Baristanet Profile: Kumarie Persaud

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Name: Kumarie Persaud

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move here? 2000

Where did you grow up? Guyana

How do you make a living? Or What is your everyday passion?

I own Charmed Beading Studio on Church Street in Montclair, and I love making jewelry and helping others to find joy in creating one-of-a-kind pieces. I enjoy repairing jewelry as well; I get such satisfaction from it. My favorite repair was a piece for the Montclair Art Museum. I try to update the Charmed Beading Studio Instagram with photos of my favorite pieces.

Coffee, tea or … ? Green tea with honey

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? My perfect weekend day would be running on a snowy morning. Or, I’d settle for a run on the beach.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Dai Kichi. I love the salmon skin hand roll.

What’s on your nightstand? A Robert B. Parker book, chapstick, water, and a little jewelry box.

What are you listening to? I listen to Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, or eighties music at the store. When I’m running, I listen to Reggae, The Weeknd, or Carrie Underwood.

What are you current indulgences? Friday afternoon girl time with my friends, red wine, appetizers, an manicures by my niece.

What talent would you most like to have? I wish I could sing!

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair? The Avis Campbell Gardens by the Montclair Library. My son learned to read under a tree in that garden.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? I hope they remember me as a good person.

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