Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey City

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey City

Family First, Business Second.

Moms are known to wear many hats and adding on the entrepreneurial hat is just an addition to their ever-growing responsibilities. Which is why this Mother’s Day, we wanted to feature Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey City and Hoboken, and recognize Mompreneurs who are winning at raising their children and growing their business at the same time.

Multitasking is so much more than a skill when you’re a mother – it becomes a part of you. For most people without children, it’s almost impossible to do basic chores on most days. You would think that to add another thing to their already-hectic life, will be even more chaotic. But moms everywhere are making it happen, simultaneously running small businesses and nurturing their children  – both 24/7 jobs.

Kudos to all of these moms who also have the rest of the community in mind as they fulfill their passion.

Dr. Mila Cohen of True Dental Care for Kids & Teens

Dr. Mila Cohen, a mother of two, and a board-certified dentist is the owner of True Dental Care for Kids & Teens in Jersey City. As a young and fearful patient once, she became inspired to create a friendly, warm and enjoyable experience for her patients. With all the training she has obtained to manage her craft, Dr. Mila is eager to make children feel that going to the kids’ dentist can be an enriching, fun and enjoyable experience.

Dr. Mila provides dental care for children of all ages in the Jersey City area and has dedicated her professional career to tend to the specific needs of both child and parent who visits the facility.

For important dental knowledge and to learn more about True Dental Care Kids & Teens, visit their website here: https://www.pediatricdentalnj.com/


 

Sonali Pai of Zaniac Jersey City

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey CitySonali Pai is the Campus Owner of Zaniac Jersey City, which is an after-school and summer camp STEAM-enrichment center for parents who want to give their children an academic edge and encourage critical thinking, and a proud mother of two.

Sonali realized through her son’s education that there was still a gap in the way children are being taught the practical applications of STEAM and knew that it is important to make it as engaging as possible.

Now, as one of the founding members of a nutritional supplements company, and a proud mother of two, Sonali focused on bringing STEAM to the Jersey City community, in order for children to build a foundation for critical thinking and encourage their creativity from an early start.

For more information, visit Zaniac Jersey City Campus’ website here: https://www.zaniaclearning.com/jerseycity/

 

Urvashi Keown of Test Rocker

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey City

Another amazing mom of two, Urvashi Keown, is also a Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer at TestRocker, Inc. in Jersey City. Urvashi leads TestRocker technology, products, strategic initiatives, and customer service worldwide. She is the person responsible for the development of the award-winning platform that powers TestRocker.

She cultivated a passion for digital production and development at her previous role as an advertising account executive at Ogilvy & Mather in New York City and holds a business management degree from the University of Notre Dame. You have to be a super mom to achieve all of that!

TestRocker provides free one-on-one sessions and free private consultation assessments. For more information, visit TestRocker’s website here: https://www.jerseycity.testrocker.com/

 Danielle Sporcic of The Little Gym of Jersey City

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey CityDanielle Sporcic, together with her husband, owns The Little Gym of Jersey City. She was motivated to bringing The Little Gym of Jersey City to the community after seeing the positive impact it had given to their active and adventurous toddler.

They believe in providing a nurturing environment, where children explore their physical development, while also growing socially, emotionally, and intellectually.

For more information, visit The Little Gym of Jersey City’s website here: https://www.thelittlegym.com/jerseycityNJ/

Marietta Pineda-Reynolds of Downtown Medspa

 

Maria Pineda-Reynolds, a mother of four, co-owns Downtown Medspa with her husband, Dr. Eric Reynolds, DPM. Maria has over 20 years of experience in Sales and Marketing and over 10 years of experience in Real Estate Sales.

Downtown Medspa’s mission is to give Jersey City residents the most effective, science-based cosmetic and rejuvenation treatments possible, using state-of-the-art equipment. All of the treatments at Downtown Medspa are minimally invasive, safe, and require no downtime.

For more information about their services, visit Downtown Medspa’s website here: https://www.downtownmedspa.com/

Elizabeth Cain of Hound About Town and Hazel Baby & Kids

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey City

Elizabeth Cain is a proud mother of a child, owner of not one, but two businesses, Hound About Town and Hazel Baby & Kids.

Elizabeth drew inspiration for Hound About Town from their family dog, Wiley. As a family, they are eager to maintain Wiley’s happy and healthy lifestyle, which is why they brought natural food products and other tools for training dogs with positive reinforcement to the Jersey City community with Hound About Town.

In addition to Hound About Town, Elizabeth was also motivated to bring socially responsible, environmentally friendly, and sustainable products for children with Hazel Baby & Kids.

For more information on Hound About Town and Hazel Baby & Kids visit their websites here: http://houndabouttownjc.com/http://www.hazelbaby.com/

Lynn Hazan of ChicpeaJC

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey CityLynn Hazan, also known as “Chicpea”, is a mom to a beautiful daughter and pup Harvey, the founder of ChicpeaJC, a blog about all things Jersey City, and also the founder of the non-profit organization Content Creators Academy Jersey City for youth interested in digital media – she does it all. 

Aside from raising her growing family, Lynn also runs a hip hop class every Wednesday at Base Gym, and she has worked with several local businesses to organize events. She also dabbles into the fashion world, volunteers at community events, and teaches the occasional social media workshop.

Through working with organizations in Jersey City, she has made it possible to bring some of the most well-attended events in Jersey City, such as LSC After Dark events with Liberty Science Center, and the annual Halloween party, Terminal of Terror.

For more information on ChicpeaJC, visit: https://www.chicpeajc.com/

Dr. Chitra Mittal of Liberty Physical Therapy

Image result for dr chitra mittalDr. Chitra Mittal, a new mother, and owner of Liberty Physical Therapy. Dr. Chitra has not only been treating patients in the New Jersey area but she also has been treating patients of all ages all around the globe.

She obtained her Masters of Health Science at the University of Indianapolis with a concentration in Orthopedics. Dr. Chitra contributed her knowledge to other Physical Therapy students as a Teaching Assistant at Harvard University.

For more information on Liberty Physical Therapy, visit their website here: https://www.libertyptnj.com/

Jomayra Torres of Joys In Teaching Tutoring Service

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey CityJomayra Torres, born and raised in Jersey City in a single mother household with 4 younger siblings, she grew up understanding the value of hard work and the impact of a genuine, caring spirit in the lives of children. Growing up, Jomayra had a desire to make a difference in the lives of those in her community and endeavored to do so by pursuing a career in education.

