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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Knead Massage

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.

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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


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




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Week of Jan. 30th – Feb. 5th

Monday through closing – Koro Koro Happy Hour
As everyone’s favorite rice ball shop prepares to temporarily close for construction, Koro Koro is having a buy 3 get 1 free special! Remember to bring cash in order to score this awesome Happy Hour Deal. 


Koro Koro is located at 538 Jersey Ave. Downtown Jersey City, NJ


Monday Jan. 30th MonkDay Mondays at Porta 

Join Dancing Tony of the Rockit-Docket at 10pm in the Monk Room at Porta for live music by Désir Decir, Adam and the Plants, & Delicate Flowers. No cover charge and Industry Specials!


Tuesday Jan. 31st – 7pm Grieving Workshop at Modern Sage
Grieving the loss of a loved one is likely the most difficult experience of your life. In this discussion guests will consider nine tips from the findings of grief research. The discussion will be shaped around each participant’s own grieving experience. Anyone experiencing any type of loss is welcome though the loss from a death is the focus of these research results. Attend this workshop for a gentle but honest exploration of your feelings and tips to get through this difficult time.

Thursday Feb. 2nd – Live Music at The Archer
Enjoy live Gypsy Jazz every Thursday from 7:30-10:30pm


Friday Feb. 3rd – Free Co-working Friday at IndieGrove
Experience coworking and see why it has become the most popular way for entrepreneurs and independent professionals to work. Plenty of Wi-Fi, coffee and beautiful views! This is a one time per person opportunity. You are welcome to stay for as long or as little as you would like between 9am and 5pm. CM7ztvqUwAA6Ga-.jpg

Saturday Feb. 4th Raven Boutique Gallery Show Opening
The Raven Gallery & Boutique will hold a reception for its latest show “Nevermore” on Saturday from 6-9pm. Enjoy artwork from over a dozen artists. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday Feb. 5th Word JC presents George O’Connor 
Best selling Author George O’Connor presents Artemis, the 8th book in his graphic novel series Olympians. Shunned even before she was born and destined to live a life of solitude, Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, finds power through her skilled hunting ability and mighty bow. She slays those who wish to do harm to the innocent and takes care of the young and helpless. She protects women and young girls, helps in childbirth, soothes, and is unrivaled in her hunting abilities. In the latest volume of Olympians, New York Times bestselling author George O’Connor continues to turn his extensive knowledge of the original Greek myths into rip-roaring graphic novel storytelling. RSVPs encouraged but not required.


Sunday Feb 5th – LITM presents In Full Color Alumnae and Volunteer Origami Crane Party

Inspired by the Japanese senbazuru legend in which folding 1,000 origami cranes grants one a single wish, In Full Color’s set designer Alicia Ruth will be creating a rainbow sanctuary for this year’s In Full Color, made completely of origami cranes.
But they need your help! Come to an origami folding party and help make the set come to life. In Full Color is an annual theatrical event devoted to sharing stories by women of color.



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

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Week of Jan. 23rd -Jan. 29th

Hudson Restaurant Week Starts Mon. Jan. 23rd!
Restaurants all over Hudson County will be offering special pre-fix menus from 1/23/17 through 2/3/17. Here in the HDSID, great spots like The Kitchen Step, South House, and Raval are taking part! Check the menu, make reservations, and enjoy!


The Kitchen Step, Raval, & South House

Wednesday Jan. 25th – HDSID presents Coffee with a Cop
Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other. Coffee and refreshments sponsored by the HDSID. Free to attend! This event will be held at Indiegrove  121 Newark Ave, 5th floor from 7-8pm


IndieGrove is located at 121 Newark Ave, top floor Jersey City, NJ 07302

Wednesday Jan. 25th Tax Tips for Small Businesses at And Co.
Do you have anxiety about filing taxes? Come to this presentation!
Presenter Jonathan Donenfeld, CPA, MSA, the founder and president of JLD Tax and Accounting, has more than a decade of combined experience in tax, accounting, and finance. Takeaways include:
-Available Deductions for Businesses
-Business Tax Incentives
-Updated Filing Deadlines
-Planning Ahead for 2017


Wednesday Jan 25th Tangiers Blue Band at South House

New York’s premier Blues Band will take the stage at South House from 8pm-1am.


Thursday Jan. 26th – Floral Arranging Class at The Hair Room
On January 26th from 7pm – 9pm join Karma Flowers for a lesson on how to put together a winter floral arrangement. Tickets $35, email to reserve your spot.


Thursday Jan. 26th Jersey City Poetry Slam at Tea NJ
Jersey City Slam invites you to their poetry slam. A poetry slam is a performance poetry competition with up to eight poets battling out for a chance to represent Jersey City at the Women of the World Poetry Slam!

Saturday Jan. 28th – Lego Movie Party at Three Little Birds
Calling all Builders – It’s time for a LEGO PJ Party. Three Little Birds provides pizza, snacks, the projected THE LEGO MOVIE, crafts, games and an epic dance party. Wear those PJs! 2.5 years and up. $54 One child * two siblings $95 * third sibling free


Saturday Jan 28th – Snow Ball After-Party at Porta with Dancing Tony 
The Snowball, Jersey City’s premiere black tie Art event is happening this weeked and the after party will be held at Porta!  FREE Transportation from Art House presents the 11th Annual SNOW BALL by  Day Trippers Music by The One and Nines.


Porta Pizza is located at 135 Newark Ave


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

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Week of Jan. 16th – Jan. 22nd

Tuesday Jan.17th Word Books presents High Notes
Join Gay Talese for a celebration of his newest book, High Notes 7-10pm
Selections from six decades of the illustrious career of Gay Talese, one of the most important nonfiction writers of our time, with an introduction by Lee Gutkind. An RSVP on Facebook is encouraged, but not required.  Seating and standing room will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Word is located at 123 Newark Ave. Downtown JC


Wednesday Jan. 18th Get Found on Google Seminar at IndieGrove
Lunch & Learn with at IndieGrove: “Local SEO: How To Get Found On Google.” Michael Tesalona, the owner of Bradford & Crabtree will lead us through the discussion.

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Wednesday Jan. 18th Live Music at The Archer
It’s Blue Grass Wednesday. The band kicks off at 7:30pm.


Friday Jan. 20th Porta present PIZZA SAVES!
This Friday order a PS pie and pay what you wish & 100% of the proceeds with go to the David Lynch foundation. Don’t miss the guided meditation in the Monk room at 5:30pm.


Porta is located at 135 Newark Ave. Jersey City, NJ

Thursday Jan. 19th Painting at Cork & Canvas 7-9pm
Looking for a fun night? Try your hand at painting this fabulous Brooklyn Bridge Scene at Cork and Canvas! $30 a seat and you are welcome to BYOB. Sign up here: Cork & Canvas


Cork and Canvas is located at 275 Newark Ave Downtown Jersey City, NJ

Saturday Jan. 21st – Storytime at Word Books 

Join author M. Earl Smith for a reading of his new book Little Karl at 11am.
In this colorfully illustrated book, the core thoughts of Marxist theory are presented through the voice of a young Karl Marx, allowing a new generation to explore Marx’s concepts without preconceived fears and allowing readers of any age to understand Marxist thought.


Word is located at 123 Newark Ave.




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Week of Jan. 9th – Jan. 15th

Wednesday Jan. 11th Live Music at The Archer
It’s the 1st ever Blue Grass Wednesday. The band kicks off at 7:30pm.


The Archer is located at 176 Newark Ave Downtown Jersey City, NJ 


Wednesday Jan. 11th  Mid-Week Comedy at Raval 
Reserve your spot now for JC’s best comedy! Show starts at 8pm.


Raval is located at 136 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ

Thursday Jan. 12th Styling Class at The Hair Room
We all need a little help with the ins and outs of hair styling. Sign up for the Hot Tools class with the lovely ladies from The Hair Room. 7-9pm


The Hair Room is located at 213 Montgomery St. Jersey City, NJ

Thursday Jan. 12th Crowd Funding Seminar at
New year, new goals!  &Co is bringing in EIGHTY MAG’s  Head of Distribution & Marketing, John T. Trigonis. A crowdfunding Zen Master, Indiegogo’s Film and Creative Campaign Strategist, and author of Crowdfunding for Filmmakers. He will breakdown a successful campaign and offer insider tips on how to crowd fund your passion project!
6:30 pm Doors open | Refreshments available • 7:00 pm One-on-one chat (runs 30-40 minutes) • 7:30 Crowdfunding Workshop • 8:00 Audience Q&A • 8:10 Mingle & hang



Thursday Jan. 12th at South House
Get Funky this Thursday with DJ Prestige as he spins rare 45 vinyls at South House. Music starts at 8:30pm  – No cover!Flea-Market-Funk.jpg

Saturday Jan. 14th Barcade
Celebrate National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day 2017 with Barcade and Shmaltz Brewing. Enjoy delicious pastrami food specials paired with our exclusive beer, Pastrami Pils!
This collaboration with Shmaltz Brewing Company is a Pilsner style Lager brewed with cherry smoked malt, ground caraway, and black pepper, then “dry hopped” with horseradish and rye – evoking the sharp, smoky flavors of the magical cured meat.


