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Varcoe: Did Kenney government cave in to Alberta’s COVID rebellion? – Calgary Herald01.20.21

Even if hes fined during a court appearance next week, Will Woods doesnt regret taking the steps he did.

I do feel vindicated Whatever they hand me, it was still worth it, he said Friday morning.

You have to make your voice heard.

Woods faced criticism for his stance but said his decision to reopen was a matter of principle, grounded in a growing sense of desperation.

Part of what prompted the action was the fact other businesses, including shopping malls and retail stores, have been permitted to stay open over the past month, allowing customers inside on a limited basis.

Yet, the tattoo shop has been forced to close since Dec. 13, with little evidence the industry has been responsible for COVID-19 transmission.

Now, Woods is preparing to open, legally, next week. By the end of the day, I will probably be booked about two months in advance.

Salon owners have felt the same way about this weeks turn of events.

A petition by Medicine Hat small business owner Paul Hemsing amassed 16,000 signatures that demanded the province allow the beauty industry to get back to work.

I believe if we didnt step up to the plate we would still be waiting, said Hemsing, owner of Salon Purity.

There were some very brave people in our industry who defied the health order and did open and did threaten to reopen.

The government views it in a different light.

On Thursday, Health Minister Tyler Shandro rejected the idea the province was reacting to political pressure, insisting it was taking steps based on the advice of Albertas medical experts.

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COVID-19 restrictions to be relaxed on outdoor gatherings; hair salons, tattoo shops can reopen – Calgary Herald01.20.21

Nenshi said Albertas case numbers seem to have stabilized after dropping from record levels in late 2020. But he noted that 1,000 new cases per day is what alarmed us in the first place to put in the restrictions.

Even though weve dropped to that level, its still an alarming level, the mayor said.

Our hospitalizations, our ICU rates and our deaths remain stubbornly high.

Also Thursday, Jobs, Economy and Innovation Minister DougSchweitzer announced the province would expand theSmall and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant to include businesses that launched during the pandemic.

Those businesses will be eligible for up to $15,000 in government support and will have the same eligibility criteria as pre-existing businesses. The grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, co-operatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations and experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30 per cent as a result of the pandemic.

Shandro cautioned the province cant move too quickly on reopening, especially in light of the presence of both the South Africa and United Kingdom COVID-19 variants in Alberta. The two mutations are believed to be significantly more contagious than the predominant strain of the virus.

Alberta Health said Thursday a second case of the South Africa variant has been identified in the province. Five cases of the U.K. mutation have been recorded in Alberta to date. All seven cases involved returning travellers.

No public exposure has been detected to date, Alberta Health stated.

Shandro said businesses such as restaurants and coffee shops dont want the yo-yoing of opening and closing and opening and closing.

Were listening to that feedback, he said.

If case rates and hospitalizations and our ICU admissions continue to slow down and go down, we will continue to open things up. Its that simple. The numbers will reflect how were doing and its up to us to keep doing well.

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Tattoo studio forced to close after ‘repeated breaches’ of coronavirus legislation – Lancashire Telegraph01.20.21

A tattoo parlour has been shut down by police and council officials after it failed to close during lockdown.

On Tuesday, officers from the task force assisted the council's trading standards department in issuing a prohibition notice to the parlour owners, who they also believe had been involved in other breaches of coronavirus legislation at the studio.

According to police, the business had been given numerous warnings and had failed to comply.

A spokesperson for the police said: "Blackpool task force have assisted Blackpool Council trading standards in issuing a prohibition notice to a tattoo parlour on Lytham Road, Blackpool that is still operating in the lockdown.

"This is a legal instruction for the business to close and any prohibited services to cease.

"Police are also looking at repeated breaches of other coronavirus legislation at this address and fixed penalty notices have been issued.

"This business has been given numerous warnings by both police and council and failed to heed them.

"Any breaches of this prohibition will lead to prosecution.

"We understand that this is a difficult time for business however the legislation is there to save lives and protect the NHS."

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Rhude Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection – Vogue.com01.20.21

Race car legend Bruce McLarens famous quote goes, There is no finish line, meaning, one can always improve, evolve, and iterate. It should come as no surprise that the idea would resonate with Rhudes Rhuigi Villaseor, a designer whose brand has been on a white-hot rise of late. Rather than continue to offer the luxurious loungewear he has become known for amongst the pandemic-proof jet set, Villaseor pushed into new territories for fall 2021, including a partnership with the McLaren company. The news is that he is officially launching womenswear, but more subtly throughout both his mens and womens collections are ambitious reaches to make Rhude a brand synonymous with tailoring, draping, and posh accessories.

