Just over a year ago I found myself at an event at the Women’s Organisation sat next to a new business owner who had left her teaching career to begin another adventure. That person was Elisa and she told me about her transition from teaching into the world of baby massage. A couple of months later Baby Bear Massage and Yoga was launched to the parents of Crosby. The first year of running a new business is notoriously difficult and hiring different spaces to run the sessions wasn’t allowing her to offer the full experience she wished. But rather than settle for this situation Elisa pushed her new business one step further and acquired her own venue. Baby Bear’s Den opened in April this year and not only houses Elisa’s sessions in pregnancy relaxation, baby massage, baby yoga, toddler yoga and sessions for dads and babies but also plays host to a range of external companies running sessions such as fun science and music classes to a family disco and much more. There is something for families from pregnancy and beyond (up to date timetable available on social media).
The venue is nestled behind Streatham nursery in Crosby and offers the perfect setting for parent and baby pamper sessions. Having her own space means Elisa can create a safe and inviting environment for mums, dads and babies from all backgrounds. Her experience as an NCT coordinator has allowed her to recognise the need for venues where mums and dads feel free to hang around at the end of a session for tea and coffee, a potential life saver for anyone who may be feeling isolated or overwhelmed by the huge changes a baby brings to everyday life.
When going anywhere with bump or baby good facilities are essential. I have certainly experienced the temptation to just stay at home if I don’t know where I might park, how far I’ll have to carry the car seat and whether I’ll be able to easily deal with those unpredictable nappies when I get there. Baby Bear’s Den has all of this covered and you can arrive safe in the knowledge that there is good parking, pram parking, gated access and a large stress-free space to change baby.
Elisa is very clear about the ethos of the den and the other businesses using the space have been able to do so due to their shared ethos. She now affectionately refers to them as ‘her tribe’, confirmation that this business operates far beyond a desire to purely make a profit but is one that wants to have an impact on each person that walks through the den door.
Baby Bear has been nominated for an M Power, Mums in Business, National Business Award 2019.
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