163 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ

Saturday Jan. 14th Music at Porta Pizza
Catch live music from 11:30-2:30am by Synergy Sound


Porta JC is located at 135 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ


Week of Jan. 2nd – Jan. 8th

Tuesday Jan. 3rd – LITM Art Opening
Opening Reception for our January exhibition of new works from Mia Buchanan.
$6 drink specials all night. Mia was born in Japan. She studied academic art and graphic design in Japan and continued her education at Parsons in New York. She has achieved a Bachelor honors degree in Graphic design at The Art Institute in Philadelphia and she specializes in visual arts. After many years making a living as a graphic designer she decided to focus on her art career. In the past couple of years she has been exhibiting her art works in New York and New Jersey.


LITM is located at 140 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ 

Thursday  Jan. 5th – Girl’s Room Presents “Let’s Be Great” at Atlas
An all female motivational panel will discuss their resolutions & wishes for the New Year! Come network and share your stories over cocktails. Get to know your local creative bad girls. You’re sure to leave feeling inspired to conquer 2017!


Atlas is located at 130 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ 

Friday Jan. 6th – Free Co-working Friday at IndieGrove
Come experience co-working and see why it has become the most popular way for entrepreneurs and independent professionals to work. Plenty of Wi-Fi, coffee, and beautiful views!


Indiegrove is located at 121 Newark Ave 

Sunday Jan. 8th – LITM – David Bowie Birthday Bash 

For the third straight year, LITM will gather to celebrate David Bowie’s birthday — and for the first time, to pay tribute on the first anniversary of his tragic passing.
David Bowie touched all our lives with music, art and stardust. Gather with your fellow cat people, young dudes and rebel rebels to remember his legacy. Party runs from 5 p.m. to close. Bar opens at 3 p.m.
— Live concert by Bowie tribute band Heroes at 7 p.m.!
— Bowie-themed cocktails all night
— Face painting and photography with Colleen and Nicole
— Bowie cat swag by Love, Liesel
— Bowie dance party with DJ Sexy Lexy!





Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the HDSID

Still looking for something to do this New Year’s Eve? There are some great local spots hosting events on Saturday. Be sure to make reservations if it’s suggested & have a Happy & Safe New Year’s Eve Celebration!

will be ringing in the New Year with a selection of rare aged drafts and specialties! These massive brews are the perfect way to start 2017! Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. No reservations, no cover charges, no fuss!  See the full draft list here!


Barcade is located at 163 Newark Ave. Jersey City NJ

Orale Mexican Kitchen
is hosting a Dr. Suess theme NYE bash! $125 includes a 4 course menu, open bar, & Champagne toast at midnight. More info!


Orale is located at 341 Grove Street Jersey City, NJ

Raval Tapas & Cocktail Lounge
is ringing in 2017 with DJ George Soul & a $40 open bar starting at 10pm.  More info!


Raval is located at 136 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ

South House Bar & Restaurant
Hit the dance floor Saturday Night Fever Style this Saturday. No cover, late night food stations, and a champagne toast.


South House is located at 149 Newark Ave Jersey City NJ

Ring in the New Year at Porta
Enjoy a Procsecco toast at 6pm to celebrate the Italian New Year. Last dinner seating will be at 10pm followed by 2 DJ sets starting at 10:30pm. Late night pizza available until 2am!


Porta Pizza JC  is located at 135 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ

Ring in the New Year at LITM
Special dinner menu, champagne drink specials and watch the ball drop on their big screen! Then, dance the night away with DJ Nappanott and welcome 2017. ABSOLUTELY NO COVER! Reserve your table now at


LITM is located at 140 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Archer
Seasonal cocktail specials, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight! No cover and no reservations required. First come first served 21+. Let’s end 2016 with a bang!

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The Archer is located at 176 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ

NYE at Atlas Public House 
Tickets $125 per person. Groups of 4 or more $100 per person
Open bar from 9pm-2am, passed hors d’oeuvres 9pm-11pm, & a Champagne toast
Call 201-479-8353 to purchase tickets.


Atlas Public House is located at 130 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ

Mathews Food & Drink
Will host 2 dinner seatings – 5:30pm & 9pm. Be sure to make your reservations now, space is limited. View menu here!


