Hoboken Business Alliance kicking off #GoBoken campaign to promote local businesses

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The Hoboken Business Alliance is kicking off their summer campaign to promote local businesses, referring to it as #GoBoboken, kicking off with promoting a baseball-themed event at the Mile Square Theatre on Friday.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“With many businesses closed or operating at a limited capacity over the last few months, the pandemic has had a tremendous financial impact,” HBA President Gregory Dell’Aquila said in a statement.

“Small businesses are the heart of our economy, and they have been fighting for survival. If we want to help our small shops, restaurants, and businesses to have a fighting chance; we have to take action right now. We’re encouraging the community to rally for our Hoboken businesses, and show support in any way we can.”

The #GoBoken campaign will run throughout the summer with various themes (e.g. Summer-Spirited BBQ, Picnic in the Park, Kid-Palooza, Sinatra Celebration) to remind the Hoboken community to support local shops, restaurants, and establishments in any way  – and as often – as they can.

The first #GoBoken themed-promotion, “7th Inning Stretch,” will kick-off Friday, June 19th  in conjunction with Mile Square Theatre’s annual variety show, “7th Inning Stretch: from the dugout.”

This popular performance has been running since 2003 and is appropriate since the Mile Square City is the birthplace is baseball. This weekend marks their first virtual performance due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Pay-what-you-will virtual tickets to support Mile Square Theatre start at just $20 and are available at milesquaretheatre.org.  Once purchased, audience members will be emailed a link through which the stream may be accessed.

To complement the show, several local restaurants such as Carpe Diem (choose from four dishes under $15), Elysian Cafe (a three-course meal under $25) and Northern Soul (a spin on the traditional hotdog), will offer the virtual theatre audience some baseball-inspired favorites to grab before or during the show.

Additionally, Wine Dad’s is offering a drink duo, featuring a new beer from 902 Brewing called”‘Daddy Daycare” and “Galaxy Dust” from Hoboken Brewery.

Several retailers will also offer baseball-inspired merchandise.

Hoboken baseball hats in both youth and adult sizes are available to purchase in-store (and call ahead) at Stan’s Sports Center. Furthermore, The Local Thread has designed a three-quarter-sleeve “Hoboken” baseball shirt.

Proceeds from the sale of Hoboken baseball shirts from The Local Thread will go to the Hoboken Relief Fund, an organization that supports independently-owned Hoboken businesses and residents who have suffered an adverse economic impact due to the current public health emergency.

For any businesses interested in participating in an upcoming #GoBoken promotion, fill out the form here.

There is no fee to participate, and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.