Joys In Teaching Tutoring Service, LLC, a tutoring match and educational services organization, that was developed as a response to parent requests for professional and affordable educational services as a result of lack of funding for programs. Joys In Teaching has expanded to include enrichment programs, parent education workshops, consultation, and professional development services, as well as a non-profit, Joys In Teaching Inc, aimed at providing much needed educational services to the Jersey City community.

To learn more about Joys in Teaching Tutoring Service, visit http://thejoysinteaching.com

 

Bridget Fujioka of Beloved World Yoga

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey CityBridget is a mom, and the owner and founder of Beloved World Yoga. She was first introduced to yoga in 2001. Through yoga, she found a calm and acceptance never before experienced. From that first year, she knew she would become a yoga teacher and be able to have a place others could also use as a sanctuary.

It took some time and several detours, but everything has fallen into place. She received her 200-hour teacher training from Bright Spirit and has studied Restorative Yoga at Yoga Works. She is so grateful for the opportunity to share yoga with her community.

To learn more about Beloved World Yoga, visit their website: https://belovedworldyoga.com/ 

Ayesha Khanna of Naurah USA

Ayesha Khanna is a mom, choreographer, multi-passionate entrepreneur, and a fashionista. She is well known as the Founder of Bollywood Funk NYC Dance school as well as her fashion line Naurah USA.
Her journey as a dancer began at the ripe age of 4. Born and raised in India she learned the classical dance form of Kathak under the guidance of Pundit Birju Maharaj and Smt Shovana Narayan. A natural performer, she also studied acting under Amal Allana, chairperson of the National School of Drama in New Delhi.
Inspired by the rich Indian heritage and the vibrant fashion scene of NYC, Ayesha wished to create unique wearable designs that bring the best of her two worlds together. The line is both inspired by and dedicated to the bold and beautiful women who are hustlers by day but fashionistas at night. Naurah designs are known for their rich hand embroideries and unique color combinations. Make Every Day a Style Statement!
Naurah recently launched in Milan and is soon going to expand to London, United Kingdom.
View Naurah designs at www.naurahusa.com .

Zahra Amanpour of Indiegrove

Mom-Owned Business in Jersey CityZahra Amanpour, mom of two, and founder of Indiegrove,  a place that provides a real advantage to small businesses, freelancers, and independent professionals with workspaces, meeting rooms, and events spaces that are designed to provide them with the environment needed to work harder and happier.

JCFamilies had an opportunity to interview Zahra back in 2016, and her advice to other moms who also want to be successful entrepreneurs while caring for their families is, “You shouldn’t feel guilty! If you had a job, your time away from your kids would be expected. You’re not choosing your business over your kids. You’re trying to put your mark in this world, and you can have that”

For more information on Indiegrove, visit their website here: https://indiegrovejc.com/

Rene Safarova-Gonzalez of Bambino Chef

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey City

Bambino Chef was created and owned by Rene Safarova-Gonzalez, a proud mother of two. Rene’s love for cooking and creating recipes with her children inspired her to open a kitchen studio where children and adults can learn and experience the magic she feels in the kitchen.

Bambino Chef offers children cooking lessons, birthday parties, summer/winter camps, story time sessions, play date gatherings, holiday events, adult cooking classes, and other learning and developmental activities. While learning the importance of healthy nutrition and cooking up little masterpieces.

For more information, visit their website here: https://www.bambinochef.com/

Ilana Libman of HudsonPLAY

Ilana is a mom of two, resident of Jersey City for over 20 years, and owner of HudsonPLAY. When developing HudsonPLAY in the Brunswick Center, she was focused on fostering love and geared her efforts on helping to encourage strong families from the inside out.
At the forefront of this indoor playground is the physical benefits for the children who jump, skip, and climb their way through the obstacle course and play area. However, for Libman, HudsonPLAY can offer so much more for every member of the family.
Libman, who is a busy working mom and constantly on the go, wanted to use her business as an opportunity for parents to have stress-free adult time,  strongly believing that a happy parent can provide a better and healthier environment for the family. Therefore she created “Parent’s Night Out” offered every Friday night at HudsonPLAY.  The weekly event really aims to support both the children and adult members of the family.
In addition to offering children an opportunity to stay physically active (regardless of weather)  and socialize with new or existing friends, HudsonPLAY is also committed to developing healthy eating habits.
To learn more about HudsonPLAY, visit their website here: https://www.hudsonplaynj.com/

 


 

So how do they do it? Simple answer – they’re a MOM! Moms are resilient, strong, and hard-working. Such beautiful and gentle creatures who can be tough when needed to be. Moms deserve to be recognized for their efforts all year round and here at JCFamilies, we a grateful for the strong mothers that raised us and have made us who we are today.

We believe that these hard-working mothers, as well as other mompreneurs not mentioned, contribute to the health and well-being of the people in our community. We thank you for fulfilling your passion and ensuring that the future generation will grow in a community where education, safety, and proper care is advocated for.

 

The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

There’s plenty of preparation that goes into making an event successful. The food, decorations and entertainment gets the party going! But where are you going to host all of the festivities? Luckily Jersey City has plenty of spaces that are available for you to rent. Check out our list of Event Spaces to Rent in Jersey City!

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

EventSpaceForHire.com

413 Monmouth Street, Jersey City NJ 07302

Phone: 917-626-0308

Eventspaceforhire in Jersey City is a blank canvas to bring your vision to life, a boutique storefront studio space designed in the simplest of ways to cater to the versatile needs of our community. The white walls, wooden floors, open concept floor plan provide a bright, modern and minimal space.

Provided amenities: Food and alcohol welcome • 25 ft wide storefront all glass floor to ceiling windows that are decorated and customizable •Fantastic natural light •Outside courtyard •Clean and ready facility with bathroom essentials •Flyer placement in the community space •Listing on the Community Calendar •Street parking on weekends and evenings •Free 2 hour parking during weekdays •Movable smart flatscreen 40inch TV and speakers •wifi •Festive installation of ceiling lights •5 tables •27 chairs, Central heating and cooling •Magnetic A-frame chalkboard sign •Utility closet with spare supplies and tools.

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

My Gym

252 9th St, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 205-1218

My Gym Jersey City is renting out their space for all your celebration needs! Baptism, Quinceaneras, Sweet 16, baby showers and more can be held in My Gym. They help you and your family plan the perfect event every step of the way.

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

Performing Arts

196 Morgan Street, Ground Floor, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 424-3075

Located steps from the Grove Street PATH, the Performing Arts Workshop boasts 2800 square feet of completely renovated, ground level space. Their facility houses three generously sized studios and a welcoming reception area!

