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All About Downtown Street Fair 9/19


This Saturday, September 19th, is the all-out awesome All About Downtown Street Fair.

Stroll up or down Newark Avenue (between Grove St. and Jersey Ave.) to soak up live music, nosh on noms, sip adult bevvies, and shop from 11am-8pm. (Yay because I have to work until 5 and would hate to miss the best street fair ever!)

There will be over 100 local vendors, and plenty of fun activities for the kids, too.

FB info here.

Shop local. Support local.

6th Borough Market 7/26

6th Borough

I heart the 6th Borough Market—and it’s back today! Take a walk behind City Hall (Montgonmery St. and Marin Blvd.) between 11am and 5pm to soak in the unique offerings and handcrafted items. There is nothing like shopping local.

Click below to see pics & purchases from my last visit…


Jersey City’s New Hot Sauce!

GeminiCrowJoining the Grove Street Farmer’s Market this year is new hot sauce vendor Gemini-Crowand boy is that sauce hot!

Dov Teta, a former co-worker of mine way back, founded Gemini-Crow while being a stay-at-home dad for his daughters.

As a supporter of entrepreneurs and small businesses (as well as a lover of hot sauce!), naturally, I had to check out the goods.

I chose Burn, Blackberry Belle, and the Devil His Due (not a typo).


All sauces are quite hot, so a little goes a long way. My favorite is Blackberry Belle, as it’s a little sweeter and has less burn than the others, but they are all good and fiery. There are also two jarred sauces under the “Doom” label.

Stop by Dov’s stand at The Grove Street Farmers Market on Thursdays and you can try each sauce in the Gemini-Crow collection and hear his recommendations for food pairings. All are gluten-free and vegan. Each bottle is $7.99, but you can buy 3 for $21 at the market.

Best of all, if you mention that you read about it on Jersey City Gal, he may just give you a discount.

Feel the burn,

6th Borough Market 6/14

6th borough market

The 6th Borough Market happens every second and last Sunday of the month from 11am-5pm behind City Hall (Marin & Montgomery).

The outdoor market is mix of high quality crafts and goods in a festive, family-friendly atmosphere. While local vendors display handmade and vintage collectibles, local chefs whip up plenty of good eats.

This Sunday, 6/14, Mayor Fulop will be in attendance for a ribbon cutting ceremony that “celebrates the market’s commitment to connecting local micro-entrepreneurs and the Jersey City community.

Shop it up,


Jersey City Farmers Markets 2015


Here are the schedules for this season’s farmers markets in Jersey City.

Grove Street
Monday and Thursday 4-8pm
Grove PATH Plaza

Journal Square
Wednesday and Friday 11am-7pm
Journal Square PATH Plaza

Paulus Hook
Saturday 10am-4pm
Washington St.

The Heights
Sunday 10am-3pm
Riverview-Fisk Park (1 Bowers St.)

Hamilton Park
Wednesday 4-8pm
Hamilton Park (McWilliams @ 8th St.)

New Jersey City University
Thursday 4-7pm
110 Culver Ave. (in front of gym)

Lincoln Park
Sunday 10am-3pm
(late June-November)
Lincoln Park (at the Gazebo)

Van Vorst Park
Saturday 8am-3pm
Van Vorst Park (281 Montgomery St.)

Get your local produce on!

A Fun Way To Support Local Businesses

smallOne of my friends loves to buy things she thinks are interesting at various markets or shops with no one in mind, but so that she can gift them to someone one day… when the right person matches the right gift. She feels no buyer’s remorse guilt—and, she also can choose something at the last minute for a houseawarming or dinner party that’s always cool and unique.

I was thinking about this a few months ago when I stopped by JC Made and saw this amazing shirt in the window that I was gifted the week before (and coincidentally, as I wasn’t planning on stopping there, almost wore it that very day), and yet again when I dropped by Pig & Pepper on my way home, because I interviewed the owner for the Jersey City Independent and wanted to explore their inventory.

Even though I couldn’t afford to shop at the time, I love the store and bought an inexpensive gift and card for a friend…any good friend. I’m going to wait until there’s an occasion…her birthday or job promotion or whatever (my gift is a girly gift), however, it is unique, she will not be able to find it anywhere else, and for those reasons it will be uniquely perfect.

How many times have you showed up at a friend’s house with a bottle of wine or a dessert or a trinket you picked up last-minute? And how unoriginal does that feel? No judgment. It’s happens to the best of us.

Ladies and gents, here is where you have your anytime shopping excuse. And here is when you SHOP LOCAL, in Jersey City, or course. We have hundreds of quite fantabulous local businesses with unique finds and even if the item references JC doesn’t mean you can’t buy it for someone who lives elsewhere. Our city is the best, spread the love, and represent us and or stores with a token that they will never forget because it’s from where you’re from…they will never forget you.

But I digress. The authenticity does not have to say anything about JC, but you, as a citizen here, do. You will do no wrong buying locally because everyone wins. The shops profit, you don’t have to feel guilty for spending money on things that are cool but that you may not normally buy, and your friends will think you’re the most rad, cutting-edge person, ever.

Ironically, while you can’t get the perfect thing for a person all of the time, when you have an aresenal, you realize you have the perfect thing. (Or you see the perfect thing but it’s not the right time…no occasion, but you buy and save it for the future.)


Shop local,

6th Borough Holiday Market

Holiday-MarketThe 3rd Annual Historic Downtown Holiday Market is in full swing. Every Monday and Thursday from 4pm to 8pm, check it out at the Grove Street PATH Plaza, where you’ll find some of the best local artists/crafters in town selling  the most unique holiday gifts around!


Support JC and Shop Local,


Republic of Pigtails

Republic of PigtailsBehold showstopping hair accessories from Republic of Pigtails!

Cute, flirty, & fun hair accessories for women and children of all ages are infiltrating the streets of Jersey City.

Female entrepreneur Rika Gunawan and her company Republic of Pigtails  is a presence at local Jersey City arts, music and craft fairs including the recent 6th Borough Market as well as All About Downtown JC. She’s even had a trunk show at Warren Tricomi in NYC’s Plaza Hotel just a few weeks ago!

All of Rita’s bows, clips, ties, headbands, fascinators, and other hairpieces are named after her friends and family and are priced from $8-75. Check out my amazing Kristen fascinator.


Prepare to be unique! RoP’s inventory is constantly changing and all items are made in very limited quantities.

Even better: All Jersey City Gal readers will 10% OFF their orders using coupon code: JCGal10 

Order here.

Catch RoP in pop-up shops this season below:

*Sun, Oct 26 from 12:30-3:00pm: The Historic Paulus Hook Association Annual Children’s Costume Parade & Pet Costume Parade 

*Nov 6Nov 20Dec 5 & Dec 19: Republic of Pigtails Trunk Show at Warren Tricomi at The Plaza Hotel in NYC

*Dec 6th and 7th: Project Market in Jersey City

Accessorize your life,

Jersey Girls Food Tours


The Jersey City culinary food scene is off the charts, and what better way to experience it than to enjoy a variety of cuisines from different venues—all at one reasonable price, and all in one day or one night?

Jersey Girls Food Tours (JGFT) showcase the gastronomic scene in Jersey City, perfect for locals and non-locals alike. Guests can enjoy YUMzzz from the best eateries in town and get a dose of JC history while walking from spot to spot.

My gals Janis Borroto and Alessia Aron (pictured from left to right, above) of JGFT invited me on a test run of one of their new Jersey City tours, titled “Best of Downtown.”

Click below to read about our day and find out more about the different tours…


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