Baristanet Profile: Andrew Kasperbauer

Name: Andrew Kasperbauer

Where do you live? My wife and I live in Bloomfield right by Brookdale Park, which is an awesome place to walk, ride bikes, picnic, and attempt to play tennis!

When did you move there? Back in 2015

Where did you grow up? I grew up in the land of corn – rural, western Iowa, not too far from Omaha, Nebraska. I moved to Brooklyn, New York in 2007 and met my wife while living there.

How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I run a small screen printing studio in Brooklyn called Raygun Printing with my business partner, Chris, who is originally from France. We create customized screen prints on t-shirts, tote bags, and now face masks since Covid hit us back in March. We work with a variety of customers including businesses, schools, events, brands, bands, and non-profits. It’s rewarding to create something from beginning to end and see/hear people’s reactions when we exceed their expectations!

For an everyday passion – my wife is a great songwriter and singer, and I play guitar and other instruments.  We try to reserve some nights to play a bunch of songs together. I would like to record an album with her someday!

Coffee, tea or …? I’m a huge coffee addict, in all forms! I’m constantly hitting up Local in Watchung Plaza when I’m too lazy to brew it myself.

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? My wife and I go to the Montclair Farmer’s Market every Saturday, and then we sometimes indulge in The Corner, which is on Walnut. We are addicted to their scones. We usually go for long walks in the park and throughout different neighborhoods in the area as there is so much to explore. After dinner we will sometimes go to Applegate Farm or Holsten’s for some ice cream – so the perfect day mostly centers around food!

What’s your favorite local restaurant? There are so many, but we were so distraught to see Laurel and Sage close recently. It was such a good restaurant. I really hope they reopen at some point!

What’s on your nightstand? The book DUNE by Frank Herbert.

What are you listening to? Everything! Lots of Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, 60’s garage, glam, punk, and new wave bands from the 70s/80s. I’m constantly spinning vinyl. We frequent the Montclair Book Center and dig through their vinyl bins as I’m an avid record collector. I also listen to WFMU on my drive to and from the city every day.

What are your current indulgences? The Wonder Years. I’m watching back a lot of old 90’s shows because, sadly, the new ones aren’t in production right now. It’s funny to watch this one back when I’m technically closer in age to Kevin’s parents. I identify with them a lot more now – especially Jack.

What talent you would most like to have? I wish I had the talent to be a great cook. I can make very basic, simple dishes, but I really admire those “think outside the box” chefs who take cooking to a whole new level.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Bloomfield? I was pretty proud to find out that R. Stevie Moore is from Bloomfield, New Jersey!  He is like the godfather of home recording and lo-fi/DIY music!

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? He was a loving husband, but, most importantly, he had the best record collection in the world!


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