Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
Funnily enough both Ella and Sally are originally from Yorkshire in the UK. Sally moved from London to the US with her husband nineteen years ago and Ella moved to Mendham with her family (via Belgium and Texas) six years ago. They met on a soccer pitch when both their boys were in kindergarten. They hadn’t known each other in the UK but actually grew up 20 miles apart!
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
Ella has three children: Oliver (20), a sophomore at University of Wisconsin, Nia (17) a Junior at West Morris Mendham and Leo (12) a 7 th Grader at Mendham Township Middle School. Sally has two children: Josie (15) a Sophomore at West Morris Mendham and Seth (13) 7 th Grader at Mendham Township Middle School.
Favorite things to do with your kids?
For Sally it’s visiting New York – or anywhere really – looking for nice cake shops. For Ella it’s lazy Sunday mornings, chatting in pj’s.
Are you involved in a business venture or corporate world? Please Share!
They are the owners of Harmony Brookside, a gift store and art gallery in the heart of historic Mendham, right next to the old Brookside Post Office. The shop is full of unique, contemporary gifts, many sourced directly from the best of British design. The gallery exhibits a new artist each month and they enjoy working with artists based locally, nationally and internationally!
If you could give one tip to fellow Mom Entrepreneurs what would it be?
Be prepared to pivot! It’s so easy to get stuck on an idea or plan – Sally and Ella have found that being able to approach an obstacle from a different angle often leads to a better outcome.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
You may not realize this but Harmony Brookside occasionally holds a Cream Tea Sweepstake. The winner receives a cream tea for two on their lovely little patio. So join their mailing list so you can find out when the next sweepstake is taking place.
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
It’s been incredibly important! The Harmony Brookside team feels so lucky to have received warm welcome and continued support from Brookside and the Mendham community and the surrounding area. In fact this was their inspiration behind the recently launched #caresharegive initiative – a symbol of support and kindness.
(More info at www.harmonybrooksidegifts.com)
Visit Harmony Brookside online to shop the store and be sure to follow Ella & Sally on social media too: