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Word on the {Washington} Street: Alba Boutique Opens, Free Hoboken Holiday Parking, Welcome House of ‘Que and More Hoboken News

by Kate Lombardo
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‘Tis the season to be busy! And the Mile Square is no exception the rule. Hoboken has had a busy month as we’ve kicked off the Holiday Season. Check out all the latest news from around town with our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street- your one stop shop for everything news in Hoboken. 


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Mile Square Theatre Breaks Ground on New Hoboken Facility


On November 13th, Hoboken-based Mile Square Theatre broke ground on their brand new space. Their new facility is located at the Artisan and is scheduled to open in March of 2016. MST will operate their educational programs out of their new space and will soon announce its first season of plays to be performed at the new location. Mile Square Theatre is a professional Equity theatre in Hudson County. Artistic Director and founder Chris O’Connor leads the production of full-scale plays for adults and children in addition to their education programs. Be sure to keep a lookout for big things coming ahead this spring for MST!

Alba Boutique Opens in Hoboken

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In our last Word on Wash we clued you into the upcoming opening of Alba Boutique. We’re so happy to be able to report that they’re officially open and chock full of adorable pieces {like the look above found in our gift guide!} to add to your wardrobe. This is the boutique’s second location after two successful years at their original location in Ridgewood, NJ. Take a look at some of their pieces online or stop by the boutique located at 716 Washington Street.

Happy Holidays in Hoboken with FREE Parking

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Yes, you read that correctly! This holiday season the city is hoping to encourage visitors to shop local by offer up to 4 hours of free garage parking in the city municipal garages B {located at 28 2nd Street}, D {15 Hudson}, and Midtown {371 4th street} every Saturday and Sunday from December 5th-January 3rd and from December 21st-25th. All you have to do is show the parking attendant receipts totaling at least $25 from any Hoboken businesses during the 4 hours you’re parked. Any time beyond the 4 hours will be charged at the regular rate. We love anything that encourages people to shop local! Check out our holiday gift guide for some great suggestions! 


FIT RxN’s “Squats Before Shots” Charity Event


Hoboken boutique fitness studio FIT RxN will be hosting their 2nd Annual fundraiser for Running Through Walls on December 12th. This nonprofit organization helps pediatric oncology patients during and after treatment. The owner of FIT is a pediatric cancer survivor, so this is a cause very close to the hearts of their entire community. The studio will host two fitness classes {max 48 people so make sure to sign up in advance!} and a gathering at The Ale House afterwords {no limit there!} with the goal of raising enough money to purchase at least 3 iPads for the pediatric oncology ward at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia {CHOP}. Call the studio for more information at {201} 656-1986. Don’t miss out on an amazing opportunity to give back!

Repaving of Observer Highway to Begin This Week

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The City of Hoboken is expecting to start repaving Observer Highway this Tuesday, December 8th.  The road will be repaved from Hudson Street to the firehouse east of Madison Street and a portion of Henderson Street will also be included in the repaving project. Milling is expected to take 3-5 days followed by an additional 3-5 days of paving. The City has authorized work to occur until 8:00PM and on Saturdays in order to get the project completed as quickly as possible. While efforts will be made to maintain traffic patters, drivers are encourage to plan alternate route until the repaving is complete. While this may cause a temporary inconvenience for drives, we are so excited at the thought of a smooth ride down Observer!

House of ‘Que Now Open on The Waterfront


House Of ‘Que is officially open and is bringing the art of Austin Barbeque to Hoboken, Esteemed Texas pitmaster, Mike Rodriquez has put together a menu full of bbq favorites and fun cocktails. The casual restaurant has taken over the location previously held by 340 Grille which closed in October 2014. We haven’t had the chance to test out the food yet, but from what we hear it’s a ton of fun and full of delicious bbq. And of course… the views are some of the best around!

Hoboken Participating in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign


The City of Hoboken will participate in a state-wide campaign to prevent drunk-driving. From December 11th through January 1st local and state law enforcement officials will be cracking down on catching drivers who are intoxicated behind the wheel by conducting saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. That national “Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over” campaign strives to bring public awareness to the dangers of intoxicated driving, which is estimated to have been the cause of over 10,000 deaths last year. Make smart and safe choices this holiday season by using public transportation or calling a cab instead of getting behind the wheel.

Mint Market Opens 2nd Location in Jersey City

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Mint Market is one of our favorite boutiques in Hoboken and we’re so excited that they’ve been able to expand to include a second location in Jersey City. Their new location officially opened on December 4th at 303 1st Street, right near the Grove Street PATH station. Their collection of vintage and contemporary clothes and accessories is always worth a shopping trip. Make sure to check out our gift guide to see Mint’s cover photo and exclusive HG deals during the holiday season.

Hoboken Shelter Holds Thanksgiving Dinner Despite Water Main Break


Unless you’ve been living under a rock {or several!} the last two weeks, you’re well aware that Hoboken experienced a massive water main break the weekend before Thanksgiving. While this may have been an source of minor discomfort and inconvenience for city residents. it was also a humbling glimpse into one of the struggles the homeless members deal with on a daily basis. In true holiday spirit, the Hoboken Shelter was still able to host Thanksgiving Dinner due to the generosity and support of our community. When the Shelter tweeted out they were short on water supply, members of the community banded together to drop off cases and bottled water. The Shelter welcomes volunteers and donations at any time. Make sure to contribute to help give back this holiday season.

Drybar Heading to Garden State Plaza Mall


Sometimes the thought of the traffic heading up towards Bergen County’s Garden State Plaza Mall during the holiday season can make us cringe, especially when we have so much local shopping here. However this year, if you’re there and then need to quickly head to a holiday party, you can stop by Drybar to get a blowout! This company, named on of the top “100 Brilliant Ideas of 2010” by Entrepreneur Magazine, focuses on being the best at one thing only: blowouts. The nationwide salons do not offer any cut and color options and instead focus on using great products to provide blowouts at reasonable prices {$45 regardless of hair length or thickness}. What a perfect break during a holiday shopping extravaganza.

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