Every month, we feature a member of our SippingTHIS community (aka Sipper) who is doing incredible things.
With Mother's Day coming up, we couldn't be more excited to feature two amazing sippers - a mother/daughter duo who own an incredibly adorable boutique in Plymouth, MA called Locally, Yours! They are fierce female business owners who can help you live your best local life. Plus, they are one of the first retailers to carry SippingTHIS coasters and have supported us for years (we are so grateful)!
Read on to learn more about Alyssa and Pam and their shop Locally, Yours.
Laura (SippingTHIS founder): Tell me a little about yourselves and your shop Locally, Yours!
Alyssa: Locally, Yours is a small hometown apparel & gift boutique located in a quaint marketplace near the harbor in Plymouth, MA. I am the daughter (Alyssa) & my mom is Pam. We own the company together - a mother and daughter team! I went to college for fashion merchandising and always dreamed of owning my own boutique… while my mom Pam got her degree in graphic design and marketing and has owned her own marketing company in town for over 13 years. In 2018, right after I graduated, we put our creative minds together and opened our shop Sixteen Twenty - which we've since rebranded as Locally, Yours.
Laura: What do you love most about working as a mother/daughter duo?
Alyssa & Pam: The time we get to spend together is something we really enjoy as business partners. Traveling to shows (pre-pandemic!), grabbing a smoothie and meeting about marketing, or brainstorming seasonal apparel ideas is all time we would not have together if we didn’t own a business together. It’s not always easy, and we’ve had to work hard at separating business from personal time “off the clock” as mom/daughter. We have a lot of fun working side-by-side on event days like Small Business Saturday, at festivals, or other events like our Sip & Shops and Friends & Family day.
Laura: Why is it important to you to carry local and US-made brands (like SippingTHIS, thank you!) at your shop?
Alyssa & Pam: One of the biggest perks of working with local or US-made brands is the relationships we establish with other business owners. There really is nothing better than collaborating with another small business to either create a product or bounce an idea off of. A personal touch is everything, and local/USA businesses definitely exude that.
Laura: How has COVID-19 affected your business, and how can people help support you?
Alyssa & Pam: After finally being able to reopen in June 2020, we’ve faced limitations on the number of customers coming into our shop. We’ve been so grateful to our customers who waited in line to visit us, especially during the holiday season. But, supporting our business doesn’t only mean coming in and spending money… we appreciate every single like, share and follow on social media as it helps get the word out about our small business!
Laura: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to start their own business or shop?
Alyssa & Pam: Do your research, and go into it with a full heart and a real purpose.
Laura: What advice do you have for people looking to live their “best local life”?
Alyssa & Pam: Support your local businesses! There are so many local gems. You just have to look for them. Support them, and they'll support you in return.
Laura: How did you find out about SippingTHIS, and what made you want to carry our coasters?
Alyssa & Pam: We found SippingTHIS on Instagram and instantly fell in love with the witty coasters. We knew our customers would love them. Our customers tend to be a lot like us - so if we love wine, we figured they must too!
Laura: What is your go-to wine after a long day?
Alyssa & Pam: We love a glass of the 400th Celebration Rosé from our neighbor in Plymouth - the 1620 Winery!
Laura: What is your favorite SippingTHIS saying?
Alyssa & Pam: It’s not drinking alone if your dog is home! And it’s true. ;)