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

Art House Productions

262 17th St, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 918-6019

In October 2017, Art House Productions opened a new, fully-accessible, 5,500 square foot arts center that comprises studio space, a 99-seat flexible black box theater, and a visual arts gallery. They are an ideal space for hosting rehearsals, shows, and events in Jersey City. Not an artist? Not a problem! Art House fully equipped to help you put on your baby shower, graduation party, office holiday party, and so much more making it the perfect addition to our list of Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City!

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

Grassroots Community Space

54 Coles St, Jersey City

 Phone: (201) 500-5483
The Grassroots Community Space was founded by artists and supporters of the arts to enrich the community’s quality of life. The venue provides a meeting place for people who want to convene, share ideas, support local artist and explore different aspects of the human experience in a relaxed environment. The space has the potential to serve as an instruction space, boutique, holistic practice center, lecture hall, event space and much, much more.

Tiny Green House

498 Jersey Ave, Jersey City
Phone: (201) 333-8450
Looking for a fun and creative space to celebrate your child’s birthday? The Tiny Green House is the perfect place for your little one! They offer two hour birthday parties just for you and your friends. Birthday parties held at the studio are for ages 2 and up and the friendly staff works with each family individually to make the day special. Based on your child’s chosen birthday party theme, they will adorn their space with a handmade banner, balloons and other decorations, and develop two different art projects!

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City
Phone: (201) 604-5981
The Barrow Mansion is a beautiful space available for rent as a wedding venue lecture rooms, parties, charity and fundraiser events and more! It can accommodate anything from an intimate party to a large blowout. There are three rooms that can be used in any combination for your party’s needs, as well as a large kitchen with a 10-burner Garland stove that can be used for staging food.

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

Jersey City Theater Center 

339 Newark Ave, Jersey City
Phone: (201) 795-5386
Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) is a nonprofit, 501c3 arts organization and manages programming at White Eagle Hall and Merseles Studios and White Eagle Hall. Merseles Studios has 10 artist studios ranging from 150-700 square feet each that are available and a 2,000 square feet black box theater that fits 49 people and available for private events as well such at theater, lectures, film screening, photo shoots, private parties, etc.

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

White Eagle Hall

337 Newark Ave, Jersey City
Phone: (201) 885-5166
White Eagle Hall is a newly restored and renovated historic theater located in the thriving nightlife scene of Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey. White Eagle Hall presents live music, theatre, comedy, dance, film, family shows as well as other performances while serving food and drinks. In addition, White Eagle Hall is a warm and intimate event space perfect for weddings, receptions, private parties, fundraisers, corporate meetings and other functions!

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

Indiegrove

121 Newark Ave, Jersey City
Phone: (201) 589-2068

Indiegrove is the perfect space for events, meetings and they offer relaxing environment to help you get your work done! This space is located in the heart of Downtown Jersey City footsteps to the Grove St PATH Station!

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

Venue 845

Located in Jersey City, Venue 845 is a beautiful, highly adaptable space for hosting any function, whether it is a personal celebration or a corporate event. Venue 845 features two spacious rooms and a loft perfect for entertaining youths. The loft space is equipped with 3 large plasma TV’s connected to Wii, PS4, and Xbox One game systems.

The Liberty House

76 Audrey Zapp Dr. Jersey City

Phone: (201)395-0300

With room for 25 to 1000 guests, The Liberty House will provide you with the perfect space for your next business meeting, team building seminar, or corporate event. Their stunning location includes ample outdoor grounds perfect for a corporate barbecue or picnic, accented by unsurpassed views of the lower Manhattan skyline. Getting hungry?Situated on the main floor of Liberty House, the Liberty Room includes a spacious dining room directly next to the pavilion, in which your guests can dance and mingle.

Hoboken

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

Kidville

1202 Shipyard Lane, Hoboken
Phone: (201) 377-5495
Kidville parties are legendary and hassle-free! Book your child’s next event at Kidville and see why they were named one of Parents magazine’s “10 Best Birthday Party Places.” From planning to execution, their birthday party team bring your child’s dream party to reality!

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts

1018 Washington St, Hoboken
Phone: (201) 683-9100
At the Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, you can find your perfect party fit based on age! They offer both kids parties and parties for teens and tweens. After that, you can customize your party by theme and select entertainment for an unforgettable event!

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

Monroe Center

720 Monroe St, Hoboken

Phone: (201) 795-5000

The Monroe Center for the Arts is the premier arts and business community in Hoboken NJ! Their two main buildings have 180,000 square feet of artist studios, office lofts and retail space ready for lease. The Studios range from 300 to 5,000 square feet!

Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City

Just 4 Kids Salon & Birthday Party Boutique

720 Monroe St suite e-313, Hoboken

Phone: (201) 653-5887

On September 3, 2013, Just 4 Kids Salon did something very important. They became Hoboken’s first comprehensive kids salon, kids day spa and children’s birthday boutique, just for kids. Not only is it a great place to get a haircut, but it’s an awesome space to host your child’s next birthday! With 14 different party themes, Just 4 Kids has something for everyone!

We understand that throwing a great birthday parties for your little one are super important which is why we like to stay in the know when it comes to the best party venues in and around Jersey City! Don’t forget to grab super yummy birthday treats!

Why You Should Consider 372 9th at Hamilton House During Your Next Move

372 9th at Hamilton House Jersey City

Hamilton House stands tall in this low rise area of Jersey City. It’s an elegant building that immediately catches your eye. But that’s not all! 372 9th At Hamilton House is an amazing addition to the luxurious aesthetic that already exists within the building.

I met the Leasing Agent, Dane Ferber, in the shared lobby, which  includes 24 hour concierge, morning coffee bar and co-working spaces.

Along with the unique Townhouse & Penthouse homes, there are three types of apartments within 372. A three bedroom, two bedroom and a single bedroom with a study. The three bedroom was first on the list. Together Dane and I walked the hallways and I couldn’t help but notice the modern twist on the art deco-esque decor and colors.

“People come here and are really blown away by the quality.”

He opened the door and my jaw dropped. I was met with 1460 square feet of gorgeous white marble, copper, retro-modern furniture, geometric decor pieces and towering abstract art. I’ve never seen so many styles perfectly blended together in one space.

Let’s talk about the kitchen! If you love to cook, honestly if you just love food, this kitchen is a dream!

It comes with a six burner stove with a pot filler.

Wait. A what?

