• 5 Unique Spots To Do Your Holiday Shopping {In Jersey City Heights}

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    If you are one of those people who likes to save {read: procrastinate} your holiday shopping for the last minute, you are not alone. Thankfully, with so many different options throughout Hudson County, you don’t have to rely on that Amazon Prime account. Here are a few of our top spots in Jersey City Heights, where you can find something for anyone on your nice {or naughty} list. PRO TIP: Shoppers can also enjoy two hours of free parking in municipal lots on Central Avenue now through New Year’s Day. So get to shopping small and supporting local businesses!

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    For the pamperer —The Nail Loft {389 Central Ave}

     

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    The Nail Loft was featured a few months ago for a recent Mani Monday, but we love it so much we had to include it again!  It’s been almost a year since they opened their doors, and it’s easy to see what makes them the preferred nail salon in the Heights neighborhood. The salon is spacious and clean — and it provides a ton of different polish selections for any occasion.  Make sure to take advantage of their online reservation system, as well as their FREE parking lot in the rear of the building.

    Recommended gift idea: Mani/pedi for $30, a wax, or even threading in an upscale and luxurious setting is a great gift for the beauty lover.

    For the bike enthusiast — Jersey Cycles {510 Central Ave}

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    Whether you’re an avid cyclist or bike commuter, Jersey Cycles prides itself as an old school shop that has an eclectic selection of products made for every different type of cyclist.  They offer personal attention for all of your biking needs, including assembly, tune ups, repairs and accessories.  You can even stop by for free air if your tires are low.

    Recommended gift idea: Jersey Cycles has tons of locks that range anywhere from $30 – $80 and lights to ride at night are also available for under $20 {and would be a great stocking stuffer}.  If you’re looking for a more high-end gift, go with the Brooks leather saddle which is handmade in England and sells for around $189.

    For the Coffee-Lover: Modcup Coffee {479 Palisade Ave}

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    A Jersey City favorite, Modcup Coffee brews their coffee in micro-batches so that your cup of Joe is served at the ultimate level of freshness.  The baristas are knowledgeable about the roasting process and their passion for making the most flavorful coffee is very apparent in their coffee craft. Since the cafe sits right across from Riverview-Fisk Park, you can’t beat the view of the NYC skyline.

    Recommended gift idea:  Modcup  has a super-cool coffee subscription starting at $16, so you can basically wake up every day with the best coffee in town. The beans get mailed straight to their door, either every other week or once a month.  For $30 you can also purchase a box set, which offers three-8 ounce bags of coffee from different growing regions around the world.

    For the Foodie: The Hutton {225 Hutton Street}

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    The Hutton is the destination in Jersey City for beer, wine and amazing food created by chef Deuhana Vargas. Plus, the outdoor patio offers a peaceful environment to enjoy a nice round of appetizers and drinks during a Thursday happy hour. For friends and family in the area, gift cards are a great option — and major bonus when you mention “Hoboken Girl” and purchase a gift card of $100 or more, you get a FREE Hutton Cocktail.

    See More: The BEST {Over 50+!} Holiday Deals Around Hoboken and Jersey City

    For the Naturalist: Bloomsbury Sq {942 Summit Ave}

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    ^Bloomsbury Sq’s beautiful set-up

     

    Owner Niambi Cacchioli has created a warm, beautiful space {shared with Choc-O-Pain} and houses her natural beauty line and DIY Beauty Bar at 942 Summit, along with several pop-ups throughout the season — perfect for gifting. {You may remember our Hoboken Girl candle from way back when which we created together!}. Her uniquely created and soothing bath and body products are made locally, and can be snagged all while grabbing a cup of coffee and a croissant at the best French pastry shop in the Heights {PS: Mention Hoboken Girl at Choc-O-Pain and get get 20% off a second large tart or cake when you mention Hoboken Girl in-store at any location.}

    Where is your favorite place to shop for gifts in your neighborhood?  Comment below!


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    Liya originally hails from Minneapolis, MN (but don't hold that accent against her) and has been a NY/NJ transplant since 2004, when she moved east to attend Hofstra University. Even though she doesn't pronounce coffee like you, she has a passion for some of the best food, culture and lifestyle that this side of the Hudson has to offer. As a new resident of Jersey City Heights {with her husband Scott and their dog Nala}, she's excited to explore her new neighborhood and share her findings with you.


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