Its a thrilling journey to watch from the sidelines. If some of Villaseors taste feels old-school Frenchhis mini Jacq bag in rich croc certainly evokes another famous bag with a womans namehe is among a new generation of designers, many of whom are coming from Los Angeles (see: Fear of God, Eli Russell Linnetz, The Elder Statesman), redefining what American luxury looks like.

Over a Zoom call from his L.A. studio, Villaseor showed off some of his innovations. There were gorgeous double-faced cashmere car coats, cobalt bombers with back vents to emulate a cars aerodynamics, a leather trucker jacket and sleek straight-leg pants, and what may be the perfect mint roll neck, cropped and boxy in shape. Long leather shorts and cascading pliss are featured in his womens offeringfor a first try, it reads decidedly girlier than his mens gear, but certainly in the same universe of Cali cool. Croc boots, bags, and onyx-clasp totes round out the accessories offering with no detail overlooked; Rhudes triangle motif is smartly woven into the collection as are small nods to his mother, his siblings, and his own tattoo, which reads, Storms never last. Apt. While other brands struggle to produce a single garment or find an inspiring idea, Villaseor seemingly cant stop.

The moment for his new American luxury is certainly right: Over in Europe the bastions of luxe and lusso are finding that, in a more casual age, everyone wants to dress like an American 20-something. Baseball caps, loose jeans, boxy bombers, and lug-soled boots abound in the mens fall 2021 collections so far. Doesnt it also seem right to buy these items from an American immigrant designer? Some of the best-dressed Americans certainly seem to think so. In the middle of a Zoom call, Villaseor briefly went on mute as his phone rang: Sorry, he demurred, holding up his hands in Jay-Zs diamond shape, that was the big boss! Heres betting that Mr. and Mrs. Carter will be sporting Rhude soon.

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Tattoo artists share 6 of their favorite designs to ink, and 5 they don’t really like – Insider – INSIDER01.15.21

Professional tattoo artists may ink thousands of designs over the course of their careers, so it's no surprise they develop their own preferences and opinions on body art.

Here are some of tattoo artists' favorite things to ink and a few designs that they wish clients would stop requesting:

Stephan Hipwell, tattoo artist at and owner of Goodbye Horses studio in Norwich, England, told Insider that he adores giving customers bright, bold statement tattoos.

"One of my favorite things to ink are big pieces that are really vibrant and have an impactful design," Hipwell said. "I find statement pieces that cover large areas of the body really pleasing."

Clients should also keep in mind that large statement tattoos often require multiple sessions and can cost much more than smaller designs.

Blackwork tattoos make use of negative space. UfaBizPhoto/Shuttershock

Josh Hall, tattooer and owner of Lamar Street Tattoo Club in Dallas, Texas, told Insider that he loves inking designs with strong, black lines.

"I love doing tattoos with bold, strong, clean lines," Hall said. "Currently, I'm really enjoying doing traditional blackwork designs."

Although it lacks vibrant color, blackwork body art uses dark ink and negative space to create elaborate patterns and images on the skin.

Minimalist tattoos are trendy. Shuttershock

Alicia Hough, former tattoo artist and wellness expert with The Product Analyst, told Insider that she loves inking minimalist designs.

"Minimalist tattoos look clean and cool on the skin, and for me, they're more satisfying than doing huge ones," Hough said.

Hough added that she enjoys inking paper planes, daisies, and celestial bodies, among other art of this variety.

Ashkon, an artist for Club Tattoo at Miracle Miles Shops in Las Vegas, Nevada, told Insider that he thinks ink designs that use mandala patterns are fun to give and look great.

"I really enjoy giving clients tattoos that incorporate mandalas or other geometric types of designs," Ashkon said.

Mandalas are geometric patterns tied to Hindu, Buddhist, Jainist, and Shinto traditions and used for varying spiritual purposes, like guiding meditation or representing deities.

Medical-tattoo practitioner Hannah Maruyama of Yama Studios in Hawaii told Insider that it makes her happy to give scalp tattoos to clients with thinning hair.