A pot filler is a faucet connected to your stove. Let’s say you’re cooking pasta. Instead of bringing your pot over to the sink and carrying it back to the stove, your water is on tap right over the stove. The island includes a wine fridge and a digital convection oven/microwave. Miele dishwasher and garbage disposal are included with all of the units.

Winter is coming and if you don’t want to come back to a freezing apartment no worries! The unit includes a Nest Learning Thermostat which can be controlled from your phone. The larger units also include a gas fireplace in the main living area.

Next we walked into the Master Bedroom. The floor to ceiling windows gives the room amazing natural light. Speaking of lighting, the rooms allow you to customize the light fixture over your bed.

The larger unit includes a marble themed 1 and a half bath. The master bath includes dual sinks and vanities.

If you’re like me, you prefer not to freeze after stepping out of the shower so the heated floors are a treat! I’ve never stepped on a heated floor so I personally had to see what the hype was all about. I’ve now made a mental note to include heated floors in the bathroom of my future home.

You can take a virtual tour of this unit here.

Starting Price for the Three Bedroom Unit: $5195/month

All leases start as a 13 month lease with 1 month FREE.

Next, I walked through the two bedroom unit. It’s slightly smaller but just as beautiful! It’s perfect for a couple or a family of three! The kitchen is a similar style however there is no island, wine fridge. No worries! You have room for a dining room table of your choice and a four burner stove and a four burner stove instead of the six!

The master bedroom still comes with amazing windows, a large bathroom with dual sinks and heated floors.

Starting Price for the Two Bedroom Unit: $3750

You can view more detailed breakdowns here.

Dane encourages guests to paint the walls of the apartment if they would like.

“We want people to make it their home. We don’t want someone to feel bound by all of these rules.”

However, they must be repainted to their original color before you move out. My style hack suggestion would be to invest in removable wallpaper! You can show off your style without the hassle that comes with painting.

Things To Keep In Mind:

  • All units include washers and dryers.
  • There are storage locker available on every floor and can be rented starting at around $75/month.
  • They have an amazing security system. The building uses ButterflyMX, which transforms any smartphone into a mobile video intercom system. Once the app has been downloaded, visitor calls from the intercom, which is located on the outside of the building, it will come through the app as a video call wherever you are so you can view the visitor before granting them access to the building.

Next on our list was the roof. There are two large roof decks. Each building has its own roof deck. There are sinks, what’s soon to be a pizza oven and over 4 gas grills that residents can use whenever they want. All you have to do is get the key to open the grill from the lobby. Patio furniture, a giant chess board and enough room to dance to music makes this the perfect spot for a summer cookout or party!

The best part about the roof, in my opinion, is the vantage. You have a great view of Jones Park which is a plus for parents! Your kids can enjoy the bike path, baseball field, BMX park and basketball court! Hamilton park is also a two block walk away. I looked to my right and realized we were right next to the highway. You probably read this and groaned. No one wants to be by a busy highway. However it’s super quiet and peaceful. Being so close to the highway makes it easier for those who have to commute to and from work. Speaking of commuting, the building is within walking distance of the PATH station and bus stops! 372 also provides a private shuttle, which runs every 20 minutes to the Grove Street Path.

Last but certainly not least were the amenities. Hamilton House and 372 share amenities. Residence lounges can be reserved for meetings or private parties. There’s also a children’s activity room which can be reserved for kid’s parties.

I followed Dane into the fitness area which is split into two parts. Part one has a regular gym feel with your traditional treadmill and weights. The second part is more tailored to specific workouts. There are spin bikes and if you click the monitor located in the front of the room, you have the opportunity to select types of workout classes to participate in.

One of the best things about this building, and there are many fine qualities, is the artwork. Each floor is carefully curated with artists from right here in Jersey City! It gives local artists the opportunities to display and sell their artwork outside of the typical gallery environment.

I talked a lot about the treats that await you inside 372, but the outside amenities are a major selling point! Here are reasons why you should consider 372 9th at Hamilton House when planning your next move!

Around Town:

  • You and your family can enjoy the great outdoors! Parks such as Enos Jones offers a sprinkler park, dog park, baseball field, BMX park and basketball court. A few blocks away you’ll find Hamilton Park which also offers great water themed fun for kids, dog park and a  farmer’s market (every Wednesday).
  • There are plenty of options to get your shopping done with stores such as Shop Rite, BJs, Acme and Target!
  • With the fall season coming you’re going to want to fill your closet with autumn colors, sweaters and coats! The Newport Centre is close by so you can up your fashion game!
  • Don’t know what to do on a Friday night? Catch a movie at the local AMC Theater or explore the always booming in Downtown Jersey City!
  • Dedicated to your fitness regimen or want to try something new? Apart from the indoor fitness area in the apartment, Intrepid Gym is a 25 seconds from 372 9th!
  • There are many food options within walking distance! Stretch your legs and grab a slice from Carmines Pizza Factory or meet up with some friends for drinks at White Star Bar.

In the market for a new place to live? You can schedule a viewing of 372!

Fitness Competition in JC Fitness Fair 2018

Feeling strong in your workout?  Show us what you’ve got at the JC Fitness Fair in Jersey City on May 19th (10am-2pm).  We’ve got competitions and great prizes!  And if you’re looking to jump start your fitness routine, lots of local health and fitness professionals will be in attendance to answer your questions and demo their workouts/classes

There will be 2 (two) sessions of the JCFitness Competition 18:  10:30am and 1:00pm

The competition consists of a 5 station circuit and includes the following:

  • 1 min sit ups
  • 1 min burpees
  • 1 min push ups
  • 1 min squats
  • 1 min shuttle run
  1. Each time slot will have a maximum of 10 individuals and each station will have 2 participants.
  2. Participants need to be 18 and older
  3. Participants can only enter in one time slot (either 10:30am or 1:00pm)
  4. Participants need to sign a waiver when signing in for the competition on the day of the event.
  5. There will be one (1)  judge with 2 participants at each station.  Participants will remain at each station for 2 min (1 min to compete, 1 min to rest while their paired competitor competes).  After 2 min, all participants will rotate to the next station.
  6. The winner is the person who completes the maximum overall # of sit ups, burpees, push ups, squats and shuttle runs in 5 minutes.
  7. First and 2nd place finishers in each session will win a prize.
  8. Prizes may include:  free massage session, free acupuncture session, healthy meal subscription
  9. It is FREE to participate, but athletes MUST register ahead of time. Please, complete the attached form if you want to participate. FORM
  10. JCFamilies will do our best to accommodate your requested time slot.  If your requested time slot is full when you sign up, we will advise you.

