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.

José Eber

José Eber Salon NJ Grand Opening

The drinks were pouring, the music was bumping, and #HipNJ was welcomed to the glamazon.

José Eber Salon NJ in Short Hills opened its doors with a fabulous party, and #HipNJ‘s Kelly Dillon was on the star-studded scene.

The industrial chic salon interior housed big names, impeccable style, and abounding New Jersey pride.

“I am very excited to be in Jersey, this is a dream come true for me,” Creative Director Yoav Tauber said. “I love the people of Jersey, they are very fashionable. I love their hair, I love their makeup, and I love their fashion altogether.”

José Eber himself attested to the hard work and all the creative minds behind the scenes of the grand opening, although neither hard work nor creativity are likely estranged to Eber with his work in the styling chair. Ultimately, he was filled with pride on this special day.

“The José brand has stood for quality and high power and we wanted that chic feel and we wanted to bring a brand to New Jersey,” Owner Marc Farbstein said.

“Luxurious,” “glamorous,” even “glamalistic” attendees raved.

The only thing more grand than the interior and the opening itself was the hairstyles on display and of course, that the salon is here to stay!

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ted allen

Ted Allen at Menus for the Mind

The students of P.G. Chambers School got a real treat when Food Network’s Chopped host Ted Allen stopped by for a special visit!

The visit was part of the 20th anniversary of P.G. Chambers’ Menus for the Mind Lecture Luncheon Series, which supports the school’s children with disabilities.  Past A-List guests include Cynthia Nixon and Tim Gunn.

#HipNJ‘s Kimberley Merlo chatted with Ted and some of the key players that made the amazing day happen!

Over 200 guests packed P.G. Chambers’ Cedar Knolls cafeteria to celebrate the event, which was part of the school’s 60th anniversary.

“To me it’s a privilege to have opportunities like this.  I get to learn, and this is nothing but fun!” Ted exclaimed.  As you can see in our segment, he truly bonded with the students by answering their questions and taking selfies!

Event co-chairs Jerry Rose and Joanne Balady were ecstatic over Ted Allen’s enthusiasm and the large community support.

“Money raised today goes to wheelchairs and iPads and different equipment that will help the children keep focused in class,” explained Jerry.

“Every child is unique in what their needs are,” added Joanne.  “Luckily, a lot of people here are friends of the school, and are so willing to contribute and support the children of P.G. Chambers!”

“Everyone deserves a place to realize their potential, and to see this I’m overwhelemed,” gushed Ted.

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Prestige Volvo Grand Reopening

#HipNJ‘s Kelly Dillon was on hand to help Prestige Volvo of East Hanover open their new showroom and unveil the all-new XC90!

For 35 years, Prestige Volvo has been New Jersey‘s premiere Volvo dealer. The newly remodeled, 18,000 square foot dealership reflects that success; the redesign includes a modern Scandinavian flavor, environmentally friendly amenities, and premium safety features.

Prestige Volvo General Manager Matthew Haiken shared his excitement over “America’s flagship Volvo dealership” and Volvo’s newest luxury SUV.  “[The XC90] is the rebirth of Volvo.  This car is the safest SUV on the road, and it looks amazing.”

The festivities kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Prestige Volvo CEO Leonard Haiken, General Manager Matthew Haiken and East Hanover township officials, including Mayor Joseph Pannullo and council members Frank DeMeo, Michael Martorelli and Joe Peluso.

Other executives that attended the event included Volvo Cars North America Executive team led by Bodil Erickson, Rick Bryant, Scott Doering, and North East VP Jim Raggi.  Valley National Bank Chairman, CEO, and President Gerald Lipkin and Klae Construction President William Rod Meyer were also in attendance.

Attendees test drove the all-new XC90 to rave reviews.  They were impressed by the XC90’s revamped exterior, lush interior, computer system, and its comprehensive standard safety package.

Guests also enjoyed hors d’oeuvres provided by OME Catering of Whippany. The lounge seating and decor was provided by Jerry Rose.

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