"Creating a new hairline gives someone such a new lease on life," Maruyama said. "It's hours of work, but seeing them laugh in disbelief when they see their reflection is awesome."

Medical tattooers specialize in designs that disguise clinical procedures and recreate or enhance features like hair, areolae, fingernails, lip color, and belly buttons.

Other colorful bird tattoos can be just as eye-catching. Nicole Weiss/Shuttershock

A phoenix is a mythological bird derived from ancient folklore that periodically bursts into flames and is reborn from its own ashes.

"Phoenix tattoos are a big hit with our clients because the design beautifully fits everyone," Hough said. "Tattoos with gradient hues are eye-catching and feel alive."

Parrots and peacocks are also popular avian choices for clients who love the idea of a colorful bird tattoo

Tattoos with thin, wispy text may look good at first, but Hall told Insider that he tries to dissuade clients from getting body art that includes small words.

"Tiny fonts in small spaces often won't look remotely the same after a few years," Hall said. "The delicate text can end up as a blurry blob."

If you want to incorporate words into your tattoo design, opting for larger lettering can help reduce the chances of blurring.

You should also consult with a professional to figure out the best place to get inked, as some parts of the body may show tattoo aging faster than others.

It's common for people looking for a new tattoo to research options and images online, but Hipwell said it makes tattoo artists groan when a client asks for an overly trendy design.

"I wish clients would stop asking for 'in' tattoos," Hipwell said. "It's annoying when people just want fashionable designs rather than expressing themselves."

Although it's definitely helpful to bring in pictures for reference, consider how you want the tattoo to be personalized to you.

Heart and skulls tattoos can be a bit overdone. Shutterstock

Hearts and skulls are popular tattoo motifs, but Hough said she thinks they're overdone and not a good fit for everyone.

"I really don't like giving clients heart and skull tattoos," Hough said. "They tend to look very generic and mainstream."

Hough recommended choosing a design that is suited to the area of the body you're looking to tattoo and is unique to you.

Tattooed makeup, also known as permanent makeup, is often requested by people looking to spend less time on their beauty routine or wanting to enhance certain facial features.

But Maruyama said that some kinds of permanent makeup can be a bad idea.

"I hate tattooing heavy winged eyeliner," Maruyama said. "It doesn't age very well, and I don't like putting tattoos on people that won't age well."

It may be worth investing in other cosmetic options, like eyebrow microblading or a lip blush, that are less drastic but will still save you time in the morning.

Tribal tattoos are still used in several cultural customs today. Shuttershock

Tribal-style tattoos experienced a surge in popularity during the late 1990s and early 2000s. But Ashkon told Insider that inking this type of design isn't always fun for tattoo artists.

"I don't like giving tribal tattoos," Ashkon said. "They look dated and they're actually boring to do."

If you are considering getting inked in this style, which dates back thousands of years, be sure to do your research as the meanings and significance can vary from culture to culture.

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New Mural in Brewery Block – Big Island Now01.15.21

Eugene Menor uses spray paint to craft artwork in the Brewery Block of Kailua-Kona. Image courtesy of Kyle Solstes

Creativity takes courage, Eugene Menor said, quoting Henri Matisse. A tattoo artist for 13 years, Menor describes himself as an artist of life. Whether its through writing lyrics, designing tattoos or creating a larger-than-life mural, Menor says he values expression and creativity as a universal language.

In late December, Eugene Menor decorated Brewery Block with a new mural celebrating expression, life and graffiti-style art. Since moving to Hawaii five years ago, the artist has painted around the island and has murals in Kailua-Kona, Waimea, Kainaliu, and Puna. Menor was approached about the Brewery Block mural during Ride the Breaks, an annual Hip Hop cultural festival and breakdancing competition. Menor said he and other artists were given free range to express their artistic vision.

Menors mural, done exclusively with spray paint, can be found in back of HiCO and Willies Hot Chicken.

Usually someone comes with an idea and I work with that idea and execute it. This one was pure soul, whats inside of me, what am I dealing with, what I want to express and share and tell a story with, he said.

Menor shared his inspiration, saying that the grind of life and our attachment to devices can make us feel like robots. We feel programmed to our schedules, our phones, our 9-to-5s. The man in the mural represents this duality of flesh and machine.

