Nicole Mackenzie-O’Brien works for Dr. Ilya Lipkin Orthodontics in Westwood where she handles all their marketing. Due to the incredible job Nicole does, they get to sponsor many local events throughout Bergen County. She also loves to shop local. She is from Mahwah, and today she shared her Local Love with HipNewJersey.com!
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Matsu Sushi in Hillsdale! It’s hands down the BEST sushi I’ve ever had. Everything else on their menu is good too. The staff is friendly and Alice the owner is a sweetheart. It’s BYOB and the place is always filled with families.
What is your favorite local boutique?
I’m a curvy girl and don’t usually find clothes that fit well at boutiques. It’s one thing I wish we had more of. However Mirror Mirror, Market House, and Ginger N’ Cream all located in Westwood are great for Jewelry and gifts.
What is your favorite salon or spa?
Party at Dolores in River Vale. I get my haircut by Dolores the owner, and SHE IS A CHARACTER. She holds no punches if you tell her your problems. She’ll give you the kind of advice that’ll snap you out of it. The salon has been there for almost 30 years so that tells you something. Plus, she does great long layers.
What is your favorite local health and wellness center?
Sukha Arts Center in Harrington Park. You can always find a class that’ll help you unwind or take your mind off of things. Yoga or Aerial, it’s all good! I’ve got the savasana down pat! They offer a lot of classes for adults so it sets them apart from the typical dance school for kids.
Where is your favorite local place for home decor?
White House Oak in Westwood. The whole store makes you feel like you just stepped into an episode of Fixer Upper. They have so many cute trinkets and doodads for home decor and more. The owners are this genuinely kind young couple and you feel like whenever you stop by to pick up a special gift for a friend, that your money is well spent and going to a good place.
Where is your favorite local daytime hangout?
Beets Juice Bar in Montvale and Park Ridge is a great place to grab a healthy treat and connect to the wifi and get some work done. It also gives me a chance to see what all the kids are into these days. Wow that last sentence made me feel old.
What is your favorite nighttime hangout?
Angelo’s Desserts & Espresso Cafe in Ramsey. This past summer when I was pregnant it was always great to pass by this place and grab some of their chocolate peanut butter ice cream. This is another place that’s always filled with families.
What is your favorite local place to do business?
Dr. Ilya Lipkin Orthodontics of course! All joking aside our office is pretty great to work at. It’s beautiful, we have a complimentary hot chocolate and espresso machine, warm cookies, and the fastest wifi.
What is your favorite “Made in Jersey” product?
My hubby and I love The Alementary Brewing Co. in Hackensack. Their Hackensack Lager is sold at local shops and it’s so good and light. They are also dog friendly so you can bring your fur baby in with you!
How has COVID-19 affected your business?
Covid-19 forced us to shut down our office for all procedures other than emergency visits. When you have 100+ appointments a day, that’s a lot of displaced patients. However we’ve adjusted with virtual visits and zoom calls like most offices. Our patients are really understanding and supportive. It has put a halt to all of the spring and summer REC programs and community events we normally would be sponsoring. I’ve been trying to churn out as much content to post as possible in order to stay in front of our patients’ eyes and be present and relevant in their lives. We want them to know we’re still here and we’ve got their backs.
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