Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

#MusicMonday: Sounds of Music Entertainment

This #MusicMonday, #HipNJ is shining a spotlight on Sounds of Music Entertainment (SOMEntertainment).

SOM Entertainment is a full-scale DJ/MC and Lighting Group Based out of Woodbridge. It was founded by Anthony Giuliano back in 2002,  and has since grown to be one of the Top Entertainment Groups in the Tri-State Area.

SOMEntertainment is bringing the  WOW factor this year with several new enhancements. They now offer LED Dance Floor options, Custom Sweetheart Table and Chair Designs, Custom DJ Booths, Walls and more!

Earlier this year, #HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino met with DJ Anthony J to discuss SOMEntertainment, which you can check out above!

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West Orange Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce proudly recognized outstanding members of the West Orange community at their 20th annual awards dinner on May 9th at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

View some of the evening’s highlights below:

The Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange served as the perfect backdrop for a truly beautiful evening!


Essex County Chief of Staff Philip B. Alagia served as the night’s keynote speaker.


Ed Reagoso accepts the West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year award on behalf of The Wilshire Grand Hotel.


West Orange Fire Chief Anthony A. Vecchio joins his men who heroically saved a 17-year-old West Orange High School student from cardiac arrest- Captain George Hesse, Acting Captain Matthew Keenan, Firefighters Patrick McGovern, Craig Vanderhoof and Nicholas Manzella.


West Orange Chamber of Commerce Event Chair Susan McCartney and West Orange Police Chief James P. Abbott with the Police Officers of the Year – Officer Jeffery James and Detective Sebastian deLeon.


Standing ovations all around!

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NJPAC Women’s Association Spring Luncheon

#HipNJ spent a lovely afternoon at the NJPAC Women’s Association Annual Luncheon. An annual favorite, the event is a truly unique experience hosting over 500 prominent and high profile women business leaders and philanthropists from the NJ metro area onstage for lunch on-stage at Prudential Hall.

This year’s keynote address was given by Mikki Taylor, editor, speaker, author and proud “Brick City girl!” She shared messages of empowerment and strength from her new book, Editor in Chic: How to Style and Be Your Most Empowered Self with host Michelle Miller of CBS News.

Here are some of the day’s highlights. For more, visit #HipNJ on Instagram and view our story from the day:

The day began with a networking reception and festive silent auction.


One of the event’s unique features were on-site professional headshots!


We enjoyed a healthy and delicious lunch before the program.


#HipNJ sat center stage for the afternoon’s keynote presentation with Mikki Taylor, editor, speaker, author and proud “Brick City girl!”


Just some of #HipNJ’s favorite women!