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The Wilshire Grand Hotel

The Wilshire Grand Hotel Honored As Business of the Year!

The Wilshire Grand Hotel is among the honorees being celebrated at the West Orange Chamber of Commerce 20th Anniversary annual awards dinner on May 9th!

#HipNJ will be at The Wilshire Grand Hotel to honor exceptional community members from the business community, Fire Department, Police Department and Board of Education. Philip Alagia, chief of staff to Joe DiVincenzo, Essex County executive, will be the evening’s Keynote speaker.

The honorees include:

Business of the Year
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Educator of the Year
Gerard Frank

Police Officer of the Year
Officer Jeffrey James
Officer Sebastian deLeon

Firefighter of the Year
Captain George Hesse
Firefighter Patrick McGovern
Firefighter Craig Vanderhoof
Acting Captain Matthew Keenan
Firefighter Nicholas Manzella

For more information, visit WestOrangeChamber.com.

Author Matt Sweetwood’s Book Party in NYC


This week, #HipNJ is featuring Matt Sweetwood – author, entrepreneur, single-father and life coach – whose most recent project, a self-help book entitled Leader of the Pack, was recently celebrated at Till & Sprocket NYC with a stimulating discussion about marriage, divorce, parenthood, and leadership.

Matt’s expertise comes from his own struggles as a divorced father of five children. He escaped an abusive marriage at a time when males were rarely the primary caregivers – let alone capable of simple tasks like changing diapers. His wife walked out when his oldest child was a mere eight-years-old.

His journey from breadwinner to sole parent is inspirational for single fathers everywhere who find themselves facing the same stigmas that Matt grappled with for many years. In addition to parenting advice, Matt discusses his experiences in the business and the dating world. Matt believes that a successful and happy life has to exists outside of the principal role of parenting.

Currently, Matt runs a consultancy, MSweetwood LLC. Consulting, aimed at helping entrepreneurs, small businesses, start-ups, bloggers and more. He shares his abilities with a broader audience through his life coaching and motivational speaking.

You can purchase a copy of Matt Sweetwood’s Leader of the Pack on Amazon or you can learn more about Matt’s services through his website.

Keep on HipNewJersey.com for more content on great local entrepreneurs and authors like Matt!

Christmas Shopping In Downtown Cranford

Still need to do some Christmas shopping? #HipNJ is here to help. Downtown Cranford has the perfect gift for everyone in your life, and here are some phenomenal businesses you need to check out.

Simply Art and Framing

Simply has something for everyone. The gallery is filled with hundreds of wonderful art and gift items, offering so much more than just framing.

Cranford Golden Touch Jewelers


Looking to get that special someone a beautiful piece of jewelry? Head over to Cranford Golden Touch Jewelers and you will not be disappointed.

The Amber Feather

The Amber Feather is perfect for the fashionista in your life. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind piece, this vintage, retail and resale shop is the place to be.

Hot Yoga Revolution

Hot Yoga Revolution is offering a $100 gift card for $80, as well as 25% off retail: premium yoga mats, hot yoga towels, china gel, pura vida bracelets and more!

Cake Artist Cafe

Cake Artist Cafe has a wide range of cake pops, cookie sets, and other delicious goodies that make the perfect stocking stuffer!

Fresh Press Juice Co.

Fresh Press Juice Co. is giving customers who purchase a $25 gift card or more the choice of a homemade granola bar or truffles.

Happy shopping!