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Local Love: Karen Leano

Local Love: Karen Leano

Karen Leano is an on-air fashion and lifestyle expert. She shares everyday glam for the everyday girl. She is from Sparta, New Jersey, and today she shared her Local Love with HipNewJersey.com!

What is your favorite local restaurant?
My favorite local restaurant is a coffee shop called Cloveberry here in Sparta. You are always greeted with the biggest smile. Their drink selection there is amazing. It ranges from ginger turmeric lattes to green tea lattes, and more. Their food selection is even better. Some of my go-tos there are the avocado toast, the yogurt bowls, and the acai bowls.

What is your favorite local boutique?
My favorite local boutique is Stitch Boutique in Madison. They have such a great selection of clothes for the chic everyday girl and the prices are very reasonable. The selection is well-curated.

What is your favorite salon or spa?
My favorite salon is La Belle Vie in Bloomfield. Nonna the owner is not only beautiful, but so hospitable. The main level is where all the hairstylists are and upstairs is where the spa services are. To this day, my favorite massages have been from there. The ambiance and decor are very relaxing. It has a rustic-chic feel. You’re welcomed with a glass of champagne and beautiful piano music playing overhead.

Where is your favorite local place for home decor?
My favorite place for local home decor is Urban Muse in Denville. It’s actually a spa but they have a great selection of retail items for sale there.

What is your favorite nighttime hangout?Β 
My favorite nighttime hangout is the Mohawk House in Sparta. It has a dark cabin-like feel but in a lux inviting way. The drinks are always on-point. The food is delicious and every few weeks they have a DJ if you’re in the mood for some dancing.

What is your favorite local place to do business?
My favorite place to do business is Savour CafeΒ in Newton. For me, it’s close to where I Iive and it has a cozy ambiance. It has an electric fireplace that I always try to get a seat in front of. The coffee is great, they have a great selection of gluten-free muffins, and the wi-fi is strong. What more can you ask for?

What is your favorite New Jersey downtown district?
My favorite New Jersey downtown district is Westfield. I could spend hours there walking around, perusing their great selection of clothing boutiques, having a latte with my girlfriends there at the Starbucks, and finishing off with a trip to Trader Joes.

How has COVID-19 affected your business?
COVID-19 has been both a blessing and a curse for my business. As a local #momboss, I’m usually involved in a lot of Mother’s day events, and because of social distancing and having a lot of retailers closed at this time. All events have been canceled. I love feeding off people’s energy and just being in the company of amazing people, so not having these events breaks my heart. But that being said, the online community has been amazing through this past month. The camaraderie and support we all share for each other, for front line-workers and for everyone doing everything they can to normalize life as much as possible is such a blessing.

You can find Karen Leano on Instagram, and her website.

For all things Garden State, keep checking out HipNewJersey.com.

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