity to escape the hassles of everyday life right in your own backyard. Located in Edgewater, the Korean-style spa is a full-day experience with a flat admission price that includes a variety of saunas, steam rooms, designated male and female bath houses, gourmet food, outdoor pools and a waterslide! As well as massages and skin treatments, guests can enjoy their roof-top infinity pool that overlooks the river and the Manhattan skyline.

Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa

Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa in Montclair is located inside of a historic church, repurposed for use as a luxury spa. The beautiful setting that includes restored stained-glass and original pews has been enhanced with radiant heat, floating bamboo floors, an air purification system, free wifi and top-of-the-line salon equipment. In addition to Valentine’s Day specials, Bangz is a full-scale hair salon. Treating yourself to a blowout can make anyone feel like a million bucks before a special V-Day date!

Kūr Wellness Studio

Kūr Wellness Studio in Asbury Park has you covered for all of your skincare and massage needs as well as yoga classes and personal training. Owner Troy transformed the space into a unique business that focuses on both the client’s relaxation and fitness needs. Most spa packages for massage and facials also include free yoga passes or even a full week of yoga! Also on staff is an Ayurvedic Healing Coach for holistic healing and illness prevention.

Valentine’s Day Edition of Maria Falzo’s Hip List

Hip New Jersey’s own Maria Falzo has a few Valentine’s Day gift suggestions available through Grove Giftables in Cedar Grove. Maria and store owner Stacia have compiled a list of gift ideas for #HipNJ suitable for everyone in your life.

With the harsh winter we’ve had in New Jersey, what could be better than a cozy knitted hat? If there is a newborn in your life, the colorful hats for babies are an adorable and practical gift. Matching mommy-and-me hats are a cute option for parents and toddlers who like to maintain a chic wardrobe despite the winter weather.

Fitting for almost anyone in the family, the stylish S’ip by S’well bottles come in regular and large sizes. The caps are tethered to the bottle for children who have a penchant to misplace items. Grove Giftables can customize the bottles by etching your loved-one’s initials into the design. Regular-sized bottles cost $19.99 while large will run you $24.99.

For teachers or anyone who prefers to avoid sweets, there are fun and sparkly homemade soaps. Each soap is heart-shaped and comes in an assortment or V-Day colors. Individually, the soaps are $9 and a mason jar full of soaps cost $22.

Homemade cookies with Valentine’s Day messages inscribed in them are great for those with a sweet tooth. These go well inside a trendy #Love mug so you can enjoy your confections with a warm beverage.

The fashionable yet functional Bogg Bag is a excellent gift for any holiday but especially for that special lady on Valentine’s Day. The tote is waterproof and washable – great for a weekend away or a day at the beach. Stacia is offering a special for a Bogg Bag and a S’ip by S’well bottle purchased together.

Head down to Grove Giftables and check out their inventory of gifts for everyone in your life this Valentine’s Day.

Zak DeOssie

NY Giants Captain Zak DeOssie & the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

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Credit: Peter Richter/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Children’s Hospital

By: Lisa Marie Latino

As far as #HipNJ men go, New York Giants captain Zak DeOssie is the complete package!

We recently chatted with the Summit resident about his involvement with The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, a non-profit charity whose mission is to BE THERE for families battling childhood cancer with financial, emotional and practical support.  The two-time Super Bowl champion recently participated in a heart-warming hospital visit, and we got to speak with him about that day, his love for charity work and living in the Garden State!

HipNJ: Hi Zak! It’s a pleasure to speak with you and thank you for all the great memories you have given Giants fans around the tri-state area for the past decade. Let’s talk a little bit about your newest memory you have given a very special group of people.

Zak DeOssie: Thank you for the kind words. I was so honored to have spent part of my Valentine’s Day at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to help spread some holiday cheer to children who are unfortunately dealing with cancer. It was two hours of fun, games and treats. It was great to “be there” and give these families a break from all the heavy stuff.

HipNJ: Was there a particular moment of your visit that stood out for you?

ZD: There was a three-year-old who was absolutely inconsolable at first, but it felt really great to have calmed him down enough so he could enjoy the day. Having a toddler at home, I’ve become a bit of a pro at that!

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Credit: Peter Richter/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Children’s Hospital

HipNJ: Talk about your overall work with the Jay Fund.

ZD: When Coach (Tom Coughlin) calls, you pick up the phone. He has shaped me into the man that I am today, and I speak for thousands of others when I say that. He’s a true coach, a true mentor, and anything he and the organization needs I am there.

HipNJ: Why is it so important to lend your celebrity to causes such as the Jay Fund?

ZD: ::laughs:: I don’t know if I consider myself a “celebrity”! But anytime you are in the public eye, it is so incredibly important to give back. I feel so blessed to be in the position I am, and I want to make sure I use my responsibility as a professional football player for great causes.

In addition to the Jay Fund, I sit on the board of America Needs You, an organization that fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. I also participate in the Newark Mentoring Movement golf tournament every year.

HipNJ: You are from Massachusetts but married a “Jersey Girl” and are now raising your family here. What was that transition like from New England to the Garden State?

ZD: ::laughs:: I waited until the very last second to change my driver’s license! But I started out in Hoboken and I got bit by the Jersey bug long and hard. I absolutely love it here. The people are great. The passion in the state, especially during football season, is infectious. I have totally embraced living in New Jersey!

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Credit: Peter Richter/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Children’s Hospital