Patch first connected with Wilton mom Megan LaBant Abrahamsen a few years ago in Greenwich when she brought her Blue Star Bazaar to a holiday boutique. Jaded shoppers' eyes lit up at the array of adorable baby and children's clothes, plus women's clothes and accessories.
Fast forward three years and Patch reconnected with Abrahamsen in SoNo Marketplace where Blue Star Bazaar occupies one of the larger vendor spots.
"Originally it was just online and holiday fairs. But I had to keep all the merchandise in my basement and the stuff was taking over the whole house," said Abrahamsen, explaining the upside of moving from a virtual business to a proper store.
What is consistent is that Blue Star Bazaar is a source of gifts people appreciate when they receive them. "I stock tote bags, tunics and low-tech gifts for children like super hero capes and laminated maps of the US. And, since there are so few book stores, I added children's books based on my own kids' favorites," said Abrahamsen.
With children still little - just five and seven, entering kindergarten and second grade respectively - Abrahamsen performs a juggling act. By hiring high school and college students for summer jobs and after-school shifts during the school year, she makes it work. "Friday after school until 8:00pm when SoNo Marketplace is open late is a shift I'd like to fill," she said adding that she likes to be there for her children after school. If someone reading this is seeking an after-school job, he/she should email Abta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Blue Star Bazaar is open at SoNo Marketplace is located at 314 Wilson Ave., and is open Friday and Saturday from 10:00am - 8:00pm and Sundays from 10:00am- 6:00pm.