CoZie Cafe prioritizes inclusivity and tasty drinks at Fair Lawn


Jhe new CoZie Cafe at Fair Lawn aims to live up to its name in more ways than one. “We’re an LGBTQ+ and woman-owned business, so it’s extremely important to us to provide a safe space for everyone,” says Cameo Zvanets, owner of the place with his wife, Elana.

The 950-square-foot CoZie cafe is right next door to The Beauty Loft salon, the couple’s other business. In fact, their original idea was to create a small café space for the living room. But the idea grew and eventually became CoZie Cafe. “Now not only can our salon customers enjoy our delicious treats, everyone does,” says Cameo. “Elana has always wanted a place to share her love of food and drink, so we gave it a shot. And we’re so glad we did.

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Put you at ease

Elana describes the interior of CoZie Cafe as “very eclectic and welcoming”, accommodating 10-15 people at a time. However, they also plan to offer sidewalk seating for up to 15 additional diners during the warmer months. Of course, the cafe specializes in drinks like fresh coffee. Cameo’s current favorite drink is Reese’s Latte, which can be hot or iced, and with or without caffeine. Likewise, Elana’s drink of choice is Salted Caramel Cold Brew, which blends salty and sweet flavors.

Reese’s Latte

Like the decor, the menu is just as eclectic. “We have so many options to choose from. It was very important to us to try to include everyone on our menu,” says Elana. For example, the menu has gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, kosher and allergy-free; the latter means they accommodate allergies to nuts, tree nuts, milk, dairy, gluten, soy and eggs. Food products include Balthazar pastries, salads, wraps, snacks and sandwiches. They also have desserts, like their 5 or 8 ounce cake pots. Future plans to expand the menu are currently focused on adding fresh pancakes with fresh fruit and toppings.

About the owners

Cameo grew up in Fair Lawn and always knew she wanted to raise her family there. “When it came to opening a business for us, we knew Fair Lawn was the place. We love our community here and are proud to be part of it,” she says. During this time, Elana has been in the restaurant business for most of her career, going from server to bartender “Now she’s everybody’s favorite barista,” says Cameo.

CoZie cafe interior

Visit CoZie Cafe at 14-25 Plaza Rd N in Fair Lawn. Look them up online to learn more.

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CoZie Cafe FAQs

Do you accept reservations?

No, they do not accept reservations.

Are there gluten free options?

They have gluten-free and whey-free (allergen-free) products.

Are there vegetarian options?

Yes, CoZie Cafe offers vegetarian options for lunch.

Do you offer takeaway meals?

They offer take-out, yes.

Can you offer delivery?

No, they do not offer delivery.

Do you have a liquor license?

No, they do not serve alcohol.

Is there a children’s menu?

There’s no kids’ menu, but most drinks can be made caffeine-free.

All photos: © CoZie Cafe


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