The colorful mural features a man on his back with his phone in one hand and parts of his body stripped away to reveal pieces of machinery. Menors optimism can be seen in a Hapuu fern blooming from the bionic mans chest. This imagery is especially meaningful to Menor, representing new beginnings, growth and a return to humanity through nature,

This is a new beginning for all of us. I want life to come out. Menor said.

The Brewery Block murals are representative of an attitude change regarding graffiti both artistically and culturally. Far from the antiquated idea of tagging as a purely illegal activity, graffiti has resurged as a respected art form.

Menor owns and operates tattoo studio Union Pasifika out of Waimea, although his next projects will take him to Honolulu where he is planning two new murals. More information on his art, shop, and personal story can be found at

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Slice of the pie: How this South Bay pizza shop successfully became a worker-owned cooperative – Mountain View Voice01.15.21

Last fall, when restaurants were working desperately to keep their doors open amid coronavirus restrictions, A Slice of New York pizza shops in Sunnyvale and San Jose voluntarily closed for an entire week to give employees a paid, mandatory break.

The decision came after one brutal Friday night shift following six months of brutal shifts during which co-owner Kirk Vartan watched employees physically and emotionally break down around him. The next day, he called a board meeting.

A Slice of New York is a worker cooperative, meaning the closure had to be approved by the employee-run board. Shutting down for a week would cost upwards of $25,000, not counting lost revenue, but would give the staff paid time off to rest and recharge. The board agreed.

This is their profits, too. This is where people are taking time to think about the long term and thats where I see people really understanding the weight of ownership, Vartan said. Its not about today. Its not about what you get. Its how do you sustain and what does it take to sustain?

A Slice of New York became a worker-owned cooperative in 2017, marking the birth of Silicon Valleys first brick-and-mortar cooperative, Vartan said. There are several worker co-ops in the Bay Area including the well-known Arizmendi bakeries, as well as landscaping and cleaning companies in the South Bay but Vartan has become a co-op evangelist of sorts, sharing A Slice of New Yorks story in the hope it helps more business owners recognize the benefits of a cooperative structure.

And in an industry where calls for better treatment of restaurant workers, fair pay and structural reform have become louder and louder, particularly during the pandemic, A Slice of New York offers one tangible, local example for how to foster a more inclusive, democratic restaurant environment.

East Coast origins

In the early 2000s, Vartan set out to bring a New York-style pizza shop to the Bay Area.

A New York City native, he grew up on Manhattan slice shops but didnt come from the restaurant world. He worked at Cisco in San Jose for nearly nine years, where he eventually grew weary of the management hierarchy. But having a small fraction of Cisco stock always made him feel connected to the company. He and his wife Marguerite Lee knew when they opened their own business, they wanted to replicate that spirit and be employee-owned on some level.

But a corporate attorney discouraged them from doing so and as newcomers to the dining industry, they focused instead on getting their pizza shop off the ground. They opened their first location in 2006, serving super-thin-crust pizza on white paper plates, made-to-order strombolis and Devil Dogs from Drakes Cakes in New York.

Years later, at a company holiday party in 2015, Vartan offered his staff a slice of the business. He told them that if they wanted to bring a proposal for employee ownership, he was willing to listen. About a dozen employees added their name to a sign-up sheet.

They started meeting weekly on Sunday mornings, before their shifts at the pizza shop started. They talked to Arizmendi co-founder Tim Huet and attorneys from the Democracy at Work Institute in Oakland, which supports worker cooperative development. They eventually joined Project Equity, an Oakland organization that supports companies that want to transition to employee ownership, and started the year-plus process of selling A Slice of New York to its employees.

Convening the cooperative

The pizza shop functions much like a self-contained city government. It has a board, like a city council, thats elected annually by its members, has its own constitution (an operating agreement) and makes decisions on budget, governance and strategy. The board meets monthly (now via Zoom) with subcommittees focused on topics like innovation, culture and accountability. Vartan, as the general manager, compares himself to a city manager. He makes the day-to-day decisions for the business but reports to and takes direction from the board, which has the power to fire him. If he needs to spend anything that costs more than 10% of the budget, he has to go to the board for approval.

A Slice of New York employees who opt into membership become part-owners with the right to the profits that they earned for the business, based on hours worked. To become a member, employees must have worked full time for at least 1,200 hours, commit to work there for two years and pay $3,000, like buying a share in the company. Employees have a year to plan for an initial $750 deposit and can pay the rest of the money over two years. If they leave before their two-year commitment, their deposit stays with the company an investment thats meant to be affordable but would also sting to lose if they walk away, Vartan said.

