Baristanet Profile: JoAnh Pitts

Name: JoAnh Pitts

Where do you live? Montclair, NJ

When did you move there? We moved to this house in April 2017. However, we have been living in Montclair since late 2009, when our first daughter was born.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, the DC area, and moved to NYC in my mid-20s where I met my now husband.

How do you make a living? Or what is your everyday passion? I’m a Corporate Mom with one of the Big 4 firms. I love my job and what I do, but more importantly, the flexibility to still be involved with my kids and giving back to the community are my passion and where my heart is.

Coffee, tea, or … ? Both. Tea at night before bedtime, and I’ve got to have my afternoon oat milk latte or my KITU Super Coffee. Our local coffee shop in town, Sweet Kitchen, introduced me to oat milk, and I have been obsessed ever since.

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? Spending quality time with my husband and kids: picnic at the park, museum, playing board games and charades, visiting a local bookstore, walking in town and exploring all the hidden secrets of Montclair. The best part at the end of the day is hearing my children say, “Mom and Dad, this was the best family day ever!”

What’s your favorite local restaurant? That’s a tough question. I love all the variety of options we have in town. My husband and I have a few favorite places where we often take out-of-town guests. I think our top two are De Novo and Halcyon.

What’s on your nightstand? Hand lotion, lip balm, a water bottle, and The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molly which I have been trying to finish for an eternity. I wish I had some extra time in the day to carve out for reading. I recently came up with a new family weekend tradition. We carve out 25 minutes on the weekends to have family reading time. We sit around our family room reading our own books for 25 minutes and then each of us takes a turn sharing what we read. This gives me an opportunity to finish my book as well as encourage reading with the kids. The kids look forward to it every weekend.

What are you listening to? I love most types of music. Music is big in our house. We always have something playing in the morning while the kids are having breakfast, before bed, all day on the weekends while we all dance and sing along.

I am also listening to Vietnamese Boat People (VBP) podcast, which was created by my sister Tracey Mang, also a Montclair resident. VBP is a nonprofit organization created with the hope of inspiring people around the globe to share their incredible journeys. A generation of people overcame life-threatening situations in search of peace and freedom, and their stories are amazing. There are four episodes right now, and I hope everyone will take a few minutes to listen to some of these heartfelt experiences.

What are your current indulgences? Amazon Prime has always been my indulgence, KITU Super Coffee, and dried spicy mango from Trader Joe’s! I can eat the whole bag in one sitting.

What talent would you most like to have? I would love to be able to sing and play beautiful music on the piano.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair? I think Montclair is its own best-kept secret! I often tell people Montclair is a hidden gem and I would not want to raise my kids anywhere else. Montclair is full of culture, diversity, open hearts, and it has a strong sense of community.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? I always wonder who would attend my funeral and what people would say about me. I know, weird thing to think about. I would hope that family and friends would say that I was a loving and caring person to everyone I met. And that I was someone who didn’t allow outside influences affect who I was and where I came from.