Interview by Kimberly Davis Guerra
Age: 40 • From: West Covina, CA & Lithonia, GA • Lives In: Spring Branch Area • Education: I attended many technical programs for certifications in Information Technology & Merritt College AS Health Science & Natural Science • Career Highlights: Having time to be available for my kids and family • Favorite Destination: Any tropical place – I’m non committal • Favorite Local Shopping: Shhh, I enjoy book stores or local stationary stores over clothing stores • Favorite Restaurants: Carmelita’s Cuisine in The Heights
This month’s Mom.Me column focuses on Houston entrepreneur Chanda Scott, whose mobile baby boutique The Pampered Pickle allows parents to rent or resell their new or gently used baby gear, or acquire baby accessories from other parents without the big-sticker commitment of buying the same item brand-new.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN HOUSTON?
This isn’t such an easy question to answer—I’ve lived in 6 states. I was born in Southern California, and I was raised in Lithonia, GA. My formative years were spent in Atlanta—I consider myself a Georgia Peach. My husband’s job relocated us from Oakland, CA to Houston 5 years ago.
SO—“PAMPERED PICKLE”? HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH SUCH AN UNUSUAL NAME?
Coming up with the name was not so easy. I literally went through every nursery rhyme and baby reference variation before choosing the word “Pickle” as a word play on the cravings of new motherhood. While driving around Alameda, CA, I stumbled across a restaurant with the word “Pampered” in it, and I said “ ‘The Pampered Pickle’ sounds catchy” and ran with it.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS.
The Pampered Pickle is a mobile baby boutique that rents and sells baby gear and children’s products. We’re like a mom and pop business but with an online and physical presence. What makes our business so unique is that we provide families more buying options by allowing them to try products out before committing to purchase. Our services provide families with the modern day conveniences delivered to their doorstep— we bring it you, we show you how to use it, and if you choose to rent, we’ll set it up. We understand how hard it is for families to get out of the house with their children, and we’re here to make life a little bit easier.
WHY DO YOU FEEL HOUSTON IS THE PERFECT MARKET FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
Houston is a fabulous market for us—it has high tourism volume and it’s rapidly growing, which welcomes a lot of new families from all over the world. My business focuses on both traveling and local families. Traveling families benefit by being able to travel worry-free without the hassle of bringing gear along, and local families have the ability to have amazing products delivered to them.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS FOR EXPANSION OR CHANGES IN 2020?
Yes, last year we moved from strictly rentals to baby gear and product sales. In 2020, we would like to be fully operational in Atlanta and California.
WHAT IS YOU FAVORITE PART ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I LOVE baby gear, and I enjoy being able to showcase new products to people. It gives me absolute joy seeing a parent’s face light up when they’ve discovered a product that works for their family