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At Dharma we strive to provide our guests with a distinctive home-away-from-home experience – which includes helping our guests get the most out of the neighborhood in which they are staying. After all, being knowledgeable and connected to our neighborhoods is one of the defining characteristics of feeling “at home”.
We’re proud to have both our office and the bulk of our apartments located in the heart of Jersey City and Hoboken, because of that we’re bringing you some of our favorite local businesses run and loved by the locals, to make your next stay truly feel like you’re home.
Prioritizing sustainable practices and located in a central Hoboken, this is no ordinary bookstore. Run by locals Donna Garban and Kate Jacobs this bookstore features a children’s annex, is open for our four-legged friends, and hosts story time for children every Friday for the community’s enjoyment!
Located throughout Jersey City and Hoboken, this European bakery is filled with not only treats but opportunities. It offers special discounts for people who bring their own travel mug as an effort to reduce any waste. In addition, the bakery also donates any leftovers to The Hoboken Shelter and The York Street Project, both working towards making their communities a stronger, healthier place to live. Visit the bakery and immerse yourself with a sweet treat.
Meika and Warren Franz opened this vintage store in 2006, located close to the PATH train station for easy access from New York to this shop and back. In addition to selling everything from sweaters to unique hats this store also hosts vintage shows and has a vintage showroom with unique pieces for visitors and the community alike to enjoy. So immerse yourself in the world of the vintage and visit Another Man’s Treasure.
Boutique lovers unite: Kanibal & Co. is a truly unique store for everyone. Shoppers can find everything from refurbished vintage furniture, to found objects, and apparel. In addition to selling a variety of things, this store is also active in the local community. Here you will find eponymous lines of apparel from local talent and you can find people from around the area getting together once a month for their craft classes.
Art & Music
What used to be a tobacco warehouse now hosts avant-garde artists from all over the world. The Mana Contemporary is a creative space dedicated to showcasing innovative artists and art styles. It features artist studios, exhibition spaces, and ancillary services all in one cohesive space. Since 2011 it has been offering the community an exceptional display of art and a unique flagship location. If you’re looking for an out of the box experience immerse yourself in art at the Mana Contemporary.
Take a trip down memory lane and visit a one of a kind secret in the streets of Jersey City. Iris Records is a 20 year old store that started with its owner Stephen Gritzan dealing records after leaving his job as a stockbroker. What started as a six-month venture became a staple for music lovers all around, this store is both musical goodness and the perfect opportunity to visit a local favorite while visiting. So whether you’re looking for a long lost record or are simply interested in expanding your music library, visit this store and enjoy a musical afternoon in Jersey City.
Regardless of why you’re visiting, make sure you check out the different local experiences you can have recommended by Dharma Home Suites.