The Mum Club Featuring Our Kid
As mothers, committed shoppers and heavy coffee drinkers we are big fans of Our Kid, the super stylish, laid back family friendly shop with a cafe based in Chorlton , Manchester. Owned by 3 Mumma's with a vision to create an atmosphere mums would like to spend their mornings in. They have successfully created a space fit for the perfect meet up.
OUR NAMES ARE… Kate, Laura and Tess
OUR BRAND IS…Our Kid, an award-winning kids retail store with café aimed totally at families.
WE LIVE IN…Chorlton, Manchester
WE FEEL MOST AT HOME…drinking wine, laughing, chatting to customers in our little shop.
WE ARE MUMS AND…we are individuals that still love doing our own thing, seeing our business grow and building something that will make our kids proud.
THINGS THAT KEEP US AWAKE AT NIGHT…
K: To do lists…all child-related.
L: My 2 year-old daughter Ava!
T: obsessive house renovation thoughts, I am a living, dreaming pinterest board!
WHEN WE GREW UP WE WANTED TO BE…
Kate – an event planner
Laura – a maths teacher
Tess – Madonna!
WE DECIDED TO START OUR BUSINESS BECAUSE…people kept commenting on the bright leggings our boys used to wear and there was nowhere to buy cool kids clothing from in Chorlton. It felt like there was a real opportunity on our doorstep and when Kate’s Dad suggested the name Our Kid, we knew we had to go for it.
OUR FIRST STEPS TAKEN TO START THE BRAND WERE...signing up to do a stall at the Chorlton Bazaar with a small edit of independent British labels. We actually couldn’t believe these brands said yes to us buying from them. It was a real moment for us.
THE HARDEST PART OF MOTHERHOOD IS…juggling, staying calm, getting the kids to put their shoes on in the morning.
THIS KEEPS US SANE...family time together. Time out. Preferably at a spa.
WE COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT (PHYSICAL OBJECT)...does tea count? Literally couldn’t function without that first cup of the day.
OUR BIGGEST RISK...signing the lease on our shop. Committing to a huge financial investment and equally huge fusion of our day to day lives as friends and business partners.
OUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT...not just surviving but thriving during our first 6 months of having the shop. We are so proud to have built up the loveliest community of mums who support us week in week out. Winning the award for Best Newcomer in the Independent Retail Awards was mind-blowing. It’s been an incredible journey and 2017 shows no sign of slowing down.
OUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE…Be kind. You never know how rubbish someone’s day has been.
AND LASTLY A PERSONAL ONE! WE WOULD HAVE DONE THIS DIFFERENTLY IN OUR LABOURS…
Kate – Listened to the advice of my consultant and not been so stubborn!
Laura – not rushed out of hospital so quickly.
Tess – kept a more open mind regarding my birth plan and obsession with having an epidural in my second labour.