Local Business


FitFUNd Brings Wellness on The Road

As a runner, Racquel Clarke excelled. She competed at Syracuse University — a Division I program. She also shined as a student. She graduated from Syracuse in 2010 and finished her MBA from the prestigious Rutgers Business School in 2013. Her degree concentrated on healthcare management and social entrepreneurship. She quickly began her career, working

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Iron Strong Jewelry: Where Fashion and Fitness Win

Tina Tang has been an artist for as long as she can remember. Suffice it to say that her first professional job as an equities trader at Goldman Sachs didn’t satisfy that calling. Five years in, Tang got out. “Jewelry was one of the mediums I played with,” recalls Tang, “It was a marketable artistic

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Vivi’s Life: An Allergy Free Cookie Company Making Moves

“I could not find healthy, allergy friendly snacks for Vivienne,” Vivi’s Life founder Denise Woodard tells JCI. Woodard’s daughter Vivienne has a rare condition called FPIES, a type of food allergy affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  Woodard first became aware of her daughter Vivienne’s severe food allergies after an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts. And then,

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Rising Tide’s Start Something Challenge Announces Winners

The 2016 Start Something Challenge – photo credit Imara Moore Photography On Thursday, July 28, Rising Tide Capital’s 5th Annual Start Something Challenge crowned its top three entrepreneurs after a six week contest culminating in a pitch competition before of a standing room only crowd at St. Peter’s University. From the original 109 competitors, ten

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Strum and Drum in the Heights — Music Store Guitar Bar Drum Den Opens in Jersey City

Bang a drum, there’s a new store in town! Wait, you don’t have a drum? Then definitely march down to 362 Palisade Avenue to visit GBDD, the Guitar Bar Drum Den. The full-service music shop opened on October 31. Area musicians are already very familiar with both halves of the store’s name: Guitar Bar has

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Another Man’s Treasure Kickstarts Into a New Location

Another Man’s Treasure Vintage Store opened on June 16, 2006 in a small modest building on Brunswick Street in Jersey City. Owners Meika and Warren Franz, both only twenty-five years of age at the time, worked long hours to attract customers and make the store a success; working full-time jobs Monday thru Friday while operating

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Cognitive Surplus: Bridging Science and Art with Unique Gifts

Blending science and art is no easy feat. Just ask Kristen and Geoff Zephyrus, partners in life and owners of Cognitive Surplus. “Most of the other companies that we see doing science and gifts, they’re either a designer who’s trying to make science things, or they’re a scientist who’s trying to make objects. So you

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DeCarlos Bespoke: Keeping Jersey City in Style

Handmade and hand-tailored clothing have never gone out of style. It used to be only a small subset of the population that wanted and searched out tailors such as DeCarlos Morse, owner and tailor of DeCarlos Bespoke, 411 Monmouth St. “In the last six years, the diversity of ages and colors coming in has really

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The Wisdom of Modern Sage

Leah Guy does not mess around. For more than 20 years she has been working as a health educator, a TV personality, inspirational speaker and yogi. She even has her own cleverly named production company called A Girl Named Guy. But Modern Sage (351 2nd St.) is her most recent passion project — that is good

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942 Summit — Artisanal Blend of Tea, Gluten-Free Snacks & Bath Products

Update Dec. 12: Do You Tea? will be closing their tea bar on December 20. Considering that tea is the second-most consumed beverage on the planet, one would think it’s as easy to find as running water. Until recently, though, the Jersey City Heights lacked a proper tea shop. Do You Tea, one of three

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Pig & Pepper: Where Curiosity and Quality Meet

Update: This business is closed. It’s been a long, gloomy winter in Jersey City, and everyone could use a little pep in their step. Enter Pig & Pepper, our city’s unique downtown boutique, “A place where curiosity and quality meet.” Owners Karen and Lou Galli crossed paths in New York City years ago, when Karen

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PHOTOS: Word Bookstore Ribbon Cutting

 Ribbon Cutting Word Independent community bookstore, WORD, (123 Newark Ave.) celebrated their grand opening with a ceremony and ribbon cutting on Friday, February 28. JCI had an opportunity to chat with owner Christine Onorati about Jersey City’s thriving arts community, the importance of bookstores, and what makes WORD unique. JCI: What do you like about

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The Thirsty Quaker: Hudson County’s Only Homebrew Shop Opens

Four years ago, Kendall Alvarez-Eskew was one of the founding members of the Jersey City Brew Club. Today, he opens the doors to his first business – Hudson County’s only homebrew supply shop and liquor store, The Thirsty Quaker.


A Small Green Space Prepares for the Spring Season

Lam and her team at A Small Green Space help beautify dwellings (usually homes, but they also take on other kinds of projects such as consulting for a children’s garden at City Hall) by making them greener. From window boxes to full-size backyards, they design, create, install, and then maintain outdoor spaces for city dwellers.


Rock ‘n’ Rollin’, Hair-Cuttin’ Gang at Balance Salon Hoping to Bring Real JC to Reality TV

A screenshot of an interview with Carla Anderson being edited for the sizzle reel of ‘Unbalanced’ If you’ve ever been to Balance JC in Downtown Jersey City, you know it’s not an ordinary hair salon. Over the years, it’s hosted paintings by an alleged alien abductee, has shared space with a vintage retailer and has

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Indiegrove Coworking Space Offers Entrepreneurs a Place to Grow

While fighting for seats and Wi-Fi at local cafes and struggling to get a moment’s peace in your home office, you realize — maybe having a real place to work would be nice. Now, a new coworking space in Downtown Jersey City hopes to give local small business owners and entrepreneurs a place to sit

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New Downtown Boutique Wolf Juice Adds Splash of Street Style from JC’s Other Neighborhoods

Downtown Jersey City just got a little more “dope.” Since opening on Black Friday last year, local boutique Wolf Juice has been offering what owner Earl Davis (also known as Ego) calls some of the illest threads in Chilltown.


Brooklyn Community-Minded Bookstore WORD Branching Out With Jersey City Shop and Cafe

A Brooklyn bookstore is branching out with a new store in Jersey City in late spring or early summer this year. WORD, a book shop founded in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood five years ago by owner Christine Onorati, is coming to Newark Avenue in Downtown Jersey City. The bookstore posted a teaser on their Tumblr late

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New Dessert Spot Cookies N’ Crepes Putting Sweet Smiles on Faces in Downtown JC

No, you are not hallucinating. You really did see a man in a blue furry monster costume at Newark and Jersey avenues yelling “COOKIE!” He’s the blue mascot for new dessert joint Cookies N’ Crepes at 195 Newark Ave. in Downtown Jersey City — not that character from that kids show you might be thinking about, the owners say, but a fellow monster fan of cookies (and of course, crepes).


‘Key West Attitude’: New Waterfront Bar Surf City is More Relaxed and Family-Friendly than the Sand Bar

Surf City, the new waterfront megabar and Zeppelin Hall’s sister bar, was still a construction site just over a month ago. It had been in planning for three years, ever since the building’s previous establishment, Sand Bar USA closed down. General Manager John Argento, co-owner along with the Mocco family, waited a long time on purpose. “We wanted the Sand Bar’s reputation to die down,” Argento says.