ChicpeaJC started as an arts and culture blog in 2014 when Lynn Hazan was looking for a creative outlet. After realizing her potential in the community and wanting to be an entrepreneur, she turned her hobby into a career and started ChicpeaJC, a blog about all things Jersey City.
Through time, ChicpeaJC grew larger than she ever thought it could. The site started gaining an audience, and ChicpeaJC became a site for events, reviews, news, and more. As of 2018, the ChicpeaJC site receives 40K to 60K views per month and the social media accounts aggregate tens of thousands of followers (Instagram over 20K, Twitter over 3K, and Facebook over 7K.)
Since its inception, ChicpeaJC has grown into a multimedia platform that spans outside of Jersey City. In the last two years, the business has grown into a multifaceted lifestyle blog that predominantly covers Jersey City topics along with lifestyle, travel, and the most recent Sex and Jersey City podcast.
ChicpeaJC has thrown several events and worked with local organizations to bring events to Jersey City – LSC After Dark events with Liberty Science Center, quiet events since 2016, and an annual Halloween party, Terminal of Terror, which brings in over 3,000 attendees per event.
Working with ChicpeaJC are also several content creators, especially photographers and videographers in Jersey City, who helped produce and organize content used for ChicpeaJC and its clients.
About Lynn Hazan
Two days before the blog’s launch, she realized she wanted to explore the city, meet new people, try new restaurants, and immerse herself into the community. Lynn called her web developer, changed the URL from “ChicpeaLife” to “ChicpeaJC,” and the rest is history.
Now, 6 years in, ChicpeaJC has grown from a blog to a multimedia business.
Not only does Lynn run ChicpeaJC, but she is also a mom to a beautiful daughter (often called “Mini Chicpea”), and pup Harvey who was adopted from Liberty Humane Society after Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Under the ChicpeaJC umbrella, Lynn created the Sex and Jersey City podcast, a sex and dating podcast with special guests and community input, and has expanded with travel content to explore international culture.
Along with developing ChicpeaJC as a brand, Lynn founded the non-profit organization Content Creators Academy Jersey City for youth interested in digital media and entrepreneurship. She also founded AIM Media, a full-service social media and content management company to help small businesses promote themselves to the community.