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L&H Local Favs

While many new places pop up here and there, we’ve compiled a list of some of our local favorites in Hoboken, Jersey City and neighboring towns as of April 2017. Hope you enjoy!

Favorite Restaurants: 

  • Hoboken:
    • Anthony David’s
    • Sorellina
    • Grand Vin
    • Bin14
    • Porter Collins
    • Charrito’s
    • Dino & Harry’s
    • La Isla Restaurant (Uptown & Downtown)
    • Augustino’s
    • Halifax
    • Amanda’s
    • Dozzino’s
    • The Cuban
    • Zack’s Oak Bar & Restaurant
    • Stingrays
    • Biergarten
    • Carpe Diem Pub & Restaurant
    • Onieals
    • Johnny Pepperoni
    • Karma Kafe
    • Las Olas Sushi Bar & Grill
    • Shnackenbergs
    • Places we have yet to check out: 
      • Antique Bakery
      • Tutta Pesca
  • Jersey City/Newport:
    • The Kitchen Step
    • Battello
    • Satis Bistro
    • Cellar 335
    • Third & Vine
    • Skinner’s Loft
    • Hamilton Inn
    • Satis Bistro
    • Light Horse Tavern
    • Orale Mexican Kitchen
    • Fox and Crow
    • Talde
    • Pr&ince Thai
    • Maritime Parc
    • Liberty House Restaurant
    • Porta
    • Places we have yet to check out: 
      • Matthew’s Food & Drink
      • The Hutton
      • Just BeClaws
      • Dolma
      • White Star Bar
      • Wurstbar
      • Left Bank Burger Bar
      • Liberty Prime Steakhouse
      • Edward’s Steakhouse
      • Hamilton Pork
      • Taqueria Downtown
      • Pasta Dal Cuore
      • Honshu
  • Weehawken:
    • Molos
  • Edgewater:
    • Rebecca’s

Favorite Casual/Grab’n’Go Food:

  • Hoboken:
    • Shaka Bowl
    • Makai Poke Co
    • Kung Fu Tea
    • Little Grocer
    • Rosticeria Da Gigi
    • O’Bagel
    • Bagels on The Hudson
    • Luke’s Lobster
    • Flatbread Grill
    • Lisa’s Deli
    • M&P Biancamano
    • Vito’s Italian Deli
  • Edgewater:
    • Juice Journey

Favorite Sweet Treats:

  • Hoboken:
    • Insomnia Cookies
    • Homemade Donuts from Shnackenberg’s
    • Jarets Stuffed Cupcakes
    • Limoncello Cake from Lisa’s
    • Pastries from Choc-O-Pain
  • Jersey City:
    • Torico Ice Cream

Favorite Bars & Cocktail Bars:

  • Hoboken:
    • Stingray Cocktail Lounge
    • Biergarten
    • Carpe Diem Pub & Restaurant
    • Onieals
    • Cooper’s Union
  • Jersey City:
    • The Archer
    • Dullboy

Favorite Coffee Shops:

  • Hoboken:
    • Bwe Kafe
    • Blackrail Coffee
    • City of Saints
    • Jefferson’s Coffee
    • Maroon Cafe
    • Bluestone Lane *coming soon*
    • Places we have yet to try:
      • Green Pear Cafe
      • Ultramarinos
      • The Roost
  • Jersey City/Newport:
    • Brewshot
    • Bwe Kafe

Favorite Nail Salon:

  • The V Spot Nail Spa

Favorite Blow Outs:

  • Hoboken
    • Blo-It-Out
    • Up & Out

Favorite Hair Stylist & Salon:

  • Hoboken:
    • Princessa Bosch of Salon Gatto

Favorite Fitness Studios:

  • Hoboken:
    • The Fit Foundry
    • Cycle Bar
    • Prime Cycle
    • Local Barre
    • Work It Out

Favorite Local Stores & Boutiques:

  • Hoboken:
    • Alba Boutique
    • Shop No 18
    • Dear Hannah
    • Mint Market
    • Aaraa Jewelry & Accessories
    • Washington General Store
    • Little City Books
    • Luna Rosa Home
    • The Golden Carrot
    • Hudson Paperie
    • Galatea
    • Athleta

Favorite Floral Shops:

  • Hoboken:
    • Freshly Picked
    • Unique Flowers
    • Beethoven’s Veranda
  • Jersey City:
    • 14th Street Garden Center

Cheers to Spring // Happy Box Store *Giveaway*

Happy first day of Spring! Cheers to a *Spring Giveaway* from the most darling gifting company, Happy Box Store. It’s {finally} time for new blooms and warmer days, and of course, to start gifting happy through the year!

