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.

Christine Goodman: Art House Owner and Jersey City Mom

Christine Goodman Art House Owner Jersey City

I’ve known Christine Goodman since before either of us had kids. It’s been amazing to grow into motherhood with her. Her words are always inspiring.

JCFamilies: Tell us who you are, professionally.

Christine Goodman: I am the founder and executive director of the visual and performing arts center Art House Productions. Now in its 16th year, we present plays, art exhibitions, and a quarterly citywide arts festival – JC Fridays.

Christine Goodman Art House Owner Jersey CityJCF: How did JC Fridays start?

CG: JC Fridays came about after the closing of 111 First Street, an artist enclave in Jersey City. When that building closed, a lot of our arts community felt really beaten down. Art House had a meeting with arts organizers, arts friendly businesses, and other community leaders, to see how we could move the arts forward in Jersey City.

The idea of JC Fridays came out of that meeting. Even to this day, it continues the spirit of the community coming together to support one another around the arts. There was a real need for that. I think that’s why it’s such a successful program.

JCF: How important are the arts to a community?

CG: The arts are an extremely valuable component of any healthy city, particularly in times where people feel like they don’t have a voice. The arts gives people a platform, a meeting place, a community. A vibrant arts scene makes people feel invested in the city and in the communities in which they live.

JCF: What’s a typical workday like for you?

CG: It starts at 6 am – but through no decision of my own.

JCF: Because of the kids?

CG: Yes. Should we talk about a work day, or about my family?

JCF: Both.

CG: So I have my predawn experience with my one year old. That’s how we roll into the rest of the morning. I have two kids. The day starts with them waking up pretty early. My husband and I get them to school, and then I’m at Art House. It’s a 24/7 job. As a founder, an organization like this is a third child. This is my teenager.

JCF: Why did you call it a teenager – what makes it a teenager?

CG: First because it’s 16 years old. But also because it has really has matured. It can stand on its own. It has its own identity. It’s wonderful to see that through all the growing pains, we have created an institution that means a lot to many people.

Christine Goodman Art House Owner Jersey City

JCF: How do you balance your business and your family?

CG: That’s the million-dollar question. It’s evolving. It’s a balancing act. As professional mothers, we continually walk the line of making sure that we’re there for our kids, that they have what they need, and also that we’re taking care of what the businesses needs, which can mean that you are on call at the strangest hours.

There’s no easy answer or a magic pill for running a business and being a mother of two. We have these standards of excellence as professionals and mothers that we can handle everything. The short answer is that it’s really tough. I think the short answer is in continually making sure that your children know that you’re there for them and empowering other people around your business as well.

JCF: How do you do that?

CG: For me, it means making sure that my kids feel comfortable at my business. I don’t run a 9-5. They’re comfortable at Art House. They’re comfortable in the theatre. They have space here that’s their own. They’re welcomed when they walk in the door. At the times when there needs to be a lot of juggling, they can be in the space of my business and feel like they belong.

The other thing is being realistic about my timelines, about what is humanly possible for me to accomplish. I think that the Christine before kids would work all night if she needed to. Christine after kids needs to make sure that the timelines and support systems are in place. Which has been a wonderful change for me.

JCF: Do you ever work at night?

CG: Taking a meeting at 7 pm is tough. It means that there are other people who have to sacrifice in order for that to happen. Even for me to be at the shows that I produce – I’m continually figuring out how to navigate. The natural result is that I’ve had to not hold on so tightly to the idea that I need to do it all myself at Art House. And it’s been great. There’s a beautiful leadership team here that’s really wonderful and rocking it out. It takes a village on both ends.

Christine Goodman Art House Owner Jersey CityJCF: What was it like going from one to two babies?

CG: Having my first child and the incorporation of motherhood into business ownership was overwhelming at first, and then manageable. We found our rhythm and knew that it wouldn’t last forever, but it was working.

But when the second baby came along, the juggling wasn’t going to work. It wasn’t possible. At that point, I needed to make sure that we had a theatre manager and a technical director who could be on site in the evenings and make sure that the shows went smoothly in my absence.

JCF: If you had to do it all again, what would change?

CG: Nothing. Through owning my own business, I was able to bring my kids to work with me for the first 10 months of their lives. I could pursue my love of the arts and keep the business going. It was a wonderful opportunity and for that I am extremely grateful. In an ideal world, I don’t even know how I would change it, because my kids are growing up in the theatre and I think that’s a unique experience for them too.

JCF: What is the best advice that you ever got?

CG: It wasn’t any specific thing. Having the influence of other mothers around me that were making it work, and knowing that it didn’t always have to be perfect, was amazing. Being able to see that we all mess up, and we’re all feeling our way through this – and that it’s possible to raise children who are kind, aware, intelligent human beings while still not always getting it right felt like such a relief. It shifted the focus from being supermom to being a human being and the best mom I could be. That gave me more confidence. It’s nice to know that we all drop the ball, and we all feel like we’re constantly playing catch up, and we forget the diapers, and we try to figure out a last minute dinner, and we forget the paperwork for the school, but at the end of the day, our kids are good people. And that says to me that I’m on the right track.

Mel Kozakiewicz blogs at www.urdoingitright.com.

