Hi guys! Emily here. I’m the founder of Grace & Olive. My husband Matt & I have been married for almost four years, and we live on 8 acres in Ohio – our own little farmland, with a few dogs, goats and chickens. We live a simple & happy life!
My little shop in Ohio is named for our daughter Olivia – she was my inspiration to transition from an online women’s boutique, to an online baby boutique – and now to an actual brick & mortar kids store! We just celebrated our one year anniversary of the doors opening – and I know I don’t need to tell you how crazy of a year it’s been!
Opening a new business in the middle of a world-wide pandemic was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done- BUT, we are thriving in our Cuyahoga Falls location and, as they say, when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. And I absolutely love what I do! I get to help expecting parents, new grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends .. all pick out gifts to celebrate a new life coming into the world! I get to see a kids face light up when they find a toy they just have to have! And, I get to offer real advice from experience to new moms asking for help – I try out new products with my own daughter so I can tell you what I love or don’t love about them! Don’t get me wrong, being a small business owner – on top of being a mom, and an expecting mom (baby #2 coming soon!) is overwhelming, and stressful, and exhausting – but I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
I love hand-selecting the products I bring into my store. I tend to gravitate towards neutral colors & muted tones – all in the best fabrics. Soft, organic cotton & muslin materials are my favorite! I bring in only the safest toys & accessories – natural play doughs & wooden play sets, all BPA & chemical free. Organic cotton is the safest option for newborns – their skin can be so sensitive!
Thanks for visiting & I’m excited to share more with you in the near future – some fun things about the shop are to come, along with product sneak peeks, new parent advice, gift guides and how-to’s!
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