Who is Behind My Brooklyn Baby?
First of all, I am a Brooklyn mom.
Since 1997 I have lived in Clinton Hill and for the past 6 years, I have been the general manager of Habana Outpost in Fort Greene, New York's first solar-powered restaurant and community hub. While at Habana, my mentor Sean Meenan showed me that a business can and should be about more than dollars and cents and this community-minded business model awoke an entrepreneurial spirit in me. But it wasn't until I gave birth to my daughter Nadia in 2010 that I realized exactly what that business would be.
Anyone who lives in Fort Greene or Clinton Hill knows that we are in the middle of a "shop local" revolution so I was quite surprised to find that I couldn't shop in Fort Greene or Clinton Hill for many of my daughters' needs. If I wanted shoes, baby carriers, cloth diapers, ect. I had to travel to another neighborhood, shop online or go to big box stores. I also found that becoming an educated shopper when it comes to baby stuff can be an extremely daunting task.
My goal for My Brooklyn Baby is for it to be more than a store. Lets say... it's snowing, you need to breastfeed and your baby just had a huge diaper "blowout" (I've been there). I want you know you can come in the store, use our awesome changing station and get comfortable in our rocking chair. Are you a tired parent with a cranky toddler? Come on in, we can support each other.
Over the next few months, I plan to roll out a toy lending library, free breastfeeding support classes, Santa's village, Mommy Mixers and several other crazy ideas I have banging around in my head.
I hope you will stop by and stay a while and I hope you will share your own ideas and suggestions while you are here so we can build this store together.
See you soon!