        Please click here to know about Fitness Fair in Jersey City :JC Fitness Fair 2018

Prizes for the JC Fitness Competition:

 

JC DISCOUNT CLUB – PARTICIPANTS

All the deals/discounts are ONLY valid with proof of JCFamilies Discount Club Membership only.

ACTIVITIES AND CLASSES

– JERSEY CITY BALLROOM – 10% off group classes for adults
5 hour cancellation policy for group class reservations. Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers. Discount can be used for group class packages or drop-in classes only, not monthly memberships.
www.jerseycityballroom.com 
189 Brunswick St, 3rd FL, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-969-6260

– ZANIAC LEARNING – 10% off any after-school course or camp purchase
Discount may not be combined and for new customers only.
www.zaniaclearning.com/jerseycity
125 First Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-360-2450

– VIBGYOR CREATIONS – 5% discount for all new students
Discounts are non transferable.
www.vibgyorcreations.com
121 River Drive, Jersey City, NJ, 07310 – Phone: 201-222-9200

– FASTRACK LANGUAGES
Gymnastics classes for children ages 2 to 7. 8 sessions for $180
Language Development (drop off program) 8 sessions $180
Mommy and Me Gymnastics 8 sessions $120
Mommy and Me – Italian Immersion 8 sessions $120
Spanish Immersion- ages 3- 6 / 8 sessions $120
Spanish Immersion – Adults / 8 sessions $120
There are not make up classes for promotional packages.
https://www.facebook.com/FTLJC/
78 Erie Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 718-825-6598

– PRESCHOOL OF ROCK – $10 off Classes
Discount may not be used in conjunction with other offers or online coupon code.
preschoolofrock.com
Various locations

– MY GYM – $25 off Lifetime Membership
Www.mygym.com/jerseycity
252 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-205-1218

– JC TAEKWONDO ACADEMY – $799 for a 1 year taekwondo membership with uniform and registration included or $79 a month for one year with 50% off a uniform and registration.
New members only. No refunds.
www.jctkd.com
150 Newark Avenue, Jersey City,NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-333-1006

– BRICKS 4 KIDZ JERSEY CITY – 10% discount on Homeschool, birthday parties and/or events.
https://www.bricks4kidz.com/newjersey-jerseycity/
Cannot be used towards afterschool program held at schools

– KUMON – $25 off the registration
www.kumon.com
317 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-850-7868

BAKERIES, RESTAURANTS/FOOD

– THE BELGIAN PLATE BY WAFFLE IT & CO. – 10% off all food orders
facebook.com/waffleitandco
Harborside Atrium- 150 Hudson Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201- 788-7613

– RUSTIQUE PIZZA – 10% in orders of minimum $10
rustiquepizza.com
611 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-222-6886

– WHOS GLUTEN FREE – 15% discount on food items only – bakery items and beverages not included.
WHOSGlutenFree.com
80 Mallory Ave , Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-654-1266

– JERSEY CITY FISH STAND – 10% off your purchase at Jersey City Fish Stand
Not valid for online platters
thefishstand.com
508 Jersey Avenue , Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 908-420-4140

-BUCKET AND BAY – 10% off Gelato Cups & Cones
150 Bay Street location only
www.bucketandbay.com
150 Bay Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-503-5588

– THE BIG STRAW – Purchase a drink and add 1 order of any filling for free
Claim one free filling per visit with use of valid proof of membership.
Lovethebigstraw.com
276 1st street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 646-269-7216

JCFamilies Discount Club 2018 :Deals and discount for families in Jersey City

Deals and discount for families in Jersey City:

“A Network of Local Businesses Providing Exclusive Discounts for Jersey City Families”  

Learn more below and sign up at one of our events!
JCFamilies has created the JCFamilies Discount Club (Deals and discount for families in Jersey City ) so that local families can more fully participate in all the wonderful things that Jersey City has to offer, but at discounted price. We’ve partnered with over 20 local businesses to provide exclusive discounts to JCFamilies Discount Club members.
These deals/discounts are ONLY valid with proof of JCFamilies Discount Club Membership. The Discount Club Membership Card is available to purchase at all JCFamilies events for $30 and it is valid from April 2018 to May 2019.
For a list of participating businesses and the deals/discounts they offer exclusively with the JCFamilies Discount Club Card, see below.

 – TO JCFAMILIES MEMBERS: Fees for Discount Card $30

All the deals/discounts are ONLY valid with proof of JCFamilies Discount Club Membership only. The Discount Club Membership Card will be available to purchase at all upcoming JCFamilies events for $30 and it will be valid from April 2018 to May 2019.

PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES for Deals and discount for families in Jersey City

– ACTIVITIES AND CLASSES –

-JERSEY CITY BALLROOM
10% off group classes for adults
5 hour cancellation policy for group class reservations. Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers. Discount can be used for group class packages or drop-in classes only, not monthly memberships.
www.jerseycityballroom.com 
189 Brunswick St, 3rd FL, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-969-6260

-ZANIAC LEARNING
10% off any after-school course or camp purchase
Discount may not be combined and for new customers only.
www.zaniaclearning.com/jerseycity
125 First Street, Jersey City, NJ, 073
02 – Phone: 201-360-2450

-VIBGYOR CREATIONS
5% discount for all new students
Discounts are non transferable. 
www.vibgyorcreations.com
121 River Drive, Jersey City, NJ, 07310 – Phone: 201-222-9200

-FASTRACK LANGUAGES
Gymnastics classes for children ages 2 to 7. 8 sessions for $180
Language Development (drop off program) 8 sessions $180
Mommy and Me Gymnastics 8 sessions $120
Mommy and Me – Italian Immersion 8 sessions $120
Spanish Immersion- ages 3- 6 / 8 sessions $120
Spanish Immersion – Adults / 8 sessions $120
There are not make up classes for promotional packages.
https://www.facebook.com/FTLJC/
78 Erie Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 718-825-6598

– PRESCHOOL OF ROCK
$10 off Classes

Discount may not be used in conjunction with other offers or online coupon code.
preschoolofrock.com
Various locations

– MY GYM
$25 off Lifetime Membership

Www.mygym.com/jerseycity
252 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-205-1218

– JC TAEKWONDO ACADEMY
$799 for a 1 year taekwondo membership with uniform and registration included or $79 a month for one year with 50% off a uniform and registration.
New members only. No refunds.
www.jctkd.com
150 Newark Avenue, Jersey City,NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-333-1006

