How long have you lived in the Lehigh Valley?
Derek and I were born in the Valley, moved to the DC area after college and moved back to the Valley in 2019, which puts us in the Valley average 25 years.
We have one son, Grayson, who is two years old.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
We are both engineers.
What is your favorite family activity in the Lehigh Valley?
Since we moved back to the Valley in 2019 right before COVID we honestly haven’t had much opportunity to go places as a family, so we have made fun play areas throughout our home with different activities (roller coaster in one area, forts in another, train and cars in another and lots of outside wagon rides). During the summer we love to walk to Scholl’s to get some fresh fruit/veggies and we are excited to check out more parks and festivals when they start again.
Favorite place to eat in the Lehigh Valley with kids? Without?
Since we have been doing all pick-up and delivery we enjoy Bruno’s for great pizza with the kids. If it’s just Derek and I, we love going to 1818 Tavern
What’s been the best piece of advice you’ve received from another mother?
The best piece of advice I’ve received is from my mom. She always told me to enjoy every second because you will blink and be onto the next stage. I remind myself of that anytime life starts to have too much going on.
Tell us about Threads by Gram!
We our a family owned business that has a passion for creating products that are high quality yet practical for the everyday use. All of our products are either handmade or are embroidered with a handpicked design. We started the business in the middle of the pandemic based on the need for face masks, but ultimately this has been a dream of ours for many years. I can remember the class I took in high school where we created a business plan and I thought it was the most fascinating class. Ever since then, owning a business has been a dream and to be able to do it with my husband and mom is such a blessing. My mom is the true inspiration behind the name as I have many memories of her teaching me how to sew and be creative. We want our customers to feel like they are a part of our home just like anyone who has ever walked through our doors and that we truly care about them. Because to some people a simple sunflower bag or personalized towel can mean so much more.