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MEET A MOM: Courtney Chessen

MEET A MOM: Courtney Chessen

Meet Courtney Chessen, the mom of three who brought Mandarine Home to Darien. She grew up in Darien as well as New York, opening her first Mandarine Home in 2014 in Glenview, IL. The Darien location followed in 2019. Learn more about Courtney and what she loves about design and working with clients in her hometown.

MEET A MOM: Adrienne Fleming

MEET A MOM: Adrienne Fleming

Meet Adrienne Fleming, a Darien mom of three boys. A lifelong dancer, Adrienne has created a dance cardio fitness program offered in Darien and New Canaan. Discover Adrienne’s path to pursuing her dream and what she loves about the community.

Meet Shazi Visram of HealthyBaby

Meet Shazi Visram of HealthyBaby

Mom of two and entrepreneur Shazi Visram first turned the baby industry upside down with the Happy Baby food brand, and now, is doing the same with her HealthyBaby product line. All of the baby products are EWG Verified Safe. Their diapers and diaper...

MEET A MOM: Victoria Linnartz

MEET A MOM: Victoria Linnartz

Meet Victoria Linnartz, a New Canaan mom of two. An interior designer by trade, she is making her debut as an author. She wrote Olivia’s Gift to share her story of having two dyslexic children and how “each child foraged their learning journey.”

Meet a Mom: Jackie Figueiredo

Meet a Mom: Jackie Figueiredo

Meet Jackie Figueiredo, a Rowayton mother of two and the founder of Fig Nutrition & Wellness. As a Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and certified image consultant, Jackie “believes in developing tailored, individualized plans that encourage practical, sustainable goals that fit each person’s own goals and lifestyles.”

MEET A MOM: Dr. Dana Murphy

MEET A MOM: Dr. Dana Murphy

Meet Dr. Dana Murphy, a New Canaan mom of three who is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. After practicing in a traditional primary care setting for over 13 years, Dr. Murphy recently joined forces with Dr. Larry Leibowitz at Matrix Personalized Medicine and is currently enrolling new patients in her concierge practice.

Meet a Mom: Elizabeth Ballantyne

Meet a Mom: Elizabeth Ballantyne

  Meet Elizabeth Ballantyne, the New Canaan mom of two behind Stories, Songs, and Senses. Her parent-child classes are for toddlers up to age four, and they involve "digging into various sensory bins—rice, slime, gooey mud, finger paint, water play." The groups...

Meet A Mom: Meghan Perazella

Meet A Mom: Meghan Perazella

Meet Meghan Perazella, a local mom, Connecticut native and one of the founders of The Hangout Spot in Norwalk. A former Special Education teacher and Behavior Analyst, she helped create The Hangout Spot as a “welcoming, inclusive space for kids to do just that—hangout with their friends and find their spot in our community.”

Meet a Mom: Dr. Corinna Franklin

Meet a Mom: Dr. Corinna Franklin

This week’s Meet a Mom interview is with Dr. Corinna Franklin, MD, AB, FAOA, chief of pediatric orthopedics at Yale School of Medicine. She has been an orthopedic surgeon for almost 11 years, with a focus on female pediatric and adolescent athletes. She sees...

MEET AN ARTIST: Tara Blackwell

MEET AN ARTIST: Tara Blackwell

      Meet local artist Tara Blackwell of BWell Studios located in Norwalk. This local mom, who was born and raised in the area, grew up in a household of artists.  After majoring in advertising, she became interested in pop culture and symbolism. Some...

MEET A MOM: Asli de Munnink

MEET A MOM: Asli de Munnink

Meet Asli de Munnink, a New Canaan mom of two who moved here last year from Istanbul. She works for Gartner and enjoys living in town because of “the sharing community of moms willing to shape the future of New Canaan.” This month, she is leading a fundraising...

Meet A Mom: Autumn Elmazi

Meet A Mom: Autumn Elmazi

Meet Autumn Elmazi, a local mom of three who stumbled upon a business idea after creating a summer activities calendar for her children. A friend saw a draft of the calendar and encouraged her to offer it to other families. Autumn’s friend told her, “This is a mom’s...

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