Just over a year ago, we were approached by a precious Myers Park mom who was researching patents on her product, bow buddies. She sent us a prototype, we gave her our feedback and hoped to hear back from her as she further developed this fun concept. We were thrilled to see the new version of bow buddies hit local boutiques. Let me tell you, bow buddies is nothing short of brilliant!
As you all know, starting a business from scratch while raising children is tough, words cannot accurately describe the highs and lows that come along with the ride. Only the strong will prevail, and Cathy Monte is just that and then some!
bow buddies is an adorable concept where you can accessorize your bow collection that over the years could reach a gazillion bows. After raising two bow-loving girls (well actually a Southern bow-loving mama!), you quickly realize that you could seriously buy a bow for every outfit. Cathy has made this trend fashionable and functional by designing adorable clips to add to the bows – any bow in your collection. Do you have a young Charlotte Jr. Soccer player? Super, add the bow buddies soccer ball to any bow and your little one will own the field and look fabulous every step of the way. Oh, and just a little bragging rights here – this particular soccer ball bow buddy may have been worn recently on a Bachelorette episode. How fun is that to see our local Smarty mompreneur’s blood, sweat and tears on national tv? You go, girl!
So Smarties, we present Cathy Monte, founder of bow buddies and Smarty Mama of two.
Let’s get to know Cathy!
Cathy’s Smarty Mom Stats
Mom of: Evan (5 3/4) and Amelia (2 1/2)
Married to: Tim for seven FABULOUS years!
Years in Charlotte: 10
Hood: Myers Park
Hometown: Stuart, FL (gotta love a Florida girl at heart!)
Occupation: I am blessed to be a stay-at-home Mom as well as, the founder & designer of, bow buddies.
Tell us about Bow Buddies and how you got started.
After Amelia was born, I was perplexed as to what to do with the 25+ hair bows we had been given for her to wear. I am a girl who LOVES fashion. Mixing prints, fabrics and colors. The plain, grosgrain ribbon hair bows were a bit on the boring side. So, before Amelia’s first birthday I went to all of the children’s boutiques in Charlotte looking for a “birthday” accessory to add to one of Amelia’s already owned hair bows.
The closest thing that I found was a white hair bow, with a cupcake glued to its center. It cost $16. I caved, bought it but soon after thought, “ I can make an accessory for hair bows.”
Amelia began wearing my creations around town and I received several compliments and, “where did you get that?” After speaking with a lawyer, I patented my idea and bow buddies was brought to life. bow buddies are the first, interchangeable accessory that attach to all hair bows – any size, any color – without damaging the bow itself. It’s a great way for girls to bring out their “designer” side. bow buddies are the lipgloss to an outfit, cost less than $10 and make a statement.
Where can our Smarty audience purchase your bow buddies and cost?
Specialty stores in Charlotte, as well as a few Country Clubs in the area AND stores, Country Clubs and schools in SC, NY and TX.
Cost is anywhere from $4.00 – $8.00. For more info on stores, click here.
What is your vision with bow buddies?
The great thing about bow buddies is that the designs are endless. From cupcakes to collegiate logos, I hope that I can continue to create products that my customers want. Fashion is about creativity and bow buddies allow you to be the designer of your hair bow, “because every bow needs a buddy.”
Now for the funny stuff…who is your celebrity crush?
Bradley Cooper (Amen, sista, that’s mine too!~jen)
What is your favorite piece of kids gear?
Land’s End Monogrammed Canvas Bags. Keeps all of the kids’s gear organized.
If you wrote a parenting manual, the title would be…
“Pray before you speak”
First thing that pops into your head when I say “mom”?
“Go, go, Gadget Arms!” Even if I am only heading out for a few minutes, I feel as though I am forever carrying bags of stuff. Snacks, sippy cups, change of clothes, soccer gear, swim gear, lovies, you name it!
Behavioral trait you hope your children don’t inherit from you?
I have spent MANY a day & night worrying, especially, in my twenties. So, I hope that Evan & Amelia will not “sweat the small stuff.”
Funniest thing your kids have ever said?
I AM that Mom who writes down what their children say & date it.
Evan (4 yrs. old): Mommy, does the ‘Elf on the Shelf’ drive to our house?
Me: No, he flies here.
Evan: But he doesn’t have a plane.
Me: No, it’s magic.
Evan: Oh, so a rocket ship comes out of his bottom and he flies here.”
Favorite kids movie?
Household appliance you could not live without?
My Coffee Maker
Favorite CSP article?
Guest Blog post by, Kelly Buckley. Reminding me to be thankful for EVERY moment with my children, husband and family. And to ask myself, “what’s one little thing that I am grateful for today?”
“Date Days” with my hubby. We have a sitter come every Saturday afternoon, so that we can enjoy a leisurely lunch, maybe take in a movie, relax in a bookstore, spend quality time just the two of us. I am so thankful for the wonderful babysitters who LOVE our children, so that we can sneak away.
The bow buddy CSP Giveaway!
Cathy is giving THREE lucky Smarties three bow buddies of her choice, just because! Leave a comment below with the funniest thing your child(ren) have ever said to you. Thanks, Cathy!