Getting To Know Our Awards Finalists – Baby and Child Boutique in Norfolk sponsored by HER Business Revolution

Earlier in the week I covered our photography category, so next up is the lovely baby and child boutique in Norfolk category.

This category is sponsored by the lovely Serena at HER Business Revolution which offers business strategies, support and empowerment to passionate and ambitious female entrepreneurs. Since launching in March 2015, the HER Business Revolution has grown to be one of the most successful and supportive women’s business network, and female entrepreneur training and empowerment platforms! ‘We are constantly expanding and attracting new members across the UK and beyond’ says the founder, Serena Fordham! Join their kick-arse community of passionate female entrepreneurs here!

This awards category comprises of 3 stunning independent businesses who are creating and selling the most beautiful baby and child items! All amazing contenders! I caught up with them all to learn a little bit more about what they do and who they are!

the night feed.

1.Tell us a little about your business

At the night feed we love to create fresh and bold designs for babies and toddlers to show off their awesome personalities, celebrated through our personalised products! If personalisation isn’t your thing then we also sell non personalised mother and baby merch! We also have a range of tees and totes which celebrate breastfeeding and these help to raise money for Breastfeeding Mum Meets all over Norfolk.

2. What inspired you to start selling?

My little wild child was all the inspo I needed! In June 2017, when he was 5 months old I made the tough decision to resign from teaching, and the night feed was born. I knew I wanted to start something that would reflect how amazing these tiny humans are, but I also wanted to keep it honest and not all picture perfect (hence my insta stories…poos, floor – enough said!)

3. What’s your favourite product this season?

Oooh, I’m not sure I can choose between our new range of teething necklaces and our personalised Christmas sacks (which will be released in November, so keep checking our insta for a sneak peak)

4. What would be your ideal family day out?

Anywhere with nice views and good walks – Dex loves being outside and exploring. When I’m outside enjoying nature and the fresh air I get lots of new ideas and feel at my happiest. Cambridge is one of my favourite places for a nice stroll as it has lots of nice green spaces, and stunning views.

Marshes & Flint Lifestyle Store

1. Tell us a little about your business

Marshes & Flint – The Little Lifestyle Store is a family lifestyle boutique located at Creake Abbey just outside Burnham Market, and online. We offer a curated collection of the most beautifully designed children’s lifestyle brands from both Norfolk around the world, giving our customers a fabulous selection of products to shop under one roof.

2. What inspired you to start selling?

After meeting at a Mother & Baby group just over three years ago we both felt like there was nothing in Norfolk which brought together independent children’s brands which we loved and used as mothers with a modern lifestyle approach. During our first coffee meet up the idea for Marshes & Flint surfaced, but ultimately our children inspire everything we do.

3. What’s your favourite product this season?

It has to be Fable Heart’s magical capes, wands and crowns. They are the perfect unique gift for any child. Lovingly handmade and sprinkled with magic by amazing artisan mumma of three Claire, who is just a dream to work with.

4. What would be your ideal family day out?

Didi: It would have to start at Stiffkey Stores with coffee, hot chocolate for A and almond croissants, this is normally followed by a quick visit to feed the ducks and see the horses on the farm down the road. If it’s sunny it will always be a walk on the beach if not Burnham Overy Staithe along the costal path. Finishing the day with the best fish and chips in Norfolk at Eric’s in Thornham.

Becky: We love heading to Thornham Deli for brunch followed by a bike ride through the deer park at Holkham Hall. The play park and woods are perfect for children of all ages. Alfy and Nellie love collecting fir cones and treasures in their chari bags before finding the perfect spot for a picnic by the lake. On our way home we always stop off at Creake Abbey Cafe for tea and cake and a play in the sandpit.

Little Dottie Designs

1. Tell us a little about your business

Little Dottie Designs is a small business which specialises in locally designing and hand making childrenswear, all inspired by our home Norfolk.

All our garments are designed with children in mind- creating classic, nostalgic pieces which are long lasting and comfortable to wear. Our fabrics are often inspired by our home Norfolk, to reflect the seasons.

2. What inspired you to start selling?

I became a Mother to Lilah Dottie in 2017 and found myself searching for beautiful, traditional and versatile childrenswear for her. Instead of buying from the high street, I opted to use my creative talents and hand-make original pieces.

This sparked my passion for home sewing and Little Dottie Designs brand was born.

3. What’s your favourite product this season?

This season my favourite product is our Ophelia Dress. A beautifully classic style, featuring a Peter Pan collar, lined bodice, long sleeves and full skirt. This design looks great in all our fabrics (rust linen a personal favourite) and also teamed up with our ribbed cotton tights or socks.

4. What would be your ideal family day out?

My ideal family day out would be a trip to the Norfolk Coast. Somewhere Lilah can run around and explore nature. We love being outdoors and watching her enjoy her surroundings by exploring.

Then a treat of coffee and cake at one of our favourite cafes. Popping into a traditional near by town to explore quirky shops before heading home.

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Catch up with us next week where we will be featuring award finalists from the Family Business category and 0-6month Baby Class/Service category!