A Westport native, and mom to two kids under two, Emily Dreisman returned to her hometown when given a tremendous opportunity to take over a boutique orthodontic practice now called Embrace Orthodontics. Emily has always been motived by idea of creating confidence in young kids, and feels so fortunate to be able to do this by improving someone’s smile! And as she shares, given straight teeth are as much the rage these days as Jennifer Aniston’s hair in 90s, she is fortunate to work with clients of all ages and still make a difference! Emily can’t be missed with her shiny red locks, big smile, and even bigger mission of helping to make others smile just a little bit brighter!
If you like New York bagels, Shark Tank and/or kick-ass women entrepreneurs, Elyse is your girl! Amidst careers in finance, she and her husband Nick spent years brainstorming business ideas until one day they decided to pursue the idea of creating and selling pre-filled on-the-go bagels, and their dreams became a reality! Enter Bantam Bagels! Over the last 6 years, Elyse (and her husband) built their company (starting with a small shop on Bleecker St), had 2 boys, moved to Westport and traveled an amazing journey. After pitching their company on Shark Tank (very pregnant no less), the company truly took off, and they’ve never looked back! Bantam Bagels are now a staple across Starbucks, most grocery stores nationwide, and of course millions of households! Fun facts – Elyse doesnt leave her house without lipstick, still eats bagels every morning, and shares that her husband remains her greatest source of inspiration! We are so lucky to have you in our community, and are going out to buy bagels NOW! Thanks for changing the way we do breakfast!!
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 email@example.com.
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!