THE HOT SPOT
RAW Jersey Presents: SPECTRUM

We've all had our fair share film festivals, concerts, fashion shows and art exhibits, but what about an event that brought all those worlds together and then some?

On April 17th RAW, an independent arts organization, is bringing together local emerging artists in visual art, fashion, music, film, performing art, hair, makeup and photography for a night of showcasing their pure and unique talents. RAW will not only be showcasing these artists for the night, but they also provide them with tools, resources and exposure for the first 10 years of their career.

BEHIND THE PLATE
Maxwell's in Hoboken Will Turn Into a Pizza Place

Known for hosting legendary musical talents like Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sonic Youth among many others, Maxwell's music club in Hoboken, NJ sadly closed its doors June of last year. It was recently announced that the venue/restaurant has been sold to owners Evan Dean and Pete Carr, who will reopen the place as a "family restaurant specializing in thin-crust artisanal pizza."

Though the venue was closed six months ago, previous owner Dave Post had kept the joint open as a restaurant without the rock music, since then. Sunday, when it was revealed Maxwell's was sold to its new owners, a large block party gathered to commemorate the ex-club.

LIQUID COURAGE
Event Review: NovemBEERfest at Hoboken's Village Pourhouse

This weekend we celebrated our favorite brews at Village Pourhouse in Hoboken at their NovemBEERfest.

It was the perfect Saturday afternoon to try some beers at Village Pourhouse. Whether they were domestic brews like Blue Moon and Brooklyn Lager,or some beers that we never heard of like Thailand's Singha, or the Carribean's Carib, everyone was happy to test out some cold ones while snacking on great food and watching some football with friends in the pourhouse's laidback environment.

WEEKEND PICKS
NovemBEERfest at Village Pourhouse in Hoboken this Weekend

Village Pourhouse in Hoboken, NJ is hosting their 3rd annual NovemBEERfest this Saturday, November 16th at 12PM – 2:30PM & at 3:30PM – 6PM and you're invited!

THE SCENE
Celebrate 15 Years with Imago Beauty Group

Imago Beauty Group in Hoboken, NJ is hosting their 15th Anniversary event, so they're inviting the fashion-set to come celebrate with them on Friday, March 15th! A variety of services will be offered, followed by an ultra-cool cocktail event. Imago has many NJ clients as well as New Yorkers who enjoy taking a trip into Hoboken for the salon's hair care and then take advantage of the wonderful local boutiques and restaurants.

Joonbug likes Imago because they always have their pulse on products that are actually good for your hair and not laden with drying additives! AVEDA and L'Occitane products will be 20% off all day and all PHYTO will be Buy 1, Get 1 for 1/2 price! From 2 to 7pm they will also be having their Guest Appreciation Day. They will offer guests complimentary services, such as paraffin hand dips, aromatic steam towels, makeup finishing touches, and more! Imago welcomes visitors to just stop by or book an appointment (just in case it becomes super busy).

BEST OF
The Melting Pot: Hoboken

Recently, Joonbug decided to stop by the Melting Pot in Hoboken, NJ. Though the chain is pretty much iconic, this location is known for supporting the Hoboken community through things like Breast Cancer Awareness month events, hosting the Hoboken Comedy festival and hosting unique outdoor dining experiences (such as "dine with your dog"). We wanted to check in with them to see what's currently taking place!

As we entered the restaurant overlooking a glittering view of the Empire State Building across the Hudson river, we were greeted by a massive wall of delicious wines. The sleek and modern interior is a great place to find refuge from the hustle and bustle of the area. This restaurant is always infused with the tempting aromas of cheese and chocolate! Various menu options include Cheese Fondue (cheese fondue is made with unique and seasonal ingredients or your choice of any of their other flavorful cheeses); Salad (options include Caesar, Spinach Mushroom, California); Entrée (your choice of one of their showcased entrées includes a variety of steak, chicken and seafood accompanied by homemade dipping sauces and vegetables); Chocolate Fondue; consisting of white, chocolate, dark chocolate and assorted fruits such as strawberries and deserts to dip in the chocolate. Our favorite is the Ying & Yang dessert fondue which includes both white and dark chocolates (pictured below).

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Kolo Klub Serves Bourbon Fueled Cocktails

The relatively new Kolo Klub, located above Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, in Hoboken, is all about the cocktails. With super mixologists straight from NYC, the bartenders here sure know how to whip up a mean drink. September is National Bourbon Month and luckily enough this cocktail den knows all about booze- especially bourbon. Try their Old Fashioned ($12) made with Jim Beam Rye/Bourbon, angostura bitters and garnished with a cherry and orange wedge or opt for their classic Manhattan ($12), which is comprised of Jim Beam Rye/Bourbon, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters and garnished with a cherry or lemon twist. Both cocktails can be made with Makers 46 or Knob Creek Rye for an additional charge. So celebrate bourbon like it’s going out of style at Kolo Klub!

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Manhattan Mixology Masters Whip Up Cocktails at Kolo Klub

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten in Hoboken, NJ is stepping it up a notch with their 4000 sq. ft. second floor loft space, Kolo Klub. Barmen Michael Neff and Kenneth McCoy will be consulting on the opening cocktail program for the new space, introducing Hoboken to a new level of mixology. On Friday and Saturday nights until 2am, Kolo Klub will be boasting the ultimate cocktail experience where guests can try artisanal libations and nibble on small bites.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Kolo Klub is Hoboken's Newest Lounge


If you’re looking for an outsider’s perspective of the Manhattan’s skyline, we suggest crossing the river to Hoboken. From Andrej Ivanov and Ladislav Sebestyan comes Kolo Klub, Hoboken’s first craft-cocktail den on the second floor loft of Pilsener Haus.

Located in uptown Hoboken in a turn of the century building, the 4,000 sq. ft. rooftop lounge is only accessible via private elevator. The lounge features vaulted wooden ceilings and rows of windows that offer a scopious view of the Manhattan skyline. Guests will notice the unique logo, designed after the name of the bar itself, Kolo, being the Czech word for bicycle.

LIFESTYLE
35 Minute Boot Camps: Exclusive Interview with Fitness Expert David Cabral

Ever wanted a workout that was not only efficient but also fun? Well, coach David Cabral, owner of Hoboken Boot Camps, sat down with Joonbug this weekend- after a vigorous workout of learning to walk walls, pounding a truck tire with hammers, and Burpees- to tell you all about his innovative new 35 minute workout. From the warm-up you’ll already feel the burn and by the end, your heart is racing to catch up with the glory you feel for finishing that last lap. He uses freestyle combinations and fun props to give his studio a unique style with results like no other. You can be sure to see anything from a truck tire to resistance bands- the props are always changing so that his clients get the best variety of exercise possible. And that’s not even the best part. Remember, all this is done in 35 intense minutes.