A Slice of New York currently has a 13 cooperative members, three of whom are board members, including Vartan. The final step to approval for new members is a 75% supermajority vote by all current members.

Starting employees make about $21 an hour ($16.50 plus profits from a surcharge added to each order) as well as tips, bonuses, holiday pay and paid time off. Many employees earn closer to $23 to $25 per hour, Vartan said, with salary, the surcharge and cash tips. (By comparison, Sunnyvales minimum wage is now $16.30 per hour and San Joses, $15.45.) Their hourly rate is also tied to the pizza shops success: As the shops make more revenue, the employees profit from the surcharge increases.

Employees have a direct hand in evolving the business, from creating A Slice of New Yorks first paid-time-off plan to a health care plan that allots money for doctors office checkups and massage therapy. In September, a Zoom meeting of the boards culture and accountability committee included discussions about face shields, increased compensation for shift leads taking on added responsibility during the pandemic and legislative advocacy for workers cooperatives. After noticing weaknesses in the companys training processes, that committee developed detailed onboarding quizzes for new employees.

I think thats where the power lies. You can challenge things, said Rendell Boguiren, a founding member of the A Slice of New York cooperative who now serves on the board. It allows for a democratic dialogue about processes, about where money should be going, how we should be functioning collectively.

Life of pie

Boguiren started working at A Slice of New York in 2010, when he was a San Jose State University sophomore in need of a job. He had never worked in restaurants before; most of his work experience was in retail or unionized jobs at grocery stores.

Boguiren, who later helped the pizza shop transition into a cooperative, said hes never experienced a work culture like at A Slice of New York. He was given a business card and told to write his own title and any quote he wanted. He said he felt like the face of the company as much as Vartan and Lee, empowered to speak up about the business as both an employee and part-owner.

Decisions at A Slice of New York are made democratically. When the local shelter-in-place order took effect last spring, the company held an all-hands-on-deck meeting and asked its employees, both members and non-members: Should the 18% surcharge for employees be temporarily directed to the business to help keep it afloat?

It was very enlightening to see how candid people were, honestly, about how they would like it to go back into the pockets of the business, Boguiren said. Their reasoning was that the shop was giving them their jobs, their money in their pockets and providing food and things that they needed at the time. When your business treats everybody well, the people come back and want to do the same thing back to the business.

Colin Webster, a shift lead at the Sunnyvale pizza shop, jokes that A Slice of New York has ruined all other jobs for him. Hes worked there on and off for a decade, since he was 18 years old. He said he doesnt feel like a number at A Slice of New York, and he even calls Vartan and Lee his second parents. (When he moved to the East Bay and temporarily stopped working at the shops, hed get regular texts from Lee checking in on him.)

Everything about this job has always been very different than other jobs Ive had, Webster said. The amount of care everyone has for the company and for each other has always built a very strong foundation and a very strong team, almost like a family dynamic.

Its also a job defined by freedom and trust rather than top-down hierarchy, Webster said. Although hes a shift lead, responsible for counting cash at the end of the night and giving Vartan a rundown of how service went, Webster said its more like being a team captain than a manager.

Webster isnt a cooperative member because until recently he was working part time but hes now seriously considering it.

The ability to really dictate and help decide whats going to happen in the future of the company and how we progress is really appealing to me, he said. Its not just a job anymore. Its something that I can help cultivate in a more real sense.

Its rare that someones work experience is so meaningful that they want to permanently memorialize it on their body. But Boguiren, Webster and several employees did just that. On Boguirens left bicep and Websters right calf is a tattoo of what they call the A Slice of New York family crest, the Manhattan skyline inside the outline of a slice of pizza.

I get a sense of belonging here that I dont get in other jobs, Webster said. It feels like a company that cares about you. Its not about the bottom line. Its about you and making sure youre OK and that you can afford to live and make it a career.

Its all about your people

A Slice of New Yorks response to the pandemic illustrates the radical benefits of a worker-owned cooperative. No employees have been laid off, though the pizza shops stopped hiring for six months, reduced operating hours and have had to close several times due to staffing shortages. Employees who didnt feel safe working received sick time, and those working were allowed to eat for free at the pizza shops. (And when one employees wife visited her family outside of the area, A Slice of New York split the cost of a hotel where she quarantined until she tested negative.)

Ownership took early, proactive steps to protect employees health. A Slice of New York shifted to takeout only on March 8, before the shelter-in-place order, and started limiting the number of people who could come inside the shops. Vartan also made a difficult but in his eyes necessary decision to stop selling pizza by the slice, which typically accounts for 40% of revenue.

When some new employees resigned in mid-March, unwilling to risk their health to serve pizza, Vartan talked to them about their concerns, which informed how to help the remaining employees feel more comfortable. He required everyone to wear masks before it was mandated by Santa Clara County and started checking employees temperatures. The pizza shop is also unusually transparent, posting detailed updates about COVID-19 precautions and internal business decisions on its website.

At A Slice of New York in Sunnyvale, only five customers are allowed inside at a time, and there are two doors designated for entry and exit to minimize contact. Theyve jury rigged a contactless notification system for when orders are ready a walkie talkie fastened with velcro to the front window and added a touchless thermometer to check customers temperatures. They recently separated the Sunnyvale and San Jose employees into two pods to further prevent any potential exposure.

The one thing I walked away from Cisco with is its all about your people. No matter how good your product is, if you dont take care of your people it doesnt matter, Vartan said. You take care of the people; the people take care of the business; the profits work themselves out.

This story originally appeared in the Voice's sister publication, The Six-Fifty.

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58 Things to Do in Hoboken + Jersey City This Weekend {Jan 13-19} – hobokengirl.com01.15.21

Whether youre heading out or staying in this weeks Hoboken + Jersey City {and beyond} events guide has got you covered with a womens empowerment virtual event, skating in Jersey City, and plenty of in-person + virtual art exhibits! Check out this list of all the virtual and in-person events happening in Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond this weekend {January 13th January 19th}.

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Evolve Med Spa {46-B S. Park Street, Montclair} has expanded beyond Hoboken and Jersey City and opened a third location in Montclair. In addition to its gorgeous interior design, this location offers a wider range of services including injectables such as Botox, Filler, Sculptra, Kybella, IPL Photofacial, laser hair removal, Morpheus8 RF Microneedling, PRP for hair growth, PDO threads, microneedling (with or without PRP), and body contouring. Not to mention, famed cosmetic tattoo artist Paula Ocot has joined their Montclair team offering microblading, lip blush, and eyeliner tattoo. Plus, Hoboken Girl and Montclair Girl readers {be sure to follow @themontclairgirl and stay tuned for our sister site launch!} can receive 20% off their first initial service {excluding cosmetic tattooing} when they mention MONTCLAIR GIRL at the Montclair location.

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Mayor Ravi Bhalla Invites Residents to Join Vision Zero Action Plan Virtual Public Meeting

Wednesday, January 13th | 6:00PM

Join Mayor Bhalla for a virtual public meeting regarding the release of the Hoboken Vision Zero Action Plan draft. Residents are invited to review the draft and provide commentary. Join here.

Entire month of January | Virtual Event: Wednesday, January 13th | 6:00PM-7:45PM

For the month of January, HFA will host virtual open houses to register students at Hoboken private schools. Learn more here.

Live-stream: Wednesday, January 13th | 7:00PM | Opening reception: Sunday, January 17th | 2:00PM-5:00PM | Exhibit: Sunday, January 17th-Sunday, March 7th

Join a virtual live-stream of the Hoboken Historical Museums newest exhibit: Dignity, Beauty and Everything Between featuring photography by Jersey City community non-profit leader, Duquann Sweeney. The exhibit will officially open on Sunday, January 17th 2:00PM-5:00PM where you will be able to meet the artist, and will run until Sunday, March 7th. Learn more here.

Thursday, January 14th | 9:00AM-10:30AM

Join M&T Bank for a Payroll Protection Program Update + Overview session to provide business owners with answers they may have on PPP loans and more. Register here.

Now-Thursday, January 14th | Event: Thursday, January 14th | 8:00AM-5:00PM

Registration is now open for the BW Nice Empowerment conference. The virtual workshop is a full-day event that will focus on health and wellness topics. Register here.

Now-Saturday, January 30th | Online

Virtually enjoy the artwork that expresses hope for a better year! The exhibit is also on view Wednesdays-Saturdays between 12:00PM-6:00PM by appointment only. The gallery is located at 547 West 27th Street in Manhattan. Learn more here.

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Join online for small business vendor shops, family activities, live storybook readings, and more. Learn more here.

