This Mother’s Day we’re celebrating some local mamas around the Bay who are offering up inspiring insights into the delicate balance of work/family life and sharing with us what it takes to run a business (on top of it all). It’s important to note, these companies were launched with the help of little muses—nothing like a child to bring out one’s entrepreneurial side. From seasoned to soon-to-launch, read on for some sweet success stories on businesses you’ll want to bookmark for future visits.

Resale Rockstars: Monkei Miles

Monica Urick’s children’s resale clothing store, Monkei Miles, located in the heart of the Inner Sunset, was born from her love of secondhand threads. “I had an eBay store for children's clothing when our son was born for over two years. I really believe in the green movement and keeping clothing out of landfills” says Urick. The store’s unique name is a product of her loved ones: Monica + Keith (her husband) = Monkei, and their son’s middle name is Miles. How cool is that?

What's the biggest challenge of starting your own business with a young family?
The biggest challenge of starting a business with a family is that there is never enough time in the day! I try my best to divide my day into work day hours and my home time to just be focused on my family. I really want to be present for our son when I'm home.

How about the biggest reward?
The biggest reward is our son seeing that hard work pays off. I'm proud that he gets to see his parents working together. Monkei Miles is a family affair!


Know a local company inspired after the birth of a child? Tell us in the comments below! 

—Sommer Naffz

All images courtesy of the companies unless noted.