We may aspire to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables, dress our babes in responsibly-sourced organic cotton, and skip that Florida vacay in favor of, say, a local production of King Lear.  But when it’s the dead of winter and your toddler is threatening to peel the paint from the walls if he doesn’t get a bowl of summery strawberries yesterday…you do what you gotta do (thanks for the free coffee, Trader Joe’s).  Here, we profile several D.C.-area business owners who also happen to be parents—so you can reduce your carbon footprint in solidarity with entrepreneurs who, bless their hearts, haven’t slept through the night since 2010.

Dawn Luepke – Bellies and Babies

Owner Dawn Luepke started upscale consignment boutique Bellies and Babies out of personal necessity. Back-to-back pregnancies meant her seasonal maternity wardrobe needs were vastly different, and she wanted to avoid dressing her newborn son in his older sister’s purple frocks. Visit her Alexandria store and pick up quality, fashionable, gently-used clothes for you and the kids, rent maternity formal wear (dry cleaning is included in the fee), or purchase a new baby or pre-school aged gift!

Online: belliesbabies.com

Who did we miss? In the comments section below, tell us about your favorite local mompreneur.

—Katie Brown and Hilary Riedemann