Modern Motherhood is always on our minds over at Flea Headquarters, as we prepare for Business Operations Director, Sarah Wilt, to have her baby this month (and subsequently take some much-deserved time off). And every season at the Flea, we grow as vendor after vendor adds baby to their own booths, reminding us that indeed, we are a family and these businesses are family businesses.
One of the big reasons we're only 1x per month (on this scale) is to give vendors some time between shows to live their own personal lives, or work on their businesses, rather than spread them (or us) too thin by having too many events. So, when you come to The Flea to support these businesses, you're also supporting our structure to help them make this one day count, as much as possible. Thanks for that!
Just like we've gotten to know The Flea from a small business owner perspective, we're now learning what it means to be a working Mom (or Dad) at The Flea, and beyond. From Fount (Jackie & baby Scout) to Articles Consignment (Erin & baby Henlee) to The Cleveland Field Kitchen (Kelli & baby Lydia), we're getting a lesson in what it feels like to be raising a baby and raising a business at the same time. As hard as it sounds, these Moms have shared just why they wouldn't have it any other way.
This past Saturday, we opened our Studio for The Cleveland Field Kitchen's first Modern Mama Brunch. We enjoyed pomegranate-orange punch, espresso banana bread, three local-egg bakes (mushroom, goat cheese, ham), quinoa salad, baked trout spread and angel food cake with fresh strawberries. Kelli, who is the mother of Lydia, 15 months, prepared everything through her own catering and gatherings business, The Cleveland Field Kitchen (formerly known as The Agrarian Collective). Her reasoning for beginning these mama-focused gatherings is to increase community and conversation for modern moms, while sharing support for family-owned businesses, as well. And you don't have to be a mom of a baby or toddler to attend, she welcomes moms of all ages, and even women who don't have children because it's truly a gathering of (and for) women.
Jackie Ann Wachter, from Fount Leather, was chosen as the first speaker to shape our conversation and share her own stories about raising a business while raising a baby.
We had so much fun hanging out with Kelli, Jackie and the community of women that joined us on Saturday. She'll be sure to throw more community events, and if you'd like to connect with her or join one of her slow gatherings, find her on Facebook or reach out to her at Kelli@clevelandfieldkitchen.com.
If you'd like to host your own small event at Flea HQ, give me a shout to firstname.lastname@example.org.