Mathews is located at 351 Grove Street Jersey City, NJ 

Lucky 7’s Dance Party
Enjoy a $40 open bar (optional) and enjoy DJ Nikki Mixx until 4am!


Lucky 7 is located at 322 2nd Street Jersey City, NJ 

And don’t forget to hit the Hair Room to get yourself glammed up! Call (201) 685-7244 to book your appointment.


The Hair Room is located at 213 Montgomery Street Jersey City, NJ


The HDSID team wishes you a Happy and Safe New Year.
See you in 2017!

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Week of Dec. 19th -Dec. 25th

Monday Dec. 19th & 22nd– The Holiday Market on Grove
Shop directly from local Artists & Makers every Monday & Thursday at The Grove Street Path Station 4-8pm. This week’s artists and entrepreneurs include  Kafe Con Arte , a Jersey City based company that specializes in screen printed apparel and home goods • OM.Life Wellness Sanctuary a local Wellness Center •  The Lucky HoneyBee handcrafted candles, soaps, and body products •  TechnoChic DIY lightup greeting cards and craft kits. Plus many more amazing vendors!


Monday Dec. 19th – Industry Night Ugly Sweater Party at Porta
Don your ugliest sweater and bring your industry pals to Porta at 10pm for an Industry Night Ugly Sweater Holiday Party! DJ Set by Jtower, Industry Night Specials, $5 gag gift swap and a party with the Porta Fam!

Tuesday Dec. 20th  – Captain’s Meeting
Join Captain Nicholas Scerbo of The East District Police Department for his monthly meeting at M.S. 4 at 7:00PM

Wednesday Dec. 21st Meditation Class
Step out of the Holiday madness for an hour of meditation at Modern Sage. This guided meditation class starts with a mindfulness reading followed by two 20 minute meditations. Beginners and advanced are welcome. Variety of styles incorporated.
$10 or monthly package available.

Wednesday Dec. 21st Mid-Week Comedy at Raval


Week of Dec. 12th -Dec. 18th

Monday Dec. 12th & 15th – The Holiday Market on Grove
Shop directly from local Artists & Makers every Monday & Thursday at The Grove Street Path Station 4-8pm. This week’s artists and entrepreneurs include  Kafe Con Arte , a Jersey City based company that specializes in screen printed apparel and home goods • OM.Life Wellness Sanctuary a local Wellness Center •  The Lucky HoneyBee handcrafted candles, soaps, and body products •  TechnoChic DIY lightup greeting cards and craft kits. Plus many more amazing vendors!


Wednesday Dec. 14th  – Hazel Baby Kids Essential Oil Class
Join Beth Conroy, a licensed acupuncturist, for an introduction to essential oils for you and your family at Hazel BabyTopics covered will include: Oils 101 Review • Support for healthy immune systems • Safety for all ages • Direct application techniques • Specific support for kids (stress, concentration, sleep-aid, colds/flus, fevers)


Wednesday Dec. 14th  –LITM Hot Toddy Holiday Party & Benefit
Warm up your tummy with a hot drink and warm your heart  ❤ with holiday fun at LITM. This event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County, which helps youth ages 5 to 21 gain tools to become successful in life. More info at Feel free to bring the kids for dinner!



Friday Dec. 16th It’s Krampus VS. Santa in The Village!
Have you been Naughty or Nice? In Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned figure, who during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts. The Raven Gallery & Boutique is teaming up with Roflcopter Toys & Gifts to bring you a unique shopping experience featuring treats, sales on specialty items, unique toys, wearable art, and your chance to indulge your dark side at The Raven or be merry in a land of toys at Roflcopter.
Please note 2 locations for this event:
The Raven Gallery & Boutique 304 Newark Ave. Downtown Jersey City
Roflcopter Toys & Gifts, 298 Newark Ave. Downtown Jersey City


Saturday Dec. 17th Hanukkah Cooking Class at Bambino Chef
This class is for kids ages 5-10 years old. Chocolate cinnamon rugelachs and fun are on the menu! $30 Drop off optional



Saturday Dec. 18th – Bad Santa Pary at South House
Enjoy Holday Drink Specials starting at 8pm. South House is located at 149 Newark Ave. Downtwon Jersey City, NJ


Sunday Dec. 18th Pictures with Santa & Food Drive at Bambino Chef
Get your free pictures with Santa at Bambino Chef when you donate a toy or food to the needy! 5:30-7:30pm



For specific information regarding any of these great events, please contact the business directly! 

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