If you like clothes and shopping, you likely know about Groove, a beloved children’s and women’s clothing store in Westport, run by the driven and talented owner and local mom of 3, Corri Neckritz. What started as a small business out of her home to fill a desire she had to find hip, yet tasteful clothing for her own children, has grown over 20+ years into a tremendously successful and coveted brand and retail store. Some fun facts about Corri – she loves dogs (and has four herself!), has her masters in elementary education, and is a host family for the “A Better Chance” program, with a scholar spending time in their home on weekends. Like Corri and her family, Groove is always looking to give back, and partners closely with many local organizations, including STAR and Abilis. She is also currently supporting Local Love at Groove, offering 20% off through Sunday!! We are grateful for all she has brought to this community – and let’s be honest, our kids are pretty well dressed thanks to her!
If you have noticed or met a tall woman with an endearing Brooklyn accent running around town with three adorable girls (and possibly a lab!), it is likely Michelle-Lee! After taking some time away from her career in finance, Michelle-Lee got involved with The Sunrise Association, and more specifically Sunrise Day Camps, the world’s only dedicated full summer day camp for children with cancer and their siblings all provided for free! As part of her time with Sunrise, Michelle volunteers weekly in Montefiore’s oncology unit, brightening the days of the kids and giving their parents a much needed hour to themselves. A fun fact – once a year, Michelle-Lee also cans tomatoes (800 lbs last summer) with family and friends, a tradition many look forward to. Michelle-Lee is someone with a heart of gold, who Westport – and Sunrise – are truly lucky to have. If you are interested in learning more, or helping with her current initiative to fill 200 stockings for the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for an expert at event planning – mainly bar and bat mitzvahs (but now weddings too!) look no further than Susie Blumenfeld and Pink House Productions! A Westport mom of three girls, Susie fell into event planning over 13 years ago by accident, recognizing her unique ability to make – and maintain – connections with any and every type of person. Her creativity is unmatched, and over a decade later, she still LOVES what she does. Some fun facts – Susie could see herself as a reality TV star in another life, hates planning family vacations despite being a “planner” by day, and has a secret spot in Florida her family vacations for alone time! Check out Pink House Productions, and keep an eye out for Susie- she does a party like no other!
If you enjoy food in any capacity – eating it, cooking it, or even just looking at pretty pictures of it, Lauren is someone you should know! After a career in Corporate Communications, Lauren decided to follow her passion for food and entertaining, and went to Culinary School, after which she never looked back. A trained chef, food stylist and writer, Lauren spent many years pre-kids on TV and publishing books. Ten years later (after a brief hiatus to move to Westport after almost 40 years in NYC), she is back at it, having launched Its Lauren Of Course, with great videos, recipes and fun content not to be missed!
Westport mom of three and founder of Noa Health and Acupuncture, Iris is a true superstar in every sense of the word. Growing up in places ranging from Houston, TX to Anchorage, Alaska, Iris loves to travel, as does her family, though local trips to Mystic and Stonington remain family favorites. For as long as she can remember, Iris has been focused on healing, and with her husband Jonathan’s ALS diagnosis late last year, she is as determined as ever. Through a combination of cutting edge breathing techniques and local events, including one at the new MoCA Westport on 10/17, Iris and her family are fighting for every day of healthy living they can get. Iris is a rock, often trying to find the bright side of even very challenging situations, and we are hopeful our community can rally around Iris and her family as they continue their own healing journey.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we are incredibly fortunate that Robyn – Weston mom of two and recent breast cancer survivor – has shared her story with us. It is a story about being pro-active, brave, vulnerable, and strong, while inspiring hope. Just over one year ago, Robyn’s life changed forever when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her journey to come out on the other side (filled with chemotherapy, hair loss, multiple surgeries and more), would not have been what It was without exercise, her friends and family, and her own unrelenting drive to be a survivor. Robyn’s story is raw…It is scary…It is real. But It is also a story about gratitude and one that should remind us women – and us moms – to trust our gut, to make ourselves a priority, and to never, ever give up.