Chitra Mittal: Innovator and Proprietor of Liberty Physical Therapy

Chitra Mittal: Liberty Physical Therapy In Jersey City

Tell me about yourself.

I’m a physical therapist. I’ve been in Jersey City for 5 years. I was a travelling physical therapist for about 5 years before that, switching cities every 3-4 months. I got to see what’s out there.

Are Jersey City patients unique?

Jersey City has highly educated people who are motivated to do the right thing.

Be honest – You love it here, right?

Absolutely. Jersey City is home. And so is this office.Chitra Mittal: Liberty Physical Therapy In Jersey City

Do you have children? 

Not yet.

Want ‘em?

Maybe one. I don’t know. It’s tough.

Is your extended family in Jersey City?

My family is in India, so my husband is all I have here. And work keeps me too busy to visit more than once a year.

I understand. It’s tough. So your work has your heart.

Right. We started in November of 2011 in a small room. We’ve already expanded twice and now we’re the largest outpatient facility in Jersey City.

Why do you think you grew so quickly?

We treat each patient individually. It’s always one on one. I think patients see the value in that. We can make sure patients are doing the exercises the right way, which is important because if they’re not doing them correctly, it’s a waste of time. And there are no cookie cutter programs. They’re tailored to the patient’s specific needs. The services we offer here are very different, very cutting edge. They’re not offered anywhere else.

Chitra Mittal: Liberty Physical Therapy In Jersey CityReally? Like what?

Dry needling, for example.

Sounds scary.

(laughs) No no! There are trigger points in muscle. When muscles are in spasm, there are points that get activated. To alleviate that, you can either sustain pressure or use a needle. Patients love it. It’s very effective. And we also have the women’s health program.

I’m not sure what that means in terms of physical therapy.

One of the most common injuries for women is in the pelvic floor. So for example, during pregnancy, the body goes through significant changes. The hormones change but also certain muscles are overstretched, or a C-section is also traumatic to the body. The role of the pelvic floor is critical. Your bladder is there, your vagina is there, your bowels are there, the bone alignment is there, and the muscles are working hard to hold you up.

If a woman thought she had an injury in her pelvic floor, how would she know?

Is she having pain? Is there weakness-

Wait – you could fix that?? Isn’t that an…inside problem?

We do internal evaluations. We assess muscles internally. Depending on what has happened during pregnancy, women may be experiencing painful sex, spasms, weaknesses in the hips, or the problem might be that the pelvic muscles are simply working too hard. We assess which muscles are working and we create a plan to solve it.

Chitra Mittal: Liberty Physical Therapy In Jersey CitySo you can fix it. You’re saying these aren’t permanent damages?

It is definitely a fixable problem. I hear women say things like, “It’s ok to leak a little bit because I had a baby,” No! You don’t have to leak in any way. It’s completely fixable.

I feel like you might save some marriages doing this kind of work.

I’d love to. Actually a lot of spouses do call in for new (and busy!) moms.

So let’s say a mom has pain, like during sex. And two years later –

Don’t wait two years. Wait six weeks to eight weeks.

So this is completely normal to you.

Completely. Not just to me. In France, pelvic floor physical therapy is covered and routine. Dysfunctions develop when time passes. Avoid the limp, so to speak.

Tell me the signs. What are women looking for?

Is there pain? Are you not able to sit for longer than fifteen minutes? You mentioned painful sex – that’s very common. Or leakage of urine, or if the stream is slower or if you’re having trouble in any way, schedule a visit. Anything that’s different or painful.

This feels like it could be a difficult conversation to have.

Listen – pregnancy is a trauma to the body. There are changes that happen in your body due to the pregnancy. You can revert back. It is a taboo, sure. Women don’t want to tell their friends that they’re having trouble having sex with their husbands. But this is fixable.

Are there easy changes women can make on their own?

Yes. Start with simple things like breathing. Take the time to breathe correctly. Take five minutes to breathe all the way down to the pelvic floor. Your breath should reach all the way down. Uncross your fingers, close the door, and zen out. Close your eyes and imagine your breath is reaching all the way down to the floor and relaxing it. It makes a world of difference.

How can women get more comfortable with their bodies?

Remember that it’s your own body – don’t have such a disconnect. Your body will be there for you so be there for your body, take care of it!

Chitra Mittal: Liberty Physical Therapy In Jersey CityCan we talk about your work day? Do you talk about this stuff from sunrise to sunset?

Haha. Yes! I need to disconnect a bit from work my husband says! I usually get to work around 10, maybe 10:30. I do a little bit of work at home first and I’m usually here until 7:30. For the sake of my marriage I try to leave at 7:30. But we’re open until 8:30.

What does your husband do?

He works here!

For you?

With me! He manages the business aspect. Billing, finances – I can’t do it all. He’s better qualified than I am to do that. As an entrepreneur I have learned that you can’t be the best at everything. You have to build a really fantastic team. That’s the only way you can grow. I learned that the hard way. Now I delegate whatever someone else is better at than me.

Your advice is invaluable. What else you got?

As long as you’re honest with yourself about where you need to improve, you’re good. But know you own strengths and weaknesses. It’s critical.

Give us one more for the road.

If you haven’t exercised in a while, see a physical therapist before you go to the gym to avoid injury. That one’s for the men too.