– BRICKS 4 KIDZ JERSEY CITY
10% discount on Homeschool, birthday parties and/or events.
Cannot be used towards afterschool program held at schools
Phone: 917-309-8585

– KUMON
$25 off the registration
www.kumon.com
317 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-850-7868

– PUPPETONIA LLC
$3 off full price of a ticket and $10 off a 10 class package which is already discounted.
www.puppetonia.com
510 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: 201-805-1739

 

– RETAIL –

– JERSEY CITY FISH STAND<
10% off your purchase at Jersey City Fish Stand
Not valid for online platters
thefishstand.com
508 Jersey Avenue , Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 908-420-4140

HAZEL BABY & KIDS
5% off of entire purchase and free gift wrapping
Not to be combined with any other offers. In-store only.
www.hazelbaby.com
199 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-369-1999

-BAKERIES, RESTAURANTS/FOOD-

– THE BELGIAN PLATE BY WAFFLE IT & CO. –
10% off all food orders
facebook.com/waffleitandco
Harborside Atrium- 150 Hudson Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201- 788-7613

– RUSTIQUE PIZZA
10% in orders of minimum $10
rustiquepizza.com
611 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-222-6886

– WHOS GLUTEN FREE
15% discount on food items only – bakery items and beverages not included.
WHOSGlutenFree.com
80 Mallory Ave , Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-654-1266

-BUCKET AND BAY –
10% off Gelato Cups & Cones
150 Bay Street location only
www.bucketandbay.com
150 Bay Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-503-5588

– THE BIG STRAW
Purchase a drink and add 1 order of any filling for free
Claim one free filling per visit with use of valid proof of membership.
Lovethebigstraw.com
276 1st street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 646-269-7216

– PIZZA VITA
Two for one pizza on Tuesday night only. Dine in or take out. 
Dine in or take out only. Delivery not applicable.
PIZZAVITANJ.COM

435 Palisade Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07307 – Phone: 201- 499-5459

– THE CLIFF
1 free kids meal with purchase Monday thru Friday before noon.
Valid Monday – Friday before Noon.
www.thecliffjc.com
38 Congress St, Jersey City, NJ, 07307 – Phone: 201-626-4046

– TWO BOOTS PIZZA
10% off on food and drink purchased on premises

Members must present proof of membership to obtain discount.
twoboots.com
133 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone:917-945-0875

– HEALTH, BEAUTY AND FITNESS –

10%discount on massages
Massage is for women only. They can be prenatal, postpartum or Swedish. All massages are by appointment only.
www.lauralacey.com
212 1/2 7th Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07307 – Phone: (201) 927-0648

– GOLDEN SNEAKER

10% discount

Offers and coupons can not be combined with discount club membership
www.goldensneaker.com
188 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone:929-256-0855
– FOUR FITNESS

It will be a $15 discount from our STANDARD rate.
www.fourfitnessjerseycity.com
650 Montgomery Street, Jersey City,  NJ, 07307 – Phone:551-208-4775

DOOR TO CURE – Medical House Calls. Launching 6/11/18
15% off New and Established patients. Fee is $300 for new/$275 for established
doortocurenj.com
Phone: 201-973-1900

  – PHOTOGRAPHY –

25 free announcement cards with stand alone newborn session, 2 8.10 prints with family mini session or cake smash
Not redeemable for cash or applicable to packages

Phone: 203-253- 1996

– PHOTOGRAPHYBYESOHE 
10% off any full session
It won’t be combined with any other discounts
www.photographybyesohe.com
Phone:973-902-9002

Nannies and Babysitters in Jersey City

How to Find Nannies and Babysitters in Jersey City

Finding the perfect babysitter or nanny can be quite the daunting task. You must make sure the person you choose to watch your kids had professional experience, is fun, loving, and will treat your kids just as well as you would. Therefore, it is always a good idea to use credible websites when searching for a new nanny or babysitter. In this post, we will take a look at some of the best websites to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

Care.com

nannies and babysitters in Jersey City

Care.com is one of the most well-known and reliable websites to find nannies and babysitters on the Internet. They offer options like in-home and out-of-home care, sitters for date nights, nannies for full-time schedules, live-in and live-out nannies, and just about anything else you could need.

When going to hire a babysitter or nanny, you can view individual nanny’s profile, see their experience, background, schedule preference, if they have a background check available to view, if they are CPR certified, what their interests are, and so much more. From there, you can choose to message the individual, ask for an interview, and eventually meet them in person to make sure they are the right fit for your family. When hired, you can even pay the nanny or babysitter right through the Care.com website for secure payment. Care.com is a great resource to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

Sittercity.com

nannies and babysitters in Jersey City

“Over a decade later, Sittercity has connected millions of families and sitters across the country. Parents come to Sittercity to find that perfect sitter who enriches, teaches, and challenges their children.”

Sittercity is also a very well-known babysitter and nanny website as well. They are very similar in function to Care.com. You can post a job listing, have people apply to your job, or actually search for a nanny or babysitter yourself. You can view profiles of different people where you can see their experience, background, education, preferences, and much more.

This site also allows you to request background checks on the people you are interested in, do phone or in-person interviews, and check out the references each individual provides. You cannot go wrong with Sittercity.com to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

UrbanSitter.com

nannies and babysitters in Jersey CityThis website is great for families looking for date night sitter and occasional babysitters, but they also have search options for finding nannies as well. This website is unique because you can search by local schools and special parents groups in your neighborhood to find your community’s top rated babysitters and nannies that are actually recommended by other families and moms. On each nanny or babysitter’s profile, you can view personal profile videos, see other parent’s reviews, and browse through “repeat family badges.”

You can book a babysitter or nanny right online and also pay them through the website as well for a totally hassle-free experience. This is a super cool and fast option for finding a date night sitter or last minute sitter. You will find plenty of nannies and babysitters in Jersey City through Urban Sitter.

GoNannies.com

This caregiver and nanny website is a great place to find long-term nannies and babysitters in Jersey City. GoNannies.com offers the following guarantees:

  • Free Background Checks
  • Online References
  • Anything-You-Need Live Support™
  • Secure Job Postings
  • Professional Caregiver Hiring Kit

Just as with the sites discussed above you can search through different contendents profiles, read over their background and experience, and much more.

GreatAupair.com

“GreatAupair helps people just like you find great Nannies. We give you the most advanced search tools and security systems available to make it safe and easy to find Nannies with the specific traits you want. Whether you’re seeking a part-time, live-out job or perhaps you want a full-time, live-in job… Either way, if you want great Nannies, we’ve got you covered.”

