#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo speaks with Founder and Chief Curator of Chatham’s ‘Scooch A Mi’ boutique, Ellen Eppie.
While ‘Scooch A Mi’ may be a playful nickname meaning “to pest or to bother”, Ellen Eppie’s Chahtam boutique of the same name has a very different mission: Achieving mindful kindness. To Ellen, this means striving to make sure she is helping artists, the community and the earth, in all ventures.
The jewelry, accessories and gifts carried within the boutique have a story, and Ellen can speak for all of them. Current inventory features pieces made by women in Nepal, The Ivory Coast, Ghana, and even the United States. Another featured item is a multipurpose, vegan leather bag made by Canadian craftsmen.
An entrepreneur herself, Ellen says it’s easy to want to share the efforts of others when you see the beauty in their creations. It’s clear these artists are trying to bring beauty to the lives of others, and Ellen is honored to provide a platform for them.
It doesn’t end with the beautiful retail items available. ‘Scooch A Mi’ also hosts events that spotlight like-minded female entrepreneurs looking to share their knowledge, talents and gifts with the community.
When Ellen first embarked on her own journey of entrepreneurship, she said “The absolute best part was the networking where I was able to connect with many, many wonderful women who were also embarking on new businesses of their own. It’s not about handing out as many business cards as you can. It’s about partnering and supporting each other.”
Partnering with and supporting others is second nature to Ellen. Her devotion to family can also be seen in her boutique’s playful name (based on her father’s nickname for her) and the boutique’s logo that depicts Ellen and her two daughters.
#HipNJ recommends ‘Scooch A Mi’ to anyone hoping to look good, feel good, and do good. Follow them on Instagram to see what amazing events and products you can find at this unique boutique.