Sweet deals Retailers offer incentives to reel in early holiday shoppers

Merchants in Hoboken are offering promotions and hoping that area shoppers will remember to patronize their local Washington Street businesses this holiday season.

While the day after Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday shopping season, merchants will have a “Kick-Off the Holiday Shopping Season” promotion in conjunction with the City Hall tree lighting ceremonies this Tuesday, Dec. 9. The Chamber of Commerce and the city are sponsoring the inaugural event and plan to feature one-night, in-store discounts and special happenings.

There will be a meet and greet with Santa beginning at 4 p.m. at City Hall, followed by the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m.

Santa & his elves will then travel up and down Washington Street on the back of one of the city’s new fire trucks, followed by the local Hoboken High School Marching Band. Victorian Carolers will sing their way down Washington Street, stopping at various corners along the way.

After the holiday events from 7 to 9 p.m., merchants will be offering anywhere from 10 to 50 percent off the items in their stores. Examples of the promotions include but are not limited to: free candy canes, hot chocolate, hot cider, special discount coupons, or store promotions that will be good only on that night.

They are hoping that these incentives will help keep holiday shopping dollars in the local area.

Free parking

To make the entire holiday shopping season convenient and exciting for Hobokenites and area residents, the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce will offer four hours of free parking with vouchers every Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 29 through Dec. 21 between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hoboken Utility Parking Garage B at Second Street between Hudson and River streets.

In addition to the free parking, there will be a free shopper shuttle throughout Washington Street every weekend leading up to Christmas. Shoppers can catch the shuttle between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hoboken Utility parking garages at Hudson Street between Second and Third streets and the Midtown Garage on the corner of Fourth and Clinton streets. Vouchers for the free parking will be available at any of the participating merchants listed above. For a complete list, visit www.hobokennj.com.


List of participating merchants

628 Washington St.
10 percent discount offer

Battaglia’s Home Furnishings
202 Washington St.
20 percent off any single item
excludes gift certificates & reduced items

Battaglia’s Housewares & Gifts
319 Washington St.
20 percent off any single item
excludes gift certificates & reduced items

Down To Earth
527 Washington St.
20 percent off all clothing/ free holiday cookies

Empire Coffee & Tea Company
231 Washington St.
Free cup of coffee with a one-pound purchase

The Candle Shop
325 Washington St.
Hot cider, cookies, candy canes
10 percent of all items

Vito’s Italian Deli
806 Washington St.
$25 gift cards

159 First St.
Free Irish coffees with fresh cream!

First Platinum Reality
521 Washington St.
Free candy

Bellie & Katrina
159 Fourth St.
15 percent off items (excludes reduced items and nursing bras)

Jordan’s Homemade Frozen Desserts
121 Washington St.
Egg nog ice cream

Arthur’s Tavern
237 Washington St.
Hot chocolate

Big Fun
602 Washington St.
10 percent off any purchase of $25
Free holiday gift with all purchases

United Decorating Co. Inc.
421 Washington St.
20 percent off all merchandise

Wee Beasties Bootery
515 Washington St.
Homemade cookies/ 30 percent to 50 percent off select items

Dianne Curry
92 Hudson St.
Free bottle of perfume with a purchase of $100 or more

Complimentary sampling of Christmas & holiday desserts

Robert De Ruggiero Inc
89 Washington St.
Distribution of candy canes

Anastasia’s Accessories
1006 Washington St.
Participating in window decorating contest

Imago Beauty Group
113 Washington Street
10 percent off any product

Things from Heaven
601 Jefferson Street
10 percent discount

Oh Cappizi Hair Care
54 Newark St.
All retail products 25 percent discount

Pauline’s Chocolate
207 Jefferson St.
200 chocolates pops for children at the tree lighting

Air Studios Boutique
55 First Street
10 percent off all purchases

Hoboken Hair Cutters
503 Washington Street
Free hair cut with chemical service

Swift Photo Lab
608 Washington Street
Free candy canes/ 10 percent discount

Brownstone Reality
1200 Washington Street
Holiday punch

Jems of Hoboken
1200 Washington Street
Holiday punch

Mad One Jack’s
92 Madison Street
Will serve wine, beer and snacks
10 percent off with mention of ad

Beowoof Provisions for Pets
106 Fifth Street
10 percent off holiday toys/
and a free dog treat


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