Whether you are looking for a nanny from your neighborhood or you are looking for an Aupair, this website has something for everyone and every family. This website offers very similar features the options discussed above.

The Hoboken Nanny Company 

If you are looking for an even more local nanny placement company, look no further than The Hoboken Nanny Company – established in 2010 by British nanny Claire Jones. This is a local professional nanny placement service that does all the work for you. They will help you find the perfect nanny for your family based on your needs and personal preferences.

Lana Walsh Owner of Boutique Realty

Lana Walsh Owner of Boutique Realty:  the broker of record & owner of Boutique Realty

Offices in Hoboken, Jersey City & Red Bank

Tell me about yourself? How did you start with real estate?

I was raised in Jersey City in the Greenville section. Lived there till i was 14. From there my family moved to Holmdel Township in Monmouth County. I went to high school there. Then went away to college in Baltimore. After college I had the opportunity to start working in real estate in Hoboken through a friend of my Dad (who paid for my license!) That’s how I got started!

I have two kids now. Dean is 6 and El is 19 months.

I opened my first office in 2009 in Jersey City and opened in Hoboken two years later.

We have also opened a third office in Red Bank…opportunity just presented itself…has been two years now…!

What do you like the most about real estate?

That every day is different and I get to meet all kinds of people. I love that I’ve never had two days in a row that are the same. It forces me to adapt and it’s fun even when it’s stressful…

It’s all about making people happy. Buying a home, selling a home, renting a home, these are all emotional experiences…I love that I am part of their life in a small way.

What does it take to be a successful woman entrepreneur in real estate?

Master Multitasker!:) And being a really good listener and being really efficient…just have to figure out the best and fastest way to get a task done.

What challenges do homeowners in Hoboken have?

I think the obvious one is space. I think there are so many people who want to stay in Hoboken forever and it’s just price point and space that forces them out…Public Schools are better but it’s not where it should be…needs improvement. So a lot of times it just comes down to schools.

How have the demographics of Hoboken & Jersey City changed over the last 10 years?

For Hoboken I have seen more people staying and having more kids. I also see a lot of empty nesters. Many people are getting rid of their 5000 square ft house in the suburbs, coming into Hoboken and getting an apartment with a view. Also you see more wealthier New Yorkers in Hoboken and Jersey City….

For Jersey City, just the evolution of restaurants! Evolution of my Hoboken clients…They were always separate from my Jersey City clients and now there is a cross over. Hoboken residents are looking in Jersey City and exploring here now. That is a huge change. It was never like that. I also see a lot more true New Yorkers coming to Jersey City. I think because it’s bigger than Hoboken, more cultural and diverse. Also a lot more foreign buyers here.

How would you differentiate your real estate business from others?

Aside from what I feel is better service you are getting more personalized service. As a owner I’m involved….I’m accessible to people and people like that. The other thing is also because I worked for a developer 15 years ago I have the marketing and onsite sales experience that I don’t think any other brokerage truly has. We’ve marketed and sold buildings, we do rentals, were almost a marketing company as well and I think that’s different from everyone else.

Where do u see your business in the future?

I think I would foresee myself in potentially one more town, probably in North Jersey somewhere. I’ve always also had interest in doing something in Manhattan; probably a pipe dream but I think it would be cool and certainly be an experience and challenge and I like challenge!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time at my shore house with my kids and husband. Love being at the beach. Aside from that I love going out. Eating good food:) I enjoy the dining experience…and I still like to shop!:)

What advice would you give to young women entrepreneurs or moms wanting to start their own business?

Even though some days are challenging, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made and i think if u want to start your own business and u are passionate about it, go for it! Forget about what everybody else says! Everybody else thought I was crazy…it’s a bad time…it’s too much money…how are you going to be a mom…just listen to your gut…also remind yourself especially as a woman and a mother…you are doing well…we all love our kids just the same, just because you are at work you don’t love your kids any less. At the end of the day, our children will be stronger and look up to us.

Lana Walsh is the broker of record & owner of Boutique Realty

JC Feministival Series 2018

Feministival in Jersey City: Women in Business in Jersey City

Feministival in Jersey City: Women in Business in Jersey City

JC Families would like to extend a warm invitation for you to participate in the JC Feministival Series 2018.

JC Feministival is a series of events, which will serve as a means to empower, showcase and promote local businesses owned and operated by women! Each Feministival will feature local female artists, fashion designers, healthcare providers, educators and other entrepreneurs. JC Feministival Series is a launchpad for women, who invest their careers and passions into further enriching our diverse community.

When and Where: JC Feministival will take place at Hamilton Park from May through September 2018, on a second Friday of every month: May 11, June8th, July 13, Aug 10, and Sept 14.

Who: 8 to 12 female entrepreneurs will be selected by the JC Feministival review panel to participate in each event with the attendance alternating from month to month ensuring diversity of programming.

Why: To be able to showcase your products, offer tastings (if applicable) and perform demos of your services.

To be featured in business directory on www.jcfamilies.com specifically highlighting the participating businesses owned and operated by women

To be a part of a network of fellow strong women entrepreneurs right here in Jersey City

About JCFamilies and our Partnership:

As you might know, JCFamilies is a one-of-a-kind resource for parents in the Jersey City and Hoboken areas. We provide our partners with an unparalleled reach to local, diverse, socially connected and well economically established families in the neighborhood. JCFamilies organizes some of the most talked about family events in the area attracting your target audience.

In order to support local female entrepreneurs, JC Feministival participation fee is offered as follows:

  • Small woman-owned businesses: $125.00 (Each event)
  • Established businesses such as daycare, schools, etc: $200.00    

To learn more and apply for participation, please complete our registration form

For sponsorship and other inquiries, please contact  [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you and celebrating local female entrepreneurs together!
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Local Businesses in Jersey City

FAQ’s

  • What is feministival?  To support women-owned businesses.
  • How can i participate? Fill out form on our site and send back.
  • What is fee to participate? Please refer to form for fee information.
  • Do I need to bring my own table? We provide one 6ft table and one chair.
  • What happens if it rains on day of event?  In case of rain you will be able to participate in following event. 
  • Do you offer discounts to participate? At this time we are not offering any special discounts.
  • Will I be able to sell my products? Yes, you will be able to sell your products.  Food vendors please email us separately as you will need to have appropriate license and permits to participate.
  • Do I have to be a registered business? Yes, business must be registered.
  • Does my business have to be registered in Jersey City? No, as long as it is registered. 
  • What is target market? We will be offering event in downtown JC. We have many young diverse families in our area with parents ranging in age from 25-45 and children ages 1-10 years old.
  • Can men apply to participate? This event is for women-owned businesses only.
  • What’s in it for me? To be able to showcase your products, offer tastings (if applicable) and perform demos of your services.

