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Meet Haley Gallagher Da Silva of Little Sweet P and Me in North Shore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Haley Gallagher Da Silva.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started Little Sweet P and Me after making the decision to stay home with my daughter Penelope (little P) when she was a newborn. It was frightening and exhilarating, knowing I was not going back to an office job after maternity leave. The time at home allowed me to brainstorm ideas. I started sewing and making mommy and me headbands for Penelope when she was around six months old. I knew I was on to something special when after posting a few pictures of my daughter and I it started to gain traction with friends and family. Soon they were asking if I could make them headbands. Shortly after I started making scarves, baby bibs, pillows and the list started growing. My small business was growing right before my eyes. I couldn’t have done it without my family and friends and those first few people who believed in me.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Smooth no, choppy yes. Being a one-woman team while raising a toddler can be challenging at times. However, there’s something admirable about the “struggle,” it makes you work harder. There are many late nights I am up sewing until 3 am after my daughter and husband have gone to sleep. There are times I have had an idea of a product and promoted it and it hasn’t received the same demand I thought it would. Or even just times I have had a creative block and haven’t sewed in weeks it happens. When Penelope was eight months old, I packed her in her stroller along with a box of my scarves and headbands. I set out to speak with the owner of a store I thought would love what I had to offer to only be turned away saying I wasn’t the right “fit,” for her store. She also seemed to care less of what I had to say about my products. I left the store feeling very disappointed in a silly way. I almost felt like I let my daughter down. I was about to pack up when I decided to head up the street and try another store. I strolled into Eighteen Friend Street in Amesbury literally with a stroller juggling the box of headbands and scarves. That’s where I met Colleen, the owner and she loved what I had to sell! More importantly, she loved my motivation. She still to this day tells me how as soon as she saw me with my daughter and my products that we were what she wanted to be represented in her store. So point being, I have had my share of obstacles, but the successes always outweigh the failures.

Please tell us about Little Sweet P and Me.
Little Sweet P and Me is a company that makes handmade fashionable accessories. We specialize in handmade headbands. We also make wonderful scarves, baby bibs, pillows, and the list is expanding. I am proud of where we have come. We have started to build a brand people recognize. We are exploring new stores opportunities and it is a very exciting time. I am proud of what we represent. Being a one-woman team inspires people. I hope by showing how I have started from the bottom with little to no capital that other moms might take the chance to start a business of their own and know that if I can do it, they can too. Now that I have built a platform, there are so many possibilities and directions we can go and that is exciting. I’m most proud of seeing people out wearing my headbands or scarves and not knowing I am the owner of Little Sweet P and Me. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing I have such wonderful customers who go into the stores I sell, specifically asking for my items. That makes me very proud. I believe our small business sets us apart from larger competitors because people really love the locally handmade items. It gives it more of a personal touch knowing someone has made something for them with love. We also are able to customize anything. I have women who say they have a small head or a larger head, can you make something for me? Surprisingly many people don’t wear headbands because they don’t fit properly on their heads or they simply don’t know how to wear them. I am able to customize specifically for my customers down to the size color pattern we are very flexible. Our goal is to make the customer happy and feel confident and I think we do that well.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Start with more money of course! In all seriousness that would help but I think if I were to start over, I would be more patient. Things do not happen overnight and I would have developed a better marketing strategy to start with. I think honestly when you solely focus on money, it can ruin the creative process. I have found I do my best work and have the best response when its something that truly comes from the heart. That might sound a little corny but it’s true. Of course, everyone wants to make money why else start a business but I think it’s best to not lose that personal touch. I am still in such an early stage of Little Sweet P and Me that I can’t say for sure what else I would do differently.

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