Baristanet Profile: Claire Sinofsky

Name: Claire Sinofsky

Where do you live? I live in Upper Montclair!

When did you move there? Born and raised. My dad bought our house in the ’80s, and my family has been here ever since.

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

I work in documentary film as a producer. I like travelling and being on set. My everyday passion? I love making botanical skincare products. I have a few balms and serums I’ve created and I also make custom products for people. It’s a treat to see their skincare journey evolve. I write about my process and sell my products here:

Coffee, tea or … ? Oh, great question. I like a good tisane. I have one with rose and chamomile I drink every morning. When it comes to coffee though, I’ll melt over a good cappuccino. 

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? 

I think of breakfast on my front steps, a walk with friends, laying in the park at Brookdale. Ideally, tons of walking with those I love. Hopefully there’s perfect weather to match it!

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Hmm, there are too many great ones in Montclair! Marcel Bakery & Kitchen, Bluestone Coffee Co, Corso 98, I love you all! I have a big family and on birthdays we like to go to different restaurants around town. It’s great to support local and Montclair food never disappoints.

What’s on your nightstand? 

Right now, my journal, a glass of water, a chamomile hydrosol I made last week and some body balm I’m experimenting with. Also for some reason, a spoon. I should probably bring it downstairs to the kitchen.

What are you listening to? 

Music for Egon Schiele by Rachel Grimes. I swear I’ve listened to this album a hundred times. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry. It motivates me. I love it.

What are your current indulgences? 

Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Kombucha. Feeling the sun on my skin. (it’s been so lovely out!)

What talent you would most like to have?

I would really love to be able to solve any math problem without a calculator.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair?

I see Montclair as an oasis in the desert of suburbia, a place where artists, film makers, writers, painters and musicians can enjoy the quiet of the suburbs, where we can escape the chaos of the city without losing our passion for the arts. I love this town!

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? She gave it her all. 


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