Why Small Businesses Matter
Shop small, do big things for your community
Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!
You're IT Posh Picnics!
Four questions with Gloria Garvey, co-founder of Posh Picnics.
Why did you start your business?
My sister Gina Merolla and I lost our mom in February. The void that her death left was the impetus to start our business. She instilled in us a love of beautiful tables, the right dishes, glassware, flowers, etc. She always set the most beautiful tables and she taught us that. I think it was divine intervention after her death that we had the idea and the courage to start Posh Picnics.
Kris Greer is a long-time friend. Together with Kris, my sister and I organized a Picnic for Kris's daughter's birthday and the idea to start a business was born. We have been watching so many beautiful picnic companies pop up across the country, I believe as a result of Covid and the need to celebrate events despite the pandemic and hold micro-events versus big events is really the draw.
The three of us are always together, our families are close, and we are gym buddies. The idea of the three of us doing something together grew organically and we work very well together, each of us has our unique talents and together it works.
What is your best-selling product/service?
We currently have two very popular picnics, our Luxury Boho and our Coastal Chic, they are the most popular by far. We are adding a Fall theme and a mermaid/unicorn for kids and grown kids!
How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?
We have met some wonderful local women entrepreneurs in our journey and continue to do so. We support them by giving their names and business information out to our clients to use in the event they want to add caterers, balloons, flowers, etc. Of note are: Drewlizcious (Liz Drew who creates boards and catering), POP Studio (Allyson) who does amazing balloon decor, and Trellis and Vine (Janelle) who is a talented florist, and of course, Cory of the Fine Wine Company of Westport.
Have you "reimagined" your small business?
At this point we have not reimagined yet, we are relatively new! We keep creating new tablescapes for our clients so they have more to choose from and we can coordinate the look for their event, colors, ideas.
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