Petite Travelers Nantucket was launched one cold winter in 2009, from the home I share with my husband, a real Nantucket Native, at our house in Town. The economy was bad and only getting worse it seemed, but I decided to make a go of it, roll-up my sleeves and get to work. At the time, we had no children, but I knew enough about kids, and was ready & prepared to learn even more. I couldn’t believe how much baby stuff was out there. I knew my business, Petite Travelers, would do well. Nantucket is an island, and getting anything here can (the majority of the time) be an ultimate challenge. That I knew well from experience.
I grew up in Southern Connecticut, where most of my family still resides, and always knew, from a young age, that I liked a few things (a lot) – business, children, learning and the beach. After graduating from Castleton College of Vermont in 2004 with a BS in Journalism & Art History, I moved to Nantucket for a summer to “unwind” from the “stresses” of college, and have been here ever since. I would love to, someday, actually take that summer to “unwind.”
While Nantucket is an island and there’s an island life and mentality here (for sure) there is an amazing & rich history of business and entrepreneurs – many being women. The women of Nantucket, during the whaling days, were pioneers and ran the island – many had no other choice.
The same year I launched Petite Travelers, a group of local Nantucket women and I formed Petticoat Row. Petticoat Row is an organization that celebrates, encourages, and supports Nantucket’s working women and business owners. Its been a great experience and joy to be a part of the new history of Nantucket’s women in business.
In 2012, my husband and I had our first child, Marin Ruth, and its been a new & wonderful experience. Marin is already on the company’s payroll and quickly became our official baby equipment tester. She’s perfect for the job and recently, at 4 months old, got a raise. Marin, another Nantucket Native, was born at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital immediately after (well … during) Hurricane Sandy, and my family, from “off-island,” (yet again) experienced how easy it is to get out to our beautiful sandbar. Thank God Nantucket is so beautiful and charming, right? We feel truly blessed to have Marin in our lives. Before my dogs officially write me off, I must mentioned my two other children & Marin’s brothers. My husband and I have two very big Yellow Labs, Brady & Murphy, and they are often called, around Town, “Laurel & Hardy.” They’ve added a great deal of happiness to our lives over the years – I write that with a crooked smile. However, they are nuts and you might just see them cruising, alone, down Main Street this summer.
Ok … they will be running and chasing any animal or person in site. And, if you just happen to be carrying a pizza – its over. They can see a pizza box a mile away and know exactly whats inside. They love pizza. Unfortunately for me, it was the only thing I craved while pregnant, and they got spoiled and now I am paying the price.
Soon after Marin was born, I decided to take my home business and give it a home of its own. I have always wanted to have an actual location for Petite Travelers, and I quickly learned, after the baby was born, that getting out of the house would be a good thing – for everyone. In addition to providing baby equipment rentals, I am excited to also carry some retail at Petite Travelers. Pretty much all the other stuff the baby needs. Petite Travelers is thrilled to be growing and continuing to serve many families that travel to our wonderful island out to sea. Thanks to my top employee, Marin, the company’s forecast is on the up and up!