Category Archives: Toast of the Town

With exclusive interviews and revealing discussions, Hip New Jersey gets up close and personal with the best and brightest personalities in the state. Join hometown heroes on a tour of their favorite spots in town. Whether it’s celeb hangouts for Jersey luminaries, or tranquil spots for idol relaxation, we’ll journey where few have gone before.

Nikki Lane

Nashville Entrepreneur Nikki Lane

While on a recent trip to Nashville, #HipNJ chatted with Music City singer/songwriter Nikki Lane! Not only is Lane an artist, but she’s also an entrepreneur! 

Lane wrote her first song at the age of 25, after a breakup and says becoming a songwriter was “one of the most selfish things” she’d ever done. During her early songwriting days, her main line of work involved working in fashion.

Once she got a record deal, she moved from NYC to Nashville, where she grew her music career and business, High Class Hillbilly. Lane explains that the road to success hasn’t been a clear and steady one, but because she persevered, she ended up where she is today.

Lane says, “Getting those no’s and getting those rejections in the field you want are just kind of pushing you to be more creative and a better version of the type of project you’re trying to do and so, just try little harder”. 

High Class Hillbilly is based in Nashville, TN. The items they sell are vintage, hand picked from places all over the US. The vintage boutique is filled with hats, vintage boots, fashion pieces, fun pieces and leather goods. 

Make sure you check them out to complete your favorite vintage look!

 

 

Governor Jim McGreevey

Election Day Special with Governor Jim McGreevey

“Just give a damn and get involved!”

As thousands of New Jerseyians race to the polls to pick our next governor today, those words by former Governor Jim McGreevey pack a meaningful punch.  

On Election Day, #HipNJ‘s Armand V. Cucciniello III sat with the trailblazing politician at Porto Leggero in Jersey City. Over meatballs and ravioli (the Governor’s favorite!) they talked about the state’s opioid crisis, his work with the New Jersey Reentry Corporation and that one day in 2004 that changed the political landscape forever.

Watch now, and make sure to #CastYourVote