Happy Box offers pre-packaged and customized boxes, filled with gift ideas for a bride-to-be to a dog mama to a bestie getting over a break up to a birthday girl – the options are endless. And, they ship directly to you, your friend or loved one so you can gift easier. For most people {more like everyone}, gift giving is an area that can create unnecessary stress, indecisiveness, feelings of defeat and procrastinating tendencies. Happy Box truly makes your gift giving journey stress free and fun, with the click of a few buttons. Even more, L&H is a total Happy Box lover and has already gifted a couple of boxes to date this year!

Being that I come from a family of sister’s and I am a loyal supporter of female business owners {especially in Hoboken}, I was excited to learn more about the dynamic duo behind this brilliant and creative e-commerce gifting platform. Meet Hannah and Ariel Redmond. They are both side hustling sisters, who are on a mission to make our lives easier, sassier and prettier all around. Mission completed!

{Pictured below: Ariel to the left, Hannah to the right}

By day, Hannah is a Strategy Director and Ariel is a Creative Director. They’re both at different ad agencies in Manhattan where they work full-time. “We love our jobs, but we’ve secretly always wanted to work together. We knew we’d crush it – the skills I lack, Ariel has and vice versa. In short, I’m the MBA and she’s the designer – together we’re a powerhouse,” Hannah explained. “We feel like there’s a huge gap in the gift giving industry. People don’t want to spend a ton, they want the ability to personalize and to give something unique–all done simply and conveniently.”

Ariel and Hannah are Hoboken residents and local bar-goers, who live 3 blocks away from each other. “We both love Happy Box Store, making these fun, gift boxes and are stoked that people seem to like them too!”

Read below to learn more:

What prompted them to start Happy Box?

“When Ariel was in college, she went through a really bad breakup close to Valentine’s Day. I, being an AMAZING big sister, sent her a care-package to help her get through it. We’ve honestly been making them and sending them to friends, boyfriends and each other every since! We’ve come a long way from those days, but we do still have a Break Up Box and yes, there’s a voodoo doll in it!” {Note: voodoo doll is directly below}.

What do they love about their business?

“Our boxes are super fun, so we make sure every step of our business is fun too. From ideating to curating them to building them–if we don’t love what we do, why bother?”

What is their favorite part of owning their company? 

“We love reading the sweet notes people send each other. We handwrite each one and it’s really heartwarming to hear how much people care about each other. On a larger scale—we love that we’re women CEOs. We’ve met so many amazing entrepreneurial women who are succeeding and crushing it along the way, it’s really incredible. Hoboken is a great place for a startup. We really appreciate all the love and local support from our fellow Hobokenites!”

What inspires you to keep going? 

“Having a side-hustle is seriously hard. I think we honestly believe in the idea, and that’s what keeps us going. We believe we’re doing something no one else is doing right now, which really inspires us. We both push each other a lot, and sometimes we pick up each other’s slack, but ultimately, we love what we’re doing and at the end of the day it’s quality time with each other, so what’s not to love?”

L&H is truly inspired by the ladies behind Happy Box and we can’t wait to see what the years to come will bring for these boss babes!


As mentioned on Instagram, Happy Box Store has curated a customized Lincoln and Holland Spring themed box {that’s worth around $56+} packed to the brim with some favorite, popular items that we will be giving away to a lucky winner – as a kick off to Spring! The giveaway begins on Monday, 3/20 and ends Wednesday, 3/22 11:59 PM PT Midnight.

To enter, you must follow these 4 instructions on L&H’s Instagram Announcement: 

  1. Follow @HappyBoxStore on Instagram
  2. Follow @LincolnandHolland on Instagram
  3. ‘Like’ this photo on Instagram
  4. Under the comments section, tag 2 friends AND leave 1 emoji that best represents your HAPPY feelings that Spring is finally here

Important Notes: *You must be located within the USA and *You may only enter one time only.


Items you might be lucky enough to find in your L&H Spring Box!

  • 4 floral coasters
  • Pineapple wine stopper
  • Spa Face Mask
  • Cupcake Lip Balm
  • Cute Notebook
  • Confetti
  • Lavender Face Mist
  • Customized Cosmetic Bag {can be printed with your Instagram handle or your name, etc.)


