Baristanet Profile: Katie Rotio

Name: Katie Rotio

Where do you live? Bloomfield

When did you move there? 2018. We had been living all over the place (even as far as St Louis, MO!) for 7 years and finally fell in love with a house in Bloomfield and made our first home purchase! Loving it!

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Melrose, MA, a suburb of Boston.

How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I am the owner of Katherine Elizabeth Events. I am a graphic designer and paper artist, and I just opened a new office in Glen Ridge. I primarily design wedding and event invitations and stationery, but I am also a paper florist; I create realistic paper flowers for weddings and home décor, as well as large scale flowers for retail and commercial installations.

Coffee, tea or … ? COFFEE. I have an espresso machine at home. Might be my favorite birthday present ever.

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? I am a New England girl, so I love the four seasons. In spring it would be a morning spent gardening and an afternoon sipping cocktails on my deck with friends. In summer, it would be a day at the beach followed by a huge lobster roll. In fall, it has to be a morning walk in the woods and an afternoon food/beer festival, and in winter it’s the day we go cut down and then decorate our Christmas tree, preferably in a light flurry!

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Our go-to is always Salute in Montclair, but we’ve recently been going to Wooden Spoon in Bloomfield and Fitzgerald’s in Glen Ridge a lot too.

What’s on your nightstand? A glass of water, a carved gourd filled with hairties and ear plugs, and a box of tissues.

What are you listening to? Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Always gets me in the holiday spirit!

What are your current indulgences? Food-wise, I’m currently obsessed with Port City Pretzels. You can order them online, and they’re TO DIE FOR. Otherwise, I indulge in good skin care for myself and lately I’ve been treating myself to a really good (practical) pair of shoes every 6 months. Currently rocking a pair of Rothy’s that keep my toddler-chasing feet happy. 

What talent you would most like to have? I’d love to be able to sing really well. Like, Broadway level. I’m a dancer (I have my college degree in dance!) but if I could have done anything with my life I would have loved to have been on Broadway…I just didn’t have the pipes.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Bloomfield? I don’t really want to share it, but 23 Skiddoo Café is the best coffee shop ever. Also, the US post office on Grove Street in South Bloomfield has the best staff, there’s never a line, and you can usually park right out in front…again, I hope I don’t regret sharing! 

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? That I lived a full life, brought joy to others, and brought people together.