Any parent can tell you that children can be an endless source of joy, tears, laughter and stress. For two Santa Barbara County moms, they’re also a source of business inspiration.
In Solvang, children’s clothing company Lollybean has seen steady growth since owner Amy McConnell started the business in 2007. With the clothes she designs now sold in more than 200 stores around the country, McConnell has found that high-end kids clothes are a recession-resistant business.
In Summerland, just south of Santa Barbara, Erin Taylor decided to expand her existing business after her first daughter was born. Her baby and toddler boutique, Amelia Jane, opened its doors in April and has enjoyed steady business since.
Here’s a closer look at each business: