Diary / Justbobbi / Sep 26, 2022
Makeup Artist Bobbi Brown's Guide to Montclair New Jersey
Written by: Bobbi
My husband, Steven, and I moved to Montclair over 30 years ago. It was the perfect place for me to be as a working mom with three young boys. Just 12 miles from New York City, Montclair has the perfect mix of the city and the suburbs. I couldn’t imagine living, or running a business, anywhere else. And I’m so excited to open our first Jones Road store right here in Montclair. I can’t wait to connect with our community in a new way and for all of you to try Jones Road in person. Here are a few of my favorite places to eat, shop, and stay in my hometown.
Where to Eat
The closest coffee shop to our office. All the beans are roasted on site and they have a great selection of “healthy-ish” treats.
A go-to spot for breakfast and the best espresso.
If you’re looking for fresh-pressed juices or a plate of fluffy pancakes, head to The Corner.
For wood-fired pizzas, bagels, and more, Brick and Dough is the place to go.
Efi’s is a staple for our office lunch meetings. The best Greek salad and hummus.
This French bakery has it all: croissants, macarons, eclairs, and of course, baguettes.
This diner-style restaurant has been a staple in Montclair since 1989 and is not to be missed.
This Upper Montclair spot serves up everything from smoothies to whole rotisserie chickens. If you’re looking for an easy breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can find it here.
This cool spot is inspired by European gastro pubs with pasta, pizza, and mussels on the menu.
This classic Italian spot is a must if you’re in Montclair.
Just down the street from our offices, this is our go-to for post-work oysters and martinis.
My go-to sushi spot in the neighborhood and one of our favorite places to order from for a team lunch.
A modern French brasserie in the heart of town. Fauberge serves the most delicious French-inspired food and boasts a killer wine and craft cocktail list.
A little gem in Montclair with a menu of inventive farm-to-table meals, many of which are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. We love going here for a working lunch.
This delicious Montclair stable has been our go-to for takeout during the pandemic—and we’re so happy for them to be opening back up again.
I love a sweet treat like anyone else does and my obsession right now is anything made by dynamic duo, Nicolette Turano and Sarah Slater who launched Modern Food Scene out of their Nutley, NJ kitchens when they both lost their jobs during the pandemic. Try the chocolate chip cookies and their signature olive oil cakes.
Where to Shop, Sweat & Reset
Jones Road Beauty Flagship Store
Our flagship store is open now! Stop by to shop the entire Jones Road collection and meet with one of our in-store makeup artists. Can't wait to see you there. 111-113 Grove Street, Montclair, New Jersey 07042
Store Hours: Wednesday, 11am-5pm Thursday, 11am - 5pm Friday, 11am - 5pm Saturday, 11am - 6pm
A favorite clothing store in town, Dot Reeder carries brands like Nili Lotan, Ulla Johnson, and Rachel Comey.
For personal training, you’ll find me at D-Fit. I love their strength and conditioning programs. And don't forget the post-sweat green juice.
If you’re in need of a mani/pedi, head to Nails & Body Work.
This bookstore at Watchung Plaza has all the newest releases, an incredible staff, and amazing recommendations. Check out the wall with all the author portraits and see if you spot anyone you know.
Where to Stay
Our hotel, The George, is the former private home of Charles VanVleck, one of the early founders of Montclair. I worked with my husband to transform and refurbish this grand residence into a 32-room boutique hotel. It’s the perfect staycation getaway.
Things to Do
Looking to host an event in Montclair? Need a studio for a photoshoot? Our 18 Label property is a full-service 8,000 square foot film and photography studio and event space.
This year marks the 10-year-anniversary of the Montclair Film Festival. During the seven day festival, you can catch conversations with actors and directors and attend exclusive screenings of films from around the globe.
A historic six-acre site that was gifted to the town of Montclair. These extraordinary gardens are open to the public and are like a secret escape in the heart of town.
We are so lucky to have this museum in our town and it’s just steps away from my hotel, The George. The museum has existed for over 100 years and is nationally recognized as the leading American art museum.