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Lovepop Cards

Valentine’s Day 2019 Hip List Pick: Lovepop Cards

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo is here to tell you about the latest Hip List gift pick for Valentine’s Day: Lovepop Cards!

A Lovepop is more than a card. The intricate 3D paper sculptures are designed by naval engineers on cutting-edge software and then handcrafted in the Asian art form of sliceform kir-i-gami. Whether it’s a wedding or birthday or Valentine’s Day, they have you covered.

Wombi Rose and John Wise launched Lovepop out of the Harvard Innovation Lab in late 2014. Since then, they were named to the 2015 Techstars class, nominated for 50 on Fire by BostInno and appeared on season 7 of “Shark Tank” where Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” Leary became an investor.  You’ll find Lovepop at convenient locations you frequent every day. 

Give your loved ones a card that you know they’ll absolutely love this Valentine’s Day. Once opened, these cards reveal their beauty, and your loved will want to keep them forever.

For more information, visit LovePopCards.com.

Want to win one of your own? Here’s how to enter our giveaway:

    1. Follow #HipNJ on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIN.
    2. Find our Love Pop Cards contest post.
    3. Refer to the post’s rules.

Cupid will be picking all of our Hip List Valentine’s Day winners on February 12th.

Good luck!

Where To Spend National Pie Day in New Jersey

What’s your favorite part of the pie, the crust or the sweet center? At The Pie Store in Montclair, New Jersey they embrace every inch of these circular delights! Doubling the crust and tripling the fruity or creamy center that will make your taste buds dance. This authentic English styled market offers you the chance to indulge in traditional English styled double crusted apple, blackberry and cranberry pies. Trying to lay off the sugar? No need to feel left out! They also have an entire menu dedicated to mouth watering, freshly made savory pies filled with potato, cheese, chicken and mushroom.


Calling all carb lovers! The Greek mother-ship of everything sweet, savory and delicious has landed right here in Hoboken, New Jersey. Within the first few steps of walking through the GFG Bakery and Cafe modern styled glass doors you will be welcomed with the warm smell of baked goods and introduced to the land of Greek treats. Their Mediterranean pie exceeds maximum satisfaction as the creamy feta and airy crust melts in your mouth. Take a daily trip to Greece and start your day off right with a sweet Greek treat or savory snack. Can’t choose between sweet or savory? Try their Honey Cheese pie, the perfect combination of delicious and addicting.

Did you say you loved pie and all things scrumptious? Because we do! Mara’s Cafe and Bakery has been serving Denville and its surrounding areas for over 30 years now and has yet to disappoint. Their extensive line of baked goods includes brownies, bars, biscotti, homemade cookies, cannolis, cupcakes and of course pies! Mara’s Cafe and Bakery accommodates all, whether you want just a little treat for yourself or are looking to host a party for your friends and family. Searching for a new way to end the work week? Pick yourself up sweet treat at Mara’s Bakery!

 
Mr.Tod’s Pie Factory, originally seen on Shark Tank in 2009, can now be found in the heart of Englewood, New Jersey. Mr.Tod, was formerly famous for being one of Shark Tank’s many successes and since then has maximized his palette and has created his own version of pies, cobblers and even cheesecake! If you are looking for a four inch or ten inch pie Mr. Tod is able to accommodate you. His menu gives you the abstract in the ordinary, starting with his popularly known sweet potato pie, going on to his freshly made buttermilk coconut pie and finishing off with his own interpretation of pecan and chocolate pecan pie. Can’t choose? Buy a box of his four inch samplers!

Sweet, Sweet, LilliPies! LilliPies started from the ground up, going from selling their baked goods at local Princeton farmers markets to now being a complete commercial kitchen and eatery right in the neck of the Princeton Center Mall. This up and coming business has created a home for all of those who are looking for a little piece of sweetness to start their day. Their January themed menu is currently hosting three pies, all with a Southern twist. Their Bourbon Pecan pie is filled with a buttery honey, pecan custard and topped off with roasted pecans. Their NJ Apple pie is baked to perfection, centered with Jersey apples and finished off with their streusel crumble. And of course, we can’t forget the Chocolate Chess pie, made with farm fresh eggs and E. Guittard chocolate. Did I mention they serve breakfast all day?


The struggle of finding a guilt free, allergy friendly treat is a thing of the past. No more DIY, three ingredient baking for you! Squirrel & The Bee Grainless Bake Shop in Short Hills has it all! Every baked good is made with love and care, minus the preservatives, grains, dairy, refined sugar and gluten. Their locally sourced produce really creates the “farm to table” feel. Their menu is endless, giving you the options of pies, brownies, grainless granola, muffins, bread and even dairy free, homemade ice creams! Squirrel & The Bee passion for clean eating doesn’t stop there. They also offer a healthy, traditional approach to breakfast and lunch. Serving up grainless waffles, eggs, smoothies and acai bowls for breakfast and soups, grainless sandwiches and salads for lunch.

Philip Petracca on Fizzics

Philip Petracca, founder and CEO of Fizzics, joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss the revolutionary draft beer system.

About four years ago, Petracca and co-founder David McDonald were having a draft beer and got into a discussion on why beer tastes so good when it is fresh from the tap. “Ten months later, we developed the technology that utilizes sound waves and pours the beer under pressure,” Petracca says. “What we’ve done is make the foam taste delicious.”

The campaign kicked off on Indiegogo, making a quarter million dollars. The pair found success elsewhere as well, specifically on ABC’s Shark Tank. “It was a tremendous experience,” Petracca recalls. “We ended up doing one of the highest deals ever on the history of the show with Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner.” 

All of this has been done out of the Garden State. “We’re proud to be born and raised in New Jersey,” Petracca states before giving us a demonstration, which can be seen in the video above!

To learn more, click here.