Baristanet Profile: Leslie Rubisch

Name: Leslie Rubisch

Where do you live? Montclair, NJ

When did you move there? Six years ago, from Brooklyn, NY

Where did you grow up? Medford, NJ

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

I’m a marketing and brand strategist for fashion and beauty companies. My passion is helping to build identities for young brands in this space and support their growth. I work for myself. I am also a community organizer for a women’s professional and social organization called HeyMama that supports working mothers to prosper in all aspects of their life. The first event I hosted was with Bobbi Brown, and we’re still going strong digitally as we stay close to home during this time.

Coffee, tea, or … ? Coffee!

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day?

Wake up rested. Head to the farmer’s market and be motivated to bake blueberry muffins. Have a slow afternoon at Deer Lake with my family and a book. Later, a bike ride through town during the golden hour – when it’s almost too dark to be safe (when the town is so quiet and still).

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Oh gosh so hard – there are many.  SLA, Ani Ramen, DeNovo’s, Sushi Koshi…

What’s on your nightstand? Randomly, rubber cleaning gloves, my son’s latest creations of rainbow loom bracelets and the book The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai.

What are you listening to? Beyoncé and Leonard Cohen

What are your current indulgences? Wine from Amanti Vino!

What talent would you most like to have? I guess it’s everything that I love to do, but just better. I love to dance and do it often, but seriously lack rhythm (my husband will tell you). I love to write with so much room to grow.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair (or your town)? Charles H. Bullock Elementary School ROCKS. The teachers are dynamic, caring and teach with their hearts. The community is one that I’ll be grateful to well past my son’s time there.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? She was kind and generous. And man – how was she still rollerblading in her late 90s?


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