During the holiday season, when so many of us are looking to give to others less fortunate, or instill in our kids the importance of helping others, Jimeale Heade’s name often comes up. Jimeale is a Fairfield mom with 3 kids (5, 4, and 2) who had a life changing moment when she was volunteering in a Bridgeport school a few years back, and was told there weren’t enough pencils for all of the kids in the class. She took it upon herself to start the Brighter Lives for Kids Foundation, which runs programming in Bridgeport ranging from backpack school supply and toy drives to setting up soccer programs and libraries for those who never had exposure to things so many of us take for granted. In her spare time, she loves skiing, Bonda restaurant and swears by La Mer Cleanser. She also reads the last chapter of every book before the first! Thank you Jimeale for inspiring so many of us to do more in this world!
If you don’t know Dori, founder of Hands on at Home Physical Therapy, she is one not to miss! With an unrivalled knowledge about anatomy and the human body, Dori is one of Fairfield County’s most beloved physical therapists, who uniquely delivers her care in the comfort of patients’ homes. She is also a Westport mom of two daughters, who loves Compo, The Whelk, and surprisingly to many who know her – sleep! She swears by the perfume she’s been wearing since college and treasures her family vacations in Cape Cod, though admits she sometimes wishes she’d gone for baby #3! Dori has made a positive difference in so many people’s lives, and absolutely loves what she does! Thank you Dori for all you do for our community!
Though boutique fitness studios seem to be on every corner these days, Amy Hochhauser and Rhodie Lorenz were the first ones to enter this market back in 2011. Amy (a lawyer by trade) and Rhodie ((a mom who just needed an child-free hour of peace so became a spin instructor)) were introduced and shortly thereafter, opened Joyride Cycling Studio, which has evolved into a larger fitness concept, offering boxing, bootcamps, and so much more! Amy has two boys, loves family nights at Colony Pizza, and lives by the motto “This too shall pass.” Rhodie is mom to three, swears by Bar Taco, the app Drizly (check this one out!), and believes her missed calling may have been as a back-up dancer. Amy and Rhodie are passionate, driven, and successful entrepreneurs who have brought tremendous strength (pun intended) and JOY (pun also intended) to this community!
A Wilton native, and now mom of two girls and owner of Westport’s much needed and beloved She La La, Sheila shares how she never spent a day in retail before opening the store 6 years ago; she had an idea, and went with it. She loves Compo Beach, The Little Pub in Wilton, and has helped limit sweets with her oldest by convincing her they were “spicy.” She values honesty first and foremost, and tries to live life without regrets. With holiday season upon us, many of us will undoubtedly stock up at She la la, and if you didn’t already, now you will know the monogram queen herself!
Meet Cindy! Formally trained as an actress, chef, and teacher, Cindy Hartog and her daughter / business partner, Danielle make us all strongly consider “going Paleo.” After years teaching cooking to little kids, Cindy was diagnosed unexpectedly with an auto immune disease that fundamentally changed the way she cooked, ate and thought about food; it also entirely changed how she felt. A Westport mom of 3 grown kids, Cindy loves Paris, pink sumo, and can almost certainly make Vegan matcha ice cream sound like the most appealing food you’ve ever eaten!
Westport native, and former president of her Staples high school class (1997) no less (oh- and the Wreckers cheerleading co-captain too!), Miryha Fantegrossi somehow does it all. After a career that began in college in fashion and intimate apparel, Miryha is currently the VP of Design and Merchandising at Wacoal America and has helped “fit” many moms in this community! Despite catching a 6:30am train to NYC daily, Miryha reveals she has NEVER used an alarm clock, and claims if her career path had gone differently, she’d unquestionably be a zookeeper. Miryha is as authentic and loyal as they come, and enjoys nothing more than a day exploring the outdoors with her almost 6 year old son and 3 year old daughter. Miryha is a problem solver – in every aspect of life, and is one of those real deal people who tells it like it is. She feels incredibly lucky to have grown up here and now Westport is lucky to have this supermom back!