Monica Freng

My day job is being the mom to four great kids (ages one to seven) and I’m also the founder and owner of Monirose, where I make bespoke bridal gowns. I grew up with a “Jill of all trades” mom and a “Jack of all trades” dad, who could make or fix anything. I started sewing in high school, made lots of special occasion dresses in college and even sewed my own wedding gown! It was a very special and personal way to prepare for my wedding day and I hope that I can help other brides get a taste of what it’s like to have something that fits them perfectly and reflects their personality.

 My most memorable caffeine is a memory about my parents. I’m one of 12 kids, so “date night” for my parents was often going out to the local coffee shop, just to have some time alone. That came to be my idea of the perfect date: going somewhere with someone you love and having the opportunity to sit down and really talk over a cup of coffee.

 My current caffeine of choice is good coffee in a latte. I spent a lot of my last year in college being very poor and making meals out of toast and coffee with hazelnut creamer. To this day, the yellow cap of that container brings back a lot of memories! Finding spare change to go to the coffee shop and have a good coffee was a big treat!

My favorite place for caffeine is Crescendo on Monroe Street.

The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is Audrey Hepburn, if I were picking someone famous and my Grandma Rose, if I were picking someone personal. Audrey Hepburn is such an iconic actress. Not only is she poised, beautiful and graceful, but she was also a humanitarian. You get the feeling that she was genuinely herself: a quiet, beautiful person who lived on her own terms and didn’t seek fame. My Grandma Rose was my dad’s mom. She died when I was a freshman in college and I regret that I didn’t get to know her when we were both adults. I would love to sit down and share her stories and get her perspective on life. She lived through and got married during WWII and she had so much gumption! I would have loved to know her better.

 World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: helping people to see the beauty in the world and in themselves. And I don’t mean beauty in an aesthetic sense but more in the dignity and inherent value of every person. It often feels like this has gotten lost in the modern world. As a mom, I want my children to see the beauty in the world. I was just watching The Secret Garden with my oldest daughter and at the end she was crying because the story was so true and so beautiful. I loved being able to experience something that touched her and taught her about real beauty.