By Mark Ambrogi
It took Rachel Tabler several years to move her business from her home to a spot near the Carmel Arts & Design area.
“We decided we want to give back to the community,” Tabler said. “When we do the Local Love event it’s because we want to introduce the vendors who were in the place we were to the community.”
The 2nd You & Boutique will sponsor its second Local Love event called Mommy and Me from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the store, 411 N. Range Line Rd., Carmel. This is the second Local Love event that the shop, which opened in April.
The vendor event will feature Cafe Baby, which creates fresh fruit, vegetable and dinner purees free of chemical and preservatives and delivers them to the customer’s door. Cafe Baby co-founder Jeannie Marrugo asked Tabler if she wanted to sell her food at her boutique.
“We’re not quite ready for that now, but I said let’s make an event around that,” Tabler said. “So we decided there are a lot of moms that might be expecting or just had babies. We put together a group of people in small businesses who are catering toward mothers and babies.”
The 2nd You provides services for busy mothers who don’t have time to get to everything.
“So we give you the gift of time by being an extra set of hands,” Tabler said. “We do laundry, cleaning, errands and cooking. We do food prep. We help with parties.”
Tabler sells Skinny Coconut Oil in the boutique so that will be part of Mommy and Me.
“We explain how it can be used for mother and baby,” Tabler said.
Other vendors integrative message from Baby Message and Sunflower Diaper Delivery services.
“We’ll have samples and things you can try,” Tabler said. “It’s really to learn more about services that are out there.”
There will be live music from Jenna Epkey in the latter part of the day.
Tabler, whose business also provides pet-sitting services, said pet adoption might be a future Local Love event.