Week of Feb. 27th – March 5th


Tuesday Feb. 28th – Story Time at Hazel Baby 
Hey Mommas! Did you know that Hazel Baby hosts a story reading every Tuesday morning? Be there by 10AM, space is limited.  Hazel Baby is located at 199 Montgomery in the Charles & Co. building.


Tuesday Feb. 28th East District Police Captain’s Meeting

Join Captain Nicholas Scerbo of The East District Police Department for his monthly meeting at the M.S. 4 Library at 7:00PM

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Friday March 3rd – JC Friday
Arthouse Productions presents – JC Friday, a free city-wide celebration of the arts! Artists, galleries, studios, and businesses will open their doors to the public on 3/3/17 to exhibit work.  As always, the HDSID has some great shows on the map.

HAZEL BABY – Tiny Artist Workshop *Kid Friendly*
CITY HALL – JC Cultural Affairs | Women’s History Month Group Exhibition
JC REALTY – paintings by Anne Trauben, Diane Tenerelli, June and James Pustorino
COOLVINES – an evening with JC artist Robert Piersanti
GALLERIE HUDSON – Jersey City Photographs with Mickey Mathis
LITM – “Love Letters” group show
JC Studios – “143 is Alive” (music starts at 9pm)
MODERN SAGE – “From Ground into Sky” Photographer Amy Neufeld
GIA GELATO – “Yaatra – A Journey.” painter Susan Isaac
THE RAVEN GALLERY & BOUTIQUE – “The Raven Turns 3!” Group Show
Visit www.jcfriday.com for full details.


Saturday March 4th 11am-Noon- Story time at Word Bookstore
A beautiful picture book about Ann Cole Lowe, a little-known African-American fashion designer who battled personal and social adversity in order to pursue her passion of making beautiful gowns and went on to become one of society’s top designers. RSVP on Facebook is encouraged, but not required.



Saturday March 4th – The Raven Gallery & Boutique Turns 3!
Raven is celebrating their 3rd year on Newark Ave! Works will be displayed by artists who have shown their work at the gallery throughout the year. Celebration runs from 5-10pm with a cake cutting at 8pm. The Raven Gallery and Boutique is located at 304 Newark Ave. Downtown Jersey City, NJ

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For more info about any of these great events, please reach out to the business directly.

Are you an HDSID business? Send us your events! melissa.hdsid@gmail.com

Week of Feb. 20th – Feb. 26th

Monday Feb. 20th  – President’s Day at The Kitchen Step
Wondering what to do with your day off? Head over to The Kitchen Step, they will be offering their weekend brunch and dinner menu on Monday! Now that’s how you spend a Holiday.  The Kitchen Step is located at 500 Jersey Ave. Downtown Jersey City.


Tuesday Feb. 21st – Story Time at Hazel Baby 
Hey Mommas! Did you know that Hazel Baby hosts a story reading every Tuesday morning? Be there by 10AM, space is limited.  Hazel Baby is located at 199 Montgomery in the Charles & Co. building.


Tuesday Feb. 21st – Monthly HDSID Meeting

Interested in what’s happening in The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District? Join us for our monthly meeting! This month’s guest speaker is Police Officer Dina Lionakis, the Communication Officer from The East District Police Department. The meeting will be held at 10am in The Caucus Room on the 2nd Floor of City Hall. This meeting is open to the public.

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Tuesday Feb. 21st. – Ciders and Cheese of France

Everyone knows France is producing some of the best cheeses in the world, but did you know they are also responsible for some world-class ciders? Don your beret and join The Wurstbar and Van Hook Cheese for tasting a series of cidre and fromage. $50 per person. 7-9pm. This event will be held at The Wurstbar  at 516 Jersey Ave Downtown Jersey City.


