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Kid-Inspired Businesses in the Bay Area

#MOMBOSS: Kid-Inspired Bay Area Businesses Run by Motivated Mamas

This Mother’s Day we’re celebrating some local mamas around the Bay who are offering up inspiring insights into the delicate balance of work/family life and sharing with us what it takes to run a business (on top of it all). It’s important to note, these companies were launched with the help of little muses—nothing like a child to bring out one’s entrepreneurial side. From seasoned to soon-to-launch, read on for some sweet success stories on businesses you’ll want to bookmark for future visits.

Better Baby Grub: Flourish Foods

Kim Burns found herself in a familiar scenario. She was busy with work, the fridge was empty, and she was constantly relying on pouches and jarred baby food to feed her 6-month-old. It was at that point she noticed a gap in the market—there were no services for fresh and locally prepared baby foods in San Francisco. From this lack of options, Flourish Foods was born and has been serving up simple and spiced-up purees to snacks and meals for the whole family since 2010. Bonus, they also offer up nutrient dense stews for pregnant women and postpartum mothers.

What's the biggest challenge of starting your own business with a young family?
Running a business always takes more of your time than you think it will! But the beauty of modern technology means I can be more places and still get some work done. So yes, I may be sending an email at the playground—I am that mom—but at least I can be at the playground with my kids.

How about the biggest reward?
Being able to offer a flexible workplace for other moms and women! I love that I am able to support women not only with our products but in the workplace as well!

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Know a local company inspired after the birth of a child? Tell us in the comments below!

—Sommer Naffz

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New Playground on the Block: Alameda South Shore Center Adventure Court

New Playground on the Block: Alameda South Shore Center Adventure Court

Alameda families are no stranger to the open-aired shopping mecca: Alameda South Shore Center (SSC). The place was clearly built with a vision to help folks “get-stuff-done” considering the boastful directory, which includes the likes of Trader Joes, Old Navy, Beverly’s Fabric & Craft, and many more. Now parents of young kids have yet another reason to visit the bustling 594,000-square-foot shopping destination—a brand new playground!

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Got Fun?
The 1,700-square-foot playground is nested, idyllically so, next to a Bed Bath & Beyond and features a soft-and-squishy landscape of rolling hills, optimistic murals, and a six-foot-high grassy mound that supports a twisty slide—perfect for little thrill-seekers. On display for parents and kids alike are sprouts of oversized flowers that read like a real-life Pixar scene, begging for dreamers to gaze up at and run amongst.

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Parental Perks
We stopped here on a recent rainy Saturday and found it the perfect bright escape—and not yet crowded—for our toddler to jump around, explore, and get her sillies out. It’s a nice add on for parents looking to run some mundane errands and carve in some necessary playtime. Also key, the SSC has plenty of dining options to keep families fueled: think pizza, burritos, ice-cream—the joint is hoppin’! As you might have guessed, there’s a Starbucks in the center for those who need caffeinating, too.

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Rules to Live By
For lessons in obedience sits a nearby sandwich board with the play area rules posted. Rule number one: Everyone is welcome. We love that inclusive sentiment and feel the playground is a slam dunk for this family-oriented community. For more information on Alameda South Shore Center, visit facebook.com/SouthShoreCenter on Facebook.

Alameda South Shore Center
523 South Shore Center West
Alameda, CA 94501
Hours: Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Online: AlamedaSouthShoreCenter.com

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–Sommer Naffz

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