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Hudson Pride is looking to donate over 50 coats for the at-risk Hudson County community. Donate here.

Open Call for Artists: Creativity Corner Hosted By The Hoboken Public Library

Every Sunday in January | 2:00PM-3:00PM

Calling all artists! Showcase your artwork, poetry, and designs on The Hoboken Public Librarys social media pages. Learn more here.

Every Monday in January | 5:00PM-5:30PM

Sign up for an introductory session of Ayurveda on Facebook. Learn more here.

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Sign up for an introductory web design class on Facebook. Join here.

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Sign up for this genealogy series available every Thursday in January on Facebook. Join here.

Now-Monday, February 1st

If youre on a budget and looking for some art pieces for your place, this virtual exhibit is for you. The group show features work from 52 local artists and all pieces are $250 or less. Stop by the Cast Iron Lofts at 262 17th Street in Jersey City to pick-up. Learn more here.

Register for I Am The Self That I Esteem Guided Meditation + Writing Workshop

Register now-Sunday, February 7th | Event: Sunday, February 7th | 12:00PM-1:30PM

Registration is now open for this guided meditation and writing workshop. Create a better version of yourself and get clear about your intentions to manifest your desires. Register here.

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Jersey Citys Corgi Spirits is keeping us all sane with cocktail recipes we can make at home. The distillerys tasting room is also open on weekends located at 1 Distillery Drive. Watch the recipes being made here.


See what Hudson Theatre Works has to offer online with multiple performances. View here.

Beers and Brushes: Paint + Sip at 902 Brewing

Wednesday, January 13th | 6:00PM-8:00PM

Stop by 902 Brewing Co. located at 101 Pacific Avenue in Jersey City for a paint and sip event. Learn more here.

Friday, January 15th | 2:30PM

Join Melissa Diaz for the grand-opening of her new business La Tiendita de Mela Fleurs at 320 Washington Street which was born during the pandemic. Learn more here.

Friday, January 15th | 7:00PM-9:00PM

Join virtually or head over to Urban Souls in Hoboken, located at 100 Hudson Street, for a breath + energy event, a live concert and more. Learn more here.

Every Thursday | 7:00PM-9:30PM

Head over to House of Que for Trivia Thursdays where you can win prizes, gift cards, and more. Learn more here.

Every other Friday starting January 8th | 6:00PM-9:00PM

Head over to 902 Brewing Co. located at 101 Pacific Avenue for some delicious grub at Food Truck Fridays: No Forks Given. Learn more here.

Every Saturday starting January 9th | 12:00PM-9:00PM

Head over to 902 Brewing Co. located at 101 Pacific Avenue for some delicious Puerto Rican BBQ. Learn more here.

Starting Saturday, January 9th | 10:00AM-11:30AM

Liberty State Park is now offering the Winter Waterfowl Walk where visitors can learn about the migrating winter waterfowl in a guided walk. Space is limited. Interested participants can email the nature center at: Learn more here.

Every Friday Starting January 15th | 5:00PM-10:00PM

Head over to House of Que for Country Night on Fridays, music by DJ Big Country. Learn more here.

Saturday, January 16th

Grab your hot chocolate bombs, cookies and lemonade at this delicious pop-up event on Saturday, January 16th! Learn more here.

Liberty Science CentersDaniel Tigers Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit

Starting Saturday, January 16th

Head over to the Liberty Science Center to see their newest exhibit: Daniel Tigers Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit. The exhibit is based on the PBS Kids series which follows the adventures of Daniel Tiger and his friends through immersive activities. The exhibit is for kids 2 to 6-years-old. Learn more here.

Saturday, January 16th + Sunday, January 17th | 3:00PM-10:00PM

Head over to House of Que to watch the NFL Playoffs. Learn more here.

Starting Sunday, January 17th | 10:30AM-12:00PM

Liberty State Park is offering the Winter Hike to Caven Point where visitors can take a 3 mile round trip hike along the Hudson River waterfront to Caven Point. Space is limited. Interested participants can email the nature center at: Learn more here.

Now-Sunday, January 17th | 8:00AM-3:00PM

Go to The Cottage in Jersey City for a warm and cozy hot chocolate to bring in the holiday season. Check it out here.

