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The community is invited to welcome the holidays with entertainment, seasonal treats, trolley rides and free photos with Santa at the Hackensack Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 5th, on the Courthouse Green at Main and Court Streets. More
Meet the Merchants: Manuel Lema, owner, Francys and Manuel’s Barbershop, 268 Main Street.
“I’ve had this barbershop for 13 years. I grew up in Ecuador and learned my skills there. When I came to this country, I decided to continue working as a barber. Hackensack was a good place to open a shop because there are a lot of different kinds of people here. I like what I do and talking to people. We take care of everybody, from little kids to seniors. Women, too, for haircuts, coloring, manicures. I’m very optimistic about the future of this town. They’re making some good changes.”
Meet our Merchants: Rodrigo Villagomez, owner, Poise Martial Arts, 123 Main Street
“I started martial arts when I was a freshman in high school to do something positive with my time, rather than being out in the streets. I enjoyed the competitiveness of the sport, which led me to major in exercise physiology in college and become a personal trainer and fitness coach. I appreciated the structure and discipline martial arts gave me. Now, years later, I get to witness that positive effect within my students, and some at a very young age. It’s great to have this large space right on Main Street that is central. My students come from Hackensack and the surrounding areas. Having such a large space right on Main Street, it’s very convenient for everyone. I also enjoy the family-oriented environment that has been created at the school. We teach and empower kids and adults to become leaders and champions in life through martial arts. Then they are able to apply those skills in their everyday lives. I firmly believe that martial arts changes lives.”
The Hackensack CAT Walk Art Exhibition is an outdoor art show celebrating local and regional artists. During the Hackensack Street Festival, Banta Place will come to life with art demos, live music, improv comedy, an art battle, and displays of original drawings, mixed media, paintings, and prints. Art will also be available for purchase.
Participate in the arts!
Get a sneak peek of the first installment of “Art on a Stick,” a public art installation by artist Damien Mitchell in collaboration with the Northern NJ Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen. Mitchell’s “Hackensack is Creative” Art Gallery, a series of colorful frames mounted on wooden stakes, will be open for participants to write or draw their own messages and images.
Make your mark along Banta Place to create a colorful profusion of community art!
Other arts activities planned for the day are:
• Art Demos
• Dry Erase Marker Murals
• Howdy Stranger Improv Group
• Live Art Battle!
• Drum Circle/Hip Hop Dancers
Visit us on Banta Place (off Main Street) during the Hackensack Street Festival on Saturday, October 1st from 10am – 6pm.
Banta at Main Street
|DJ Sollas Graffiti Art Demo||11 a.m.|
|Live Art Battle!||12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.|
|ST. JAMES BENNETT||10:00am – 10:45am|
|THE JAHZ||11:00am – 11:45am|
|OPEN JAM SESSION||12:00pm – 12:45pm|
|YAHAYA KAMATE||1:00pm – 1:45pm|
|DOCK RUSSELL||2:00pm – 2:45pm|
|THE NEVERENDS||3:00pm – 3:45pm|
|HOWDY STRANGER||4:00pm – 4:45pm|
|THE JAHZ (2ND ACT)||5:00pm – 5:45pm|
Artists: Tiffany Tam, Mark Oberndorf, Elizabeth Rundquist, Sharon Frech, Jay McCollum, Corinna Arabia-Meyer, Marcia Wilson, Laura Diamond, Kenneth Ziobro, Jayla Santos, Carlos Almonte, Poramit Thantapalit, Julie Dunic, Scott Scarpelli, Jonathan Houssou, Monica Chavarria, Ybis Nina, John Dunic, Stephanie O’Connor, Javier Gonzalez, Kim Schmitt Thomas, Marcus Story, Nad Ronnoco.
The CAT Walk is produced by the Hackensack Creative Arts Team (CAT), ArtsBergen, and the Main Street Business Alliance.
For updates, please RSVP on our Facebook page, facebook.com/events/599993266842749/
About the Hackensack CAT
The Hackensack Creative Arts Team is a group of artists, merchants, organizational leaders and public officials that developed a creative placemaking plan for the City of Hackensack. Creative placemaking is the integration of arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy. The Creative Team has identified a number of projects that will move forward the Creative Vision Statement it has drafted with the input of various members and sectors of the community. The C.A.T Walk Art Exhibition is one project that helps to realize this plan by providing an opportunity for local artists to show their work to the community and bring Main Street to life through the arts.
Meet our Merchants: Nick and Chetan Pandya, owners, Nick’s Grocery & Deli, 230-232 Main Street.
Nick: “My brother and I are identical twins, and we were born in India. We came to America when we were 19, and we’ve run this store together since 2003. We used to work as Financial Advisors at Morgan Stanley in the city. We also own a Subway shop on Journal Square in Jersey City, and it’s amazing how Jersey City has changed and pulled itself up. That could happen here, too.”
Chetan: “This is the county seat, so it’s a great location. There’s a lot of construction on Main Street—so many projects. They’re building an Aldi’s supermarket in the parking lot of Sears. They’re converting the Bank of America building to apartments. The Oritani Club lot is going to be developed.”
Nick: “Our customers come from the surrounding area—a lot of students from Eastwick College. They give our business a big boost. We’d love to be able to put some tables and chairs outside and have an outdoor café on Main Street. I wish we had more parking lots behind the stores, too, so that it was more shopper-friendly. They are going to convert the street from one-way to two-way.”
Chetan: “Our sandwiches are famous. People come at lunchtime from Fort Lee, Englewood, Little Ferry, just for our sandwiches … The best thing about Hackensack is you get to interact with all kinds of people. Not just to buy things but to talk. I really believe in Hackensack.”
Thank you for making the 11th Annual Hackensack Street Festival such a success!
Residents of Hackensack and surrounding areas made our recent Street Festival a smash success! Big crowds and great family entertainment made Saturday, October 1st a terrific day in our town. From Hackensack’s own Elijah Bland to internationally known salsa band Orquesta Guayacan, from the CAT Art Show to the zip line to improv troupe Howdy Stranger, there was constant music, comedy, art, food, merchandise, rides, and fun. But none of it could have happened without the support of so many people from our community.
Thank you for attending and celebrating the wonderful diversity that is “The Sack.”
Thank you, to our wonderful sponsors!
Thank you, to our wonderful supporters!
“I was looking for another location for my restaurant, and I thought of Hackensack because there are a lot of Latinos here. And then I found out how reasonable the commercial real estate is, and we were able to get this really big space. So far, it’s doing well. It’s really a family place. We’re open from 7:00 in the morning for breakfast, until 11:00 p.m. at night, and we get a lot of big families in here. We want people to come here to hear good music and eat good food: steak, plaintains, rice. There’s a traditional Colombia bakery, too.
“I also liked that there is a special development district here and they’re making changes to the city. Hackensack wants to help businesses here, and that makes it favorable for us to succeed.”