Category Archives: Garden State Living

Hip New Jersey spotlights the businesses and communities that are making the Garden State fabulous!

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My Gym of West Orange

#HipNJ sat down with Gina Simmons, the owner of My Gym in West Orange, to talk about a new, fun way to keep your kids active and healthy!

My Gym is a children’s fitness center that offers a wide variety of activities and classes from “Little Bundles” to “Cardio Kids.” Parents can bring their children to My Gym as early as 6 weeks, where they participate in songs, swings, dances, and infant-safe rides.

“I think it’s really important, at a very young age even, to have children associate fitness with fun,” explains Gina. “My Gym’s main concept is to build confidence and self-esteem, because if they have that, they can do anything in their lives.”

For the younger tots, the focus is on songs, visual stimulation, dances, and just plain fun! As children get older, the activities become more athletic and they can engage in classes such as “All Stars Sports” and “Champions.” Kids gain strength, balance, coordination, agility, and flexibility while hanging out with their friends in a playful, encouraging environment.

My Gym of West Orange stands out with it’s expert staff, headed by Gina Simmons. Gina has a B.F.A. in Theatre with a background in children’s musical theatre and dance. Gina uses her talents to inspire children and help them lead a healthy, happy lifestyle from the beginning. Her background makes her the perfect fit to lead in My Gym’s award-winning programs including classes, camps, and birthday parties!

“It’s so important that they (the My Gym staff) have some sort of Early Childhood development background or physical education background. Also, often some background in theater or dance,” says Gina.

My Gym of West Orange is currently offering some amazing specials, including $50 off the One Time Lifetime Family Membership and $50 off the first four weeks (with a minimum of an 8-week commitment). Also, with summer just around the corner, they are offering 30% off their summer camp price.

For any parent or guardian, this is a must-see segment!

For more information on My Gym of West Orange, please visit their website.

shades of grey

Shades of Grey

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino was one of the women entrepreneur models at W by Worth‘s “Shades of Grey” fashion show!

“It was important to feature strong, successful, independent women,” dished party co-host Cindy Gelormini.

Besides the inspired fashion show, attendees were treated to a seminar on the hottest paint color for homes (you guessed it, grey!) by Cindy, aka “The Paint Diva of New Jersey”.  Cindy, a new realtor with Sotheby’s, talked about how to stage your home for potential buyers.

“Cindy knows what she’s talking about,” gushed participant Karen Mobus.  “She completely transformed my home!”

The party also featured personal styling tips by Suzanne Botvinis and Kerri Cordero.

“W by Worth empowers women by style,” explained Suzanne.  “There is a piece for everyone.”

The wine and cheese reception was held at Twin Maples Mansion in Summit.  The estate is listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places.  The home of the Fortnightly Club and Junior Fortnightly Club is the epitome of New Jersey class, just like the ladies featured!

For more on “shades of grey” paint colors, visit  For more on W by Worth, e-mail Suzanne directly at

Governor Chris Christie

Governor Chris Christie Town Hall Meeting

#HipNJ scored an exclusive invite to Governor Chris Christie‘s Town Hall Meeting in Hanover Township, and we learned about the latest in the Garden State political scene!

Governor Christie, who is still mulling over a presidential run, did not shy away from the hot button issues affecting #HipNJ citizens.  From pension and healthcare reform, to gun rights, mental health and balancing the budget, nothing was off the table as our highlight reel shows.

No matter your political party, there’s no doubting the passion Governor Christie has for his job and the well-being of New Jersey.

“I was born here, I was raised here, and I love this state.  This is where I raise my children, and this is where I hope they raise their children.”

There were some lighter moments too.  Governor Christie’s classmates from Livingston High School were on hand, and we learned that despite his high profile, he would be attending his 35th high school reunion celebration in April.  We also learned that his son is a baseball player for Princeton University, and that after the meeting he and his wife Mary Pat were going to cheer on the Tigers‘ game at Seton Hall University.

It’s hip to stay informed and get involved.  For more on Governor Christie, stay connected to State.NJ.US/Governor.