Xx L&H

FALLin’ for The V Spot Nail Spa | Instagram Manicure Giveaway


Happy Fall!

Nestled in Uptown Hoboken on 14th St, The V Spot Nail Spa is a chic nail sanctuary focused on comfort, cleanliness and relaxation. This beauty destination is swoon worthy and one-of-a-kind due to the lady boss and owner, Vivian Riviera. The ‘V’ behind The V Spot. An original Hoboken local, Vivian is an admirable woman, who followed her dreams of creating and founding her own business. “I always knew I wanted to become my own boss. After working many years in corporate, I had enough of 9-5. I originally wanted to own a shoe store, but with dedicated research beginning back in 2004, I quickly shifted directions after I learned the benefits of the beauty service industry.”


Throughout the following years, she continued her research and realized there was a gap in what typical ‘nail salons’ were offering in Hudson County. By 2010 when the economy crashed, Vivian was handed a severance package from her unrewarding corporate position and gladly accepted it with open arms. She knew this was her calling to finally make her vision a reality. She attended Capri to attain her cosmetology license, ironically ended up scouting out The V Spot location on a bike ride one summer day and BOOM – she signed the lease shortly thereafter! Her future nail spa location went through some major renovations within the next year due to a restaurant fire occurring previously in the building. By 2012, The V Spot opened with the beautifully restored, exposed brick wall. And, gorgeous chandeliers. My favorite combination!

The V Spot Nail Spa

As soon as you stroll into The V Spot, you immediately feel the positive vibe. Vivian helps guide you in the best direction with a nail color, which is such a daunting task to many. Men will never understand. Ever. “Essie is my favorite, go-to brand.” Her favorite color? “Topless and Barefoot. It’s neutral and goes with everything. It also has a great name too.” {We both obviously had a great laugh.}

If you’re heading in for a pedicure, she will set you up in a comfortable, white loveseat and your pedicurist will spoil you with perfectly warm water in a round, silver bucket. Ladies, these love seats are EVERYTHING and MORE! Vivian explained, “After a little research, I quickly learned how disgusting and unsanitary typical spa pedicure chairs are. I knew I had to stay away from them. You basically need to take them apart to get them truly clean.” To add, the foot massages are on point and even hot rocks are involved. AND, you can feel comfortable knowing your pedicure bucket is cleaned well each time. Similarly, the manicures and gel manicures are wonderful. All of the lovely nail technicians ensure you feel relaxed and are pleased with your mani service. Towards the end of your appointment, you will experience a nice shoulder massage while drying and a quick hand rubdown with juices from a real aloe vera plant, which is known for calming and moisturizing skin. Can it get any better than that?

Vivian has simply created a warm and welcoming atmosphere for ANYONE. “I love all of my clients, and many of them have become my good friends. It’s great to see everyone genuinely enjoying themselves.” She continues, “There are two close girlfriends that come in every 2 weeks like clockwork. The other day one of the ladies looked at me and said, ‘You know, this is like my second home.’ This made me smile just knowing that people feel this way about my business.” Vivian even welcomes bachelorette parties, bridal showers, baby showers and so on. The more celebrations {and champagne}, the better!

The V Spot Nail Spa

Not only does L&H love love loveeeeee supporting hard-working female business owners, we are all about supporting local businesses as well. Maintaining the quaint, urban atmosphere in Hoboken is crucial for our little town’s economy, real estate and overall city development. It is recommended you make an appointment for your next service since The V-Spot fills up fast, but it’s quick and easy through the online booking system. Check it out here! {P.S. This is one of my favorite features since I’m a huge planner in life.}


To kick off the first official day of Fall for all Hudson County residents (ONLY),  be sure to enter the #FALLinforTheVSpot MANICURE GIVEAWAY! You have a chance to WIN a free manicure gift certificate that is worth $15 to The V Spot Nail Spa through September 30, 2016. Details are below.

To enter, you must:

  1. Like this Instagram Photo. 
  2.  Tag 2 Friends AND comment with 1 emoji that best represents how you feel when your nails are did {aka. painted}! Get creative.
  3. Follow @TheVSpotNailSpa on Instagram
  4. Follow @LincolnandHolland on Instagram

The winner will be announced on October 1st and I will reach out to you directly with mailing details! Good luck!!!

Xo L&H #FALLinforTheVSpot