By Guest Blogger: Lauren Verlander
When I need a gift, my first stop is always Poppies in Birkdale Village. Whether it’s for a baby shower, a house warming, or just something fun for a friend, I know I can find it at Poppies. I also know Kate will be there to show me what’s new, ask about my kids, and fill me in on her crew. Kate Kazmer opened Poppies Gifts 8 years ago and the store has been a Lake Norman favorite ever since. Kate is first and foremost a mom, who juggles the demands of owning a business and running a household. Her husband’s job takes him overseas quite a bit, but she makes it work. Running back and forth between school, Poppies, and cheerleading practice, she somehow finds time to connect with her customers and always has a smile on her face.
Kids – Georgia (11), Lily (10), Jack (4)
Hubby – John, we will be married 15 years in September
How long in Charlotte – 10 years
Hometown – Philadelphia
Occupation – Owner of Poppies in Birkdale Village
What is something people do not know about you?
I rowed for the crew team in college
Who is your celebrity crush?
What is your biggest challenge as a working mom and business owner?
Making sure my kids know they always come first and can see me trying to balance between work and family time.
What is the funniest thing your kids have ever said?
One afternoon I could not find my 4 year old son. After following some spray paint marks on the driveway, tree trunks, and on the house, I found him in the yard. He was covered in gold metallic spray paint and he looked like an Oscar award. With the look on my face, I didn’t even have to say a word, he immediately shouted, “I did not do it! I mean it was not me!” 🙂
Favorite place to eat?
Sabi in Davidson
What is your Bday party go-to gift?
A monogrammed cosmetic bag from Poppies, of course:), filled with make up, nail polish, or hair accessories.
Best book you’ve read lately?
Fly away home by Jennifer Weiner
And what is your guilty pleasure?
Chi Tea Latte at Starbucks!!