To be featured in business directory on www.jcfamilies.com specifically highlighting the participating businesses owned and operated by women.

To be included in special programming at the end of each event (participating businesses are welcome to join programming sessions at the end of all five events): sessions on networking, marketing and other relevant programming.

To be a part of a network of fellow strong women entrepreneurs right here in Jersey City.

Bucket and Bay: Jen Kavlakov & Boris Kavlakov

Bucket and Bay in Jersey City

JCFamilies: Tell me about your business.

Jen: Bucket & Bay has been open a year and a half now. In the very beginning, it started out as my project.

Boris: But it’s hard to do something like this and not have the other person involved to some degree. You just share an idea and then that idea goes somewhere.

Jen: So ultimately Boris became a full-time, hands-on participant.

Boris: But I was always involved.

Jen: He’s always been our website and branding guy.

JCFamilies: What are some of the challenges?

Boris:  Running a business is a lot about prioritization and the list of things you have to do as a single proprietor is crazy, and you never get to do everything. Even the list of flavors that we want to create, we have had some ideas, like Old Fashioned Oatmeal, that have been on the docket since…

Jen: …since before we opened… and i has been “coming soon” for a while!

Bucket and Bay in Jersey CityBoris: And other things too – like we have a program where we provide our neighbors with 100% grass fed milk, fresh from the farm. We have wanted to expand that for a long time, but it wasn’t a priority. It was summer and summer is ice cream season.

Jen: My focus has always been in the kitchen and operational things that customers don’t always see but take a lot time, like organizing the team schedule.

Boris: We don’t have time to discuss everything.

JCFamilies: And you have kids too, right?

Jen: Yes, and that really adds a lot to the time pressures. We have two girls. They’re five and six, kindergarten and first grade. Mornings are whirlwinds of trying to get out of the house on time.

Boris: Morning are crazy, but very often both of us are there.

Jen: Which is extremely helpful.

Boris: We do a lot extracurricular activities, which is a luxury, because it takes time. There are not a lot of jobs that allow you to leave work and take your kids to ice-skating.

Jen: Or to a performance at the school. The last one started at 5:00. There are a lot of families where both parents cannot attend a performance at that hour.

Boris: While there are advantages to being a part of the corporate world, it’s organized and predictable, being a business owner gives us flexibility.

JCFamilies: I love the way it looks in here. It’s warm and inviting.

Boris: Thank you! We wanted our place to be warm and inviting like a Bucket and Bay in Jersey Citycoffee shop, not like a typical ice cream store.

Jen: Most ice cream shops are typical scoop shops – they feel cold – not a place where you want to hang out. And we feel that ice cream is very social in nature, we want people to relax and enjoy it.

Boris: So it feels like a coffee shop, but our core focus is still gelato!  And we do our gelato with passion and completely from scratch. Jen’s interest in ice cream started as a kid.

Jen: I grew up visiting my grandparents. My grandfather had an old wooden ice cream bucket that I’d find sitting in the middle of the garage churning away ice cream  – always vanilla

JCFamilies: What makes your ice cream special?

Boris: We start with the milk. We use the most amazing milk in the world – it’s grass fed milk – 100% grass fed. When cows eat exclusively grass, they produce less milk but it’s richer. That’s why it’s a bit more expensive too. But you can totally feel the difference in the way our gelato tastes.

Jen: And our gelato is not typically Italian, it is more modern American, made from scratch, with inspiration from all around the world. Our flavors are creative but also very elegant, they open up gradually as you eat them, often revealing multiple layers.

JCFamilies: Do you get time as a couple? Do you go on dates?

Jen: We do. But not very often.

Boris: Jen just gave me a present for my birthday. It was a handmade book of “tickets” that I can redeem for things like going out to a movie, a date night…

Jen: We do most things as a family, with the kids – which gives us time to be together and talk. But even when we’re out on dates, we still talk about the gelato and the cafe. We haven’t been able to draw that imaginary line that differentiates “this is for work” and “this is for us.”

JCFamilies: How do you decompress?

Jen: We were supposed to go sailing together. As we used to…

Boris: I teach sailing at the Manhattan Sailing Club, but we did find time to go out together on a boat in 2016.

JCFamilies: Do you watch Netflix?

Boris: We don’t binge watch the series. We watch movies.

Jen: Yeah. We recently watched that one movie – remember?

Boris: Yeah. (He doesn’t.)

Jen: I used to want to watch every single movie that was up for an award.

Boris: Yes… We used to host an Oscar’s party!

Bucket and Bay in Jersey CityJen: But now I enjoy coming to work every day.  People tell you, and it’s true – when you have your own business, it’s 24/7. We’re lucky because our business is a place where I would want to come and hang out

Boris: It does get a bit intense. Marrying someone and being in a business with someone is totally different.

Jen: Communication is key. Only we don’t have the same communication style. While we always have the same end goal in mind, the details and the strategy – which direction we’re coming from – is always very different. It helps to take a step back, and look at the whole picture. It’s something we don’t do nearly enough.

Boris: Last year we were on the beach for vacation, and we had a mini business meeting, thinking about all the different moving parts. We wrote them on a piece of cardboard that we found. We still have it. (Looks for it.)

Jen: Boris doesn’t like lists. I love lists.

Boris: (Finds it!) Tea was part of the plan. And look! It materialized!

JCFamilies: How do the kids fit in?

Boris: The kids have priority. That’s where our movie time went. From homework to extracurricular activities, all these things take time. Growing up with your parents having an ice cream shop – the kids are fully aware of it.

Jen: Sometimes they don’t like the ice cream shop.

Boris: Last year was challenging. We spent even more time at the cafe. Partly because we couldn’t afford to have as much help and we were not as organized – so we’d take turns. The kids knew when it was either mommy night or daddy night.

Jen: The kids requested more family nights. So we have that now.

Bucket and Bay in Jersey City

JCFamilies: Do you have advice for other couples in business together?

Jen: I’d definitely say: Communicate! You’ve got to have thick skin. You’ve got to let things go. Get over the small stuff.

Boris: And establish priorities. The fact that we have agreed that our kids are the top priority, helps us move smoothly through the day. Whatever happens, the kids have to get the attention they deserve.