Wednesday Feb. 22nd – The Pet Shop presents Never Mind the Heart Ache 
Need to spruce up that online dating profile of yours? Honey and Moon Photography is bringing together a night of styling, pictures, advice & pick up tips for you to find the love of your life! Photos for your online dating profile will be available for only $10 a pop! Sit down and get some love life advice from Donald Gallagher or learn how to flirt online with Creative Enabler. Leah Guy The Modern Sage will be offering $5 Chakra Readings to unblock your heart, and Meika Franz of Another Man’s Treasure will be giving you styling tips to bring out your inner hottie! The Pet Shop is located at 193 Newark Ave Downtown Jersey City, NJ 16730493_1374909882575728_2686674707731832411_n.jpg

Wednesday Feb. 22nd 6:30pm The JCEDC presents Facebook for Small Business
If you are a small business owner, check out the calendar of upcoming seminars provided by the JCEDC. Most of them are free! Free business advice? Yes, please!  In this seminar you will learn how to make the most of your Facebook Business Profile with proven strategies and best practices that will convert “likes” into customers! You’ll leave with insight and ideas to make your Facebook profile work for your business, including: Best times to post, how to create content that gets shared, how to build a scheduled post routine, and more. Sign up here!  This seminar will be held at in the Caucus Room at City Hall.


Thursday Feb. 23rd Jersey Wine and Spirits – Wine & Cheeses of Spain Tasting
Come travel beyond Tempranillo and Manchego to taste an array of delicious and complex wine and cheeses from Spain at the Jersey Wine and Spirits shop with Van Hook Cheese and Grocery. 7-8:30pm Jersey Wine & Spirit is located at 492 Jersey Ave Downtown Jersey City, NJ 


Friday Feb. 24th – Free Co-Working Fridays at IndieGrove
Change up your regular work routine and try out a Co-working space.Entrepreneurs and independent professionals do not conform to one way of thinking, nor should the space they work in. Panoramic views, bright open spaces, and free coffee will surely get you motivated to tackle that next project. Test it out for yourself and schedule a day free co-working . IndieGrove is located at 121 Newark Ave Downtown Jersey City


Sunday Feb. 26th Balance Hair Salon hosts JC Retro Style Party 
Network from 3-6pm with a  vibrant, inclusive, diverse, and supportive community of pin-up models, photographers, and vintage culture enthusiasts for residents of Jersey City and the surrounding metro area.
~ Meet the models and photographers
~ Listen to rock ‘n roll, dance, do the twist
~ Get more info, ask questions, sign up
~ Hair and makeup demo
~ Photo booth boards
~ Party favors


For more info about any of these great events, please reach out to the business directly.

Are you an HDSID business? Send us your events! melissa.hdsid@gmail.com

All you need is love…

February 14th is a day for all things romantic.  Why not show your love for Downtown JC by keeping your shopping local this year. Here is a round up of a few businesses in the HDSID that offer great products or services that will make that special someone’s Valentine’s Day one to remember.


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Nothing says it better than a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Brennan’s Florist, a JC staple since 1997  is taking orders online. If you get yours in by 2/8/17 you receive an additional discount with the code VDAY17  – No time to order? Pop in their location at 220 Newark Avenue in The Village neighborhood.

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Cards at Word Books 

Don’t forget to pick up a fun greeting card! Word Bookstore always has a great selection of cards for all occasions. We count on them when we need something that’s fun and beautifully printed!  Word Bookstore is located at 123 Newark Ave on the Pedestrian Mall.


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Sweet from l’atelier du chocolate

If you haven’t visited l’atelier du chocolat yet then you need to drop everything you are doing and head over to 321 Marin Boulevard right now! Tucked away behind the Grove Pointe building, Eric Girerd Master Chocolatier combines the finest selected ingredients and with his artisan techniques. Here at his Jersey City location you can find exquisite chocolates, the most divine cakes, and an amazing cup of European style hot chocolate.



Choco Pain Bakery and Cafe 

Love is sweet and so are the heart-shaped Valentine’s Day treats being baked up over at Choc•O•Pain French Bakery and Cafe. Since 2013 Clemence and the staff have been serving up  delectable breads and pastries that will transport you to Paris with just one bite. These heart-shaped specialties can be ordered online or you can stop in their Jersey City location at 530 Jersey Avenue. 