Now-Wednesday, January 20th

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Walker’s Point women-led tattoo shop spends grand opening giving away proceeds to charity – WTMJ-TV01.03.21

WALKER'S POINT Its not easy starting a business in the middle of a pandemic, but Friday morning was the grand opening for Honey Wraith Tattoo in Walkers Point.

Owner Jennifer Allen said she spent the past three months renovating the space and transforming it into her dream shop.

It was a very challenging but fulfilling process. We learned how to do a lot of construction, said Jennifer.

Honey Wraith is a shop led solely by women and today the tattoos were more than artwork on skin. All the proceeds from Friday went to FORGE, a nonprofit organization that supports trans and non-binary survivors of violence. Jennifer said, supporting nonprofits and community organizations were always part of her plan.

The tattoo industry is very, very lucrative and we have a lot of power to do good things, said Jennifer.

Both artists hope this year the business is profitable but above all, they hope to create a space where everyone feels welcomed.

Part of our vision for the space is that we are inclusive especially to members of the LQBTQ community, so we thought it felt right to start our first charity event giving to that community, said artist Stewart Ouchie.

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The Top 10 Very Local New Orleans Stories of 2020 – Very Local New Orleans01.03.21

Published on Thursday, Dec 31st, 2020

No one disagrees: 2020 was a step-in-a-Bourbon-Street-pothole-filled-with-a-liquid-who-knows-what kind of year. Sure, you can clean your shoes and continue on, but do you want to carry anything from that pothole-of-misery experience with you in life?

While there were hardships and certainly heartache, there were also bright and shining moments in the Crescent City. I looked back on the year to see what you, our readers and fans, clicked on and shared. From secret spots to get tacos and popsicles to rethinking the restaurant industry and seeing how hospitality workers were trying to simply survive life in a pandemic, here are the top 10 stories of 2020 from Very Local New Orleans.

We did maths! It wasnt even February when the infamous Krewe of Chad claimed territory along Orleans Avenue in Mid-City. Early by 552 hours, and with orange spray paint,the Krewe of Chad member marked a sizable portion of the neutral ground on Orleans Avenue. I can only wonder how the Krewe of Chad will represent themselves having a drive-thru Carnival. Originally Published:Jan. 31, 2020

Chef Eric Cook is one of many restaurateurs publicly addressing the challenges of reopening during a pandemic that has no end in sight. Collectively, some grievances are with the government, while others are with folks failing to do their part in flattening the COVID curve. Originally Published: July 21, 2020

Theres just over a dozen places in the country that actually press vinyl records, NOLA is home to one. Record presses are surprisingly hard to come by. With only about 16 presses in the 50 states, the growing success of one in New Orleans is a big deal. Originally Published: May 27, 2020

Not only was New Orleans a center of Americas network of Mafia families many historians believe New Orleans was the original center. Originally Published: Feb. 4, 2002

With the states mandates shutting down nearly all social gatherings as the coronavirus hits particularly hard in the New Orleans area, life as we know it has effectively ceased. For those in social aid and pleasure clubs and for fans of their second-lines this means particularly quiet Sundays. But more than that, it has meant the loss of loved ones. Originally Published: April 1, 2020

We found this doorbell on a fence in the Bywater. We rang it. Popsicles delivered like magic. What else do you need??? Everything about this experience is awesome and socially distant for deliciousness. We talked to the owner about his sidewalk stop and his ice-cold inspirations. Originally Published: May 14, 2020

On Monday, June 8, owners of Marigny staple New Orleans Cake Caf and Bakery announced, after 13 years, they are closing their doors. In a Facebook post, owners Steve and Becky Himelfarb noted that the COVID-19 pandemic marked a new beginning for the restaurant industry and noted that with their lease coming to an end, and with fresh prospects in sight, they see it as time to move on. We look back at one of our fav places. Originally Published: June 12, 2020

Ok, we know, its in an alley. And usually, this would sound weird, but trust us, its worth it. Take a stroll or drive down Rampart Street in the Bywater on the right day of the week, and you just might spot a socially distanced line of people waiting to head down a pleasantly shaded path between Piety and Desire streets. Originally Published: Aug. 3, 2020

Anytime you do anything, it should be an artform. Jacci Gresham, AART Accent Tattoo Originally Published: Sept. 29, 2020

That the restaurant industry will be changed forever seems obvious. But the unspoken question looms large: Is the pandemic actually capable of changing the restaurant industry for the better? Originally Published: Sept. 9, 2020

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