It’s a big week for the Manzo kids as one business has a birthday and another is birthed! The RHONJ cast, and cameras, were all on deck at Lauren Manzo’s Cafface Beauty Bar to celebrate its one year anniversary. The Franklin Lakes shop is in the same location as the former Housewife haunt, the infamous Chateau Salon. Cafface utilizes the space with a minimalist look offset by a sparkly modern central chandelier. The color theme is white with black accents. Rich Wakile told us that sister in law Rosie Pierri, who works in the furniture biz, helped with the decor.
Upon entering Cafface there is a large front desk to the right where Lauren and her team, which includes Albie’s former girlfriend Lindsey Andrews, take turns greeting their guests and ringing up their purchases. More like a bar than a reception area, there are stools which patrons can perch atop. At the end of the evening Kim D was settled on one chatting away with proud Manzo mom Caroline who was behind the counter.
“As a parent you raise your children to soar and be strong,” Caroline told me. ” There’s no prouder moment than to see your child get their wings and fly and I’ve seen that tonight with Lauren.” Caroline’s cup certainly runneth over. The cast gathered the following night to celebrate the opening of Albie and Chris’s Hoboken eatery Little Town (we were invited by Albie himself, but couldn’t make it this time).
Much like a maze, Cafface’s layout twists and turns with a surprise in every corner. Some walls are lined with makeup, some have styling stations, and in the back there’s a little clothing boutique, a fave spot of the evening for Teresa Giudice and sister in law Melissa Gorga who were both looking for coverups for the Jersey Shore summer. “I have that one in black,” Caroline told Teresa about a light blue gauzy dress with beaded straps.
The casual and intimate event, was truly a family affair as the delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts were catered by the Brownstone and the bar was stocked with blk. I couldn’t stay away from the crab cakes which were truly to die for.
Makeup artists were on hand giving makeovers and there was a hair extension station open for the April fundraiser for Autism Unites Us. Both TBB photog Mel and I got our blue streaks on. Jacqueline Laurita, who is sporting several blue strands in support of her son Nicholas, was looking fantastic after some recent maintenance. “You’ll see it all on the show,” she says about her Season 5 transformation.
Everyone was in a laid back and festive mood. Teresa was chatting up fans and in much better spirits than she was at the Posche 2 opening. Perhaps she knew this would be a low drama evening. We really felt that this was one of our fave events…but what did the lady of the evening Lauren think? We think you should hear for yourself:
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