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Virile Barber Shop – The Hot Towel Shave

Treat that special guy in your life to the “signature hot towel shave” at Virile Barber Shop, one of the oldest and most popular techniques of hair removal procedures.  It takes a keen eye, light touch, and superior knowledge of the technique in order to execute it properly. The highly trained barbers at Virile use top of the line tools and
products to ensure the closest and most comfortable shave possible. Master Barber: $60/ Barber: $50. Virile also offers an incredible line of mens grooming products like shaving cream, face balms, and hair pomade. Stop by their shop located at 510 Jersey Avenue Downtown Jersey City.


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Kanibal & Co

When local business Kanibal & Co. moved into their new location at 197 Montgomery Street last year, they greatly expanded their men’s collection and it quickly become our new go to for mens gifts. From jackets and hats to grooming  products and “manly” scented candles, Kanibal will surely have something unique for your guy. Our pick for the rugged soul in your life is the Duke Cannon Supply Co. bar soap. It’s made to military specs, smells great, is tested by Veterans, and packaged with hilarious descriptions!


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Love Liesel

You know she is the star in your life, show how bright she shines with this North Star diamond necklace from  Love Liesel.  Stop by the shop to see this hand crafted beauty and many more designs at their location at 353 Grove Street Downtown Jersey City.



Tia’s Place 

Handbags, stylish dresses, funky jackets – Tia’s Place has all of the accessories your fashion forward girl could want! She’ll look good and feel great with a special new piece from the collection at Tias. This hip little boutique is located at 277 Grove Street.

Better Together

Treat yourselves to a relaxing couple’s massage at Knead. Expert therapists will help revive those tired muscles by utilizing multiple therapeutic techniques based on your wellness goals. Enjoy a soothing massage with someone you love. 1 hour $210 90 minutes $320. Book online!  Knead Massage is located at 521 Jersey Avenue Downtown Jersey City.

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Of course the perfect Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a nice dinner! Many local restaurants are offering special prefix menus. We do recommended calling ahead to see if reservations are needed.

Park & Sixth 279 Grove Street Downtown Jersey City 201.918.6072


LITM 140 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ 201.536.5557



The Bistro Grove Square 116 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ 201.332.7454


For more info regarding any of these listings, please contact the businesses directly.

Are you an HDSID business? Send us your events! melissa.hdsid@gmail.com

Week of Feb. 6th – Feb. 12th


Tuesday Feb. 7th – Story Time at Hazel Baby 
Every Tuesday Hazel Baby will host a reading at the shop. The week Iris Sharp will read Farmer Duck.


Tuesday Feb. 7th –Art Opening at LITM
Whether through words, objects, or imagery, lovers throughout the centuries have found a myriad creative ways to communicate their interest to the subjects of their desire. 26 local artists present their interpretations of Love Letters. Curated by Andrea Artemis Morin. $6 Van Gogh Vodka Drink Specials all night


Wednesday Feb. 8th – Raval JC hosts Mid-Week Comedy
Enjoy live comedy performances from 8-11pm. $15 at the door.


Thursday Feb. 9th – Three Little Birds – Prenatal Support Group 
Self-care is important for you and your baby. Join 3 Little Birds to find out how you can take better care of yourself. You don’t need to have a Spa Day (although that would be nice.) Fee is $20. Bring a friend and you each pay only $10. Register at yogadulce@gmail.com


Friday Feb. 10th Ribbon Cutting at Smart Start Academy 
Please join the HDSID and Mayor Fulop, on Feb.3rd at 1:30pm in welcoming Smart Start to their new location! The new Smart Start location is at 532 Jersey Ave Jersey City, NJ 07302




For more info regarding any of these great events, please contact the businesses directly.

Are you an HDSID business? Send us your events! melissa.hdsid@gmail.com